James T Callow Lodge was greatly honoured by the presence of Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison for their installation ceremony, he was accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Ogden and a number of Grand and Acting Grand Officers.
Installing Master Bill Petterson made a wonderful job of installing Gerald Gibbons into the chair of King Solomon assisted by the Officers of the Lodge and Province. Congratulating the new Master The Provincial Grand Master Tony was fulsome in his praise for the superb ceremony and particularly congratulated Bill for the excellent way he had conducted the ceremony. Tony was also most pleased with the officers of the Lodge for the work they had done and was keen to praise the Lodge Director of Ceremonies for his work noting that it was clear much effort had been expended in preparing the Brethren for the ceremony.
The Master then presented Tony with a cheque for £900 in favour of the Masonic Charity Festival, the cheque was gratefully received by Tony who thanked the Brethren for this most generous donation.
Following the ceremony at the festive board Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Ogden, responding to a toast to the Grand Officers, was keen to praise the Lodge for the excellence of the ceremony. David gave tribute to the Provincial Grand Master for his untiring work for the Province and his service in various capacities in the Province, even serving as Steward in one of his own Lodges. Noting that as Tony’s Daughter lived in the Isle of Man there was a connection with the Lodge whose founder James T Callow was a native of the Island.
David also paid tribute to Tony’s wife Maureen whose unfailing support for her husband and others made their work easier and more fruitful.
David then proposed a toast to the health of the Provincial Grand Master which was received by all the Brethren with obvious pleasure.
Responding to the Toast to his health Tony thanked David for his proposal and also the Brethren for their response to it. He went on to explain the history of the Lodge briefly and further stated that his daughter had friends with the name Callow in the Isle of Man further indicating a bond between the Lodge and his family.
Tony paid tribute to the Provincial team which had accompanied him and informed the Brethren that the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Keith Kemp, who was present in his capacity, had been promoted to Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Lancaster, Furness and South Lakeland, this news being received by the brethren with applause.
He noted that the Provincial Office was moving as the building had been sold and that they would soon be installed in new premises in Leyland town.
The Provincial Senior Warden John Carron was next to speak, thanking the Brethren for their response to the toast to the health of the Provincial Grand Officers. John concurred with the previous speakers comments on the excellence of the ceremony.
John then went on the inform the Brethren of the forthcoming Grand Ball in Bolton saying he hoped many of the Brethren were able to attend and that he was looking forward to the occasion with pleasure.
Installing and Immediate Past Master Bill Petterson then proposed a toast to the health of the New Worshipful Master Gerald Gibbons, Bill said that Gerald was known to be a quiet thoughtful man and that he was confident that the Lodge was in good hands under his direction. Bill was sure that Gerald would shine as Master of James T Callow lodge.
Responding to the toast to his health Worshipful Master Gerald said he was overcome wth emotion at the good wishes of his Brethren. He thanked the Brethren for all their support and stated he would do his best for the Lodge during the forthcoming year.