The brethren of Longford Lodge No 5900 were pleased to welcome Brian Hayes PJGD as their principle guest at the installation meeting held at Swinton Masonic Hall.
Brian was accompanied by grand officers, Tony Edden and lodge member Chris McNab. Also in attendance were Eccles Group Secretary Jonathan Platt and acting Provincial grand officer David Marlor. Group secretary Jonathan Platt thanked Brian for attending and presented him with the traditional Eccles cakes.
Following the business on the summons WM Lee Jenkins welcomed Brian into the lodge and greeted him. The next business on the summons was to proclaim Lee Jenkins as the WM for the second year in succession. This ceremony was performed by the lodge DC Chris McNab in fine style assisted by installing senior warden Brian Reeves, installing junior warden Dave Whelan and installing inner guard Alan Dobkin.
Presentations of the working tools were explained by Ian Lavin in the third degree, Chris McNab in the second and Alan Dobkins in the first degree. The address to the wardens was delivered by Brian Reeves and that to the brethren of the lodge by Brian Hayes.
On completion of the ceremony, Brian rose to convey the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated Lee on attaining the chair for a successive year. Lee duly presented Brian with a cheque to the value of £750 payable to the MCF 2021 Festival, to which Brian gratefully received it and thanked the brethren of the lodge.
The brethren then retired to share a very enjoyable festive board. In his response to the toast to the grand officers Brian reminisced about his friendship with the DC Chris McNab and how they were both installed in the chair in different lodge in 1990.
Brian referred to how Lee came about to joining Freemasonry which was by way of an advert in the local paper and how important it is to promote our wonderful organization.
Brian spoke about the 2021 MCF Festival and all the events that are taking place in the Province to ensure its success and how generous the lodge has been over the years resulting in it attaining the Gold Patron of the New Samaritan Fund 2010 Festival.
He thanked the members of Longford Lodge for their invitation and for their hospitality during the evening and once again said how impressed he was with the work performed in the ceremony wishing them well for the ensuing year.
Before retiring, Lee presented Brian and Jonathan with bouquets on behalf of the lodge in appreciation of their attendance.