A first for Hughie at St. David’s Lodge No 2950

St. David’s Lodge No 2950 was pleased to install Hughie O’Neill into the masters chair for the first time at their recent installation meeting held at Garston Masonic hall. Hughie is no stranger to the office of WM having served in other lodges on previous occasions, but it his first time here at St. Davids.

Principal guest for the evening Peter Connolly representing the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison, was joined by Garston Group chairman John Murphy. Indeed, with visitors from as far away as Suffolk, there were some 40 brethren who gathered in the temple to join in the evening’s celebrations.

The lodge was opened by current WM, Colin Clark, who, having conducted the routine business of the lodge proceeded to conduct the ceremony of installation with the assistance of the officers of the lodge in an exemplary manner.

Hughie then appointed the lodge officers for the ensuing year, and had a warm word of thanks and encouragement for each of the appointees.

Dave Jones offers a toast to Hughie

At the conclusion of the installation Peter stood to offer the congratulations of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, whom he said, expressed the wish that not just Hughie, but all the brethren continue to enjoy both their Freemasonry and good health. He went on to say, that  had he been present, Tony would no doubt have congratulated all those whose efforts had contributed to such an enjoyable and successful evening.

It was now Hughie’s opportunity to present Peter with a cheque in the sum of £100 in support of the 2021 festival, which he received with gratitude on behalf of those who would in due time benefit from the lodge’s generosity.

With the remaining business of the evening completed, the lodge was closed and the brethren retired to toast the new WM prior to enjoying the festive board, where a raffle was conducted  raising further funds for the charities.

Pictured from left to right are; Peter Williams, Peter Connolly, Colin Clark, Hughie O’Neill, John Murphy and Ken Bradley

With special thanks to David Brighouse