Cleveleys Masonic Hall was once again the venue for almost 60 brethren to witness Dean Roskell being installed as the master of Norcliffe Lodge No 7371.
The brethren were delighted to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox, supported on this occasion by fellow grand officers Brian Parkin, Keith Jackson, North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, Tony Hough and Stephen Townsend (Warwickshire). They were accompanied by acting Provincial grand officers Daren Gardner, Joe Codling, Creag Williams, Philip Houldsworth, John Guest and Barry Fitzgerald, who is a Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master David Bailey, it was time to welcome Harry Cox, who was offered the gavel of the lodge, which he swiftly returned. After the usual salutations, David proceeded to invite Bob Leonard to act as installing senior warden, Brian Parkin to act as installing junior warden and Ken Hoskins, master of Spartan Lodge No 8048, the daughter lodge, to act as installing inner guard.
The master elect Dean was expertly presented by Neville Smith and installed in an excellent manner by David Bailey. The third, second and first degree tools were deftly explained in turn by Jon Edwards, Jason Bleakley and Shaun Spencer.
Thereafter, the officers of the lodge were invested, with addresses to the deacons and stewards being given by lodge stalwarts Neville Smith and Roger Smith. The address to the new master was given in fine style by Neville Smith, whilst Duncan Smith gave a faultless address to the wardens. To conclude the ceremony Harry Cox delivered the address to the brethren of the lodge, once again word perfect.
Conveying the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to the lodge members and visitors, Harry thanked David Bailey for his contribution and congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony. He wished the new master well for the ensuing year. In response, Dean presented Harry with a cheque to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival for the magnificent sum of £2,300. On behalf of the recipients, Harry thanked the members of the lodge 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 and great company. A raffle raised £344 for charities. David Bailey proposed the toast to the health of the new master Dean, while Roger Lloyd Jones rendered the master’s song, accompanied by Chris Hodder. At the conclusion of a superb evening Gordon Ivett delivered the full version of the tyler’s toast.