The members of Monton Progress Lodge No 6361 were delighted to welcome Giles Berkley PAGDC as their principal guest to their installation meeting held at Elm Bank Masonic Hall. Giles was accompanied by grand officer Tony Edden, PrGStwd David Marlor and the Eccles Group Chairman Stuart Boyd. On arrival, Stuart presented Giles with the traditional Eccles cakes.
Master elect Andy Lane was to be installed into the chair of King Solomon for the third time in over a decade. The lodge being duly opened, DC Bob Allman reported that the principal guest seeked, admission to which the WM Bill Walker said that he would be pleased to receive him. Giles and his officers were welcomed into the lodge and took their rightful places.
The master elect was presented to installing master Bill Walker by Bob Allman. The ceremony continued with sincerity with Andy being installed into the chair by Bill, who was supported by his installing officers.
The third degree tools were presented by Bill Reynolds, the second degree tools by David Lent and the first degree tools by Terry Morrison.
The address to the wardens was given by Jeff Livesey and the address to the brethren of Monton Progress Lodge by Giles Berkley.
On conclusion of the ceremony, Giles rose to extend the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated Andy for taking the chair. He also congratulated Bill and the officers for their great work in the ceremony.
Andy presented Giles with a cheque in the sum of £350 as a donation to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity to which he thanked the lodge for their generous donation.
At the festive board Giles responded to the toast to the grand officers by thanking them for their support and expressed how much he had enjoyed the ceremony. He made reference to how proud we should be that Freemasonry is now celebrating 300 years and that we should wear our tercentenary jewels with pride.
Giles expressed how much he had enjoyed the friendship extended by the lodge and wished them well for the coming year. He thanked the group chairman for his company and he also mentioned to the brethren who presented the working tools and Bob Allman for his work in the lodge. Giles concluded by thanking secretary, Jeff Livesey for his invitation and information to ensure that he was made to feel welcome.
The evening ended with a rousing rendition of the master’s song sung by all present at the festive board. On behalf of the lodge, Andy presented a bouquet to Giles and to Stuart in appreciation of their attendance.
Article and pictures by Tom Fredrickson.