Robert Winn master of Astley and Ellesmere

The brethren and guests of Astley and Ellesmere Lodge No 730 witnessed Robert Winn being installed into the chair of King Solomon at the installation meeting held at Chorley Masonic Hall.

Robert Winn (left) being congratulated by Joe Hall

Robert Winn (left) being congratulated by Joe Hall

The lodge was honoured by the presence of Joe Hall Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies the principal guest representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Joe was accompanied the Chorley Group Chairman, Peter Lockett, group secretary Don Hesketh and Acting Provincial Grand Officer Mark Howard.

The lodge was opened by the outgoing WM Kevin Taylor and after the usual business the members of the members of lodge balloted for a joining member who was welcomed by all those present.

Kevin assisted by his fellow lodge officers then went on to install his successor in a most sincere and well presented ceremony under the ever watchful eye of the director of ceremonies Derek Whittle.

Robert Winn (left) and Kevin Taylor.

Robert Winn (left) and Kevin Taylor.

The working tools were expertly presented by John Lancaster, Mark Briggs, Ian Smith and Andrew McMath and the addresses to the master and wardens by John Bicknell (a guest of the lodge) and John Rhodes. As tradition dictates the address to the brethren was presented by the principal guest Joe Hall.

Following the ceremony Joe brought the greeting of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and commented on what an excellent ceremony had just been conducted making special mention of the secretary John Lancaster, the director of ceremonies Derek Whittle and Ian Smith (one of the more junior brethren) for excellent presentation of the second degree working tools, a difficult piece of ritual.

Robert Winn (left) being toasted by Andrew Cogle during the masters song.

Robert Winn (left) being toasted by Andrew Cogle during the masters song.

In response the newly installed WM Robert Winn presented Joe with a number  cheques for the following charities and good causes, Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival – £500, Rosemere Cancer Trust – £200, Derian House – £100, St Lawrence Church Open Table – £100 and Chorley Masonic Hall – £600 totaling an impressive £1,500. On behalf of the Chorley Group and all those people not known to us who will benefit from these, Joe thanked the brethren for these very generous donations.

The festive board was a very friendly and relaxed affair with good food and good company.

Andrew Cogle toasted the worship master and sang the master song. The raffle raised an impressive £200.

In response to the toast to his health Joe thanked the lodge and all it members for the wonderful reception he had received and commented on the excellent ceremony and festive board.

The final words of the evening went to the WM Robert who presented Joe with a gift for him to enjoy wishing all the brethren present good health and happiness and a safe journey home.

Joe Hall, Robert Winn(centre sat down )and Kevin Taylor with the acting Provincial and Chorley Group Officers , along with the lodge DC , junior and senior wardens.

Joe Hall, Robert Winn(centre sat down )and Kevin Taylor with the acting Provincial and Chorley Group Officers , along with the lodge DC , junior and senior wardens.