It truly was cause for celebration with the installation of the first progressive new WM in Leigh Lodge No 4744 for six years. In recent years for one reason or another, the lodge like many others has looked to past masters to occupy the chair of King Solomon. This year however Paul Hook was welcomed as a new ruler in the Craft by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Philip Gunning.
Paul joined Masonry a few years ago and has become a stalwart of Leigh Lodge. Since his initiation he has taken up every office from inner guard through to junior warden. He has leapfrogged into the master’s chair due to the unforeseen circumstances of the incumbent senior warden. Paul has shown himself to be an excellent ritualist. He is a keen Mason who puts every effort into his work.
He looks on his mastership as a partnership and both he and his wife Jayne, who recently became grandparents, and if that doesn’t keep them busy enough, they are both are extremely keen to play a full part in both the lodge, group and Provincial activities. They intend to enjoy the next Masonic year in every way they can, they are certainly looking forward to their year in office.
The installing master was Garry Bryon who during the last year has not only taken on the mastership of the lodge but has also been busy performing his role as an acting Provincial Junior Grand Deacon. No doubt he’s looking forward to a bit of rest!
Garry undertook his role as installing master with aplomb and in a most sincere and professional manner placed Paul into the chair of King Solomon. Junior brethren presented the working tools in all three degrees in excellent fashion.
The master installed several officers all wearing light blue into new appointments, which bodes well for the future.
Philip Gunning made comment that the ceremony had been excellent and in bringing greetings and congratulations from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to the WM he was pleased to accept a number of donations for charity.
Following the ceremony of installation, the brethren adjourned to the festival of St John where they were treated to fine fayre and good company.
In his toast to the WM, Paul’s proposer Stephen Gerrard pointed out that for him personally the evening had been one of personal pride, as both the installing master and WM were his candidates for Masonry and personal friends.