John helps Willows to bloom
The installation meeting of Willows Lodge No 5343 had nearly 70 brethren present to witness the installation of John Thompson as WM of the lodge which meets at Bryn Masonic hall.
Tony Bent was the principal guest, accompanied by group chairman Malcolm Taylor and fellow grand officer Graeme Hughes, and supported by no less than six acting Provincial officers: Ian Williams (PrAGSuptWks), Mervyn Reeves (PrAGDC) and Provincial Grand Stewards Ian Rooney, Gordon Farmer, Gareth Finlay and David Edwards.
Tony was treated to a delightful ceremony of installation, and was greatly impressed, lavishing praise on all the officers who took part but in particular on those who delivered the working tools, a master Mason and two fellow crafts, Mark Anders, Michael Hodgson and Darryl Millman respectively. So polished was the delivery that each was received with much acclaim and spontaneous applause.
Following the ceremony, Tony was pleased to receive charitable donations totalling £3,000 – £1,000 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £500 to the Masonic hall, £350 to the Wigan and Leigh Hospice, £200 to the Newton Community Hospital, £200 to the Newton le Willows branch of Age Concern and £750 to the Warrington Stroke Association. Tony was extremely impressed by this wonderful charitable effort, and said all of the members Willows lodge can feel proud of their achievement.
John Thompson was also very proud of achieving his ambition to become WM of his lodge, although there was some sorrow attached to the occasion. John had proposed his father, Malcolm, into the lodge a number of years ago but he sadly and very unexpectedly he passed away after only three months membership. John was so sad that his father couldn’t be there on this special occasion to witness him being installed as WM.
John is married to Fiona, and they have four young children. He is a landscape gardener by profession, and a passionate fan (and season ticket holder) of his beloved football team, Liverpool FC.
The festive board at Willows lodge is famed for its lively and jocular atmosphere, and this was no exception, a great time being had by all. At the conclusion, Tony was presented with a bouquet of flowers for his wife Lynda, and not to be left out, a bottle of something rather nice for him.