Almost 40 brethren gathered at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness John Haines being installed into the WM’s chair of Cleveleys Park Lodge No 7540. It was the third time in the chair of this lodge for John, his sixth in total.
The lodge was delighted to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox, , together with fellow APrGM Derek Parkinson, North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, Peter Greathead, Tony Hough and Neil MacSymons, supported by acting Provincial grand officers Alex Tomlinson, Alan Howie and Gordon Ivett.
The regular lodge business was swiftly dispatched by the master Andrew Hill and it was now time to install John. Andrew proceeded to invite Derek Parkinson to act as installing senior warden, Jim Fallow to act as installing junior warden and Bernard Hodgson to act as installing inner guard. Derek Abbott was to act as installing master for the next part of the proceedings and the master elect John Haines was presented by Eric Bridge.
John was ably and sincerely installed by Derek Abbott with assistance from the director of ceremonies David Rowbotham, whilst the working tools were particularly well presented by Jay Hindmarch, Steven Lloyd and Derek Abbott. The officers of the lodge were then invested and Eric Bridge delivered the address to John, which was followed by addresses to the wardens by Jim Fallow and to the brethren by Harry Cox.
At the conclusion of the installation, Harry congratulated all the brethren who had contributed to making the ceremony such a success and made particular mention of the contribution made by the outgoing master Andrew Hill during the previous year.
On behalf of the lodge members, John presented Harry with several cheques for charities with a magnificent combined total of £3,100, including £500 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £2,100 to Great Arley School. Harry thanked the brethren on behalf of the recipients for their kind generosity
The brethren then enjoyed a superb festive board, at which a raffle took place which raised £155 for charities. Harry Cox responded to toast number three with his usual good humour and made particular mention of Jay Hindmarch for the delivery of the 3rd degree tools. He asked the brethren to make themselves aware of the tercentenary celebrations and the new membership scheme.
The toast to the newly made master was given by the immediate past master Andrew Hill and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett. At the conclusion of a splendid evening the tyler’s toast was delivered by Bob Major.