On Thursday 5th February the RWBro Stephen Blank, our Provincial Grand Master, attended the new Northwich Lodge No. 428.
Bro Ian MacDonald, the current master, opened the lodge and welcomed, with appropriate humility, RWBro Stephen Blank and his extensive entourage of acting Provincial Officers, Grand Officers and two APGM’s.
RWBro Stephen Blank then witnessed the excellent ceremony of Passing, for Brother Andrew Macmaster.
In the ceremony WBro Ian asked the normal questions of the candidate. WBro Ian then requested WBro Michael Shiels (Provincial Grand Warden 2016/2017) to accept the Chair of King Solomon to conduct the rest of the ceremony of Passing.
After WBro Michael Shiels performed the excellent ceremony. The Worshipful Master then returned to his rightful place in the chair to continue the meeting, thanking WBro Michael Shiels and presenting a substantial Charity cheque to the ProvGM.
Left to Right:- WBro Harold Knapton, ProvSGW, WBro Adrian Davies, AProvGM (Area 3), WBro Christopher John Davies, ProvGSwdB, Bro Andrew Macmaster (Candidate), RWBro Stephen Blank, ProvGM, WBro Ian MacDonald (WM), WBro Simon Richardson, AProvGM (Area 5), WBro Michael Shiels PProvSGW, WBro David Mayall, ProvGStB, WBro Andy Bailey, ProvJGW.
The meeting was followed by a well-attended social board in which the RWBro Stephen Blank also thanked everyone for an excellent ceremony.
Additionally, RWBro Stephen Blank especially thanked WBro Michael Shiels for the support and hard work he has put into freemasonry in Cheshire, especially as he was his acting Provincial Senior Grand Warden last year, his first ProvSGW appointment as our Cheshire ProvGM.