Members of Davyhulme Lodge No 3715 were pleased to receive Mike Adams as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison at their installation. Mike was accompanied by fellow grand officers Brian Hayes, David Durling Chairman of the South Eastern Group and other Provincial grand officers and distinguished visiting brethren.
The installation ceremony commenced in the very capable hands of the current and installing master Graham Bailey, marshalled by the equally capable director of ceremonies Albert Braithwaite.
Graham installed master elect Cliff Hughes in an excellent, sincere manner, this being Cliff’s fourth term in office as the WM of the lodge, his first year as master was in 1999 followed by his second year in 2010 and third in 2012.
Excellent presentations of the working tools were given by Andrew Berry in the third degree, Steve Beswick in the second degree and by Darren Gregory in the first degree.
The installation was continued in an excellent and very efficient manner and likewise, addresses were given to the master by Keith Lewis and to the brethren by Graham Bailey in a most sincere manner.
On completion of the installation, Mike rose to congratulate Cliff and all those concerned on a most enjoyable installation filled with camaraderie and good humour. On behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, he passed on to the lodge Tony’s best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful year in a most courteous manner.
Cliff responded by thanking Mike for his congratulations and for conveying the good wishes from the PrGM. He then presented Mike with a cheque for £300 made out in favour of the West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival. Mike thanked the brethren of the lodge most sincerely for their generous donation and similarly thanked the lodge on behalf of the charity and moreover, on behalf of those who would eventually benefit from their generosity.
In responding on behalf of the grand officers on the first rising, appropriately appreciative sentiments and congratulations on the excellence of the ceremony were re-iterated by David Durling.
The evening continued with a most enjoyable and jovial festive board. In Mikes’ response to the grand officer’s toast, he passed on his own good wishes for a happy and healthy year to all the brethren present, making a reference to the fact that the lodge was over 100 years old; it had been consecrated in 1914. He cautioned though, that in order for lodges and indeed Masonry to carry on and prosper, greater effort must be concentrated on recruitment and retention.
Mike concluded by thanking the lodge brethren for their kind generosity and of course for the hospitality which they had extended to him throughout the evening. Where soon after the bread of friendship and the cup of cheer having been consumed, a most enjoyable and memorably friendly evening was completed.