Andrew witnesses fastest installation in the west

Members of Phoenix Lodge No 1730 were honoured and pleased to receive Andrew Barton, as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison at their installation meeting where Jim Jones was once more installed as master.

 Andrew Barton (left) congratulates Jim Jones.

Andrew Barton (left) congratulates Jim Jones.

The meeting, held at Urmston Masonic Hall, was well attended and Andrew was accompanied by fellow grand officers, Brian Hayes, South Eastern Group Chairman David Durling and Provincial Grand Steward Darren Gregory together with other Provincial grand officers and visiting brethren.

The lodge meeting commenced and Jim as master, progressed the routine business of the lodge and then the grand officers entered with Brian offering warm greetings to the lodge.

At this point DC Terry Gray rose and proclaimed Jim as master once more for the ensuing year and in an efficient and extraordinarily rapid manner the lodge officers were appointed, often with just a court bow and a word of acceptance for the role proffered.

An excellent address was then given to the wardens by Trevor Edmonds followed immediately by an equally excellent address to the brethren of the lodge given by Andrew.

On completion of the installation, Andrew rose to say how much he had enjoyed the extraordinarily efficient ceremony and congratulated Jim on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and gave best wishes for another happy, healthy and successful year.

Andrew responding to his toast.

Andrew responding to his toast.

Jim rose to respond to Andrew and thanked him for his congratulations and for conveying the good wishes from Tony Harrison and then took pleasure in presenting a charitable donation on behalf of the lodge. Andrew then asked Jim for permission to open it and reveal its contents, with an aside from Brian to ensure the cheque had been signed! The contents had indeed been signed and were for the excellent amount of £250, given to the MCF 2021 Festival for which Andrew thanked the lodge very much on behalf of all those recipients, we may never know, who will ultimately benefit for their most kind and charitable giving.

At the first rising, group chairman David Durling rose and once more, most sincerely congratulated and thanked the lodge for their generosity.

The evening continued with a most enjoyable and jovial festive board. In Andrew’s response to the toast to the grand officers, he passed on his own good wishes for a happy and healthy year to Jim and to all the brethren present, made particular comments relating to the use of Masonic halls, membership of the Royal Arch as a means of rounding off the Masonic journey and mentioned the progress being made by the Festival and recommended the new ‘Solomon’ website for its access to all things Masonic.

Andrew concluded by thanking the lodge for their kind generosity and of course the hospitality which they had extended to him throughout the evening, thus ended a most enjoyable and friendly evening.

Pictured from left to right, are: David Durling, Andrew Barton, Jim Jones, Brian Hayes and Darren Gregory.

Pictured from left to right, are: David Durling, Andrew Barton, Jim Jones, Brian Hayes and Darren Gregory.

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