At the installation meeting of Composite Lodge No 5382 held at the Davenport Hotel, Robert (Bob) Leonard Barker was installed into the master’s chair for the seventh time in his Masonic career.
The lodge members and visitors alike were honoured by the presence of Brian Hayes acting as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Brian was accompanied by Mike Adams (group chairman). Also in attendance were other group officers and distinguished Provincial grand officers, visiting brethren and members and of the lodge.
On completion of the ceremony, Brian rose to bring the greetings, congratulations and good wishes for a happy and healthy year from the Provincial Grand Master. Brian congratulated Bob and his officers on a splendid ceremony and wished him well for the year ahead.
Bob then rose and responded to Brian by thanking him for him for the communication of the good wishes of the Provincial Grand Master and had much pleasure in presenting a cheque on the behalf of the lodge members. Brian having asked Bob’s permission revealed to the visitors the content of the cheque being made out for an amount of £200 in favour for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Brian said this was a most generous contribution and clearly had much pleasure in congratulating all the brethren of the lodge.
On the first rising, the same sentiments and congratulations on the very pleasurable ceremony were reiterated by Mike Adams in his response; he too concurred with Brian’s comments that this had been a most enjoyable meeting and similarly wished Bob an excellent year ahead.
The evening continued with an enjoyable, friendly and jovial festive board. Brian, in his response, firstly conveyed his own congratulations to Bob on attaining the chair and to the officers of the lodge for a happy and healthy year ahead.
Brian concluded by saying he had a thoroughly enjoyable evening both in the lodge room and at the festive board and thanked the brethren for the friendship and camaraderie that had been extended to him.