33 brethren gathered at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Ken Hoskins being installed into the chair of Spartan Lodge No 8048. The principal guest and the representative of the Provincial Grand Master was Peter Schofield PrJGW, who was supported by the Chairman of North Fylde Group Duncan Smith, together with Peter Greathead, Brian Parkin and acting Provincial grand officers.
Unfortunately, the residing master of the lodge Steve Owen was unwell and could not attend, so the lodge was opened by Alan Whitehouse and swiftly dispatched the regular lodge business. He presented a cheque to Peter Schofield for the amount of £100 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, having previously donated £500 on the occasion of the lodge’s 50th anniversary.
Alan Whitehouse proceeded to invite John Devlin to act as the installing master and he in turn invited Peter Greathead to act as installing senior warden, Brian Parkin to act as installing junior warden and Paul Hardy to act as installing inner guard.
Master elect Ken Hoskins was ably and sincerely installed by John in a delightful ceremony in which the working tools of the three degrees were particularly well presented by Brian Purdie, Richard Jennings and Jon Moss respectively.
Alan Whitehouse then delivered a faultless address to Ken, which was followed by the address to the wardens also by Alan and the address to the brethren by Peter Schofield.
At the conclusion of the installation Peter congratulated John on the manner in which he had installed Ken and expressed his wish for the master to have a happy and healthy year in office.
The brethren then enjoyed a marvellous meal of egg mayonnaise, roast chicken, followed by sticky toffee pudding for dessert and Peter Schofield again congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony. A ‘Westhoughton’ raffle took place which, together with other donations, including a very novel ‘spot the gavel’ competition, raised just over £300 for charities.
The toast to the newly made master was given by John Devlin; the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett, followed by a heartfelt and emotional response from the newly made master. At the conclusion of a wonderful evening the tyler’s toast was delivered by Brian Howarth.