The installation of Allan Maxfield as master of Hesketh Lodge No 950 took place at Fleetwood Masonic Hall. Allan had stepped in at the last minute and indeed his election was only confirmed on the night.
The principal guest on the evening was Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox, supported by grand officers Terry Hudson and Brian Mayoh with Neil MacSymons PrDGDC, along with several acting Provincial officers.
With the regular lodge business swiftly dispatched by the WM Steve Heginbotham, it was time to install the master elect. Steve proceeded to invite Derek Williams to act as installing senior warden, Bob Stringer to act as installing junior warden and Ron Fenton to act as installing inner guard. The master elect was then presented by Jack I’Anson.
Allan was ably and sincerely installed by Steve, with assistance from Mike Lamerton. It was pleasing to hear the brethren singing the rarely heard processional ode.
The working tools were particularly well presented by Ron Fenton, Peter Dunn and Mark Ivison. Brian Mayoh then delivered the address to the WM, which was followed by addresses to the wardens by Terry Hudson, (both performing these pieces at very short notice) and the address to the brethren by Harry Cox.
At the conclusion of the installation Harry congratulated Steve on behalf of the PrGM on the manner in which he had installed Allan and expressed his wish for the master to have a happy and healthy year in office. On behalf of the lodge members Allan presented Harry with two cheques totalling £500 for the benefit of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
At the festive board, Harry Cox responded to the toast to the grand officers by giving thanks and congratulations to all the officers who had taken part in the ceremony. He encouraged the brethren to read the latest copy of Freemasonry Today, particularly the articles on the Care System and the Red Cross. He concluded by asking the brethren to tell non-Masons how much we all enjoy our Freemasonry.
The toast to the newly made master was given by Steve Heginbotham and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett, ably accompanied by David Brown.
At the conclusion of a wonderful evening, the final toast of the evening was given by the new tyler Phil Rogers.