The brethren gathered for the installation of Paul Spann as the Worshipful Master of Brookfield Lodge No 5077 for the second time in a row. On this occasion the installation was by proclamation.
In attendance was Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Stewart Seddon along with group treasurer Mike Silver and acting officers Mark Howard and John Pitches. The brethren were treated to the playing of delightful music by Ray Dainton.
What followed was a delightful ceremony with everyone putting in a lot of effort, Stewart Seddon brought greetings from our Provincial Grand Master and congratulated Paul for retaining the chair of King Solomon for a second successive year. He made special mention of the two junior members Russell Jereis, an entered apprentice of only 6 months and Graeme McLeish a fellowcraft and who delivered the first and second degree tools respectively. All three working tools were presented in a thoughtful manner.
A grand total of £2,400 was given to 11 charities, a great amount from a small lodge. £500 was donated to Westhoughton banqueting, £200 each to Children Today, Derian House, Bolton Hospice, Air Ambulance, Ecclesholme, Henshaw, Fort Alice, Firwood School and West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, and £100 to Tuesday Club.
It was commented on that it was nice to see a few junior members of the lodge namely two fellow crafts and an entered apprentice. Brookfield Lodge’s future is looking bright.