David Emery has been installed into the chair of King Solomon at the installation meeting of Lodge Amounderness No 7105, held at Wyrebank, Garstang.
For the evening’s ceremony the lodge was honoured by the presence of David John Asbridge as their principal guest. David was accompanied by Lancaster and District Group Secretary Scott Devine, grand officers Tom Blackburn, Howard Jones, William (Bill) Huck, Bill Seddon and Don Richardson, as well as acting Provincial grand officer Stewart Aimson.
Master elect David Emery was presented by Ian Cuerden and installed in an excellent ceremony by the IPM George Askins. After assuming the master’s chair, David was presented with explanations of the working tools of a master Mason by Michael Lewis Threlfall, those of a fellow craft by Hal Hamer and at very short notice, the working tools of an entered apprentice were presented in superb fashion by Bill Holland. Inspired addresses to the master, wardens and brethren were given by Ian Cuerden, Mike Threlfall and Tom Blackburn respectively.
As the end of the ceremony of installation was announced, it marked the opportunity for David to bring the very best wishes and congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to David Emery on becoming the newest ruler in the Province. David was sure that had Tony been able to be present in person he would also have wished to congratulate the installing master and all who had taken part in an excellent ceremony. On behalf of Tony, David wished all the brethren the very best for the year ahead. David was absolutely delighted to receive notice of donations made by the lodge to charity and good causes totalling some £2,000. This included donations to the MCF 2021 Festival £1000, Brian House Children’s Hospice, Blackpool £250, Cancer Help Garstang £250, Neuro Drop-in Centre, Lancaster £250 and The Space Centre, Preston £250.
Before the installation meeting closed, a delighted Howard Jones and Bill Huck received certificates denoting their status as honorary members of Lodge Amounderness.
The festival of St John was held in the Wyrebank Banqueting Suite where David enlightened and entertained the brethren with an amusing and edifying response to the toast to the Provincial grand officers. David used a quote from Thomas Edison to exemplify the work ethic he had witnessed during the installation meeting: “The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence and honest purpose, as well as perspiration.” In looking around the lodge room today, David could see this aplenty, the brethren should be proud of their efforts.
David was very pleased to be able to offer his own personal congratulations to the new WM David Emery and to wish him and his officers the very best of health to enjoy what he hoped would be a busy, but most of all a happy, year in office. Congratulations were likewise given to Rob Irwin on his forthcoming promotion within the Craft. David also mentioned the brethren who had presented the working tools and especially Bill Holland for standing in at the last minute. In conclusion David thanked the group secretary Scott Devine and acting Provincial grand officer Stewart Aimson for their company at the installation.
The toast to the master was given by the hard working immediate past and installing master George Askins, following which the master’s song was admirably performed by Bill Bannister with superb accompaniment by Fred Parker.
An excellent installation meeting was rounded off with the news that the raffle had raised £202, with a further donation of £35 from the ‘master’s swindle’.
Article written by Paul Thompson.
Photographs courtesy of Stewart Aimson.