Scorton Lodge No 5791 held its installation meeting at Wyrebank, Garstang, where the brethren were proud and delighted to give a very warm welcome to the guest of honour and representative of the Provincial Grand Master James Edward Woods (Jim), together with the Lancaster and District Group Chairman Jim Wilson, group secretary Scott Devine, grand officer Keith Jackson and acting Provincial grand officers Steve Plevey and Stewart Aimson.
The master elect Harry Parker, who has previously been the master of Scorton Lodge in 2006 and 2009, was presented by Brian Clark his original proposer, before being installed into the chair of the lodge for the third time in a delightful ceremony by installing master Kenneth Parker (Ken). The working tools of the third and second degrees were admirably accomplished by Andy McClements and Paul Slater respectively. The first degree working tools were explained however by one of the lodges new initiates Adrian Walker in a very competent and impressive manner.
Maintaining the quality of the presentations, the address to the WM by Andrew Gardner, that to the wardens by Arthur Ashcroft and the address to the brethren by Jim Woods added greatly to this delightful ceremony, as one would expect from such competent and experienced brethren. The traditional addresses to the deacons and stewards were delivered by acting Provincial grand officers Steve Plevey and Stewart Aimson respectively.
As the ceremony drew to a close Jim was delighted to bring to the lodge and the brethren the fraternal greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Jim had no doubt whatsoever that Tony would have been impressed with the quality and sincerity expressed throughout the proceedings. Jim was also delighted to receive details of exceedingly generous lodge disbursements made to charity and good causes totalling the staggering figure of £5,208. This included £710 to the West Lancashire Freemasons Charity, £150 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, £948 to Derain House, Chorley (a childrens hospice, for which Ken Parker and his wife Linda had undertaken a sponsored charity bike ride from Manchester to Blackpool to raise funds), £500 to Croston House (a cancer day care centre in Garstang), £500 to Garstang Memory Café ( a dementia drop in centre), £1000 to When you wish upon a star (making a wish come true for children with life threatening illness), £400 to Masonic Trout Salmon Fishing Society (Masonic charity for people with special needs) and £1000 to Garstang Masonic Hall.
At the festival of St John held in the Wyrebank banqueting suite, the brethren enjoyed a superb celebratory banquet at which Jim was able to offer his own personal congratulations to all who had taken part in such a splendid ceremony and was particularly impressed with the presentation of the working tools, especially since they had been undertaken by all ‘light blues’, even one who had recently joined Freemasonry. He expressed his earnest wish that Harry and his officers enjoy the very best of health to enjoy what he hoped would be a busy and useful year.
Jim went on to appraise the brethren on issues surrounding the tercentenary celebrations and the MCF 2021 Festival, before moving on to discuss the amazing amount the immediate past master Ken and the brethren had raised for charity during his year in office. Jim concluded by thanking both Jim Wilson for inviting him to represent at Scorton installation and the acting officers for their support.
The master’s song was professionally rendered by popular local vocalist and experienced Mason Bob Tinsley, who was equally expertly accompanied by Keith Jackson on the keyboard. The evening was rounded off in the knowledge that the raffle had raised the tremendous sum of £380 with an additional £30 from the ‘masters swindle’. A good night was had by all.
Article written by Paul Thompson. Photographs courtesy of Stewart Aimson