Warrington’s parish church, St Elphin’s, saw local Freemasons dressed in full Masonic regalia, along with their families, attending the annual Warrington and District Masonic Group Service of Rededication.
Group officials; Andy Barton (group chairman), Chris Gleave (vice chairman) and John McIntyre (secretary) welcomed the Mayor of Warrington Councillor Les Morgan, along with and including Assistant Provincial Grand Masters Kevin Poynton and Anthony Bent, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Dennis Rudd and several other dignitaries to the service.
This year the brethren of Travellers’ Lodge No 4679 were invited to steward the service. Before the service started the banners of the group were paraded and left exhibited throughout the service. A warm welcome was offered by Lee Marsh (Preacher).
The service was officiated by Rev Geoff Buchan and an inspiring address was delivered by Lee Marsh. Lee focused on the parable of the ‘Good Samaritan’ and related it to the edicts of Freemasonry and the modern world. The first reading was delivered by Barry Corcoran, the WM of Travellers’ Lodge and Richard Clatworthy, a member of Warrington Lodge of Concord No 1250, delivered the second reading.
The Service of Rededication encourages all to reflect on their successes, trials and growth over the previous year and to rededicate and focus members’ minds for the challenges and aspirations for the year ahead.
The service was brought to a close by two verses of the National Anthem followed by the recessional hymn ‘And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England’s mountains green?’
After the service, everyone was cordially invited for light refreshments which were served at Warrington Masonic Hall in Winmarleigh Street. Andy Barton thanked all who had attended and helped to organise the service. He made a particular point of thanking the wives and families of those Masons that had attended, stressing how vital their support had been over the previous year and would be again in the ensuing year.
Thanks also went to David Harding (hall manager) and his staff for their work in preparing such delicious cakes which were greatly appreciated by everyone.
Pictures and story by John Starkey.