Members and guests of Kingsway Lodge No 7870 met at Widnes Masonic Hall to witness the proclamation of WM Derek Jones remaining in the chair of King Solomon for a further year. Derek welcomed the brethren and hoped they would have an enjoyable evening. The lodge was then duly opened and the usual business completed.
Director of ceremonies Jack Thompson retired from the lodge and on his return announced that Colin Rowling, representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison stood without and seeks admission. Derek said that he would be pleased to receive him. Colin processed in accompanied by grand officers David Redhead and Derek Williams, Widnes Group Chairman Neil Pedder and acting Provincial grand officers. Derek welcomed Colin on his and the brethren’s behalf. Colin thanked the brethren for their warm and friendly welcome.
The lodge was then duly opened up to the third degree and salutations were then given to grand and Provincial grand officers. The DC Jack Thompson then proclaimed Derek Jones as WM of Kingsway Lodge, in the register of United Grand Lodge of England, for the ensuing year.
Jack Thompson then proclaimed Derek Jones as WM with in all three degrees and salutations were given to the WM. The third, second and first degree working tools were presented by Jack Thompson, Ian Rowan and David Molineux respectively. Derek then appointed his officers for the ensuing year. The address to the wardens was given by Jack Thompson and the address to the brethren of the lodge was then given by Colin Rowling.
Colin then rose and brought greeting to the WM from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, who hoped Derek would have another enjoyable and active year in office, and on his own behalf, he stated that he had enjoyed seeing the proclamation ceremony which had gone very well with everyone taking part.
The WM Derek then had a pleasant duty to perform by presenting the following cheques to Colin; The Widnes Masonic Hall £200 and the lodge almoner account £300. From the charity account; West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity £225, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital £225.
The collection for the almoners account realised the sum of £44.43 with £15 in gift aid envelopes. The lodge was then closed in due form.