Members of Cuerden Lodge No 6018 held their annual installation meeting over at Wellington Park, Leyland. It was a quiet but significant affair in the lodge’s history as Ian Hainsworth became the WM for the fifth time in his Masonic career.
Lodge WM Michael Frankland opened the lodge and transacted the initial business before the installation proceedings went ahead. He warmly welcomed John Turpin, Blackpool Group Chairman, who was the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison on the day. Leyland and District Group Chairman Chris Blackwell and Andy Sumner, acting Provincial Grand Steward, were also welcomed into the lodge room.
Ian was presented to the lodge as master elect by Mark Rothwell and following the affirming of his obligation, Ian was sitting proudly in the master’s chair.
The working tools of each degree were presented by the following junior brethren; Mark Fishwick, Michael Hainsworth and Lee Jackson for the third, second and first degree tools respectively. Each had learned their words to perfection and this showed as their presentations were spot on. John received four cheques on behalf of the recipients and thanked the lodge on their behalf. The cheques were written out to TAAG for £100 (an Autism support group covering Chorley and South Ribble); a further £100 written out for the Lewis Balyckyi Trust (assisting cyclists to improve to a higher standard); £100 for Headway (supporting brain injury) and a further £300 to the MCF 2021 Festival.
John brought the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master and thanked Ian for taking the chair of the lodge for an additional year wishing him well in his endeavours of socialising and visiting lodges once again. He also said that if Tony had been present he would have thanked Michael, the installing and immediate past master, for all the hard work he had put into his year and also for installing Ian into the chair.
The lodge was closed by Ian shortly afterwards and everyone retired to the dining room for the festive board and some good camaraderie. Here John brought his own personal regards and thanked Ian and the lodge for allowing him the time to be present at the Cuerden Lodge installation meeting.