The meeting of St Augustine’s Lodge No 9018 was held at Swinton Masonic Hall for the installation of Nicholas (Nick) McCarthy for the second time.
In attendance was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Philip Gunning accompanied by grand officers APrGM David Walmsley, John Hutton, Stuart Shea and PrDGDC Mark Barton. Also in attendance was the Eccles Group Vice Chairman Patrick Walsh and acting Provincial grand officers David Marlor and Fred Dickinson. On arriving, Patrick presented Phillip with the customary Eccles cakes, to which he expressed that he was looking forward to supper time.
On entering the lodge, the APrGM Phillip Gunning was greeted by the WM Robert Markland who offered Phillip the gavel to which he duly returned.
After being presented as the master elect, Nick was installed and a most excellent ceremony by the installing master Robert Markland assisted by his installing officers. The tools for the third, second and first degrees were presented by John Cox.
The address to the master was given by Terry Watson the lodge DC, that to the wardens by John Cox and that to the brethren of the lodge by Phillip Gunning.
On conclusion of the ceremony Phillip rose to extend the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated Nick and thanked him for occupying the chair of King Solomon for the second time.
Nick then presented Phillip with a cheque, in the sum off £120 to the MCF 2021 Festival and £120 to the Swinton Masonic Hall which was gratefully received.
At the festive board, Phillip gave the response to the toast to the grand officers and thanked all the brethren of St Augustine’s Lodge for making him feel so welcome and how much he had enjoyed the evening. He congratulated Robert Markland on an absolutely faultless and excellent installation and that he believed that Robert had put a great deal of hard work into it.
Philip thanked the grand and acting Provincial grand officers for their support and congratulated APrGM David Walmsley on his promotion to PSGD. He also thanked Patrick Walsh (group vice chairman) for his support during his visit to the Eccles Group.
Phillip commented upon the tremendous amount of work that Tony Edden does at, and for, the Swinton Masonic Hall and Philip thanked him greatly for that.
Phillip spoke about the new GDPR coming into play on the 25 May and how we must protect personal data. He also mentioned the webcast that is online for brethren to watch of the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall for the 300 year celebration – http://RAH300.org
He talked about the ‘Enough is Enough’, which is an action to take on those who seek to put down and condescend Masonry.
Phillip concluded by thanking all at the festive board for their warmth and friendship. He finished with how it was a true delight to be there at Swinton with the brethren of St Augustine’s and the guests.
Article by Tom Fredrickson and photographs by Craig Sutton.