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The annual festival of St. John's Lodge of Freemasons, Ashburton, was celebrated last evening , at the Ashburton Masonic Hall. Though the night was unfavorable, there was a very large, attendance, every seat ' in the <■. Hall being occupied. The Deputy District Grand Master,' E.C., Bro. Peter Cunningham, was present^ but the installation ceremonies .of the Winchester Lodge being conducted on the same evening by the District Grand Officers, deprived the St. John's Lodge of the presence of other visitors from the District Grand Lodge. By the way, the Wincheston Lodge is to be congratulated upon having resumed working ; the members have unanimously resolved to adhere to the Grand Lodge of England*" The District Grand Lodge, S.G.; was officiallyrrepres'ented by an imposing array of. the District Grand Officers o£ that constitution, including Bro. T. Scaly, D.D.G.M.;; Bro; Malcolm, D.G. Chaplain; (and; Br.o,rCockburn, p,G,.1.G.

Visitors were also present from the Somerset Lodge, E.C., and Thistle Lodge, S.C., Ashburton, and from Lodges South Rakaia, Southern Cross (Kaiapoil Pacific (Wellington), lonic (Leeston), Kilwinning (Oamaru), and others. Apologies were received from brethren at Christchurch, Geraldine and Timaru.

The principal business of the evening was the installation of the Worshipful Master for the ensuing year, Bro. Frederick Bonnington, S.W., (in succession with Bro. Andrew Orr, who retires to the chair of 1.P.M.) and the Investiture of his ! officers. Bro. E. G. Crisp, P.M., was the Installing Masler, and performed the beautiful ceremony in a manner which it' is no flattery to say. could bcarcely be excelled. In the Installed Masters' Lodge Bro. H. M. Jones, P.M., presided. Bros Paul, 1.P.M., and Braddell, P.M., Somerset Lodge, occupied the Wardens' Chairs. The incidental anthems and music were well rendered by an efficient choir conducted by Bro. H. A. Gates, organist of the Lodge. Altogether the ceremony was conducted m a manner little short of perfect. The Worshipful Master having been installed, the following officers for the ensuing year were • invested :—S.'W.', Bro. T. M. Jones; J.W., Bro. T E. Kilworth ; Treasurer, Bro. Alfred Curtis, P.M. (re-elected); Secretary, Bro. H. A. Vesty ; S:D.,'Bro. J. W. Hardley ; J.D.;, Bro. G. Meddins;' Organist, Bro. H. A.' Gates (fe-appointed) ; D.C., Bro. E. J. Fqoks ; • 1.G., Bro. C. Grubb ; Tyler, Bro. Ei.' Cullen (re-elected). The ceremonies ended, Bro Cunnigham, D.D.G.M. 1, congratulated Bro. Bonnington on his accession to the chair, and Bro. Crisp upon the manner in which he had conducted the ceremony. Suitable acknowr ledgments were made, and the Worshipful Master asked fpr a full attendance of the brethren at Divine service at St Stephen's Church next Sunday. The Lodge then closed. i

An excellent supper was afterwards served in the Hall, Bro. J. Ranger being the caterer., The W.M. presided, supported by Bro. Cunningham, IXD.G.M.j E.C.., the officers of the D,G.L\,S.C., and* a large , number of Past Masters. After supper the usual loyal and Masonic toasts were honored, the speeches being laudably brief and to the point, and were interspered with some good songs Bro; .Cunningham, in response to the toast of the District Grand Lodge, E.C., pointed out some of the qualities which every Freemason should strive to attain ; and in proposing the toast of the Worshipful Master of the St John's Lodge expressed himself as surprised and delighted with what he had that evening seen of Freemasonry in Ashburton. The Past Masters in replying to, the '.toast of their health, gave some irite'resting-pafticulars respect^ ing ..the ;hiatory and present standing of the Lodge. ' 'The'last year had been most successful, therehaving been a satisfactory accession, to the, membership and a sub 4 stantial increase of the funds of the Lodge,' The Tyler's toast brought the "most pleasant and successful Masonic gathering yet held in Ashburton to' a close shortly after midnight.

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FREEMASONRY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2450, 25 June 1890

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FREEMASONRY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2450, 25 June 1890

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