Alan Cavanagh was installed into the chair of King Solomon at the installation meeting of Chorlton Lodge No 1387 held at Swinton Masonic Hall.
After the lodge was opened in the third degree, the lodge director of ceremonies David Grimshaw announced that Deputy Provincial Grand Master Philip Gunning stood outside the door of the lodge and demanded admittance. The WM Terry Archer replied that he would be pleased to receive him.
Philip entered the lodge preceded by Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Barrie Crossley, and three other acting Provincial grand officers. Philip was also accompanied by grand officers Stuart Shea and Tony Edden and representing Eccles Group was group secretary Patrick Walsh.
The WM carried out the ceremony ably assisted by officers of the lodge under the watchful eye of the DC. The working tools were excellently presented by Terry Archer (third), Alan Cavanagh Snr (second) and Tony Bailey presenting the tools in the first degree.
The address to the worshipful master was delivered by his father Alan Cavanagh, who only six years ago initiated Alan Jnr into Freemasonry. The address to the wardens was given by Terry Archer and that to the brethren by Philip Gunning.
After the ceremony Philip gave greetings from the Provincial Grand Master and congratulated Alan on being installed for the first time into the chair of King Solomon. He also congratulated the installing master Terry Archer and the officers who took part in an excellent ceremony. Alan presented Philip with cheques totalling £880 – £630 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £250 to Swinton Masonic Club and £50 to Ecclesholme.
At the festive board, in his response to the toast to the grand officers, Philip gave his own congratulations to Alan on attaining the WM’s chair in such a fine lodge, he also wished him a healthy and prosperous year and encouraged Alan to get out on the circuit of masters and enjoy his year.
Philip also congratulated Terry Archer for a fantastic installation and thanked Alan Cavanagh Snr for stepping up as secretary, as the lodge secretary has been very ill. He continued by thanking the grand and acting Provincial grand officers for their support.
Philip also thanked the members of the lodge for their kind hospitality and said how much that he had enjoyed the ceremony. He said that he was pleased that the lodge is beginning to show signs of progression and that the future is looking good with a new candidate being proposed during the meeting.
He also thanked Patrick Walsh for his support in representing the group in the absence of the group chairman Dave Walmsley and wished Dave a speedy recovery from his ongoing treatment.