With a well laid plan to bring variety to the proceedings, the members of Tithebarn Lodge No 8446 assembled to install Len Wiseman into the master’s chair for his second stint in this important role, an occasion so important that director of ceremonies Alan Mitchell assembled a team of no less than three installing masters.
With the regular lodge business despatched with aplomb and the installation team raring to go, it was time to welcome Peter Elmore, representing the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison. On this occasion Peter was supported by Terry Hudson Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master, the lodge’s own grand officer Keith Jackson, John Robbie Porter vice chairman of the South Fylde group of lodges, and acting Provincial officers Peter Pemberton, Rev Godfrey Hirst, Dave McKee, and Andy Curtis, along with other distinguished Provincial officers.
The lodge was opened in the second and third degrees by the installing master Philip Hope and the usual salutations were led by the director of ceremonies. The master then invited Neil Curtis to act as senior warden, Clive Gitsham as junior warden and Peter Weller as inner guard. The master elect was presented by his friend of many years, Mike Heed and ably installed with the assistance of Shaun Keane and Chris Veevers.
The working tools were particularly well presented by Ken Greenwood, Jacques Brown and Dave Leahy, proving that there is great promise amongst the younger members of Tithebarn lodge. The address to the newly installed master was ably delivered by Mike Heed. That to the wardens was presented by Peter Pemberton in his own inimitable style and then Peter Elmore delivered an excellent address to the brethren.
At the conclusion of the installation, Peter Elmore assured Len, the new WM that the Provincial Grand Master would have been delighted to witness so fine a ceremony. Peter particularly noted the work sharing which had so enhanced the proceedings.
Philip Hope then presented Peter with cheques for charities with a combined total of over £2,500. The largest of these were £500 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £500 to Poulton le Fylde Masonic hall. Cancer Research and several local charities also benefited.
At the conclusion of every fine installation ceremony is the expectation of a fine banquet to follow and there was no disappointment in this regard. Amid a cheerful hubbub the members and guests feasted on a menu of ham hock terrine, Moroccan lamb casserole, lemon syllabub, and cheese and biscuits, with coffee and mints to conclude. This sumptuous repast, finely presented by caterer Lee Munro, was complemented by some fine wine and robust ale. There was lighter refreshment for designated drivers!
Responding to the toast to the grand officers, Peter Elmore reiterated his pleasure at witnessing such a fine ceremony of installation. He also commended the sterling efforts of the Tithebarn lodge charity steward Ken Greenwood and all of the lodge members for raising such a marvellous sum for their designated charities. The new master’s list benefited from a raffle which raised £120.