Members and regular visitors of Flixton Lodge No 4869 were delighted to receive Brian Hayes as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master at their recent installation meeting where regional charity steward, Denis Tierney was installed as master for a second time in his Masonic career.
The meeting, held at the Urmston Masonic Hall, was well attended and Brian was accompanied by Provincial grand officers, group officers and visiting brethren. The lodge meeting commenced where outgoing master, Billy Feeney, having progressed the business of the lodge to the juncture on the summons where Alan Burrow was requested to occupy the masters’ chair to continue with the ceremony of installation.
Alan then installed Denis in an accurate and delightful manor, with lightening fashion and to the delight of the brethren present Denis, from the point of being presented, was presiding in the master’s chair before he even knew it. Upon receiving the gavel, a presentation of the working tools of an installed master were presented and explained by Eddie Wilkinson.
There then followed three perfectly presented orations of the working tools of the three degrees, firstly those of the third degree presented by Phil Burrow, followed by those of the second degree by Mario Visconti and finally the first degree tools were presented by Eddie Wilkinson. David Dewhurst presented the address to the master followed by Phil Burrow who gave an equally excellent address to the wardens followed by Brian with the address to the brethren of the lodge.
On completion of the installation, Brian witnessed, in his words, a most enjoyable installation and on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, passed on to the lodge the congratulations and best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful year in a most courteous manner.
Denis rose to respond to Brian where he thanked Brian for his congratulations and for conveying the good wishes from Tony Harrison. Denis said he had much pleasure in presenting a charitable donation on behalf of the lodge members, whereas Brian, in good jest, being a past Detective Chief Inspector, said: “Well it’s sealed.” Then upon inspection revealed that the contents were signed with an astonishing amount of £750 being a most generous contribution in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Brian, with pure sincerity, congratulated and thanked the lodge on behalf of all those recipients, we may never know, who will ultimately benefit for their most kind and charitable giving.
The evening continued with a most enjoyable and jovial festive board. In Brian’s response to the grand officers, he passed on his own good wishes for a happy and healthy year to all the brethren present, Brian said it was a delight to witness Denis being installed into the chair of the lodge. He made particular comments relating to the care structure, although, he said, as being the previous group chairman, he was aware that Flixton Lodge were, and have always been, in the top of the league of charitable support towards the Masonic charities and this meeting was without exception, a further example.
Brian continued with comments relating to the tercentenary, the forthcoming festival patronage, the continuation of support towards the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, our Masonic halls, Royal Arch membership and most of all that each and every one of us continue to enjoy our Freemasonry. Brian concluded by thanking the lodge members for their kind generosity and of course the hospitality of which they had extended to him throughout the evening. Where soon after, the bread of friendship and the cup of cheer having been consumed completed a most enjoyable and memorable friendly evening.