The installation meeting of Thurston Lodge No 2525 proved a delightful occasion with a mixture of senior and junior brethren taking part.
Outgoing master Terry Ridal undertook his work in fine style as he installed Tom Hird as his successor.
It is Tom’s second time in the chair as he had occupied that position in 1996. A master butcher by trade he is a very capable ritualist and the lodge should fare well under his care.
The representative of the Provincial Grand Master was Barrie Crossley who made the short journey from his home to witness the ceremony at Ulverston Masonic Hall. Acting Provincial officers in the persons of junior warden Peter Schofield, assistant director of ceremonies Harry Kilgour, standard bearer John Houlding and assistant standard bearer John Broadhurst added further gravitas to the proceedings.
As secretary of the lodge Harry Kilgour had had plenty of work to do in preparation for the event before taking up his Provincial post.
The address to the newly installed master was given by lodge stalwart Gary Neal, that to the wardens by Peter Schofield and Barrie concluded with the address to the brethren.
Junior brethren undertook the presentation of the working tools in a faultless and confident manner. Andrew Ridal, Terry’s son, delivered those of the third degree and Martin Rigby those of the second degree. Stealing the show however was fellowcraft Scott Robinson whose work in presenting the tools of an entered apprentice was not only first class but also quite remarkable as it was only the third lodge meeting he had ever attended!
The members of Thurston lodge, which includes group chairman Alan Jones and group secretary Barry Hadley, can look forward with confidence to the progress Andrew, Mark and Scott will make in their Masonic careers.
Terry and Andrew is not the only father and son team in the lodge as chaplain John Trelore is the father of director of ceremonies Peter.
Barrie was presented with a cheque for £1,000 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemason’s Charity.
Following the ceremony an excellent four course installation banquet was enjoyed in the Masonic hall.