Chorlton Lodge No 1387 was honoured by the attendance of the Provincial Grand Secretary Peter Taylor for their installation meeting held at Swinton Masonic Hall.
Peter was accompanied by Eccles Group Chairman Dave Walmsley, Stuart Boyd group vice- chairman, grand officers Tony Edden and a guest from ‘down under’, Alan Taylor, a member of Faith, Hope and Charity Lodge No 195 and a grand steward from the Western Australian constitution. Alan was on holiday in the UK and made enquiries of any installations during his stay, hence his visit to Chorlton lodge.
On his arrival at the meeting, Alan had three pleasant surprises. The first surprise being that he is related to two past masters of the lodge, WBro W O’Neill (1965) and WBro W Shelmerdine (1968). The second surprise was, that while talking to the principle guest, Peter Taylor, it emerged that Alan was related to Peter’s best friend, which evolved into many reminiscences. As one can imagine there was much banter even before the meeting began. Also, Dave Walmsley presented Peter with a bag of the traditional Eccles Cakes, for which Peter was very grateful.
The lodge being duly open, the principle guest and his entourage were welcomed into the lodge by the worshipful master, Alan Cavanagh junior. Following the formal greetings, Alan handed over the gavel to installing master, Tony Edden who duly requested the installing officers, installing senior warden Arnold Braddock, installing junior warden Ken Grundy and installing inner guard Rich Cupitt to take post.
The present worshipful master and master elect Alan Cavanagh junior was presented to Tony for the benefit of installation. Alan was installed in the chair of King Solomon for the consecutive year.
Tony carried out the ceremony ably assisted by officers of the lodge under the watchful eye of acting DC Alan Cavanagh senior. The working tools of the third degree were presented by Terry Bailey, the second by Alan Cavanagh senior and the first by Chris Hughes.
The addresses to the worshipful master, was delivered by Dave Walmsley and the address to the wardens was given by Ken Grundy.
On conclusion of the ceremony, Peter rose to extend the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and thanked Alan for taking the chair for the second year in succession. He also congratulated the installing master Tony Edden and the officers who took part in an excellent ceremony, particularly Alan Cavanagh senior who wore many hats throughout the ceremony of the installation of his son.
At the festive board, in his response to the toast to the grand officers, Peter gave his own congratulations to Alan on attaining the worshipful masters’ chair for another year. He also wished him a healthy and prosperous year.
Peter congratulated the forthcoming promotions of Dave Walmsley to APrGM and PrGStdB in Royal Arch and Tony Edden’s promotion to PJGD and thanked them both for their support during the evening.
Peter canvassed for support of the forthcoming celebrations of the tercentenary year and encouraged the brethren to make an effort to attend whatever they could.
Peter concluded by remarking on the coincidence of meeting our colleague from ‘down under’ and that he would take back with him fond memories of his visit to Chorlton Lodge. He thanked the members of the lodge for their kind hospitality and said how much that he had enjoyed their ceremony.
Article by Tom Fredrickson and photos by John Harrop.