Over 70 Brethren gathered at Fleetwood Masonic Hall to witness Norry Ascroft being installed into the chair of Broadwater Lodge No 9027. Norry is well known to the brethren in his professional role as the disco ‘funk master’ Lionel Vinyl, and this ceremony was definitely ‘alright’!
The representative of the Provincial Grand Master on this occasion was Andy Wiltshire, supported by the Chairman of North Fylde Group Duncan Smith, together with Peter Connolly, Peter Greathead, Keith Jackson, Tony Hough, Giles Berkley, Peter Bentham, Neil MacSymons and acting Provincial grand officers Peter Maxwell, Alan Howie and Alex Tomlinson.
With the regular lodge business swiftly dispatched by the master of the lodge Paul Smedley, it was time to install the master elect. Paul proceeded to invite Peter Bawden to act as installing senior warden, Chris Sage to act as installing junior warden and David Wright to act as installing inner guard. The master elect Norry was presented by his good friend Randal Boyd.
Keeping a firm hand on proceedings was the director of ceremonies Damon Tait. Norry was ably and sincerely installed by Paul Smedley. The working tools were particularly well presented by Alan Howie, Mark Johnstone and Damon Tait. Tommy Bullen delivered a faultless address to Ian, which was followed by addresses to the wardens by Duncan Smith, and to the brethren by Andy Wiltshire.
At the conclusion of the installation Andy congratulated Paul on the manner in which he had installed Norry and expressed his wish for the master to have a happy and healthy year in office. On behalf of the lodge members, Norry presented Andy with cheques for charities to the value of £1,175. Andy thanked Norry on behalf of the recipients for their generosity.
The brethren then enjoyed a superb festive board, at which a raffle took place which raised just over £400 for charities. The toast to the newly made master was given by Paul Smedley, and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett, accompanied by David Brown. At the conclusion of a splendid evening the tyler’s toast was delivered by Mark Tomlinson.