James Gray was installed in the chair of King Solomon of Ainsdale Samaritan Lodge No 4342 at their first meeting of the Masonic season.
The installing master was Richard Gillet an acting Provincial officer who by his rank would be expected to do a good job, and he did.
Trevor (Trim) Rimmer was the principal guest, who represented the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Trevor is a well-respected Mason in Southport having been the group secretary for a number of years.
At the end of the installation ceremony James presented Trevor on behalf of the lodge a total of £1,000 to various charities: The Hall Foundation, Queenscourt, West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and Tithebarn, which Trevor duly accepted with thanks.
It was interesting to note that the brother presenting the working tools in the second degree was Joseph Pender who is 86 years young and recently joined Freemasonry and is currently a fellow craft, Joseph says he is looking forward to the third degree ceremony. At the other end of the scale James will be one of the youngest WM’s on the circuit in Southport.