The members of Quingenti Lodge No 8516, the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge, welcomed seven of the 16 acting Provincial Grand Stewards as joining members to their installation meeting. The principal guest at the meeting was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Philip Gunning.
Philip was accompanied by Stewart Seddon, Harry Cox and David Grainger all of whom are Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and Malcolm Bell (Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies), together with Ray Martland (PPrAGM) and many other grand and Provincial grand officers.
There was also a number of visitors from the Isle of Man Provincial Stewards Lodge who attended the meeting for two reasons. The first was to watch the newly appointed Stewards parade into the lodge room after their application to join the Lodge had been voted on by the members. The second was to witness the installation of the Steward (master elect) Philip Gambrell. Philip was installed into the chair of King Solomon by David Edwards, in what Philip Gunning described as: “A very fine and dignified manner.”
After being installed in the chair of King Solomon, Philip invested the lodge officers which included Ron Person as SW and Peter Whalley as JW. David Grainger was again invested as the lodge mentor.
At the end of the ceremony Philip Gunning congratulated Philip on behalf of the PrGM, he said Tony wished him a healthy and successful year in the chair, but most of all he wishes him a happy year in office. Philip thanked Howard for the PrGM’s greetings and then presented him a cheque for £300 for the MCF 2021 Festival.
More than 70 brethren retired to the dining room to enjoy the festive board after the meeting was closed. After the meal, they listened as Philip Gunning in the response to the toast to the health of grand officers, paid tribute to the excellent work in the lodge and by the lodge members in managing the banquets after the meetings of Provincial Grand Lodge. He also said: “Quingenti Lodge is very important in the structure of West Lancashire Freemasonry as the lodge is a ‘breeding ground’ for the future members of the Provincial team. He continued by saying this must be maintained for the solid foundation of the craft moving forward in to the future.”
Philip also wished the lodge members best wishes for the Christmas and New Year. He closed by wishing Philip Gambrell well in the coming year, he said: “You lead a most important body of men and I wish you luck in keeping the Provincial Stewards in order, whatever their rank!”
David proposed the toast to the worshipful master, Philip Gambrell which was responded to with vigour. The new Steward (master elect) John Karran made an excellent and humorous toast to the visitors which was heartily received. The final toast of the evening was in the hands of the tyler Keith Lang who gave the tyler’s toast.