The installation ceremony causes us to reflect on this exalted position of WM in Craft Freemasonry. We learn from the manner of the installation that the master elect is placed figuratively in the chair of King Solomon. He presides over the lodge to mirror, as far as he is able, the admirable qualities of that King, summed up in one word, wisdom.
As master of the lodge, he represents wisdom, which starts with order, seeks understanding, proceeds with prudence and is an art rather than a science. The brethren of Leigh Lodge No 4744 decided that Paul Hook had shown the necessary qualities, in such abundance, that they would be very pleased if he were to stay in that exalted position for a second term of office.
Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger led a delegation of grand officers to witness the proclamation of Paul Hook as WM for the second year by the director of ceremonies David Case.
Accompanying David were fellow grand officers Anthony Bent and Geoffrey Bent, all of whom were accompanied by acting Provincial grand officers Barry Fitzgerald, Reginald Wilkinson, Barrie Bray, Geoff Whittle and Andrew Hardman.
Following the well-practiced ceremony where the working tools of the first, second and third degrees were presented by Shane Hopkins, Glenn Bryon and Martin Hopkinson respectively, all of whom are light blue Masons, David brought the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and received cheques totaling £800, for which, on behalf the recipients, he thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generosity.
Retiring to the festive board where 56 brethren continued the celebration, David offered his own congratulations on a ceremony performed to a high standard and where the entire floor was ‘light blue’.