The members of Lonsdale Lodge of Installed Masters No 9422 were delighted to welcome Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton as the principal guest at their installation meeting. Joining Kevin at Ulverston Masonic Hall was local Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger. Adding further lustre to the occasion were six acting Provincial officers in the persons of Richard Wilcock, Barry Fitzgerald, Phil Preston, Bernard Snape, Ian Thompson and Chris Gray.
As is traditional with the lodge, master elect Ken Boon was presented by Furness and South Lakeland group chairman Peter Schofield. To do so Peter had to collect Ken from the seat of the director of ceremonies which he has occupied with great distinction for four years.
Being a lodge of past masters, the ceremony was somewhat foreshortened but that did not prevent installing master Terry Pearson delivering a sincere and heartfelt ceremony as he placed Ken in the chair. During his term of office Terry had proved to be an excellent ambassador for the lodge in visiting other lodges and attending functions. He will continue in his endeavours for the lodge as he replaced Bill Edmonds as lodge secretary.
The task of presenting the working tools of an installed master fell to Stuart Brackstone who completed his duties in fine style. The tools in the three degrees were presented and explained by Keith Halligan, George Manderson and John Myers, all of whom performed their role well.
Another convention of the lodge is that the group chairman and vice chairman deliver the addresses to the newly installed master and wardens. Peter and Gary Rogerson did so with great aplomb. Following on was Kevin who was made to sing for his supper and give the address to the brethren. His oration met with much approval.
To mark the occasion Ken presented Kevin with a cheque for £500 in favour of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival.
On the evening another seven brethren were accepted as joining members, six of whom were present and Terry’s last duty prior to the installation of his successor was to welcome them into the lodge.
Following the ceremony 82 members and their guests enjoyed a superb four course meal prepared by the in-house catering team. The response from Kevin to the toast to the grand officers was delivered with some much appreciated humour but without detracting from the serious messages he wished to get across, particularly as regards the MCF 2021 Festival.
He also informed the brethren that he held responsibility for the publicity team. He pointed out the hard work the publicity officers do. They not only attend meetings and functions but then also have to compose the articles afterwards. He then offered his personal thanks to the group publicity officer Dave Sear. He also expressed his appreciation to the six acting Provincial officers who had attended in support of him.
In replying to the toast to his health Ken informed the assembled throng that when he agreed to become director of ceremonies the post was one which was held for two years. By the time he had been put in post, this had been raised to three years. His last two deputies, and subsequent replacements however had been given Provincial roles which prevented them continuing. He agreed to another extension and completed a fourth year. He remarked, light heartedly, that not only was he extremely pleased that he had been honoured in ascending to the chair of this very prestigious lodge but also that he had managed to find an escape route from the post of director of ceremonies.
It was also very much a case of déjà vu for Ken as only 18 days previously, and at the same venue, he had stood in front of a similarly packed dining room to reply to the toast to his health when he was installed into the chair of Furness Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No 375.
It can all be best summed up as a delightful evening of Masonic ritual, good food and excellent fellowship.
Article and photographs by Dave Sear.