The brethren of Trinity Lodge No 3257 and their guests were delighted to welcome the chairman of the Warrington Group Andrew Barton as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master to their recent installation meeting at Garston Masonic Hall.
The meeting was opened by the WM Brian McNulty, who undertook the routine business of the evening before lodge DC Norman Houghton announced that Andrew was without the lodge and sought admission. He was accompanied by fellow grand officer Howard Griffiths, Garston Group Chairman John Murphy, vice chairman Dave Atkinson and group secretary Gary Mason, all of whom were duly admitted and warmly welcomed into the lodge.
The ceremony of installation was conducted with sincerity, calm efficiency and good humour. Brian did an excellent job of installing his successor Carl Kruger as the WM, this being Carl’s fourth journey into the chair of King Solomon.
With the master Masons re-admitted and the salutations guided by Norman delivered, Brian then presented the third degree working tools. This was followed by the re-admission of the fellowcrafts, again the salutations were guided by Norman, with the second degree tools being presented by James Hartwell. The entered apprentices were re-admitted, with once again the salutations being guided by Norman, accompanied by those recently returned. The first degree tools were presented by Roy Heaney.
Carl then duly invested his officers for the coming year and it was pleasing to see so many stewards appointed, which illustrates the growing strength of the lodge. Andrew concluded the formal duties of the ceremony, giving the address to the brethren, mirroring the quality of the work already undertaken.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Andrew was once again on his feet, this time to bring the best wishes and congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and informing Carl and the brethren, that Tony wished them a busy year, good health and above all, that they continue to enjoy their Freemasonry.
Carl was then pleased to present Andrew with three cheques, one for £100 in support of Garston Masonic Hall, a second, for a similar sum to the WLFC and a third for £1000, to the MCF 2021 Festival. On behalf of all the recipients, Andrew thanked the lodge for their generosity.
This concluded the formal business of the evening and the distinguished guests retired to enable the lodge to conclude any remaining matters.
Following dinner, Andrew offered his own congratulations to all those who had taken part in the evening’s ceremony. He continued by saying that this was his first visit to Garston and expressed his appreciation of the facilities and the warmth of the welcome he had received.