Brethren of Ellesmere Lodge No 3068 were honoured to receive Chris McNab PAGDC, who was accompanied by Eccles Group Vice Chairman Patrick Walsh for their instillation meeting held at Elm Bank Masonic Hall. Chris was greeted by Patrick and presented with the traditional Eccles cakes, to which Chris’s eyes lit up.
The usual business was transcended by the WM Reg Lewis and the DC Neil Branham reported that Chris was without and seeks admission, to which Reg replied that it would be an honour to receive him and Patrick.
Master elect Dougie Crompton was then presented to the WM by Geoff Branham for the benefit of installation. The installation was conducted by Reg Lewis and the lodge secretary James Birkett. James proposed Dougie into Freemasonry and the ceremony was performed as a double act. The ceremony was conducted with dignity and sincerity and Dougie was installed into the chair of King Solomon for the first time.
The third degree tools were presented by Neil Branham, the second degree tools by Neil Brannon and the first degree tools by James Birkett. Geoff Branham gave the address to the WM and to the wardens. The group charity steward Bill Walker gave an address to the lodge charity steward Neil Branham.
On conclusion of the ceremony Chris rose to convey the best wishes from the PrGM Tony Harrison. Chris congratulated the installing master Reg Lewis and James Birkett and the installing officers for providing a most enjoyable ceremony.
Dougie presented Chris with a cheque in the sum of £200 as a donation to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £200 to MCF 2021 Festival, to which Chris gratefully received thanking the brethren for a wonderful sum for such a small lodge.
The meeting completed, the brethren retired to enjoy friendship and camaraderie at the festive board. In response to the toast to the grand officers, Chris responded by thanking the brethren for their hospitality and Patrick Walsh for his support. He extended his own personal wishes and that he was hopeful that the lodge would flourish.
Chris conveyed the message from the PrGM that we must also look after our Masonic halls and make every effort to promote them. He said that the PrGM’s message is to enjoy our Freemasonry and promote the organisation by spreading the word.
The master’s song was sung by the brethren accompanied by guest organist Geoff Creswick.
In response to the visitor’s toast, WM of Egerton Worsley Lodge No 1213 Godfrey Calcutt presented the black spot to Dougie and invited him to join with the other masters on the circuit.
Dougie presented Chris with a bouquet for his good lady and thanked him for attending his special night.