Cleveleys Masonic Hall was once again the venue for brethren to witness Bob Slattery being proclaimed as the master of the lodge of New Sanctuary Lodge No 6604 for the second year running.
The lodge members were delighted to receive Stuart Thornber, representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, supported on this occasion by North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, vice chairman Peter Greathead, and Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master (East Lancashire) Malcolm Worsley.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master, he proceeded to invite Chris Williams to remain as installing senior warden, Philip Cole to act as installing junior warden and Barry Seddon to act as installing inner guard.
John Laughton, who would later become the lodge’s new director of ceremonies, proclaimed Bob Slattery as master for the ensuing year and he was ably assisted by the immediate past master Damian Davenport.
As is always the custom for New Sanctuary Lodge, the third degree tools were presented by the current master of Thornton and Cleveleys Lodge No 3854, Mark Tomlinson. The second and first degree tools were delivered by lodge members Damian Davenport and Delwyn Hernen.
The address to the newly proclaimed master was given in fine style by John Laughton, whilst lodge stalwart Neil Scott gave the address to the wardens. To conclude the ceremony, Stuart Thornber delivered the address to the brethren of the lodge.
Conveying the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master to the lodge members and visitors, Stuart thanked John Laughton and Damian Davenport for their contributions and congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony. He wished Bob well for the ensuing year.
Bob presented Stuart with a cheque for £300 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, having already given £355 to the same charity and £150 to the Homestart charity. Stuart thanked the members of the lodge on behalf of the recipients for their generosity.
The brethren duly retired to the comfortable surroundings of the bar and ultimately the dining room where they enjoyed an excellent meal. Stuart’s response to toast number three made mention of the tercentenary events, the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and the Provincial and group websites.
A raffle raised £122 for charities. Hugh Mett rendered the master’s song, accompanied by Shaun Haynes, and at the conclusion of a superb evening Philip Cole delivered the tyler’s toast.