James Edwards was installed in the chair of King Solomon at the installation meeting of Swinton Lodge No 6100 held at Swinton Masonic Hall.
The venerable Alan Wolstencroft was there representing the PrGM Tony Harrison, accompanied by grand officers Tony Edden and Alec Neilson, Provincial Grand Steward David Marlor and Eccles Group Vice Chairman Patrick Walsh. On arriving for the meeting, Alan was presented with the traditional Eccles cakes by Patrick Walsh.
After opening the lodge, the WM James Allison continued with the ceremony to install James into the chair of King Solomon assisted by his installing officers.
The working tools of all three degrees were presented by Neil Pearson. Alan Robertson gave the address to the WM, Peter Roberts gave the address to the wardens and Alan gave the address to the brethren of the lodge.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Alan congratulated James on reaching the chair of King Solomon and extended the greetings and best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master. He also congratulated installing master James and the officers who took part in the ceremony for their fine work.
James presented a cheque to Alan of £300 to the MCF 2021 Festival. They also gave a £50 donation to Ecclesholme.
At the festive board Alan brought his own personal greetings to all the brethren for 2018. He thanked James Allison the IPM for a good ceremony and congratulated him on getting over his initial nerves and said that he did well. He also thanked Neil Pearson and all the brethren for the work they had put into the ceremony.
In response to the toast to the grand officers, Alan talked about the splendid year it has been celebrating the 300 years of Freemasonry.
He said that we should all be very proud of the charity that we give and that Masonry distributes and that we should keep supporting the MCF2021 Festival the best we can.
He also said that we should encourage others to become Masons by talking openly about Masonry and that we are all membership officers.
Alan referred to our Masonic halls, that they need care and maintenance and that we should try and support and help them as much as we can. In closing, he thanked the WM and brethren for their hospitality.
The masters song was sung by Jim Carey and accompanied by Colin Smith.