Brian Ogden, a keen wildlife photographer, has served as master of Blackpool Lodge No 1476. However, after relocating to Grange-over-Sands and joining Arthur John Brogden Lodge No 1715 as a joining member, Brian has successfully acquitted himself in several roles for the lodge. It was no surprise to the lodge members, therefore, that when a new master was required for the 2023/4 season, Brian stepped forward.
When WM Alex Lowe had opened the lodge up to the third degree in an excellent fashion and with great support from his team, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Rob Fitzsimmons made his entrance and announced that Assistant Provincial Grand Master Peter Schofield demanded admission.
Also in attendance were Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Barry Fitzgerald and grand officers Chris Band, Alan Jones and Brian Carter. Furness and South Lakeland Group Chairman Alan Pattinson and secretary Tony Jackson were also present. Tony was also there in his capacity of Provincial Senior Grand Deacon, along with Morton Richardson Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and Provincial Grand Stewards Phil Renney and Andy McClements.
Nigel Higginson presented Brian as master elect, then Alex Lowe installed him into the chair for the ensuing year. All this took place under the attentive eye of lodge director of ceremonies Alan Telford, who also ably delivered the address to the WM.
The tools of an installed master were delivered by John Wood and the third degree tools by Barry Saunders. Following Barry, with excellent presentations of the second and first degree tools, were Tom Anderson and Mark Hadwin. Particular mention must be made of these two as Tom presented the long version of the second degree working tools and Mark was only raised in March. Acting Provincial grand officers Tony Jackson and Phil Renney carried out the addresses to the deacons and stewards respectively.
Peter Schofield then rose to congratulate the new master of the lodge and Alan Telford the director of ceremonies. Brian presented Peter with several cheques for charity. Peter thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generosity.
Following the ceremony, the assembled brethren retired for a fine festive board. All leaving with memories of a wonderful ceremony.