It was a special occasion for the brethren of Fermor Hesketh Lodge No 1350 and their guests who had gathered at Litherland Masonic Hall, to witness the warm and friendly installation of Derek Challinor as their new WM. The occasion was honoured by the presence of Bryan Henshaw, former Southport Group Chairman as the representative for the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Bryan was accompanied by Ormskirk and Bootle Group Vice Chairman Malcolm Alexander, grand officer Brian Cunliffe and acting Provincial grand officer John Riley.
The outgoing and installing WM David Sullivan started the evening’s proceedings by warmly welcoming the visiting brethren to the meeting before opening the lodge. After the initial lodge business was completed, the director of ceremonies Graham Ashmore announced that Bryan Henshaw was without and sought admission. Bryan was then admitted into the temple accompanied by the grand officers and the acting Provincial grand officer.
Derek was then presented to the lodge by the presenting officers and after he had taken his obligation, the outgoing WM David thanked the brethren for all their support and hard work they had given him during his year in office.
David then proceeded to install Derek, according to ancient custom into the chair of King Solomon. The working tools in all three degrees were presented in an excellent and proficient manner by William Hunter and once the lodge’s officers had been invested, the address to the brethren of the lodge was given by Bryan Henshaw, delivered in an excellent manner.
At the end of the ceremony of installation, Bryan addressed the brethren by bringing congratulations from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, wishing Derek and all the brethren the very best of health and hoping they have a happy Masonic year. Bryan proceeded to congratulate David for the manner in which he had installed Derek into the chair, the lodge’s DC Graham Ashmore and the brethren who had taken part in the ceremony.
The ceremony now being completed, Derek had the pleasure to present Bryan with six cheques, £100 for the West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival, £100 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £100 to Tithebarn, £100 to the Isobell Treatment Fund, £50 to Ormskirk and Bootle Group Widows Fund and £50 to the Poppy Appeal. On behalf of the recipients, Bryan thanked the lodge brethren for their very generous and worthy donations.
After closing the lodge in prayer and harmony the brethren made their way to an excellent festive board which was enjoyed by all.