Approximately 50 members and guests of Goodwill Lodge 3896, assembled in the McCausland Suite at Widnes Masonic Hall to witness the proclamation of John Horn. John welcomed the brethren and hoped that they would have an enjoyable evening. The lodge was duly opened and the usual business of the lodge completed. John asked the senior and junior wardens to remain in their chairs and Ulfar Norddahl to act as inner guard for the next part of the ceremony.
Director of ceremonies Bob Williams retired from the lodge and on his return announced that Christopher Eyres, the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, stood without and requested admission. John replied, saying he would be pleased to receive him. Chris processed in, accompanied by grand lodge officers Ray Raymond, David Redhead and Derek Williams, group vice chairman John Gibbon and acting Provincial grand officers Les Savage and Howard Savage. John welcomed Chris on his and the brethren’s behalf. Chris thanked them for their warm welcome.
The lodge was opened up to the third degree and salutations were given to grand and Provincial grand officers. The DC Bob Williams then proclaimed John Horn as master of Goodwill Lodge, for the ensuing year. Bob then proclaimed John Horn in all three degrees and salutations were given in each. The third, second, and first working tools were presented by Lewis Redhead, Paul Smythe and Paul Smith respectively.
John next appointed his officers for the ensuing year, with addresses to the SW Brian Magan and JW Barry Horabin presented by the WM. Other addresses given, were to the chaplain Ulfar Norddahl by Lewis Redhead, to the DC by Les Savage, to the senior and junior deacons Jason Brennan and Paul Whitelam respectively by Dave Merrill, to the IG David Lace by Ulfar Norddahl and to the stewards by Howard Savage.
The address to the master was sincerely presented by David Redhead and the address to the wardens by David Merrill. The DC then escorted Chris to the floor of the lodge, who gave the address to the brethren of Goodwill Lodge.
The proclamation ceremony was then concluded, which brought Chris to his feet to bring the greetings from the PrGM, wishing John another enjoyable and active year in office and also congratulations to the DC Bob and all those who took part in the ceremony. Chris stated that he had seen many proclamations over the years but had never seen one like that, which brought roars of laughter from the brethren. He did point out that it was meant as a compliment.
The lodge was duly closed, with the brethren retiring to the Alan Locke Suite for the festive board, where a three-course dinner and copious glasses of wine were served
The WM John presented a cheque of £250 to David Redhead for the Widnes Masonic Hall. Other donations to St Luke’s Scouts £200, Clare House £500, Halton Haven £200, St Rocco’s Hospice £200 and Sense £200 are to be presented personally at a future date. A grand total of £1,500.
Chris responded to the toast to his health by first thanking the grand and acting Provincial grand officers for their support. He then personally congratulated John for his second term as WM. He also thanked the lodge for an excellent and well performed ceremony.
David Redhead proposed the toast to the WM, whilst Norman Pritchard delivered the master’s song, accompanied on the piano by Ray Illingworth. The alms plate raised £67.50 cash, plus envelope donations. The raffle raised £140. The Tyler’s toast brought an end to what was a very enjoyable and successful evening.