Adrian takes the chair at South Shore

More than 50 brethren assembled at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Adrian Johnstone being installed into the chair of South Shore Lodge No 4672.

Stewart Seddon congratulates Adrian Johnstone.

Stewart Seddon congratulates Adrian Johnstone.

The lodge brethren were honoured to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stewart Seddon, supported on this occasion by Eric Picton, North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith and group vice chairman Peter Greathead. Also in attendance were acting Provincial grand officers Daren Gardner, Peter Rumley, Derek Robinson, Anthony Slater, Andy Sumner, Ian Smith, Stuart Wilson and Gordon McKay.

With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master Jez Farrar, it was time to welcome Stewart Seddon and present him with the gavel of the lodge, which he swiftly returned. The master proceeded to invite Geoff Pollard to act as installing master, Howard Emmett to act as installing senior warden, Howard Gebhard to act as installing junior warden and Roy Newstead to act as installing inner guard. Adrian was then presented by lodge stalwart Don Copp.

Pictured from left to right, are: Jez Farrar, Adrian Johnstone and Geoff Pollard.

Pictured from left to right, are: Jez Farrar, Adrian Johnstone and Geoff Pollard.

The master elect was installed in an excellent manner by Geoff Pollard and the working tools were particularly well presented by Jim Dale, Robert Bennett and Jez Farrar. The ever-youthful Tommy Bullen delivered the address to Adrian, which was followed by addresses to the wardens by Norman Pennington and to the brethren of the lodge by Stewart Seddon.

At the conclusion of the installation, Stewart congratulated Geoff on the manner in which he had installed Adrian and thanked the director of ceremonies Tony Farrar for his invaluable contribution.

On behalf of the lodge, Adrian presented Stewart with a cheque for £4,500 to the Grand Charity, which makes the lodge a Grand Patron of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. A cheque for £172 to the Blackpool Victoria Hospital Special Care Baby Unit was also donated. Stewart thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generous donations.

The brethren were treated to a wonderful festive board and in Stewart’s response to the toast to his health, he wished the new master good health and an enjoyable year ahead. A Westhoughton raffle took place which raised £281 for charities. The toast to the newly made master was given by Jez Farrar and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett. At the conclusion of a marvellous evening the tyler’s toast was presented by Wayne Hadlow.

Stewart, Adrian, Geoff and Jez (pictured centre) with grand and acting Provincial grand officers

Stewart, Adrian, Geoff and Jez (pictured centre) with grand and acting Provincial grand officers