There was no dilly dalleying at Townley Parker Lodge No 1032 when Michael Dalley became their WM.
Whilst it is unusual for a father to install his father as master of his lodge, it very rare for a son to install his father. This was the scenario at Townley Parker Lodge No 1032 as members and their guests gathered to witness Michael Dalley being installed by his son Simon Dalley. If that was not special enough, the evening was made all the more special by Michael attaining the chair after 44 years in Freemasonry.
WM, Peter Leigh opened the lodge for the last time of his year of office and quickly despatched the business of the lodge before Ian Higham, representing the Provincial Grand Master entered the lodge accompanied by grand and acting provincial officers,
The installation ceremony started with Peter explaining to Michael what his duties as WM would be for the next year. As the ceremony progressed, Peter invited Simon to take the chair so that he could install his father. All present then witnessed a truly moving ceremony, delivered with great love and sincerity.
With Michael well and truly installed, Simon then handed the reins back to Peter to continue the ceremony. Peter proceeded by proclaiming to one and all that Michael was now the WM of Townley Parker Lodge No 1032. Two stalwarts of the lodge, David Hooley, and Richard Higson presented the 3rd and 2nd degree tools in fine style before junior brother Simon Brooks presented the 1st degree tools in exemplary manner.
After Michael had appointed his team for the year, the atmosphere was electric as Simon made another contribution to the installation by delivering the address to the master in a wonderful yet emotional manner. A definite highlight moment that Michael and Simon will remember for many years.
With the ceremony over, Michael took charge of the lodge and straight away presented Ian with cheques for distribution to charity amounting to £1700.
Another highlight of the evening was Tom Jackson giving greetings from Grand Lodge. He commented that he had taught the WM and was ‘pleased he had achieved the high office – at long last’. From comments that ran around the lodge, it became apparent that Michael wasn’t the only one that Tom had taught! Simon Brooks, the new junior warden called out that both he and his Dad had been taught by Tom!
The ‘serious’ part of the evening being over, the members and their guests retired to the main function room at Chorley Masonic Hall for a pre-dinner drink and an opportunity to chat with friends old and new. Soon all were seated and proceeded to enjoy a delicious meal prepared and served by Sharon and her team.
During the various toasts and speeches, it was commented on that Eddie Webster had that evening stood down as secretary after 33 years and David Hooley had stood down as treasurer after 30 years, both giving exceptional service to the lodge. As part of the toast to the master, Michael Segar, accompanied by Douglas Little sang the masters song which wished the master and his wardens good health for their coming year. As is traditional, everyone joined in with gusto in the choruses!!!
Another traditional part of any festive board is the raffle which on this occasion raised the magnificent sum of £160 for charity.
A very special and memorable night from start to finish was enjoyed by everyone There was an excellent ceremony, fine food, good company and to top it all superb charity donations. Definitely no dilly dalleying at Townley Parker.