Mohammed’s second year in the chair

Members of Barlow Moor Lodge No 4525 were delighted to receive their principle guest Stuart Thornber, as representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, at their installation meeting where Mohammed Yusuf was proclaimed as master for a second successive year.

Stuart (left) congratulates Mohammed.

The meeting, held at Urmston Masonic Hall, was well attended and Stuart was accompanied by Gareth Jones, South Eastern Group Chairman and other distinguished Provincial grand officers, group officers and visiting brethren.

With the installation meeting underway, Stephen Golding, lodge director of ceremonies, at the appropriate time, proclaimed Stephen as the WM for the ensuing year in a most diligent manner.

An inspiring address was given to new junior jarden Sam Wood by lodge chaplain Peter Wellock, which was followed by an excellent address to the brethren of the lodge by Stuart.

The installation ceremony having been brought to a close, Stuart rose at the customary point in the proceedings to convey the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, offering his congratulations to Mohammed on being proclaimed as master and wishing him and the lodge good health to enjoy another happy and healthy year ahead.

Mohammed then rose to respond to Stuart, thanking him for passing on the good wishes of Tony Harrison and had much pleasure in presenting a cheque on the behalf of the lodge. Stuart, having opened the envelope had much pleasure in complimenting the lodge for their amazingly generous presentation of £1,250 towards the 2021 MCF Festival and thanked the lodge on behalf of all those recipients who would eventually benefit from their most kind, charitable giving.

Pictured from left to right, are: Simon Warrington, Stuart Thornber, Mohammed Yusuf and Gareth Jones.

At this point the Regional Charity Steward Denis Tierney rose to present Mohammed with a certificate making the lodge well deserved Vice Patrons of the 2021 Festival.

There then followed a very moving announcement by junior warden Sam Wood, who should have recently undertaken a sponsored walk on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society. The walk had been cancelled due to bad weather but the sponsorship money, together with a further donation of £250 from the lodge was to be given to the society regardless. Sam gave an excellent tribute to those involved in the society who had been helping his grandfather who was suffering with this terrible affliction.

The evening continued with an enjoyable, friendly festive board and Stuart in his response, made references to the importance of completing our Masonic journey with membership of the Royal Arch and commented on improving Masonic recruitment and the importance of supporting the current 2021 MCF Festival. Finally, Stuart went on to say he had experienced an immensely enjoyable evening and again, on his own behalf, thanked the lodge for their hospitality. Thus, a most enjoyable evening was brought to a close.

Pictured from left to right, are: Ezra McGowan, Denis Tierney, Mohammed Yusuf and Darren Gregory.

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