The brethren of Red Rose of Lancashire Lodge No 9640 held their installation meeting and Michael Barron WM successfully transferred the mastership of the lodge to Robert (Bob) Olive in fine style.
There were a good number of brethren, both members and visitors present, to witness the ceremony. Michael opened the meeting without much ado and executed the lodge business in due form. There was a knock on the lodge door and in came Steven Reid, representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison.
Steven thanked Michael and the members for the very warm welcome he received on entering the lodge. Steven was accompanied by Deputy Provincial Grand Master Philip Gunning and a good number of acting Provincial grand officers and Provincial grand officers.
Bob was presented to the lodge as master elect by Arthur Marshall and having taken the obligation, Bob was very soon sitting proudly in the chair of King Solomon. Following the investiture of the lodge officers, Mike Pinckard gave a recital of the master’s address with Steven Reid completing the addresses with the address to the lodge brethren.
Bob’s first and most pleasant duty of his tenure was to present a number of cheques. This he did prior to Steven reading the recipients and values out to the lodge members.
There was a cheque for £600 written out to the MCF 2021Festival, a cheque for £400 to Teddies for Loving Care TLC for which Bob is the current chairman and a cheque for £200 to the East Lancashire Masonic Charity.
Steven then rose from his seat to bring the congratulation and best wishes from Tony Harrison, he then walked over to Michael and congratulated him and thanked him for the year he had completed in office as WM of the lodge.
Upon closing the lodge, Bob was joined by a goodly number of brethren at the dining table and this is where Steven had the opportunity to give his own good wishes. He thanked the lodge secretary for organising his visit and wished the brethren of the lodge a happy and healthy year.
As is tradition at these events the master’s song is sung to the WM and this was in the hands of John Hindle who has a mesmeric voice. In summary, the evening had a wonderful ceremony, followed by an enjoyable meal, great entertainment and camaraderie was had by all. What more can one ask!