Cleveleys Masonic Hall was the venue for the installation meeting of Thornton and Cleveleys Lodge No 3854 and the brethren present were to witness an outstanding ceremony. Lodge stalwart Eric Peat would be installed into the chair for the third time.
The lodge was delighted to receive Provincial Junior Grand Warden Jonathan Heaton as the representing officer, together with North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith and fellow grand officers Peter Greathead, and Raymond Neal, supported by acting Provincial officer Alex Tomlinson.
The regular lodge business was swiftly dispatched by the master Mark Tomlinson,including the reading of the minutes of 50 years ago, and it was thentime to install Eric. The master of the lodge proceeded to invite Roger Lloyd-Jones to act as installing senior warden, Michael Smilesto act as installing junior warden and Bob Majorto act as installing inner guard. The master elect was presented by Alan Fairhurst, with his usual eloquence.
Eric was most ably and sincerely installed by Mark Tomlinson with assistance from the lodge’s director of ceremonies John Liversidge, whilst the working tools were superbly presented by David Hodge, Mark Spragg and Jonathan Davies.Alan Fairhurst delivered a faultless address to the new master and this was followed by addresses to the deacons by John Liversidge, to the stewards by the new assistant director of ceremonies Daren Gardner and finally to the brethren by Jonathan Heaton.
At the conclusion of the installation Jonathan congratulated all the brethren who had contributed to making the ceremony such a success and made particular mention of the three junior brethren who had delivered the working tools.
On behalf of the lodge, Eric presented Jonathan with several cheques for charities with a magnificent combined total of £3,060, including £825 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £1,260 to the Poppy Appeal. Jonathan thanked the brethren for their generosity on behalf of the many recipients.
The brethren enjoyed a superb festive board at which a raffle took place which raised £304 for charities. The toast to the health of the newly made master was given by the immediate past master Mark Tomlinson and the master’s song was expertly rendered by Roger Lloyd-Jones, accompanied by Stephen Lloyd. At the conclusion of a splendid evening the tyler’s toast was delivered by Sandy Walls.