Wayne takes the chair at Longton

Wellington Park, Leyland, recently hosted another good installation ceremony. This time it was Longton Lodge No 6237 and there were over 80 members and visitors present to witness the installation of their new worshipful master, Wayne Haslam. Speaking with Wayne prior to the ceremony, he was bristling with excitement at the anticipation of ending the evening as WM of his lodge. He had been practicing his lines for a number of weeks and hoped that his nerves wouldn’t get the better of him.

Stewart Seddon (left) congratulating Wayne Haslam on taking the chair.

Stewart Seddon (left) congratulating Wayne Haslam on taking the chair.

The evening started well with the then WM, Daniel Mawdsley, opening the lodge and carrying out the business in good form before admitting Stewart Seddon Assistant Provincial Grand Master into the lodge room. Daniel offered Stewart the gavel of the lodge which he accepted as is his right. He thanked the lodge for the very warm welcome and stated that he hoped that everything would go to plan. Stewart, on returning the gavel to Daniel said that he ‘intended enjoying himself on the night’ and took his seat.

Following the salutations Daniel then invited his father Alan Mawdsley into the chair to continue with the ceremony. Alan immediately jumped to his feet and accepted the offer of the invitation to sit in the master’s chair once more, so that he could install Wayne, his son-in-law and candidate into the chair of King Solomon.

Once the WM had handed proceedings over to his father Alan, he went on to present Wayne to the lodge as master elect. Wayne recited his obligation and before long he was sitting proudly in the master’s chair.

The working tools of each of the degrees were expertly given by three junior brethren. The third degree tools were delivered by Nigel Monks, the second by Howard Roberts and the first degree tools given by James Heaton.

Following the end of the installation ceremony, Stewart stood to congratulate Wayne on attaining the chair of King Solomon on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. He went over to congratulate Alan Mawdsley on the installation ceremony as the installing master and he thanked Daniel for having taken the chair for the previous year.

Stewart being presented with flowers for his wife.

Stewart being presented with flowers for his wife.

Prior to retaking his seat, Wayne stood to say that he had a very important duty to perform and in doing so he presented four cheques to Stewart so that he might pass them on to the relevant recipients. Stewart read out the cheques which were to the Alzheimer’s Society for £300 and St Catherine’s Hospice for £300. A cheque was also written out to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival for £300 and a further £300 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. This gave a grand total of £1,200 and Stewart thanked the lodge for their generosity and said that the amount would be faithfully applied.

Wayne closed the lodge and everyone reconvened in the dining room for an excellent festive board. Here Stewart gave his own congratulations. He hoped that Wayne would have a fantastic year in the chair and that he would enjoy the other events which being a master would entail. On behalf of Longton Lodge, Wayne presented Stewart with a bouquet of flowers for his wife Val.

Wayne, 40, joined Longton Lodge in October 2009 after being introduced by his father in law, Alan Mawdsley who went on to propose him. Alan’s son and Wayne’s brother in law Daniel, seconded the proposition. Wayne and Sarah recently married up in the Lake District and they have three children; Luke who is studying Human Biology at Worcester University and Lily and Ellie who both attend Trinity and St Michael’s school in Croston. They all live in Eccleston and they manage and run a family owned café at Scarisbrick Marina between the school runs. They all like eating out and are active members of the PTFA at the school. They enjoy walking together, especially in the Lake District. Wayne is very active within Freemasonry and is involved on the Festivals Committee organising carnival day outings and taking part in the community processions. He is also the secretary of the ‘Leyland Lights’ which is the Leyland Group’s ‘light blue club’.

Wayne (seated) with grand, Provincial grand and acting Provincial grand officers.

Wayne (seated) with grand, Provincial grand and acting Provincial grand officers.