Kevin Pickering, a past member of Pendle Lodge was finally Installed in the Chair of a Masonic Lodge on Tuesday 26th February. Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge received Kevin as a member after his return to the UK and finding changes at his mother lodge didn’t suit him.
Having received most of his Masonic education at Pendle Lodge and also achieving the Senior Wardens Chair, Kevin was in good stead to pick up from where he left off and that’s just what he did. The brethren of Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge immediately spotted his skills and demeanour and accepted him as Junior Warden in the Lodge.
He visited many times whilst in office and ensured he also visited Pendle along with many lodges within the district.
The Installation was a magnificent occasion and was very well attended by 41 visitors from 18 different Lodges. Suffice it to say he was well supported by his mother lodge. The Installing W.M. W.Bro Keith Jackson delivered an excellent ceremony, with support from his officers and D.C. There where a few stand in officers due to illness at short notice, but this had little effect on the proceedings. The Representative of the R.W. Prov Grand Master W.Bro Terry Kakoolis had a wonderful afternoon in the lodge and congratulated Kevin on his installation and the officers on a well-delivered ceremony.
Kevin fitted well in the chair of King Solomon and looked very comfortable and at ease. The ritual he had to deliver was authoritative but relaxed. It was a proud moment no doubt.
The Festive board was a happy and raucous affair with excellent dining from the chef at Padiham Masonic Hall and even better hand pulled bitter from the bar, jovially labelled “Deacons Delight”. It was more than the Deacons that were delighted with it though.
Completion of the relevant toasts with suitable responses took place during the evening and the entire proceedings ended around 10:00 pm Quite a sensible time to end a magnificent day of Freemasonry.