Over 60 members and guests attended the installation meeting of Warrington Temple Lodge No 6420 to see Peter David Barton being installed into the chair of King Solomon at Warrington Masonic Hall.
The lodge was highly honoured by the presence of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison along with Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Dennis Rudd, the Provincial Grand Senior Warden John Lee, Provincial Grand Junior Warden Jonathan Heaton, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Keith Kemp and Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Mark Barton. They were accompanied by grand officers including Jack Forsyth, Stan Churm, Derek Hunt, Chris Eyres, Len Hart and Derek Williams.
Derek Hazlehurst, the installing master, opened the lodge and completed the usual administrative duties. The lodge was then opened in the second and third degrees.
Keith Kemp was then admitted into the lodge and announced that the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison was without and demanded admission. Derek replied it would be a great honour, privilege and pleasure to receive him and all the dignitaries.
Under the direction of Keith, Tony was then admitted along with acting Provincial grand officers and grand officers with all dignity and reverence, in true ceremonial style.
Derek welcomed Tony and all the dignitaries and visitors, saying he hoped everyone would have an enjoyable evening. He offered Tony the gavel which he accepted, saying it gave him great pleasure to visit the lodge and to be offered the gavel, but quickly returned it, pointing out that it was in good hands.
At this point Derek asked John Lee to act as installing SW, Jonathan Heaton to act as JW and Charles Carr to continue to act as IG, which they all accepted with pleasure. Peter was then presented to Derek to receive at his hand the benefit of installation.
Peter was installed into the chair of King Solomon according to ancient custom and with all due reverence. The working tools were presented and explained by Ray Illingworth in the third degree, John Moore the second degree and Kim Slaughter the first degree. Peter then appointed and invested his officers for the ensuing year.
The address to the WM was delivered by John Moreton and the address to the brethren of the lodge by Tony, both of which were perfectly delivered.
This concluded the installation ceremony, at which point Tony congratulated Peter on being installed into the chair for the first time. He also thanked Derek for all his work, particularly over the past year and congratulated him on an excellent ceremony, saying: ‘It was a pleasure to see.” Tony continued by thanking Kevin Hickman, the lodge DC, for his hard work, particularly during the ceremony. He congratulated the newer brethren for their presentations of their respective tools. Tony concluded by wishing all the members of the lodge a happy and successful new Masonic year ahead.
Peter thanked Tony for his comments and presented him with cheques to a total value of £800. Donations included £300 to West Lancashire Community Chest, £100 to West Lancashire Masonic Charity Fund, £50 to SSAFA, £50 to Warrington Museum of Freemasonry, £100 to Salvation Army (Warrington Branch), £100 to Hounds for Heroes and £100 to the Warrington Masonic Hall Co Ltd.
Following the ceremony an excellent four course banquet was served to nearly 60 Masons by the Masonic hall staff. This consisted of fan of galia melon, roast leg of lamb with mint sauce, lemon drizzle cake with custard, followed by cheese and biscuits. Red and white wines accompanied the meal with tea or coffee to follow.
The master’s song was sung by Norman Pritchard, accompanied by Ray Illingworth. At the close of the evening on behalf of the lodge members, Kim Slaughter presented a bouquet of flowers to Tony and John Moore presented a bouquet to Kevin.
Both Tony and Kevin thanked the brethren for the flowers saying their wives would be delighted to receive them. Both also thanked the lodge for a very enjoyable evening. The evening was brought to a close by Bill Wainright proposing the tyler’s toast.