Brethren of Corinthian Lodge No 2350 were delighted to welcome Harry Cox, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, to officiate at their installation meeting at Hindley Masonic Hall. Harry was accompanied on his visit by fellow grand officer and group chairman Malcolm Taylor and further supported by acting Provincial grand officers James Finnegan, Howard Morris and Alan Ireland, together with Geoffrey Porter (group vice-chairman).
Harry was well received into the lodge and given a warm welcome by WM Frank Morgan who delegated the duties of installing master to Fred Parr. Harry was witness to a fine installation of the new master Roy Kohli, who was presented by proposer and personal friend Tom Ainsworth.
The ceremony was excellent, with installing master Fred doing a sterling job installing Roy with dignity. Worthy of special mention was the excellent manner in which the brethren presented the working tools to the new WM, namely Darryl Grundy, Alan Johnson and Peter Newell.
Tom Ainsworth gave the address to the WM, with Bill Wilding giving the address to the wardens. The acting Provincial grand officers present also contributed to the proceedings, with the address to the stewards given by Howard Morris (PrGStwd). Finally, Harry Cox gave the address to the brethren with ease and dignity.
Roy then went on to appoint and invest his officers, following which Harry was keenly on his feet and congratulated the new WM and all those who had taken part in such a fine occasion and thanked everyone for the warm reception he had received.
Harry was pleased to receive charitable donations from Roy in favour of West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £589.79, Wigan and Leigh Hospice for £100, Hindley Masonic Hall for £275 and £300 to the Tercentenary appeal. He thanked the brethren of the lodge on behalf of the recipients for their generosity.
Around 45 brethren attended the fine festive board that followed in that friendly and lively atmosphere that typifies Hindley Masonic Hall. Harry added his own personal congratulations to Roy, Fred and his entire team.
Roy is a company director and has an interesting charitable interest, spending his spare time collecting used clothing for distribution in third world countries.