Members and visitors alike of Heaton Moor Lodge No 4530 were honoured and delighted by the attendance of Gareth Jones acting as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison.
The meeting held at the Davenport Hotel near Stockport was well supported and Gareth was in good company being accompanied by South Eastern Group Chairman Mike Adams and Brian Hayes along with other group officers, Provincial grand officers and other distinguished brethren to witness the installation ceremony of Frank Simpson by the outgoing and installing master Tom McAllister.
Frank was installed in an exemplary word perfect manner which accorded to their Nigerean perfect original ritual as adopted by the lodge since its inception in 1923. The officers having been installed, there then followed two excellent impressive addresses, firstly to the master by David Rudd, followed by that to the brethren of the lodge by Gareth.
On completion of the ceremony, Gareth rose to bring the greetings, congratulations and best wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Gareth said that Tony was aware that Frank was taking the master’s chair for second time in his Masonic career and wished him and the members of the lodge a happy, healthy and enjoyable year ahead.
In response, Frank rose and thanked Gareth for the good wishes and on behalf of the lodge presented Gareth in true altruistic fashion numerous charitable donations, by way of cheques to support the following charitable causes; firstly for £200 made out in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, and in addition, the lodge made further donations of £100 towards The Ticker Club (Wythenshawe Hospital), £100 to the Forget-me-Not Trust (Ezra McGowan, Hand and Heart Lodge No 4109), £100 to the North West Air Ambulance Service, £143 to the Broughton House (home for ex-servicemen and women) and £100 to the British Red Cross Charity.
Gareth gave grateful thanks to the lodge on behalf of all those who will eventually benefit from the very kind generosity of the members and was indeed impressed by number of charities they had chose to support.
There was sheer camaraderie at the enjoyable festive board which continued the evening and in his response to the grand officers, Gareth initially passed on his own congratulations to Frank concurring with the Provincial Grand Master’s wishes and also to the lodge for their excellent and impressive work during the evening.
Gareth continued by commenting on various aspects including the care structure, our West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, the forthcoming 2017 to 2021 festival, the tercentenary and Masonic halls. Gareth said that he was most pleased and thanked the lodge for their very kind welcome and of course camaraderie he had experienced throughout the evening.
The evening festive board toasts concluded a most enjoyable meeting.