Over 40 brethren gathered at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Alan Berwick being installed into the chair of Normoss Round Table Lodge No 8741. The lodge was delighted to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stewart Seddon, together with North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, group vice chairman Peter Greathead, supported by acting Provincial officers Bryn Hart and Gary Fisher.
The regular lodge business was dispatched by the master John Cross and the lodge was prepared for the ceremony of installation. Mike Thompson was invited to act as installing senior warden, Terry Seddon as installing junior warden and Steve Morris, master of St.John’s Lodge No 2825, the mother lodge, as installing inner guard.
After the dignitaries were admitted into the lodge, Stewart Seddon was offered the gavel of the lodge but swiftly returned it and it was time for the master John Cross to install his brother-in-law Alan Berwick, who was presented by the director of ceremonies Ray Hargreaves.
Alan was ably and sincerely installed by John Cross whilst the working tools were particularly well presented by Steve Fradgley, Ian Benson and Andy Wallace. John delivered the address to the new master and the officers of the lodge were then invested. Addresses to the wardens and deacons were given by Terry Seddon and Mike Dickinson respectively, followed by a faultless address to the brethren by Stewart Seddon.
At the conclusion of the installation, Stewart congratulated all the brethren who had contributed to making the ceremony such a success and made particular mention of the contribution made by the outgoing master John Cross during the previous two years.
On behalf of the lodge, Alan presented Stewart with numerous cheques for charities with a magnificent combined total of £3,980, including £750 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £1,800 to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. In addition, due to a legacy from the late John Eckersley, a further £2,550 was added to this, making a grand total of £6,530 to charities. Stewart thanked the lodge on behalf of all of the recipients.
The brethren then enjoyed a superb festive board at which a raffle took place which raised £165 for charities. Stewart Seddon responded to toast number three and made particular mention of the Tercentenary events, the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in May, and the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival.
The toast to the newly made master was given by John Cross and the master’s song was rendered by Ian Benson, accompanied by Malcolm Burrill. At the conclusion of a splendid evening the tyler’s toast was delivered by Peter Mann.
Article written by Hugh Mett.