A large contingent of members and guests numbering 73 attended Silver Jubilee Lodge of Installed Masters No 8818, to see Geoff Jackson installed into the chair for the forthcoming year.
The ceremony was conducted by IPM Bryan Henshaw, who graciously took the chair for the ceremony due to the absence of outgoing WM Mike Copland, who was unable to attend due to his son’s wedding.
The lodge was honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent, accompanied by eight grand officers, showing the high esteem in which Geoff is held, particularly in his role as group secretary.
Geoff was presented by his proposer into Masonry, Alan Bristow, a former member of the lodge, who had travelled from Warrington where he now resides, especially for the evening.
All present witnessed a faultless ceremony, thanks in no small part to the excellent work carried out by all the officers involved, but especially Trevor Rimmer, who showed the benefits of having an excellent DC.
Geoff is of course an old hand at the master’s duties, having been through the chair of his mother lodge twice before. Those who know Geoff’s professionalism in Freemasonry will realise that Silver Jubilee Lodge of Installed Masters is in safe hands for the next 12 months and an enjoyable time is pretty much guaranteed.
After the risings and the closure of the lodge, the brethren retired to a lively and boisterous festive board, to be entertained by some amusing speeches and where it was revealed that Geoff had in fact joined the lodge 14 years ago to the day; a happy coincidence.
After the conclusion of the festive board, the assembled brethren left, having been involved in a memorable and a most enjoyable evening.