Over 50 brethren assembled at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Derek Wilde being proclaimed as master of West Lancashire Century Lodge No 2349 for the second year running.
The lodge members were honoured to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton, supported on this occasion by grand officers Terry Hudson, group chairman Duncan Smith, Peter Greathead, Bob Graham and David Thomas, together with acting Provincial grand officers John Lee, Peter Maxwell and Gordon Ivett.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master, he proceeded to invite Roy Morden to remain as installing senior warden, Ron Strangwick to act as installing junior warden and Bill Widdowson to act as installing inner guard.
The director of ceremonies John Morris announced the presence of Kevin Poynton and the distinguished grand officers who were duly admitted. Kevin was offered the gavel of the lodge but swiftly returned it to Derek. After the usual salutations the master elect was proclaimed by Shaun Haynes. The working tools were particularly well delivered by Scott Coxey, Adam Turner and Richard Sheppard.
The address to the wardens was delivered for the final time as director of ceremonies by John Morris, who was standing down after seven years of faithful service, to be succeeded by Shaun Haynes. To conclude the ceremony, Kevin Poynton delivered the address to the brethren of the lodge.
Kevin thanked Shaun Haynes for his contribution and congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony. He wished Derek well for the ensuing year.
Having already given cheques to charity to the value of £1,780 prior to this meeting, Derek presented Kevin with four more cheques with a combined total of £1,300, consisting of £700 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £200 each to the Salvation Army, Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Blackpool Smile.
The brethren duly retired to the comfortable surroundings of the bar and ultimately the dining room, where they enjoyed a superb four course meal. A raffle at the festive board raised £230 for charities. The brethren were then treated to an excellent response from Kevin Poynton, delivered in his usual humorous and eloquent manner.
Shaun Haynes rendered the master’s song and at the conclusion of an excellent evening Bob Sims delivered the tyler’s toast.