A wonderful second degree ceremony

Bob congratulates Geoffrey on becoming a fellowcraft Freemason.

Bob congratulates Geoffrey on becoming a fellowcraft Freemason.

Anchorsholme Lodge No 5854 is a vibrant lodge and has in recent years been fortunate to have a steady flow of new members. The latest meeting saw one of three new brethren being passed to the degree of a fellow craft, in a wonderful ceremony conducted by the worshipful master Bob Boal.

After opening the lodge in a sincere manner Bob asked the candidate Geoffrey Diggles the usual questions, which Geoffrey answered with confidence. He then left the lodge to be prepared for the ceremony.

On his return he was conducted through the ceremony by the senior deacon, Ivan Hicks, who had clearly spent time learning the perambulations. Due to a sudden bout of sickness the ADC Wayne Beacher had had to go home just before the ceremony started, this left very little time for Bob to find someone to deliver the working tools in the second degree – thankfully the lodge’s junior deacon Paul Darlington stepped in at the last minute and delivered the explanation of the working tools in an exceptional manner.

After the ceremony Tony Hough (PAGDC) said the ceremony had been conducted by Bob and his officers with sincerity and aplomb.

Pictured from left to right, are: Geoffrey Diggles, Paul Murtagh and Paul Darlington  who gave a wonderful explanation of the second degree working tools.

Pictured from left to right, are: Geoffrey Diggles, Paul Murtagh and Paul Darlington who gave a wonderful explanation of the second degree working tools.

The brethren retired to the dining room in Cleveleys Masonic Hall, where they enjoyed a wonderful festive board.

The acting junior warden Cliff Boynton,  proposed the toast to the visitors, to which Mark Holloway (Provincial publicity officer) was asked to respond on behalf of the many visitors.

Mark said: “Bob has played a vital part in the Province for many years as he served as the North Fylde Publicity Officer and latterly as the regional publicity officer for the Fylde, Lancaster and Furness and South Lakeland groups and had played a vital role in the development of the publicity team.”

Bob was fist installed into the chair of King Solomon in Fleetwood Lodge No 3711 in 2008. He joined Anchorsholme Lodge in 2009 and was installed as its WM earlier this year. Mark said he was delighted to be able to see Bob in action in the lodge as the ceremony was a delight to watch. He also thanked the lodge members for their hospitality and the wonderful food at the festive board.

He concluded by saying: “I am sure all the visitors will go home with happy memories of good ritual, good food and good company”.

Pictured from left to right, are: Paul Darlington, Geoffrey Diggles, Bob Boal and Ivan Hicks.

Pictured from left to right, are: Paul Darlington, Geoffrey Diggles, Bob Boal and Ivan Hicks.