Mel is the new master at Spartan

Almost 40 brethren assembled at Cleveleys Masonic Hall to witness Mel Howarth being installed into the chair of Spartan Lodge No 8048.

Ian Ward (left) congratulating the new master of Spartan Lodge, Mel Howarth.

The principal guest on the occasion was South Fylde Group Chairman Ian Ward, supported by fellow grand officers, North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, North Fylde Group Vice Chairman Peter Greathead, and David Thomas.

The regular lodge business was swiftly dispatched by the master Ken Hoskins and then the director of ceremonies Alan Barnes retired from the lodge to facilitate the entrance of the grand officers. After the usual salutations, Ken presented cheques to Ian Ward with a total value of £2,000, namely £250 to World Heritage Crusade, £250 to the National Autistic Society and £1,500 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. Ian then had the pleasant duty of presenting a certificate to the lodge in recognition of it gaining Vice Patron status of the MCF 2021 Festival.

For the ceremony which followed, Peter Greathead acted as installing senior warden, Derek Abbott acted as installing junior warden and Bob Leonard acted as installing inner guard. Mel was presented by Alan Whitehouse and was ably and sincerely installed by Ken Hoskins.

Pictured from left to right, are: David Thomas, Duncan Smith, Ian Ward, Mel Howarth, Ken Hoskins and Peter Greathead.

The working tools were deftly presented by Brian Purdie, Jon Moss and Alan Whitehouse. The address to the wardens was delivered by the omnipresent Alan Whitehouse and that to the brethren of the lodge by Ian Ward, both in an excellent manner.

At the conclusion of the installation, Ian congratulated Ken on the manner in which he had conducted the ceremony and thanked everyone who had ensured the event was a success.

The brethren were treated to a wonderful festive board and in Ian’s response to the toast to grand officers he wished the master good health and an enjoyable year ahead.

During the festive board a raffle took place which raised £270 for charities. The toast to the newly made master was given by Ken Hoskins and the master’s song was rendered in fine style by Steve James. At the conclusion of a marvellous evening, the tyler’s toast was presented by Brian Howarth.

Mel Howarth (centre) is joined by the members of Spartan Lodge.

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