Over 70 Freemasons attended the installation meeting of the Lodge of Great Endeavour No 3597, to support and witness Robert (Rob) Carr install his father into the chair of King Solomon, this almost being a re-enactment of last year’s installation. A highly charged emotional evening ensued with several statements of excellence being made. The lodge was honoured by the attendance of their principal guest David Durling, he being the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison.
The lodge was opened in the first degree by Charles Carr WM and the normal administration duties were undertaken in the usual form.
John Tyre DC announced that David Durling the representative of the PrGM was without and requested admission. David was then admitted and was accompanied by grand and Provincial grand officers including Dennis Rudd, Jack Forsyth, Gordon Amos, Stan Churm, David Redhead, Barry Jameson and Chris Gleave, (group vice chairman). Charles offered a warm welcome to all the dignitaries and wished them an enjoyable evening.
The lodge was opened in the second and third degrees and salutations offered to the grand and Provincial grand officers. The lodge was then closed by virtue and resumed in the second degree.
Charles then requested Rob (his son) to take the chair. Rob replied that he was delighted to do so.
Rob asked Norman Pritchard to act as installing SW and to occupy the chair of that office, similarly Jim Carteledge as JW and Chris Betts as IG. All the brethren said they were delighted to accept.
Neville Hodson then presented Charles, to receive at his son’s hand the benefit of installation. Charles was then installed by a somewhat shorter ceremony into the chair of King Solomon. The ceremony was conducted with all due humility, sincerity and a great amount of emotion. Almost everyone felt the strength of the emotion present even though this was almost a repeat of last year’s ceremony, but it was still a tremendously moving ceremony.
Peter Whalley presented and explained the working tools of an installed master.
The address to the WM was delivered with great dignity by Rob and amazingly both Rob and Charles managed to remain composed.
The third degree working tools were explained by Steven Brogden, second degree by Eric John Hancox and the first degree by Neville Hodson.
John Walsh delivered the address to the warden and David delivered the address to the brethren which completed the installation ceremony.
Immediately following the installation David, on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, congratulated Charles on being installed into the chair again, commenting that the ceremony was a pleasure to witness, made extra special by him being installed by his son. He also praised all the officers for the smooth running of the ceremony and the members of the lodge for their work, particularly Rob as the installing master and John Tyrer as director of ceremonies. He also gave special thanks to the members for their work on presenting the working tools. He extended his good wishes to all present and hoped Charles and all his officers would have a happy and productive year and wished everyone the best of health to enjoy it to the full.
At this moment, Charles conducted his first duty which was to present the charity donations to David. The donations were to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity £400, the MCF 2021 Festival £400 and the Masonic hall £200; totalling £1,000. David received the donations saying how pleased he was to receive such a magnificent sum of money. He praised all concerned saying it was such a wonderful amount and thanked the lodge and brethren on behalf of the recipients, stating that the donations would be gratefully applied.
The hall catering staff supplied an excellent four course meal for the festive board, which consisted of Lancashire tart with black pudding, seafood Vol-au-vent, braised steak with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables and lemon sponge and custard, which was very much enjoyed by the members and guests. Red and white wines were also served with tea or coffee to follow.
David responded to toast number three, bringing his own congratulations and best wishes and remarked on the forthcoming Provincial grand lodge and the pending tercentenary. Once again, he thanked the lodge for their excellent donations. He congratulated all the members present who are about to gain Provincial honours.
At the social board, Rob proposed the toast to his father, saying that this was probably the proudest day of his life and he couldn’t find anyone better than his father to toast. The master’s song was sung by Norman Pritchard accompanied by Ken Magraw.
When the meal was ended, a raffle was held which generated £200 for charity.
Article written by John Starkey.