An un-seasonally warm December day was matched by the warmth of the welcome extended to all visitors and members of Travellers’ Lodge No 4679 at the installation of Andrew Kilgour. The meeting was held at Warrington Masonic Hall and was attended by over 45 Masons to see Andrew installed into the chair of King Solomon by his predecessor Stuart Parker, the installing master.
The lodge was opened by Stuart, who then made a very sad announcement to inform the brethren assembled of the recent death of Ian Jackson, who was for many years the director of ceremonies and charity steward, and in his passing he would be sadly missed. The installing master then asked all to stand in silence as a mark of respect to departed merit. The lodge was then opened in the second and third degrees.
Upon an alarm being raised Bill Wainwright (acting DC) announced that the assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton was without and demanded admission. Kevin was the principal guest and was admitted in due ceremonial style, accompanied by Andy Barton (group chairman) and Provincial Junior Grand Deacon Paul Rigby.
Stuart extended a warm welcome to all present saying he was delighted to receive such distinguished guests and hoped they would have an enjoyable evening. He then offered Kevin the gavel, which he immediately returned saying he would like the work that Stuart had put into the proceedings not to go to waste.
Stuart then requested Brian Potter to act as SW, Charles Carr to act as JW and Colin Latimer to act as IG. All were delighted to assist by occupying their respective offices. Andrew was presented for installation by Brian Potter and Darren Brown. Andrew was then installed by Stuart according to ancient custom, which he did with dignity and sincerity.
The working tools of the third degree were explained by Darren Brown, the second degree working tools by Barry Corcoran and the first degree working tools by Chris Cozlik. Both Barry and Chris are junior brethren. The address to the WM was delivered by Peter Hayes, the address to the wardens by Andy Barton (group chairman) and the address to the brethren was delivered by Kevin. Andrew was very proud and highly delighted to attain the chair of King Solomon, this being the first time he had been elected and installed into the office of WM.
Immediately following the installation, Kevin, on behalf of Tony Harrison the Provincial Grand Master and on his own behalf, congratulated Andrew on being installed into the chair of such a fine, warm and friendly lodge, commenting that the ceremony was a pleasure to witness. Kevin also congratulated Stuart on the ceremony and said that Andrew could have no doubt that he had been truly installed into the chair of King Solomon. Kevin extended his good wishes to all present and hoped Andrew and all his officers would have a productive year, wishing everyone the best of health to enjoy it to the full.
An excellent festive board followed with a four course banquet being served with red or white wine and tea or coffee to finish. Shortly after the meal a raffle was conducted, which raised the magnificent sum of £158. The master’s song was sung by Peter Whalley who was accompanied by Keith Dickenson.
Kevin congratulated the junior brethren on their delivery of the respective working tools and Keith Dickenson for his delightful music, saying how much we all appreciated the music both in the lodge and at the social board.