Members of Radio Millennium Lodge No 9709 and visiting brethren meeting at Urmston Masonic Hall were most honoured and delighted by the attendance Dave Walmsley, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, to witness the installation of George Michael (Mike) Hindle as WM.
Dave was in good company, accompanied by the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Ian Halsall, South Eastern Group Chairman David Durling and fellow grand officer Brian Hayes, along with group officers, Provincial grand officers and other distinguished and visiting brethren.
The WM and installing master Peter Harding opened the lodge and carried out the business as per the summons to the point of the evening where Dave entered the lodge being accompanied by the grand officers and were welcomed by Peter Harding. Peter then proceeded with the installation, and Mike was installed in a very accomplished ceremony.
With the officers having been installed, there then followed presentations of the working tools in the third degree by the lodge’s youngest member Deiniol Murphy, in the second degree by Giles Brocking and finally in the first degree by Karl Sinclair. There were then two impressive addresses, firstly to the master by Brian Hayes followed by that to the brethren of the lodge by Dave Walmsley.
On completion of the ceremony, Dave rose saying that was his cue to bring greetings, congratulations and best wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. He wished Mike and the members of the lodge a happy, healthy and enjoyable year ahead. Dave also congratulated Peter Harding on the standard of ceremony and to the various installing officers on their parts assisting in the installation.
In response, Mike rose and thanked Dave for the good wishes and on behalf of the lodge presented Dave a charitable donation by way of a cheque for £200 made out in favour of the West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival and a charitable donation of £200 to a local charity, The Toy House. The lodge also donated £200 to the Urmston Masonic Hall Fund. Dave gave grateful thanks to the brethren of the lodge on behalf of all those who will eventually benefit from the very kind generosity of the members.
On the first rising, Brian Hayes responded on behalf of the grand officers. He said he was delighted with the standard of the very accomplished and well executed ceremony and similarly delighted by the number of visitors present for the ceremony.
There was great camaraderie at a very enjoyable festive board which continued the evening where in his response to the Provincial grand officers, Dave passed on his own congratulations to Pater Harding, concurring with the Provincial Grand Master’s wishes and also to the lodge for their excellent, impressive work during the evening. Continuing, Dave talked about the MCF 2021 Festival and the support thereof, festival jewels, festival attire, the white envelope scheme, membership structure, and about the fourth step in Freemasonry into Royal Arch, pointing out that Peter Harding is the lodge Royal Arch representative.
Dave also expressed delight in seeing that all the lodge officers on the floor were all junior brethren, or ‘Light Blues’, along with those waiting in the wings, which bodes well for the future of this thriving lodge, as did the news in the meeting of four new members being proposed. Dave gave his advice of: “Whatever you’re doing brethren, keep doing it.“ Finally, Dave said that he was most pleased to be in attendance and thanked the lodge for their very kind welcome and of course the camaraderie he had himself experienced throughout the evening. He said he had seen a great team effort and wished the lodge an enjoyable year. The evening festive board concluded a most enjoyable meeting.
Article by Rev Rob Murphy and photograph by Peter Harding.