Eric Hart, Chorley Group Group Care Officer and Administrator, is to take up office as the Provincial Grand Almoner when the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison appoints him to that office in May 2017. This follows the announcement that Ernie Greenhalgh is to retire from office in May. Eric will succeed Ernie and he will be invested at the forthcoming meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge. Eric will also assume responsibility for the Royal Arch after he has been invested accordingly on or before the convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter in October 2017.
Eric is a popular choice for the office of Provincial Grand Almoner as he has a work ethic which has been exemplary in all stations of his life. He started his professional career in September 1995 as an apprentice radio and television engineer, moving to British Nuclear Fuels on 5 December 1966 as an instrument mechanic where he was responsible for the safe repair, maintenance and installation of various instruments in a chemical processing plant.
This was quickly followed by him acting as an apprentice training instructor between 1969 and 1978, followed by promotion to adult and apprentice training instructor soon after. In this role, Eric was involved in the design and implementation of courses, for both adults and apprentices in the field of industrial measurement and control; teaching safe practices and ‘sound instructional techniques’ in the measurement of flow, pressure, level and speed. In this capacity, he also worked as a part time lecturer in the field of measurement and control at The Bolton Institute of Technology.
In 1978 Eric became the company welfare officer, a post he held until until 2002, providing all employees, retired employees and their families with a comprehensive and confidential welfare, counselling and advisory service. He was also the representative to the BNFL Benevolent Fund and death benefit insurance scheme on behalf of all the employees. He also provided close liaison with the company superannuation office and the human resources department, the company medical department, all voluntary services and charities together with central and local government departments and also local and national charities.
Following early retirement from British Nuclear Fuels in 2002, Eric became a manager of a medical practice at Preston Medical Consultants Limited until 2015. He still works part time for 15 hours per week as general manager of Culcheth Sports Club, near Warrington.
Eric has many hobbies including gardening, ball room dancing and still referees local football matches. He was, until September 2015, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee at the Lancashire FA, as well as being the Chairman of the Referees Committee. He is also a past director of the Lancashire Football Association and a National Tutor for The Football Association. On the 1 January 1998 Eric was awarded the MBE for services to the community and football in Lancashire.
Eric is currently a member of Leyland Hesketh Lodge No 986, secretary of Phoenix Lodge of Installed Masters No 9206 and a past almoner of Leyland Chapter No 4249. He is also almoner of other Masonic Orders and as well as being the current Local Care Office for Leyland Group, he is the Group Care Officer and Administrator for both the Chorley and Leyland Groups.
Leyland Group Chairman Chris Blackwell congratulated Eric on learning of his imminent appointment to the office of Provincial Grand Almoner. Chris commented that this appointment was also an acknowledgement of the many years of service given by Eric to the Leyland Group and he wished him the very best of health and complete success in his new role.