The installation meeting of St Oswald Lodge No 5170 was held at Warrington Masonic Hall. It was attended by over 50 Masons to see Bill Wainwright installed into the chair of King Solomon by his predecessor Andy Sharp, the WM and installing master. On this occasion, the lodge was honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton, who was accompanied by grand officers including Dennis Rudd, Jack Forsyth, Stan Churm, Keith Jackson and Colin Rowling. Acting provincial grand officers present were Mark Barton, Bob Williams, Les Savage and Howard Savage along with Andrew Barton Warrington Group Chairman.
Installing master Andy requested John Lee to act as installing SW, Keith Jackson to act as installing JW and Gwilym Jones to act as installing IG. All accepted saying it would be an honour and a privilege. Before the meeting continued, Andy addressed the members of lodge and thanked them all for their help and support over the last 12 months.
The meeting continued with Bill being presented by Eric Main and Stephen Hollywood. He was then installed by Andy according to ancient custom, which he did with sincerity. This was the second time Bill had been installed into the chair of King Solomon; the first time was in 2002.
The working tools of the third degree were explained by Alan Dixon, the second degree working tools by Stephen Hollywood and the first degree working tools by Peter Beck. The working tools of an installed master were explained by Peter Whalley. Colin Rowland gave the address to the WM, Les Savage gave the address to the DC, Stan Churm gave the address to the tyler, Howard Savage gave the address to the stewards and the address to the wardens was presented by Andrew Barton. Finally, Kevin Poynton delivered the address to the brethren of the lodge.
Immediately following the installation Kevin, on his own behalf and on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, congratulated Bill on being installed into the chair and congratulated Andy as installing master, commenting that the ceremony was a pleasure to witness. He also thanked the brethren and officers involved in the installation for their hard work.
Usually the first duty for the new WM is a very pleasant one, which is that of presenting cheques for charity donations. On this occasion, this delightful task was given to the installing master Andy Sharp. Kevin thanked the members of the lodge for such a magnificent sum of money being donated. The donations included £200 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity (joining £264.70 already sent to Charity Office), £200 to St Oswald Lodge Centenary Fund, £250 to Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and £200 to Apprentices Nepal Project 2018, a grand total of £1,114.70 (excluding gift aid). The Lochaber donation is a thank you to their mountain rescue team for rescuing chaplain Joe Royle’s son and girlfriend, and the Apprentices Nepal donation is to help build classrooms in Nepal, as ADC Rob Main’s daughter is helping to build these this year. Alms raised £83.71, with a further £49.70, plus gift aid, to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £27 plus gift aid, to the West Lancashire 2021 Festival.
A delightful four course festive board was served starting with a fan of melon, main course of roast chicken breast, black forest gateau with pouring cream for dessert and finally premium cheese and biscuits, with tea or coffee to follow.
A raffle was held raising £257 for the lodge to further donate to charities. The master’s song was sung by Norman Pritchard who was accompanied by Brian Wilson.
Bill presented Kevin and Andrew with bouquets of flowers thanking them for their attendance. Kevin and Andrew thanked the brethren saying they were delighted to receive such a gift and felt sure their wives would be similarly pleased.
Story by Derek Houghton and Pictures by Eric Miller.