Almost 40 brethren gathered at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Martin Clements being installed into the chair of Biscopham Lodge No 7646.
Representing the Provincial Grand Master on this occasion was Neil MacSymons, supported by North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, group vice chairman Peter Greathead, Ron Weatherill and Keith Jackson.
With the regular lodge business swiftly dispatched by the master of the lodge Ian Tyrell, it was time to install the master elect. Ian proceeded to invite Ken Smith to act as installing senior warden, John Kitchener to act as installing junior warden and Geoff Hodson to act as installing inner guard. Master elect Martin Clements was presented by the director of ceremonies Jack Baxter.
Martin was ably and sincerely installed by Ian and the rarely heard working tools of an installed master were delivered by Adrian Wells of the City of Lancaster Lodge No 281. Adrian then generously gifted these tools to the lodge to use in perpetuity.
The other working tools were particularly well presented in turn by Kirk Elliot, Richard Anderson and entered apprentice Marc Broome. John Kitchener delivered the address to newly installed Martin, which was followed by addresses to the wardens by Ken Smith and to the brethren by Neil MacSymons.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Neil congratulated Ian on the manner in which he had installed Martin and expressed his wish for the master to have a happy and healthy year in office. On behalf of the lodge, Ian Tyrell presented Neil with several cheques for charities with a magnificent combined total of £3,750, including £1,000 to Christie’s Hospital and £750 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival.
The brethren enjoyed a superb festive board at which Neil MacSymons gave a polished response to the toast to the health of the grand officers. A raffle took place which raised over £300 for charities. The toast to the newly made master was given by Ian Tyrell and the master’s song was rendered by John Kitchener. At the conclusion of a splendid evening the tyler’s toast was delivered the long way by the ubiquitous Gordon Ivett.