Cleveleys Masonic Hall was the venue for the installation meeting of Thornton and Cleveleys Lodge No 3854 and the brethren present were to witness an outstanding ceremony. Mark Tomlinson would be installed into the chair of the lodge for the second time.
The lodge was delighted to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox, together with the Chairman of the North Fylde Group Duncan Smith, Peter Greathead, Tony Hough and Raymond Neal, supported by acting Provincial grand officers Peter Rumley, David Kenworthy, Daren Gardner, Joe Codling and Peter Maxwell.
The regular lodge business was swiftly dispatched by the master Eric Peat, who proceeded to invite Juan Topping to act as installing senior warden, Alan Fairhurst to act as installing junior warden and Martin Clements to act as installing inner guard. The master elect was presented in fine style by Brian Chapman.
Mark was most ably and sincerely installed by Eric Peat with assistance from the director of ceremonies John Liversidge, whilst the working tools were superbly presented by David Hodge, Mark Spragg and Paul Bowser. Eric Peat delivered a faultless address to the new master, and this was followed by addresses to the chaplain by Roger Lloyd-Jones, to the stewards by Alan Fairhurst, to the wardens by Duncan Smith and finally to the brethren of the lodge by Harry Cox.
At the conclusion of the installation, Harry congratulated all the brethren who had contributed to making the ceremony such a success and wished Mark a healthy and happy year in the chair. In response and on behalf of the lodge, Mark presented Harry with several cheques for charities with a magnificent combined total of £3,133.50, including £1,200 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, £300 to Brian House and £300 to Pancreatic Cancer Research. Harry thanked the brethren for their generosity on behalf of the many recipients.
The brethren then enjoyed a superb festive board at which a raffle took place which raised the magnificent sum of £407 for charities. The toast to the health of the newly made master was given by the immediate past master Eric Peat and the master’s song was expertly rendered by Roger Lloyd-Jones, accompanied by Steven Lloyd. At the conclusion of a splendid evening the tyler’s toast was delivered by Sandy Walls.