Peter takes over with aplomb

If figures mean anything, Peter Bawden became master of Lytham Lodge No 6915 number 67 during the latest of the lodge’s 452 meetings. Now, while the statisticians mull over that gem of information these chronicles will move to reporting on the latest milestone in the history of this fine lodge.

Peter Bawden (left) is congratulated by Neil MacSymons.

Peter Bawden (left) is congratulated by Neil MacSymons.

With the business of the lodge speedily dealt with, there was a report and Neil MacSymons, representing the Provincial Grand Master, entered the lodge with Chairman of South Fylde Group Ian Ward and other distinguished grand and Provincial grand officers.

After the customary welcome to the representative, the lodge was opened in the second degree and the installing officers were placed into their respective offices. The installing master Craig Coltart invited Tom Goodier to occupy the senior warden’s chair, Tom Fare to occupy the junior warden’s chair and Philip Hayman to act as inner guard. The master elect Peter Bawden, a past master of Broadwater Lodge No 9027, was then presented by Walter Daubney and declared his obligation.

The lodge was opened in the third degree and salutations to grand and Provincial grand officers were given. Brethren below the rank of an installed master retired from the lodge. The past masters proceeded to install Peter Bawden into the chair of King Solomon according to ancient custom. They were capably led by Craig Coltart and finely supported by Walter Daubney. After this, all brethren were admitted and the new master was proclaimed, saluted and greeted.

The working tools of the third degree were presented by Tom Goodier, those of the second degree were presented by John Fotheringham and first degree tools were presented by Craig Price. The officers for the ensuing year were appointed and invested. With the new team in place the address to the newly-installed master was given by Chris Sage, that to the wardens by Ian Ward and the address to the brethren of the lodge by Neil MacSymons; all delivered in fine style.

Speaking on behalf of the grand officers, Ian Ward expressed his privilege of bringing greetings from Grand Lodge. Ian praised the installing master Craig Coltart who had conducted the ceremony with aplomb. He also congratulated all who took part in the ceremony for their excellent work, singling out the director of ceremonies Walter Daubney who had been here, there and everywhere.

Before closing the lodge the members heard a proposition to elect Chris Tittley, secretary of the Lodge of Fidelity No 1256 as a joining member. A collection was made for charity, raising £55. A further sum of £100 was raised in the banqueting suite after dinner.

Neil MacSymons responded to the toast to the grand officers and gave his personal congratulations to Peter Bawden on being installed into the master’s chair again. He also lavished praise on Craig Coltart and his installation team, stating that it had been a pleasure to witness and assist at this excellent ceremony. Neil went onto urge members to sign up to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and thanked those who already had done so and had been wearing their ‘patron’ jewels in the lodge. He went on to talk about the need to support our Masonic halls and of the desirability of joining the Royal Arch.

The evening was brought to a traditional end by Philip Hayman who delivered the tyler’s toast.

Pictured from left to right, are: Ian Ward, Craig Coltart, Peter Bawden and Neil MacSymons

Pictured from left to right, are: Ian Ward, Craig Coltart, Peter Bawden and Neil MacSymons