Over 50 brethren gathered recently at Fleetwood Masonic Hall to witness Mike Gaynor being installed as the new master of Mount Lodge No 6654. The lodge was delighted to receive Regional Charity Steward Ted Rhodes as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master, accompanied on this occasion by Terry Hudson, North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, vice chairman Peter Greathead and Peter Bentham, supported by acting officer Alex Tomlinson.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master Mark Allen, he proceeded to invite Rodney Sherwood to act as installing senior warden, David Cook to act as installing junior warden and Derek Abbott to act as installing inner guard. The master elect Mike Gaynor was then presented in fine style by Roy Howells.
Mike was installed in an exemplary manner by Mark Allen with assistance from the hard working director of ceremonies Jim Gregson. The working tools were particularly well delivered by Les Philips, Jack Smith and Jon Davies. The officers of the lodge were invested, with Alex Tomlinson delivering the address to the deacons.
David Cook delivered an excellent address to Mike and this was followed by the address to the wardens by Alan Whitehouse and, to conclude the ceremony, Ted Rhodes delivered the address to the brethren.
Ted congratulated Mike on becoming the new master and wished him a happy and successful year, and good health to enjoy it. On behalf of the lodge, Mike presented Ted with cheques for charities with a combined total of £1,650, including £200 to Trinity Hospice, £250 to Dementia Care and £250 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
Mike has worked for many years in Saudi Arabia as a senior electrical technician in the oil and gas industries, so it comes as no ‘shock’ to see him being ‘charged’ with leading the lodge this year. He has several social events in the ‘pipeline’ and is looking forward to joining the other masters on the ‘circuit’.
The brethren duly retired to the comfortable surroundings of the bar and ultimately the dining room, where they enjoyed a superb meal. Two raffles raised a total of £501 for charities.
The brethren were treated to an excellent response from Ted Rhodes who made particular mention of the upcoming Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and urged the brethren to purchase the excellent jewels and ties that are available.
Mark Allen gave the toast to the newly made master and Hugh Mett rendered the master’s song, accompanied by David Brown. At the conclusion of an excellent evening Tony Blundell delivered the tyler’s toast.