Another installation meeting within the Leyland and District Group took place at Wellington Park, Leyland. It was a well-attended event which saw Brian King, master elect, installed into the chair of King Solomon at De Bon Cuer Lodge No 6984 where there was a good number of acting Provincial grand officers in attendance to show their support for the incoming master.
Phil Kavanagh, WM and installing master, opened the lodge and welcomed Robert Wright, Assistant Provincial Grand Master in the Province of West Lancashire, into the lodge room. He was accompanied by Chris Blackwell Leyland Group Chairman. Robert thanked the brethren for their warm welcome and said that he was looking forward to an enjoyable night ahead.
Following the remainder of the lodge business, Brian was presented to the lodge as master elect by Gary Fishwick. He then recited the obligation before being installed into the master’s chair. Phil had equipped himself well for his task at hand and finally breathed a heavy sigh of relief when the installation was complete.
The working tools of an installed master, the third degree and first degree tools were presented by Stanley Crozier with those of the second degree delivered by Philip Dixon. Following this Stanley went on to present an appreciation of a set of working tools which had been presented to St Leonard’s Lodge No 6132 in 1945 as a token of thanks from the American air force. St Leonard’s Lodge had hosted a number of serving brethren whilst they were away from their homeland and this was their way of saying thanks and for making them welcome.
Brian being installed, this was the cue for Robert to bring congratulations from Tony Harrison, Provincial Grand Master. Robert then paid tribute to the team who had supported Phil throughout his year in office and the evening’s ceremony and thanked Phil personally for the hard work he had put into leading the lodge as WM.
The first official task for Brian came when he was able to present a number of cheques to Robert for forwarding to the relevant charities. The cheques were for the sum of £850 in total and each was made out as follows: £200 to Lostock St Gerards Football Club; £200 to Bradbury Scout Group; £100 to Myeloma UK and £350 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Robert thanked the lodge members on behalf of the recipients on giving such a sizeable amount.
The lodge meeting was then closed with everyone headed for the dining room. Here Robert gave his own personal thanks and best wishes to Brian and the lodge and stated that he had a wonderful evening in the company of the members of De Bon Cuer Lodge where, he hoped he would be invited again in the future.