The first installation meeting of the new Masonic season at Cleveleys Masonic Hall witnessed Andrew Hill being installed into the chair of Cleveleys Park Lodge No 7540.
In attendance as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master was Stuart Thornber supported by Chairman of North Fylde Group Duncan Smith, together with Peter Greathead, Tony Hough, Neil MacSymons, Paul Aspinall (from the Province of East Lancashire) and Gordon Ivett, the Provincial Grand Tyler.
With the regular lodge business swiftly dispatched by the master of the lodge John Haines, it was time to install Andrew as the master elect and John proceeded to invite Jim Fallow to act as installing senior warden, Derek Abbott to fill the post of installing junior warden and Eric Bridge to perform the duties of installing inner guard.
Andrew was ably and sincerely installed by John and the working tools were particularly well presented by Stephen Lloyd, David Rowbotham, as well as by John himself.
Eric Bridge then delivered a faultless address to Andrew, which was followed by addresses to the wardens by Jim Fallow, to the deacons by David Rowbotham and to the brethren by Stuart Thornber. It must be added that Derek Abbott delivered the little heard address to the IPM in an excellent manner.
At the conclusion of the installation, Stuart congratulated John on the manner in which he had installed Andrew and expressed his wish for the master to have a happy and healthy year in office.
On behalf of the lodge, Andrew presented Stuart with two cheques for charities with a combined total of £1,500; the first being for £750 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and an equal sum to Trinity Hospice.
The brethren then enjoyed a marvelous meal of stilton and broccoli soup, roast beef, and plum crumble. Stuart responded to toast number three by giving his thanks to the brethren and in turn urged everyone to visit the Provincial website if they had not already done so.
The toast to the newly installed master was given by John Haines and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett.