The installation meeting of Anchorsholme Lodge No 5854 was honoured by the presence of two Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, Harry Cox and Derek Parkinson.
Harry, who is a member of the lodge, was offered the gavel and after having returned it, with a quip that the outgoing WM Bob Boal had tried to persuade him to take it from him at every meeting, invited Derek to take his rightful seat in the lodge.
A packed lodge room including six grand officers, then witnessed installing master Bob Boal see to it that his successor, Terry Murtagh, was installed into the chair of King Solomon in what was truly memorable fashion.
Bob was assisted by three junior brethren who delivered the working tools in an exemplary manner. Even Harry himself got in on the act by delivering the Address to the Wardens.
Derek said, Bob was publicity officer for the North Fylde Group and also regional publicity officer for many years and is now the secretary of the Provincial Masonic Halls Committee so he is no stranger to hard work and he should be proud of the way in which he finished off his year in office as WM of Anchorsholme Lodge.
Bob’s colleague and Chairman of the Provincial Masonic Halls Committee, Tony Hough, stood down as Director of Ceremonies of Anchorsholme after 11 years service and after the ceremony Harry expressed his thanks to Tony for all of his endeavours and for maintaining such a high standard of ritual throughout his tenure.
The festive board was a vibrant affair with Derek responding to the toast to the grand officers and keeping the brethren informed of what was currently happening in the Province.
As is customary at an Anchorsholme installation the whisky flowed and the brethren were treated to a superb rendition of the master’s song by Hugh Mett, which was followed by an excellent response by the new master.
Terry was wished a fantastic year in office by a number of speakers who looked forward to meeting him at the other lodges within the group. Terry has appointed a very strong team of officers which makes it look like it is going to be another great year for Anchorsholme Lodge.