Over 30 brethren gathered at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Alan Berwick proclaimed as master of Normoss Round Table Lodge No 8741 for a second year. The lodge was delighted to receive Provincial Junior Grand Warden Peter Allen as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master, together with North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, group vice chairman Peter Greathead, supported by acting Provincial grand officer David Kenworthy.
The regular lodge business was dispatched by Alan and the lodge was prepared for the ceremony of proclamation. Ray Hargreaves was invited to remain as senior warden, Terry Seddon as junior warden and John Earnshaw, master of St John’s Lodge No 2825, the mother lodge, as installing inner guard.
It was then time for the director of ceremonies John Cross to proclaim his brother-in-law Alan Berwick as master for a second year. As Alan had already been presented with the working tools last year, they were not delivered in full on this occasion. Ian Benson was tasked with naming the tools of all three degrees in turn, without explanations.
The address to the wardens was given by Terry Seddon and the address to the new secretary, Peter Gunn, by the outgoing secretary Ian Benson. This was followed by faultless addresses to the deacons and brethren by Mike Dickinson and Peter Allen.
At the conclusion of the ceremony Peter congratulated all the brethren who had contributed to making the meeting such a success and made particular mention of the contribution made by the director of ceremonies John Cross.
On behalf of the lodge, Alan presented Peter with numerous cheques for charities with a magnificent combined total of £8,152.50, including £4,500 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, giving the lodge Grand Patron status, £500 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £1,100 to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Peter thanked the lodge on behalf of all of the recipients.
The brethren then enjoyed a superb festive board at which a raffle took place, raising £194 for charities. Peter Allen responded to toast number five and made particular mention of the Royal Arch, the Grand Ball, and the MCF 2021 Festival.
The toast to the newly made master was given by John Cross and the master’s song was rendered by Hugh Mett, accompanied by Malcolm Burrill. At the conclusion of a splendid evening the tyler’s toast was delivered by Peter Mann.