It is certainly a rare occurrence when the master elect is presented and installed by his brother, and 60 brethren assembled at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness such an event as Jez Farrar was installed into the WM’s chair of South Shore Lodge No 4672. Furthermore his brother-in-law was to present the second degree tools.
The lodge was honoured to receive the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson, supported on this occasion by Don Laurie, Eric Picton, Peter Greathead, Giles Berkley, David Thomas and North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master Wayne Hadlow, he proceeded to invite Daren Gardner to act as installing senior warden, Howard Gebhard to act as installing junior warden and Martin Linton to act as installing inner guard.
The lodge’s director of ceremonies Tony Farrar announced the presence of Derek Parkinson and the distinguished grand officers, who were duly admitted. Derek was offered the gavel of the lodge but swiftly returned it to Wayne. After the usual salutations the master elect Jez Farrar was presented by his brother Tony Farrar.
Jez was installed in an exemplary manner by Wayne with significant assistance from the ubiquitous Tony. The working tools were particularly well delivered by Steven Lloyd (no relation), Chris Keogh (brother-in-law) and Tony Farrar (brother).
Tommy Bullen then delivered an excellent address to Jez, which drew heartfelt applause from the brethren. This was followed by the address to the wardens by Alan Whitehouse and to conclude the ceremony, Derek Parkinson delivered the address to the brethren.
Derek congratulated Jez on becoming the new master and wished him a happy and successful year, and good health to enjoy it. On behalf of the lodge, Jez presented Derek with cheques for charities with a combined total of £750, consisting of £250 to Cancer Research, £250 to Macmillan Nurses, and £250 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Derek thanked Jez and the brethren on behalf of the recipient for their generosity.
The brethren duly retired to the comfortable surroundings of the bar and ultimately the dining room, where they enjoyed a superb meal. A raffle raised £311 for charities.
The brethren were treated to an excellent response from Derek Parkinson who made particular mention of the events planned for the tercentenary and also Provincial Grand Lodge next year at the Winter Gardens.
Wayne Hadlow proposed the toast to the newly made master and Hugh Mett rendered the master’s song. At the conclusion of an excellent evening Tony Hanson delivered the tyler’s toast.