Bryan Hoarty was installed into the chair of the Phoenix Lodge of Installed Masters No 9206 to become its 32nd master in what turned out to be a truly wonderful ceremony. The lodge was honoured on the occasion by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Winder and Bryan and David were among more than 80 members and guests attending the installation meeting at Chorley Masonic Hall.
The attendees also included other distinguished brethren in Assistance Provincial Grand Master Stewart Seddon and Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master William Huck, along with both of the group chairmen for the Leyland and Chorley Groups, Chris Blackwell and Peter Lockett.
After the lodge was opened by the outgoing master Ian Smith, Bryan was presented as the master elect and Ian, ably assisted by the officers of the lodge, proceeded to install him as master for the ensuing year in a ceremony that was not only extremely well conducted under the watchful eyes of the director of ceremonies and assistant director of ceremonies Graham Fish and Mike Harrison, it was also delivered in a most sincere and heartfelt way and was a real testimony to the hard work all the officers and brethren had put in, particularly the installing master, Ian Smith who was for all intents and purposes, word perfect.
Following the usual investiture of the lodge officers for the coming year, the address to the newly installed master was expertly delivered by Peter Lockett with Peter Allen addressing the wardens and finally, David Winder addressing the brethren of the lodge.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, David brought the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated Bryan on attaining the chair, along with all the brethren who had taken part in what he described as a most outstanding ceremony, making special mention of the installing master Ian Smith for the excellent way he had conducted the ceremony and for making it such a great and enjoyable occasion to watch and be part of.
David was then presented with cheques for £400 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, £150 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £275 for Derian House, £275 for St Catherine’s Hospice and £100 for Prostate Cancer Research, making an impressive total of £1,200. Furthermore, the collection for charities in the lodge amounted to £209, the majority of which was donated via the MCF 2021 Festival ‘white envelopes’ which will attract further contribution through gift aid. The raffle at the festive board collected a further healthy £327 which would also be donated to the MCF 2021 Festival and other charitable causes. David went on to thank the brethren most sincerely on behalf of all those recipients who would ultimately benefit from their generosity.
With around 80 brethren dining, the festive board was a truly wonderful affair with great food and wonderful fellowship in a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the evening. All the usual toasts ensued and in his response to the toast to grand officers, David gave his own personal greetings along with those of all his fellow grand officers to the newly installed master and went on to congratulate all the brethren who had recently received grand and Provincial grand honours.
For the information of all present, David also gave an account of how the MCF 2021 Festival is progressing, it being one year since it started and with three years to go, and went on to detail just how important our charitable giving is, not only to the MCF but also to our own Province of West Lancashire and more importantly, the people within it.
David quoted: “It is very encouraging to see so many brethren wearing their festival jewel, tie and other merchandise having taken up their patronage to the festival and I would encourage all those who have not yet done so to consider it.” There is a wealth of information and help to hand from lodge charity stewards or festival representatives.
The evening ended having seen everyone in good spirit and it was Bryan’s final pleasant duty to present David with a gift from the lodge.