More than 30 brethren recently assembled at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Ken Hoskins being proclaimed as the master of Spartan Lodge No 8048 for a second consecutive year. The principal guest and representative of the Provincial Grand Master on this occasion was Tony Hough and he was supported by fellow grand officers Peter Bentham, North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, group vice chairman Peter Greathead and Neil MacSymons.
The regular lodge business was swiftly dispatched by the master Ken Hoskins and then the assistant director of ceremonies Alan Barnes retired from the lodge to facilitate the entrance of the grand officers. After the usual salutations Alan Barnes proceeded to proclaim Ken Hoskins as master for another year. Peter Greathead continued to act as installing senior warden, Alan Whitehouse to act as installing junior warden and David Bailey to act as installing inner guard.
Being a proclamation, the ceremony was markedly shorter than usual, with the working tools being swiftly presented by Alan Barnes, Mel Howarth and John Moss. The address to the wardens was delivered by Alan Whitehouse and that to the brethren by Tony Hough, both in an excellent manner.
At the conclusion of the installation Tony congratulated Alan on the manner in which he had conducted the ceremony. On behalf of the lodge, Ken presented Tony Hough with cheques for charities with a combined total of £2,000, consisting of £1,000 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £300 to World Heritage Crusade, £400 to the National Autistic Society and £300 to Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Ken is an hotelier by profession, and he has no ‘reservations’ on becoming master for a second year. He is particularly looking forward to the social events that have been ‘booked’, and welcoming ‘guests’ to those gatherings as well as lodge meetings.
The brethren were treated to a wonderful festive board and in Tony’s response he wished the master good health and an enjoyable year ahead. A raffle took place which raised £203 for charities. The toast to the newly made master was given by Alan Barnes, and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett.
At the conclusion of a marvellous evening the tyler’s toast was presented by Brian Howarth.