Over 40 brethren gathered at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Neil Drummond being installed as the new master of Bispham-with-Norbreck Lodge No 4731.
The lodge brethren were delighted to receive Tony Hough, Chairman of the Masonic Halls Committee, as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master, accompanied on this occasion by North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, supported by acting Provincial grand officer Clive Gitsham.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master Ashton Jarvis, he proceeded to invite Gordon Major to act as installing master, who in turn invited Derek Broadbent to act as installing senior warden, Peter Bracegirdle to act as installing junior warden and Allan Ferguson to act as installing inner guard. The master elect Neil Drummond was then presented in fine style by Peter Gratrix.
Neil was installed in an exemplary manner by Gordon Major with assistance from the hard working director of ceremonies Andy Stansfield. The working tools were particularly well delivered by Steve Willingham, Mark Spragg and Ken Hart.
The omnipresent Peter Gratrix delivered an excellent address to Neil, and followed it up by also delivering the address to the wardens. To conclude the ceremony, Tony Hough gave a faultless address to the brethren of the lodge.
In conveying the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, Tony Hough congratulated Neil on becoming the new master and wished him a happy and successful year, with good health to enjoy it. On behalf of the lodge brethren, Neil presented Tony with cheques for charities with a combined total of £1,703, including £350 to Brian House, £350 to North West Air Ambulance and £300 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
The brethren duly retired to the comfortable surroundings of the bar and ultimately the dining room where they enjoyed a superb meal. The raffle raised £180 for charities. Ashton Jarvis gave the toast to the newly made master (who is his son-in-law) and Hugh Mett rendered the master’s song, accompanied by Malcolm Burrill. At the conclusion of an excellent evening Gordon Ivett delivered the full version of the tyler’s toast.