A popular young Mason stepped up to accept the office of master of Runic Lodge No 6019 at their recent installation. Peter Tooze-Froggatt joined Runic Lodge in 2014 after being proposed by Dav Morrow. He was passed in April 2014 and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in February 2015. He has steadily progressed through the offices of the lodge (except for inner guard), until finally reaching the chair at this installation meeting. Peter has also expanded his Masonry by joining the Mark and Royal Arch degrees.
Outside of Masonry, Peter leads a very full life with his wife Sarah and son Jake. Peter comes from a family of talented musicians, his instrument of choice is the drums, which he learnt to play from a very young age. Having obtained the top grade 8 in the drums in his youth, Peter can still be found entertaining the masses as he often plays at special occasions, school plays and New Year’s parties in and around the Lancashire and Cumbria area.
Apart from his busy home and social life, Peter has to find time to go work at Lancaster University, where he works as a network specialist in ‘Telephony and Unified Communications’.
Witness to this popular event was non-other than the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, together with grand officers Keith Kemp, Jim Wilson, Stuart Seddon and the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Malcolm Bell. Also, in attendance were the Lancaster and District Group Chairman Neil McGill, vice chairman Scott Devine, group secretary Chris Larder, Provincial senior and junior wardens David Edwards and Paul Storrar respectively and acting Provincial grand officers Barry Fitzgerald, Paul Mason, Alan Hilton, David Ingham and Ben Yates.
The ceremony was conducted with competence and sincerity by the immediate past and installing Alan Herron, assisted in equally superb fashion by other officers of the lodge. Peter was presented by his seconder into Freemasonry Chris Larder who also gave a most impressive delivery of the address to the master. The address to the wardens was given by the Provincial senior warden David Edwards and that to the brethren by Tony Harrison in his usual sincere and accomplished style.
The brethren who attended the installation were particularly impressed by three faultless presentations of the working tools by brethren of the lodge. The working tools of the third degree were given by Sam Hodgson, secretary of Runic Lodge, those of the second degree by Ian Stephenson and the first degree tools were presented by Peter Charlton.
As the ceremony drew to a close Tony was delighted to bring to the lodge and the brethren his fraternal greetings as PrGM. Tony was impressed with the quality and sincerity expressed throughout the proceedings and congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony for the high standard of their work.
Tony was also delighted to receive details of generous lodge disbursements made to charity and good causes which included MCF 2021 festival £350, North West ambulance £200, Cystic Fibrosis Trust £200 and Morecambe Masonic Hall Company £50.
At the Festival of St John held at Heysham Golf Club, 64 brethren enjoyed a superb celebratory banquet, during which a raffle raised £290 for good causes. A further £25 was added to this from the master’s swindle.
Article written by Paul Thompson. Photographs courtesy of Stewart Aimson.