Ian Smith becomes master of Phoenix Lodge

Ian Smith was installed into the chair of the Phoenix Lodge of Installed Masters No 9206 to become its 31st master. On the occasion the lodge was honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master   Kevin Peter Poynton. Ian and Kevin were among more than 80 members and guests attending the installation meeting at the Leyland Masonic Hall. The attendees included a Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master William Huck and both of the group chairmen for Leyland and Chorley Groups, Chris Blackwell and Peter Lockett.

Kevin Poynton (left) congratulating Ian Smith on attaining the chair of King Solomon.

Kevin Poynton (left) congratulating Ian Smith on attaining the chair of King Solomon.

After the lodge was opened by the outgoing master of the lodge Mark Howard, Ian was presented as the master elect and the outgoing Mark, ably assisted by the officers of the lodge, proceeded to install him as master for the ensuing year.

In a ceremony that was not only very confidently conducted but very sincerely delivered, it was a real testimony to the hard work all the officers and brethren had put in, especially the installing master Mark Howard who was almost word perfect.

Following the usual investiture of the lodge officers for the coming year, the address to the newly installed master was delivered by Gordon Maclellan with Bert Bracegirdle addressing the wardens and finally, Kevin Poynton addressing the brethren of the lodge.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Kevin brought the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated Ian on attaining the chair, along with all the brethren who had taken part in what he described as a very sincere ceremony, making special mention of the installing master Mark Howard for the excellent way he had conducted the ceremony and for making it such a great and enjoyable occasion to watch and be part of.

Ian Smith presents Kevin Poynton with a flower arrangement for him to take home for his good lady, Sue.

Ian Smith presents Kevin Poynton with a flower arrangement for him to take home for his good lady, Sue.

Kevin was then presented with cheques for £300 to St Catharine’s Hospice, £300 to Derian House, £300 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, £200 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £100 to the Prostrate Cancer Charity; a grand total of £1,200. Kevin went on to sincerely thank the brethren, on behalf of the final recipients of the donated funds, for their generosity.

With over 80 brethren dining, the festive board was a truly wonderful affair with great food and fellowship in a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the evening.

The traditional toast to the newly installed master was proposed in a very sincere and heartfelt manner by the then immediate past master Mark Howard and then Ian thanked everyone for making his installation meeting a resounding success but most of all, a most enjoyable evening.

The evening ended with Ian’s final pleasant duty, that of presenting Kevin with a floral gift for him to pass on to his good lady, Sue.

Ian Smith surrounded by his principal guest Kevin Poynton, immediate past master Mark Howard and the other grand and acting Provincial officers and group chairmen.

Ian Smith surrounded by his principal guest Kevin Poynton, immediate past master Mark Howard and the other grand and acting Provincial officers and group chairmen.