Members and friends of Chorley Lodge No 6287 gathered to celebrate the installation of Andrew Howarth into the chair of King Solomon.
The principal guest for the evening was Stephen Gregory who represented the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Stephen was accompanied by Peter Allen group vice chairman and Don Hesketh group treasurer.
Andrew was formally presented to the lodge by Peter Horgan. The scene being set, Stuart Catterall worked a matchless, virtuoso installation.
The working tools in the third degree, second degree and first degree were presented in a word-perfect manner by Russ Garner, Richard Gillett and Tom Richardson respectively.
The address to the stewards was delivered by Peter Horgan, the address to the master was delivered by Don Hesketh, the address to the wardens was presented by David Alston and the address to the brethren of the lodge was worked by Stephen Gregory.
Stephen brought greetings from the Provincial Grand Master. He congratulated Stuart on the high standard of the ritual saying: ” You would have to go a long way to find its equal.” The presentation of the working tools by three brethren in light blue was also exceptional. Stephen said the Provincial Grand Master wished everyone the good health to enjoy their year in office.
Stuart then had the pleasant duty to present the cheques for donations to charitable causes: £1,000 to the Chorley Masonic Hall Association, £500 to Derian House (a children’s hospice), £500 to St Catherine’s (a children’s hospice), £154 donations made to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, with £135 donated to good causes earlier in the year. A total of £2,289.
Stephen thanked the members of the lodge for their generous donations on behalf of the ultimate recipients who the lodge members will never know.
The installation being over the brethren retired to the festive board in a happy and celebratory mood.
In his response to the toast to his health, Stephen again congratulated everyone who had taken part in the work in the lodge. He said that the work of the brethren in light blue was of a very high standard and support for initiatives such as the ‘blues brothers’ was helping newer brethren to enjoy their Masonry.
Stephen also mentioned the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival saying that there was still time to commit to supporting the Festival with a monthly donation and wearing the festival jewel with pride. He urged brethren to see the charity steward for details.
Concluding, Stephen also recommended those brothers who had not joined the Royal Arch to consider this order to complete their Masonic journey.
As the evening drew to a close, the conviviality of friends old and new, the good wine, good food and good company will be remembered for a long time.