Jeff makes two promises

Before Jeff Lucas was allowed to recite the oath of master elect for the fifth time in his Masonic career, he had to make a solemn promise to his wife Ann that, he would break the habit and will not do it again!

Leyland Masonic Hall witnessed another early season installation, this time it was that of Leyland St Andrews Lodge No 7391 and it was attended by a good number of visitors and members of the lodge. Trevor Brooks, the WM of the lodge, opened the lodge and carried out the business in a professional manner. He showed no signs of nerves and looked extremely relaxed given the ceremony he was about to lead.

Ray Martland (left) congratulates Jeff.

Ray Martland (left) congratulates Jeff.

Trevor welcomed Assistant Provincial Grand Master Ray Martland into the lodge room and prior to the start of the installation ceremony offered him the gavel of the lodge. This Ray took and thanking everyone for a very warm welcome, he returned the gavel to Trevor as he had ‘some very important work to do’.

At the start of the ceremony, Trevor thanked all the officers and members of the lodge for helping and supporting him through a very enjoyable year and he was sure that this support would continue for the master elect. Subsequently, Jeff was presented to the WM and the lodge by Mike Shires and before long he was once again sitting comfortably in what must seem to be his own, masters’ chair.

The working tools of each of the degrees were presented by three junior brethren. The third degree tools were presented by Andrew Ince, the second degree tools presented by Marc Wolverson, leaving Chris Hughes to present the working tools in the first degree. All were excellently presented.

Following the end of the installation ceremony Ray brought the good wishes of Tony Harrison, Provincial Grand Master. As master of the lodge, one of the first tasks you are allowed to do is a most enjoyable one and it involves presenting a number of cheques for charity. On this occasion the lodge had written three cheques. Two were made out for £500 each, totalling £1,000, given to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. The third cheque was written out to Teddies for Loving Care for the sum of £250. Ray thanked the lodge and said that they would be faithfully applied at their destinations.

Everyone retired to the dining room for a meal of excellent quality. It was here that Ray passed on his own congratulations and wished Jeff another happy and healthy year in the chair. Jeff then presented a bouquet of flowers to Ray on behalf of the lodge members for his wife Carol.

Jeff joined Leyland St Andrews Lodge in October 1976 when Ann’s dad, Harold Sumner, was in the chair; Jeff going through to the chair for the first time in September 1988. He was again elected to the master’s chair in September of 2007 although this time he was WM of his old school lodge, Old Huttonian Lodge No 7614. He once again went into the chair at Leyland St Andrews in September 2008 and then again in September 2010.

He has in the past been director of ceremonies of Leyland St Andrews and charity steward of Old Huttonian Lodge. He is currently the social secretary for both of these lodges and is the current DC of Old Huttonian Lodge. Jeff has been charity steward for the Leyland Group since May 2014.

Jeff’s hobbies and interests included being a keen sportsman, playing cricket, football, rugby and squash. Now that he has retired, Jeff mainly watches sport from the comfort of his home lounge! However, he has joined a gym to reclaim his fitness. Jeff enjoys travelling and loves spending time with his family including two grandsons.

Jeff (centre) surrounded by grand and acting Provincial grand officers.

Jeff (centre) surrounded by grand and acting Provincial grand officers.