Past Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Malcolm Bell, is certainly no stranger to the Wigan Group, not only as a member of a local lodge, but also from his years of dedicated service as PrDGDC and a familiar visitor to installations and special events in that capacity.
Malcolm was delighted to attend Hindley Masonic Hall to be the principal guest at the installation ceremony of Prodesse Lodge No 8678. Malcolm was accompanied by Geoffrey Porter (group chairman) and acting Provincial Grand Steward Trevor Jones supported by Chris Reeman (group charity steward).
WM Jay Riley was pleased to receive Malcolm on his visit to Hindley and to give him a warm welcome. Jay, however, was not to remain in the chair for long, as he had kindly acquiesced to a request from lodge member Brian Rollins to take over and install his son Mark.
There followed a delightful ceremony, not only enhanced by the family connection, but also by Brian’s fine performance (he has served as master of the lodge in 2007 and 2013, so had some experience to call on). Although a little nervous, Mark Rollins was well installed by his father and went on to appoint and invest his officers.
As well as that special father and son interaction, the ceremony was further enhanced by the assistance of members of the lodge with varying degrees of experience. Jack Lyon presented the master elect and delivered the address to him once installed. Malcolm Bell performed his duty well in delivering the address to the brethren.
It was good to see lodge founder, Eric Draper, act as installing junior warden and to deliver the address to both wardens. The working tools were presented in excellent fashion by junior members of the lodge, fellow craft Johnathan Banks and master Mason Ryan Mangnall, with ever reliable DC Ken Wilson stepping in to do a splendid job with the third. Organist Karl Greenall was delayed in arriving but being in the wonderful situation of not one but two lodge musicians, tyler Dave Goulden stepped inside to cover. Music always enhances a ceremony, and the duo did not disappoint.
On congratulating the WM, installing master and all the officers who took part, Malcolm was delighted to bring the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, who would have been really impressed by the work carried out. Malcolm was also pleased to receive charitable donations to the sum of £1,030, in favour of West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity (£330), Harvey Rose Foundation (£100), All Saints Church (£100), MCF 2021 Festival (£100) and Hindley Masonic Hall (£400), which is a commendable effort from such a small lodge.
A fine festive board followed and Malcolm responded to the toast to grand officers, and brought his own personal greetings and added his own congratulations to Mark on taking the chair, and his father for the way he installed him. The master’s song was sung by Dave Goulden accompanied by Karl Greenall. On retiring, new WM Mark Rollins presented Malcolm with a bouquet of flowers.
Mark has served in all the offices in the lodge and is proud to follow in his father’s footsteps. He lives locally and is a family man with three children. He works as a designer for online learning products and has designs to take Prodesse from strength to strength in the ensuing year.