At the installation meeting of Hale Lodge of Fellowship No 3799, over 30 masons celebrated Joseph Cooke’s proclamation of his second consecutive year in the chair of King Solomon.
The lodge was opened in due form and the usual business of the lodge completed. It was then opened into the second degree after which the WM Joe invited David Smith to occupy the junior warden’s chair, Steve Hindley to remain as senior warden and Doug Fraser to remain as inner guard for the next part of the ceremony.
The lodge was then opened in the third degree and the director of ceremonies Brian Horabin announced that Kevin Poynton, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, was without and demanded admission. Joe replied that the lodge would be honoured to receive him. Kevin was admitted in ceremonial style accompanied by grand officers, Sam Robinson, David Redhead and Derek Williams, Widnes Group Chairman. Joe welcomed Kevin and all the distinguished guests, wishing that they have a most enjoyable evening.
Kevin, on his own behalf and the behalf of the brethren present, thanked the WM for his warm welcome and said that he too was looking forward to an enjoyable evening. Salutations were then given.
At this point, the director of ceremonies, Brian proclaimed Joseph Cooke worshipful master for the ensuing year. Joe then had the pleasure in appointing and investing his officers. The address to the junior warden was given by David Smith, the address to the junior deacon by Steve Hindley, the address to the senior and junior wardens by Brian Horabin and the address to the brethren of the lodge by Kevin Poynton.
Director of ceremonies Alan Carter then announced that this completed the ceremony of proclamation. At this point Kevin on his own behalf and on behalf of Tony Harrison the Provincial Grand Master brought congratulations to Joe on being elected WM for the second time, saying that he hoped that the officers and brethren will have a most enjoyable and healthy year
Joe thanked Kevin for those kind words and good wishes. He then presented cheques of £100 to the WLFC, £100 to Widnes Masonic Hall and £100 to the Heart and Lung Foundation. Kevin thanked the brethren for their generous donations and would be pleased to forward the cheques to the beneficiaries. Kevin went on to congratulate all the officers for an excellent proclamation ceremony.
After the meeting the brethren retired to the Peter Browne Suite to enjoy a three course meal with drinks. The master’s song was sung by Doug Fraser. Kevin responded to the toast to the grand officers with a mention of the up and coming tercentenary celebrations informing the brethren that the preparations are progressing well throughout the province.
He reminded the brethren that the Province of West Lancashire Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival begins 15 May 2017 to 2021. He also reminded brethren that this would have an impact on the donations to the WLFC. He emphasised that when donating to the WLFC please use the yellow envelopes provided as this will increase the contributions by 25% with thanks to the HMRC.
Kevin informed the brethren that on 12 October the Provincial Tour will be visiting the Widnes Group. The PrGM Tony Harrison and his team will visit areas of local interest on the day and will visit Goodwill Lodge No 3896 in the evening to witness the lodge members undertaking a first degree ceremony.
Joe, on behalf of the brethren, presented Kevin with a bouquet of flowers. Kevin thanked the brethren for the gift of flowers and said that he had had a very enjoyable evening both at the ceremony and the festive board.