The members of Egerton Worsley Lodge No 1213 were delighted to welcome Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Barry Jameson as their principal guest at the installation of Paul Webster held at Elm Bank Masonic Hall.
Barry was welcomed by Eccles Group Vice Chairman Patrick Walsh and duly presented with a bag of traditional Eccles cakes, Barry commented that his stock was getting low. Barry was joined by a plethora of grand officers, David McCormick, Alec Neilson, Brian Everall, Roy Pyne and Len Hart, also acting Provincial grand officer David Marlor.
The business on the summons concluded, WM Godfrey Calcutt welcomed Barry into the lodge and continued with the ceremony. Installing master Godfrey requested that David Quinn occupied the installing senior warden’s chair, Peter Whalley the installing junior warden’s chair and Ian Edge as installing inner guard.
The master elect Paul Webster was presented for the benefit of installation by his brother Derek Webster and installed in the chair of King Solomon for the third time by Godfrey in a smooth and efficient ceremony assisted by his installing officers under the guidance of DC Colin Latimer.
The working tools of the third degree were explained Ian Edge, the second by John Tooley and the first by Reg Cooper. The address to the WM was given by Derek Webster and the address to the wardens by Brian Gaskell.
Godfrey then invested his officers for the ensuing year. On investing Derek Webster as the lodge charity steward, the group vice chairman Patrick Walsh read out the duties of this important office and presented them to Derek.
On completion of an excellent ceremony, Barry rose to congratulate Paul on reaching the chair of King Solomon and brought him the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and also congratulated Godfrey Calcutt and his officers for a wonderful ceremony.
Paul presented Barry with a cheque in the sum of £300 made out to the MCF 2021 Festival of which Barry received with gratitude and stated that he knew it would be gratefully appreciated and faithfully applied.
The labours of the evening being ended the brethren retired to the dining room for the festive board where a fine four course banquet meal was enjoyed by all.
In his response to the toast to the grand officers, Barry extended his personal greetings on behalf of himself and the grand officers present and said that he was very impressed with the standard of the work performed in the lodge. He said that Paul will be a good example to the brethren and that his work in Freemasonry is exemplary both in the Craft and the care system as well as his work trying to promote Elm Bank Masonic Hall.
Barry said that he was pleased to see a number of 2021 Festival Jewels being worn and that we must continue to support it. Barry referred to the promotional efforts that are active in encouraging brethren in the Craft to join the Royal Arch. He said that it is enjoyable, vibrant and stimulating – the complete degree. He said that existing members of the Royal Arch are the most compelling advocates for it and that we should encourage brethren from the Craft to continue their Masonic journey by joining it.
He thanked Patrick Walsh for looking after him and also to the secretary Stuart Shea (who was absent due to sickness) for the arrangements and to the lodge members for their hospitality shown to him. He thanked his grand officers for their support and also to acting officer David Marlor.
Immediate Past Master Godfrey Calcutt thanked Paul for once again taking the office of master and presented him with the traditional silver goblet and felt reassured that the lodge will be in safe hands for the ensuing year. The master’s song was sung by Peter Whalley accompanied by Colin Smith.
On retiring, Barry was presented with a bouquet of flowers for his good lady, he responded by saying that these gifts would give him extra brownie points when he got home.
Article and pictures by Tom Fredrickson.