The members and visitors of Radio Millennium Lodge No 9709 were thrilled to receive the Provincial Deputy Grand Master Phillip Gunning as principal guest at their installation meeting to witness Peter Harding, acting as the installing master for the evening, install Paul Domville as master of the lodge for the ensuing year.
Phillip was accompanied by Gareth Jones (South Eastern Group Chairman), Nigel Paton (South Eastern Group Vice Chairman) together with other Provincial grand officers and brethren.
Peter Harding installed Paul in an excellent, positive manner, ably assisted for key parts of the ceremony by the master elect’s father, Roy Domville of Duke of Lancaster Lodge No 1353.There then followed excellent presentations of the working tools in the third degree by Deiniol Murphy, second degree by Alan Brocking and the first degree tools by Ron Behan. There were other excellent addresses and musical interludes were added by John Hartey who accompanied the ceremony with his usual wit and panache.
There then followed smoothly presented addresses; firstly, to the new WM from group vice chairman Nigel Paton and then to the wardens by Colin Driver.
On completion of the installation, Phillip congratulated the lodge and also the new master’s father on the standard of the installation and said he was very pleased to have attended such a delightful ceremony and wished the lodge success and good health for their busy forthcoming year. Paul then presented Phillip with charitable cheques made out in favour of the MCF 2021 Festival, Urmston Masonic Hall Building Fund and a local Urmston charity, The Toy House.
At the first rising Gareth responded by adding his congratulations to those of Phillip and also wished the lodge well in their forthcoming year
The evening concluded with a very enjoyable and friendly festive board with Phillip rounding things off by talking about the efforts being made to increase membership and prevent existing members from leaving if there was potential to change minds finally all joined in a rousing version of the Masters Song to end on a tuneful note.