Provincial Senior Grand Warden Peter Pemberton made the trip around Morecambe Bay to represent the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison at the Ulverston Lodge No 7872 installation meeting. He was accompanied by Provincial Junior Grand Deacon Paul Thompson and Provincial Grand Stewards Barry Fitzgerald and Richard Dennison.
A packed Ulverston Masonic Hall witnessed an excellent ceremony in which Jim Scott installed his successor Adam Metcalfe in fine style.
In bringing the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master, Peter commented, “The ceremony was a delight with the installing master undertaking his work in a sincere and dignified manner.” Jim was not alone in performing superbly, as all who took part can reflect on a job very well done.
The working tools were presented and explained by three junior brethren. The third and second degree tools were delivered by Ivan Ivanovic and Fraser Dewar respectively. Both had been initiated during the previous 12 months, but can be considered old hands when compared to Lee Parkinson who undertook the work of the first degree tools impeccably, even though he was only initiated three months previously.
Group chairman Alan Jones later paid credit to these three junior brethren in particular, when acknowledging the fine ceremony those in attendance had been privileged to witness.
Les Preston orated the address to the WM and Alan Hilton that to the wardens. Both received very favourable comments for their work as did Peter whose address to the brethren was precise, measured and very accomplished.
Following the appointment of a team which is a ‘Cambridge crew’, being all light blues, to the progressive offices Adam presented Peter with two cheques. The first was for £1,000 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. The second cheque and to the tune of £500 will go to the same charity via the Provincial bowling competition which the Furness and South Lakeland Group is hosting this year.
Also in attendance was John Wood, who is the secretary of the River Lodges Association, who presented Adam with a certificate to signify that Ulverston Lodge is a member. The River Lodges Association is a fraternal group aimed at fostering relations between lodges and Freemasons. To qualify for membership a lodge must feature the name of a river or waterway in its name. That criterion is met by the lodge as the town of Ulverston has a canal bearing its name.
Following the formalities, 115 members and guests made their way to the Olde Mill at Bardsea on the edge of Morecambe Bay where they enjoyed an installation banquet and the company of their friends.
In replying to the toast to the Provincial officers Peter paid tribute to the work of secretary Bran Benn and director of ceremonies Gary Rogerson who had obviously put in a lot of time and effort to ensure that the afternoon and evening went so well.
With a full diary for the coming year Adam can look forward to a busy and fruitful time as master of Ulverston Lodge. The quantity and more importantly perhaps, quality of the junior brethren the lodge has amongst its number means all the members can look forward to the future with great optimism.