Almost 50 brethren gathered at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness David Bailey being installed as the new master of Norcliffe Lodge No 7371 by his father-in-law Neville Smith.
The representative of the Provincial Grand Master on this occasion was the Provincial Grand Secretary Peter Taylor, supported by the Chairman of North Fylde Group Duncan Smith, group vice chairman Peter Greathead, Terry Hudson, Eric Picton, Brian Parkin, Keith Jackson, Ted Rhodes, Tony Hough and Steve Townsend, together with the ubiquitous Gordon Ivett, Provincial Grand Tyler.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master John Farrell, it was time for the director of ceremonies Neville Smith to welcome into the lodge Peter Taylor and his many distinguished colleagues. After the usual salutations, John presented cheques with a total value of £1,700 to Peter, consisting of £750 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £750 to Limbless Ex-Service personnel and £200 to Swallows Cancer Charity. In turn Peter thanked the members of the lodge for their generosity on behalf of the recipients.
It was then time to install David Bailey, the master elect. John proceeded to invite Neville Smith to act as installing master, who in turn invited Peter Greathead to act as installing senior warden, Brian Parkin to act as installing junior warden and Stephen Breese to remain as installing inner guard. The master elect David was presented by his good friend Dean Roskell.
David was ably and sincerely installed by Neville Smith and the working tools were particularly well presented by Paul Hardy, Jason Bleakley and Chris Hodder. Officers of the lodge were then invested.
Neville delivered the address to the newly installed master, which was followed by addresses to the wardens by Peter Greathead and to the brethren of the lodge by Peter Taylor.
At the conclusion of the installation, Peter congratulated Neville, on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, on the manner in which he had installed David and expressed his wish for the new master to have a happy and healthy year in office.
The brethren enjoyed a sumptuous festive board at which a raffle raised £280 for charities. The toast to the newly made master was given by John Farrell, with the master’s song being rendered by Hugh Mett, accompanied in an excellent manner by Chris Hodder.
To round off a magnificent evening, the final toast, (the full version), was given by the tyler Tony Blundell.