Over 70 brethren gathered at Fleetwood Masonic Hall to witness Paul Smedley being installed for a second time into the chair of Broadwater Lodge No 9027. The representative of the Provincial Grand Master on this occasion was Blackpool Group Chairman John Turpin.
John was supported on this occasion by Duncan Smith, Chairman of North Fylde Group, together with Keith Jackson, Andy Wilshire, Tony Hough, Peter Greathead and Raymond Neal. Also in attendance were acting Provincial grand officers Phil Houldsworth, Daren Gardner, Peter Maxwell and Clive Gitsham.
For the purposes of installation, Peter Bawden acted as installing senior warden and Chris Sage acted as installing junior warden. Jonathan Selcoe acted as installing inner guard, and also had the pleasure of presenting his good friend Paul to the installing master David Wright for installation.
Keeping a firm hand on proceedings was the director of ceremonies Damon Tait. The master elect was ably and sincerely installed by David Wright. The working tools were particularly well presented by Alan Howie, Mark Spragg and Walter Daubney. Eric Peat delivered the address to Paul, which was followed by addresses to the wardens by Duncan Smith, and to the brethren of the lodge by John Turpin.
At the conclusion of the installation, John congratulated David on the manner in which he had installed Paul and expressed his wish for the master to have a happy and healthy year in office. On behalf of the lodge, Paul presented John with cheques for charities to the value of £1,400.
Paul works in the motor trade so he is certain to ‘drive’ the lodge forward this year and also to ‘steer’ it in the right direction.
The brethren enjoyed a superb festive board at which a raffle took place which raised almost £400 for charities. The toast to the newly made master was given by David Wright and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett, accompanied by David Brown.
At the conclusion of a splendid evening, the tyler’s toast was delivered by Mark Tomlinson.