Meeting number 851 of Hand and Heart Lodge No 4109 saw their installation number 100 in the history of the lodge, and a fourth time in the chair for master elect Steve Masters, who himself was initiated into Hand and Heart Lodge in 1984, some 35 years ago.
The meeting, held at Urmston Masonic Hall, was very well attended and members of the lodge and visitors alike were honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Barry Jameson.
Barry was in accompanied by Brian Hayes, Michael Adams and South Eastern Group Chairman Gareth Jones, along with other group officers, Provincial grand officers and other distinguished brethren to witness the installation ceremony of Steve in this the centenary year of the lodge.
The installing and worshipful master Eddie Wilkinson, having opened the lodge commenced and convened the lodge business up to the third degree where Barry and his entourage entered the lodge room.
Eddie, kindly offered Barry the gavel but Barry indicated he was more than happy to sit on the sidelines and enjoy the evenings ceremony.
Steve was then presented and installed in a most sincere manner, with Eddie then presenting the working tools of an installed master in an excellent fashion.
There then followed presentations of the working tools in the third degree by Ian Wood, in the second degree by Peter Stockton and in the first degree by Ezra McGowan.
Peter gave a further presentation of the address to the master, the address to the wardens was given in excellent fashion by Eddie Wilkinson, followed by the address to the brethren of the lodge, given by Barry in an extremely heartfelt fashion.
On completion of the installation ceremony, Barry then rose to his feet to bring the sincere greetings, congratulations and best wishes from Tony Harrison, Provincial Grand Master. Barry said that Tony was aware that Steve was taking the master’s chair for the fourth time in his lodge in this, its centenary year and wished him and the members of the lodge a happy and healthy, and most importantly, an enjoyable year ahead. Barry said he had witnessed an excellently worked, very smooth installation ceremony.
Steve then rose to respond to Barry thanking him for passing on the good wishes of Tony Harrison and had much pleasure in presenting a cheque on behalf of the lodge. Barry, complimented the lodge for their amazingly generosity in presenting £750 to the 2021 MCF Festival. No sooner had this been said than Darren Gregory, group charity steward, rose to present the lodge with a Festival Vice Patron Certificate.
On the first rising, Gareth brought the greetings of the grand officers, saying that he had experienced an excellent and enjoyable ceremony and it was a delight to see a long serving Mason installed into the master’s chair on the advent of the lodge centenary, wishing Steve a very happy year ahead. Then to cap a busy evening, Barry presented newly raised master Mason Ken Harding with his Grand Lodge Certificate.
The evening continued with an enjoyable, friendly festive board in the true Hand and Heart style and Barry, in response to his toast, made references to the importance of completing the 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 going on to say he had experienced an immensely enjoyable evening and again, on his own behalf, thanked the lodge for their hospitality, thus concluding a most excellent evening.