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Special Family Installation – Manchester Districts News

Special Family Installation

On 3rd March 2016 at Arkscroll Lodge No 6594, Bro Oliver Basger was Installed as the Worshipful Master. Taking the ceremony on this occasion was his father, WBro David Basger, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals.

After the Lodge was opened and the usual formalities completed, WBro Chris Welton, Past Junior Grand Deacon, APGM, was welcomed into the Lodge as the Guest of Honour, together with a large number of Grand Officers of both United Grand Lodge and Supreme Grand Chapter. WBro Welton brought greetings and very best wishes from the RW PGM, Sir David Trippier, and introduced those attending with him. These included RWBro Stephen Blank PGM (Cheshire); WBro Paul Rose PSGD and Deputy Grand Superintendent; WBro David Thompson PJGD and Second Provincial Grand Principal; WBro Donald Pryce PAGChap and Third Provincial Grand Principal; Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals, WBro Len Hayes PAGDC and WBro Paul Aspinall PAGDC; and WBro Peter Faulkner PAGDC; WBro Leslie Berkeley JP, PAGDC; WBro Henry Bentwood PAGDC and WBro David Dunn PAGDC.

Completing the family atmosphere were the newly installed WM’s uncles, WBro Harvey Basger PAGDC, WBro Jonathan Basger PProvGStwd (the Lodge DC), WBro Bradley Holt PProvDepGDC (the Lodge Organist) and WBro Steven Holt, a Past Master of Menorah Lodge. Also supporting the WM was Bro Paul Basger, the WM of Zion Menorah Lodge.

(L to R) WBro Harvey Basger, WBro David Basger, WM, Bro Paul Basger, WBro Bradley Holt and WBro Jonathan Basger

The very proud father WBro David Basger and the WM, Bro Oliver Basger

The Brethren enjoyed an exceptional ceremony carried out with much aplomb and no shortage of emotion by WBro David Basger.

The Brethren all made their way into an excellent Social Board with plenty of atmosphere, good food and drinks.

Pictured are the Lodge Members and Distinguished Visitors, Lodge Members and Family Members

To find out more about Freemasonry in East Lancashire you can visit their website at

Their contact details are listed below if you want to contact them directly

Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire
Rossendale Masonic Hall
Ashday Lea,
Haslingden Road

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 471586 (answerphone) |

If you want to be a Freemason you must be interested in character building and morality

“Better men make a Better world.” Freemasonry stresses honour, personal responsibility and personal integrity

You should be able to commit to Monthly/bi-monthly gatherings at lodges.

Reasons to become a Freemason in East Lancashire
You want to make new friendships
You want to develop yourself
You want to make a positive contribution to society
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