The 819th meeting of Hand and Heart Lodge No 4109 saw their 95th installation in the history of the lodge, and a first time in the chair for master elect Ian Woods. The meeting, held at Urmston Masonic Hall was well attended; members of the lodge and visitors alike were honoured and delighted by the presence of Chris McNab, acting as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison.
Chris was accompanied by group vice chairman and fellow grand officer David Durling, along with other group officers, Provincial grand officers and other distinguished brethren came to witness the installation ceremony of Ian.
The WM Rodney Higgins, having commenced with the lodge business for the evening, it was then followed by Rodney inviting director of ceremonies Peter Stockton to take his seat in the master’s chair for the continuation of the installation proceedings.
Ian, having been presented, was then installed in a most sincere manner followed by presentations of the working tools in the third degree by Mark Ormiston, in the second degree by Derek Knowles and in the first degree by Peter Stockton. Peter gave a further presentation of the address to the master and the address to the wardens was given by a visiting brother Phil Rampling. The address to the brethren was given by Chris McNabb in an extremely heartfelt fashion.
On completion of the installation ceremony, Chris then rose to his feet to bring the sincere greetings, congratulations and best wishes from Tony Harrison. David said that Tony was aware that Ian was taking the masters’ chair for a first time in his lodge and wished him and the members of the lodge a happy and healthy year ahead.
In response, Ian rose and thanked Chris for the good wishes and on behalf of the lodge members presented Chris with a charitable donation by way of a cheque for £200 made out in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
Chris gave grateful thanks to the lodge members on behalf of those who will eventually benefit from the kind generosity of the lodge members, he said that the donation was most gratefully received and would be faithfully applied.
On the first rising, David Durling rose and brought the greetings of the grand officers, David said he had experienced a most enjoyable ceremony and it was a delight to see a master mason be installed into the masters’ chair and concurred with those wishes for a happy year ahead.
A very enjoyable festive board continued thus concluding a most excellent evening.