Members and regular visitors of Flixton Lodge No 4869 were most pleased and delighted to receive David Durling as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master at their installation meeting where Denis Tierney was to be proclaimed as master for a second and ensuing year.
The meeting, held at the Urmston Masonic Hall, was well attended and David was accompanied by fellow grand officer Brian Hayes, along with Provincial grand officers, group officers and visiting brethren.
The lodge meeting commenced, and Denis having progressed the business of the lodge, the juncture on the summons arrived where Tim Burns, director of ceremonies, rose and proclaimed Denis as WM for the ensuing year.
There then followed three excellent presentations of the working tools of the degrees, firstly those of the third degree presented by Patrick Seagrave, followed by those of the second degree by Mario Visconti and finally the first degree tools presented by Phil Burrow. An excellent address was then given by Phil Burrows to the WM, followed by equally fine addresses, firstly to the wardens by David Dewhurst and secondly by David Durling to the brethren of the lodge.
On completion of the installation, David rose to congratulate Denis and all those concerned on a most enjoyable installation filled with camaraderie and good humour and on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, passed on to the lodge his best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful year in a most courteous manner.
Denis responded by thanking David for his congratulations and for conveying the good wishes from Tony Harrison, saying he had experienced an excellent previous year as master with tremendous support from the lodge and other friends and had much pleasure in presenting a charitable donation on behalf of the lodge, David accepted the donation with grateful thanks revealing a most generous contribution by way of a cheque for £750 made out to the West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival.
David congratulated and thanked the lodge giving a brief explanation of the new Masonic Charitable Fund going on to recommend various ways in which the brethren might promote Freemasonry to the general public and assist in maintaining the viability of our Masonic halls.
In responding on behalf of the grand officers on the first rising, the sentiments and congratulations on the excellence of the ceremony were re-iterated by Brian Hayes.
The evening continued with a most enjoyable and jovial festive board and in David’s response to the grand officers, he passed on his own good wishes for a happy and healthy year to all the brethren present and to Denis in particular. David made further comments relating to the new Masonic Charities Fund, highlighting the various means by which funds could be raised and informing them that West Lancashire had the honour of being the first Province to hold a Festival on behalf of the MCF.
David 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.
In his response to the toast to the WM, Denis briefly slipped into the guise of his alter ego, namely that of Provincial Charity Officer, informing those present that at a similar stage in the previous festival the sum collected was in the region of £700,000, whereas in the current festival the sum collected was already £2,100,000. He then thanked all those who had encouraged him to be WM for a second year and soon after, the bread of friendship and the cup of cheer having been consumed, a most enjoyable and memorable friendly evening was concluded.