Roy takes the chair for a second time

Cleveleys Masonic Hall was the venue for the installation meeting of West Lancashire Century Lodge No 2349 and over 70 brethren were present to witness an outstanding ceremony.

David Walmsley (left) congratulates Roy Morden, the new master of West Lancashire Century Lodge.

David Walmsley (left) congratulates Roy Morden, the new master of West Lancashire Century Lodge.

The lodge brethren were delighted to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Walmsley as their principal guest, together with Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Terry Hudson, fellow grand officers North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, group vice chairman Peter Greathead, Bob Graham and David Thomas. They were supported by acting Provincial grand officers Peter Rumley, Daren Gardner, Creag Williams, Paul Newton, John Guest and Peter Maxwell.

With the regular lodge business swiftly dispatched by the master Derek Wilde, it was then time to install Roy. Derek proceeded to invite Roger Lees to act as installing senior warden, Raymond Bird to remain as installing junior warden and Creag Williams, the master of daughter lodge Peace and Unity Lodge No 3966, to act as installing inner guard.

The master elect Roy Morden. was presented by the lodge’s director of ceremonies Shaun Haynes. This was to be Roy’s second time as WM of the lodge.

What’s going on behind David’s back? Hugh Mett (left) sings the master’s song to Roy Morden.

What’s going on behind David’s back? Hugh Mett (left) sings the master’s song to Roy Morden.

Roy was most ably and sincerely installed by Derek Wilde, with assistance from Shaun Haynes, whilst the working tools were well presented by Scott Coxey, Keith Carter and Niall Coxey.

The address to the stewards was given by Provincial Grand Steward Daren Gardner and then Raymond Bird delivered a faultless address to the new master. This was followed by addresses to the wardens by John Morris, and finally to the brethren of the lodge by David Walmsley.

At the conclusion of the installation David congratulated all the brethren who had contributed to making the ceremony such a success, and wished the new master good health to enjoy his year.

On behalf of the lodge members, Roy presented David with two cheques for charities, namely £1,000 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £600 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. Together with donations throughout the year, these amounted to a grand total of £2,975 to charities, which is a magnificent amount, given that the lodge has just 25 active members. David thanked the brethren for their generosity on behalf of the many recipients.

Pictured left: Roy Morden presents the Crowd Jewel to Ramon Aston, Pictured right: David Walmsley is thanked by Roy Morden.

Pictured left: Roy Morden presents the Crowd Jewel to Ramon Aston, Pictured right: David Walmsley is thanked by Roy Morden.

The brethren then enjoyed a superb festive board at which a raffle took place and raised the magnificent sum of £380 for charities. The toast to the health of the newly made master was given by immediate past master Derek Wilde and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett, accompanied by David Brown.

The Crowd Jewel was up for grabs on the evening and was won by North Shore Lodge No 7916, whose master Ramon Aston received the trophy from Roy Morden. At the conclusion of a splendid evening the un-abridged tyler’s toast was delivered by Bob Sims.

Pictured from left to right are; Creag Williams, Peter Maxwell, Duncan Smith, David Walmsley, Roy Morden, Derek Wilde, David Thomas and Daren Gardner.

Pictured from left to right are; Creag Williams, Peter Maxwell, Duncan Smith, David Walmsley, Roy Morden, Derek Wilde, David Thomas and Daren Gardner.