On the evening of Monday 28th March, senior officers of the Province welcomed RWBro Sir David Wootton, Assistant Grand Master and his colleagues from UGLE, to East Lancashire for the Installation Eve Dinner.
The purpose of Sir David’s attendance was to officiate at the Installation of Bro/Comp Robert Frankl as Provincial Grand Master and ME Grand Superintendent for East Lancashire, the following day. A splendid evening of camaraderie followed, which was enjoyed by all.
On Tuesday 29th, once the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge, VWBro John Farrington, accompanied by other Senior Officers of the Province and our Distinguished Guests and visitors from other Provinces had been processed in, Provincial Grand Lodge was opened in due form at 11.15am.
The acting Grand Director of Ceremonies was admitted, announcing that the Assistant Grand Master was in attendance and demanded to be admitted. RWBro Sir David Wootton was admitted in due form, accompanied by a retinue of Senior Officers and was warmly welcomed by all in attendance.
The Assistant Grand Master assumed the Chair of King Solomon and appointed his Wardens, RWBro Harrison (West Lancs) and RWBro Blank (Cheshire).
The Provincial Grand Master Designate’s Patent of Appointment was presented to the Assistant Grand Master for inspection, who declared it to be in order.
A deputation consisting of representatives from; Zion Menorah Lodge 1798 (Chain-Bearer), Anchor & Hope Lodge 37, Lodge of Relief 42, Fortitude Lodge 64, Imperial George Lodge 78, Royal Lancs Lodge 116 and Silent Temple Lodge 126, escorted the Provincial Grand Master Designate into Provincial Grand Lodge.
WBro Robert Frankl was then duly appointed, obligated, invested and installed as the Provincial Grand Master with all due ceremony and circumstance.
RWBro Robert Frankl then appointed, obligated, invested and installed VWBro John Farrington as Deputy Provincial Grand Master.
He then appointed his Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, WBros John Griffin, Mark Davis, Alan Kirwilliam, Peter Rhodes and Rev’d Canon Richard Hawkins, as well as appointing all the other Provincial Grand Officers.
The newly installed Provincial Grand Master then delivered his address
Provincial Grand Lodge was then closed in due form.
Following a drinks reception a very convivial lunch was taken where everyone enjoyed an excellent meal prior to the opening of Provincial Grand Chapter later that afternoon.
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