Thornton and Cleveleys Lodge No 3854 held its annual installation at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Jon Davies being installed as the first WM of the new decade within the North Fylde Group.
On this occasion the lodge was honoured by the presence of Stuart Thornber as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master. Stuart is never one to disappoint in his readiness to serve the Craft as he had to step in at the last minute to perform his task. Stuart was accompanied by North Fylde Group Chairman Peter Greathead, Duncan Smith, Rowand Tait, Gavin Egan and Terry Murtagh.
The lodge was opened in due form by Howard Shaw who completed the first part of the business of the lodge in his own inimitable style. The lodge director of ceremonies John Liversidge entered the lodge room to announce that Stuart was without and requested admission. Once the formal introductions had been completed, Howard took the opportunity to thank the lodge and his officers for their support throughout his year in office.
To signal the start of the ceremony Eric Peat presented Jon in a most sincere manner. Howard Shaw proceeded to do a sterling job of installing his successor, Jon, into the chair of King Solomon.
In an exceptional series of presentations, the working tools were presented to Jon by David Hodge (third degree), Mark Spragg (second Degree) and Paul Smedley (first degree). The address to the master was given by Eric Peat and Roger Lloyd-Jones delivered the address to the Chaplain. Terry Murtagh delivered the address to the stewards and the final address was delivered in his usual assured style by Stuart Thornber.
At the completion of the installation Stuart brought the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to Jon. Stuart then crossed the floor to congratulate Howard Shaw for his hard work during the installation and during his mastership of the lodge for the past 12 months.
Jon presented Stuart with cheques for £500 to the MCF 2021 Festival, £100 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £250 to Blue Skies (Blackpool Victoria Hospital), £250 to SSAFA, £200 to Motor Neurone Disease, £200 to Guide Dogs, £100 to the Butterfly Group, £100 to the Royal British Legion, £100 to Marie Curie and £100 to the RNLI. Stuart then read a list of charitable and other donations that the lodge had given throughout the past year, £351 to Vince Hankinson, £510 to the Grand Theatre, £25 to North Fylde Bowling, £25 to Masonic fishing, £15 to Clay Pigeon Shooting, £25 to the Group Ball, £302 to the children’s Christmas party, £320 to the building fund and £391 given through the MCF white envelope scheme.
The formalities of the evening having come to an end, the lodge were duly closed by the new WM and the brethren retired to the dining room to enjoy a well-earned festive board.
In his response to the grand officers’ toast Stuart started by congratulating the new master Jon, his installing master Howard and the members of the lodge that had presented the working tools. Stuart spoke passionately about the MCF 2021 Festival and membership of the Royal Arch.
The master’s song was sung by the lodge’s own ‘Mister Entertainment’, Roger Lloyd-Jones, accompanied on the piano by Steve Lloyd. A West Houghton raffle held during the evening raised an impressive £324 and to bring a memorable evening to a suitable close Bob Major skilfully delivered the tyler’s toast.