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Kevin Poynton visits Hardshaw lodge

Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton enjoyed an evening with the members of Hardshaw Lodge No 8722 in St Helens for their ceremony to install Mike Johnson as WM. Mike is a school IT manager and is a keen and active Mason who is sure to be a credit to his lodge as the new master of a thriving lodge, with a buoyant membership of over 30 and several new members in the pipeline.

Kevin Poynton (left) and Mike Johnson.

Kevin Poynton (left) and Mike Johnson.

The DC Chris Maloney organised an excellent ceremony whilst the outgoing master Les Newman performed the ceremony in his usual flawless manner and the visiting brethren were treated to a wonderful display of Masonic ritual. Chris was also retiring as DC, handing the reins over to Ian Halsall the current ADC. In addition to his work as DC, Chris is also chairman of the Masonic hall and lodge group representative.

At the festive board Mike presented Chris with a gift which he hoped would be close to his heart and thanked Chris for introducing him to Masonry and for his support in his progress to the chair.

Kevin Poynton gave a rousing, interesting and witty speech to the delight of the brethren, praising the members who took part in the ceremony. He stated that it was one of the finest he had witnessed for some time and that the lodge looks to have a bright future ahead.

Les Newman toasted the new master and Mike replied to the toast, mentioning both the excellent way Les performed the ceremony and the tireless work he does for charities, both at local and group level. The master’s song was performed by Andy Baxendale, a past master of the lodge, to the great delight of the brethren.

The meal concluded with the tyler’s toast and the brethren retired to the downstairs lounge to complete a memorable evening.

Mike Johnson (centre) and lodge members

Mike Johnson (centre) and lodge members

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