Leyland Masonic Hall hosted another Saturday afternoon lodge installation. This time it was the turn of Cuerden Lodge No 6018, which for a regular lodge meeting meet on Monday evenings six times a year.
Before the installation proceedings got under way, the lodge business was expertly executed by the WM Stephen Grimshaw. Stephen then welcomed Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson into the lodge room. Derek was accompanied by Stewart Seddon (Leyland Group Chairman). Derek thanked the brethren for the very warm welcome and upon being offered the gavel of the lodge he returned it immediately saying: I have come along to enjoy myself, the worshipful master has more need of it than me.”
The master elect for the ensuing year Michael Frankland was presented to the lodge by his brother-in-law, Mark Rothwell. The installation ceremony preliminaries were hosted by Stephen who then handed over to Mark at the board of installed masters. Mark then called upon John Frankland, Michael’s father, who proceeded to place his son into the chair of King Solomon. The installation ceremony was in the capable hands of the lodge DC Ian Hainsworth .
The working tools for the ceremony were presented by three junior brethren: Mark Fishwick presented the third degree tools whilst Michael Hainsworth presented the second and Lee Jackson the first degree, all being word perfect and enjoying the opportunity to show their intentions.
Before long Michael was conducting the first task of his mastership. This was to present six cheques for charity to Derek totalling £1,200. £300 to Headway, the brain injury association; £200 to Legacy Rainbow House; £200 to the Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund; £200 for Derian House; £150 to Preston Orpheus Choir and £150 to Key Unlocking Futures, who work to help young people build better lives.
Derek thanked the lodge members for their generosity and exclaimed that the cheques would be faithfully applied. He then brought good wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and said that if Tony had been present he would also have congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony.
The lodge was closed in due form and all members and visitors moved on to the dining room where a great meal was enjoyed by all. Here Derek gave his own personal congratulations to Michael and he hoped that Michael would have a very happy and healthy year in office. Everyone left for home having witnessed a fine installation.