St Elphin’s is the Parish Church for the town of Warrington. Worship on this site dates back to about 650AD. It is a grade II listed building and claims a spire of over 280 feet tall, being one of the seven highest in the UK. The church hosted the Warrington Group of Lodges and Chapters annual service of thanksgiving and rededication.
A warm welcome was offered by Rector of Warrington, Rev Paul Wilson which was matched only by the warm autumnal sun which bathed the church in its fullest splendour. The group was delighted to hold this amazing and colourful event for all Freemasons, from the newly initiated to the most senior of Provincial and grand officers. It encourages all to reflect on their successes, trials and growth over the previous 12 months and to rededicate and focus members’ minds for the challenges and aspirations for the year ahead.
This year Andy Barton, group chairman, invited True Light Lodge of Friendship No 2963 to steward the service, in which Lee Marsh played a major role. In order to continue in the fine tradition and by the courtesy of Tony Harrison, Provincial Grand Master, full Masonic dress regalia was worn for the service. Over 90 members, partners, guests and friends witnessed an extremely colourful and uplifting service.
Group officials Andy Barton, chairman, Chris Gleave, vice-chairman and John McIntyre, secretary, welcomed many dignitaries including Kevin Poynton and Tony Bent who are both assistant Provincial Grand Masters.
The service was conducted by Rev Paul Wilson, and Rev Geoff Buchan, a former member of Red Rose Lodge No 6007.
The readings were given by David Anderton and Charles Appleton. The address was given by Rev Graham Halsall.
A collection raised over £290 which was donated to the church.
After the service light refreshments were served at the Masonic hall and everyone was cordially invited. 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. Andy also thanked Dave Harding the hall manager for his work in preparing such delicious cakes which were greatly appreciated by everyone.