The installation meeting of Hindpool Lodge No 1225 saw Keran Stalker attain the WM’s chair for a second time. The installation was carried out in an impeccable manner by outgoing master of the lodge Bob Kett who is the longest serving past master in the Barrow in Furness based lodge, having first taken on that role in 1984.
Both Bob and Keran derived particular pleasure from the proceedings with Bob having been Keran’s proposer into Masonry in 1986. Keran had first occupied the chair in 1997 on which occasion Bob had delivered the address to him as the newly appointed master. It was obvious to all looking on that this year’s ceremony was a particularly poignant one for both men.
The principal guest on the evening was past group chairman Rowley Saunders, who was joined by the present group chairman Alan Jones and group secretary Barry Hadley. Also adding lustre to the evening were four acting officers, in the persons of Barrie Crossley, John Houlding, Harry Gilgour and John Broadhurst.
The new master was particularly pleased that the representative was Rowley as he has known him for over 50 years through the business dealings of his farm. Keran is a retired firefighter and now runs the family sheep farm at Water Yeat at the base of Coniston Water and over the years they have called upon the services of Saunders Transport to take the sheep to market.
Back in 1997 Keran collared Derek Forrest as his senior warden and this year saw an action replay of this as his great friend took on the role once again. Director of ceremonies Doug Smith and secretary Tony Cassells ensured that everything ran smoothly and were praised for their, often unseen, work on behalf of the lodge.
The West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity was the beneficiary of a cheque for £1,225 which was presented to Rowley.
Following the formal proceedings, some 85 members and guests enjoyed a superb installation banquet in the Fairfield Room at Barrow Masonic Hall.