Over 40 brethren assembled at Fleetwood Masonic Hall to witness Marc Ivison being installed into the chair of Hesketh Lodge No 950. The representing officer on this occasion was regional charity steward Ted Rhodes, supported by Duncan Smith, Peter Greathead and Brian Mayoh. Also in attendance were acting Provincial grand officers Peter Maxwell and Jim Finnegan.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master Joe Gordon, it was time to invite Les Ivison to act as installing worshipful master, Steve Heginbotham to act as installing senior warden, Bob Stringer to act as installing junior warden and Ron Fenton to act as installing inner guard. The master elect Marc Ivison was then presented by lodge stalwart Mike Lamerton.
The master elect was installed in a heartfelt manner by his dad, ably assisted by the assistant director of ceremonies Allan Maxfield. The working tools were particularly well presented by Conor Lahiff, Bill Acton and Peter Dunn.
The officers of the lodge were then invested, during which the addresses to the master and wardens were delivered with panache by Brian Mayoh and Derek Williams respectively. Finally Ted Rhodes addressed the brethren of the lodge.
At the conclusion of the installation, Ted congratulated Les on the manner in which he had installed his son Marc and thanked the assistant director of ceremonies Allan Maxfield for his invaluable contribution.
On behalf of the lodge, immediate past master Joe Gordon presented Ted Rhodes with a cheque of £500 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, and a cheque of £150 for the Cowran Charity for underprivileged children. Ted thanked the lodge on behalf of the recipients.
The brethren were treated to a wonderful festive board and Ted Rhodes responded to toast number five with humour and in his usual erudite manner. Raffles took place which raised £206 for charities. The toast to the newly made master was given by Joe Gordon and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett accompanied by David Brown. At the conclusion of a marvellous evening the tyler’s toast was presented by the omnipresent Gordon Ivett.