Several practice sessions leading up to the November 11th Installation ceremony certainly paid dividends ensuring Bro Mark Barlow WM delivered a ceremony worthy of any previous past master and installed his successor Bro Keith Batemen with expertise and passion.
We welcomed WBro David Dunn PAGDC representative of the RW Provincial Grand Master to Colne Masonic Hall and our early start of 3:30 pm allowed a relaxed afternoons ritual to take place with even a break for refreshments half way through proceedings.
Installation nerves and jitters caught a couple of officers off guard but nothing to distract from the work taking place and there appeared to be happy smiling faces all round the lodge as various member were appointed and invested into their respective offices.
The Festival of St John was eagerly awaited by the time we all sat down for the meal, and a convivial atmosphere ensured that all toasts and responses where well received and a great evenings fellowship ensued. W.Bro David Dunn reminded us of the final 2015 Festival Totals and delivered the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master to our newly installed Master Bro Keith Bateman.
It was a long and rewarding day that ended merrily and at a sensible time.