Over 60 brethren assembled at Fleetwood Masonic Hall to witness George Brooks being installed into the chair of Fleetwood Lodge No 3711 for a second time. The lodge was honoured to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Winder, supported on this occasion by Terry Hudson, Ted Vollans, North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, group vice chairman Peter Greathead, and Neil MacSymons, together with acting Provincial officers John Lee and Alan Howarth.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master Peter Ward, he proceeded to invite Peter Bailey to act as installing senior warden, Jonathan Moss to act as installing junior warden and Peter Tebbs to act as installing inner guard. The director of ceremonies Jason Dell announced the presence of David Winder and the distinguished grand officers who were duly admitted. David was offered the gavel of the lodge but swiftly returned it to Peter. After the usual salutations the master elect George Brooks was presented in a heartfelt manner by his son David.
George was installed in exemplary fashion by Peter and the working tools were particularly well delivered by Nick Cutting, Steven Bozorth and David Brooks. It was then the duty of Peter to present George with the Hall Stone Jewel, accompanied by a superb address.
Jason Dell delivered the address to George who was followed by addresses to the wardens by Peter Bailey, to the deacons by Andy Curtis and to the stewards by Jason Dell. To conclude the ceremony David Winder delivered the address to the brethren in fine style.
David congratulated Peter on the excellent manner in which he had installed George and congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony. On behalf of the lodge, George presented David with a cheque for £500 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and David thanked all the brethren on behalf of the recipients.
For several years George worked as a senior operative at ICI Power Station, so he certainly brings a lot of ‘energy’ to his role as master of the lodge and he is looking forward to ‘watt’ he hopes will be a ‘bright’ year ahead.
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 £329 for charities. The brethren were treated to an excellent response from David Winder, delivered in his usual humorous and eloquent manner.
Peter Ward gave the toast to the newly made master and Peter Bowden rendered the master’s song, with David Brown tinkling the ivories. At the conclusion of an excellent evening, Tony Blundell, the master of Wyre Lodge No 7704 delivered the long version of the tyler’s toast.