The members of Biscopham Lodge No 7646 held their installation meeting at Cleveleys Masonic Hall, proclaiming Kirk Elliot as WM for a second year.
Principal guest on this auspicious occasion was Roger Perry who was accompanied by John Cross the North Fylde Assistant Group Chairman and group secretary Tony Farrar.
Kirk, who had only that morning flown back from holiday, welcomed the brethren and duly opened the lodge in the first degree. Kirk ably dealt with the business of the lodge and at the appropriate moment in the proceedings Roger Perry entered the lodge and was formally welcomed by Kirk.
Kirk then asked Bob Wolstencroft to act as installing senior warden, Geoff Hodson to act as installing junior warden and Geoff Ball to act as installing inner guard.
The lodge was opened in the second degree and then the third where the ceremony of proclamation began with the lodge director of ceremonies Martin Clements proclaiming Kirk as WM for the second year. The working tools were ably presented to the master by Marc Broome.
Once the installation ceremony was completed Roger brought the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to Kirk and the lodge members whom, he said, had worked so hard and contributed to a fine example of a proclamation.
Kirk then presented Roger with cheques for £500 for the MCF 2021 Festival, £250 for the Amelia Mae Foundation and £250 for the Masonic Hall fund.
Roger opened his response to the health of the grand officers saying that it was his first visit to Biscopham Lodge and he noted that the village of Biscopham features in the Doomsday Book. Roger also said that what he had witnessed upstairs was a very sincere proclamation ceremony and asked the assembled brethren to congratulate Kirk on assuming the chair for a second year.
Roger congratulated Marc Broome for the way in which he had delivered the address to the deacons. He continued by congratulating Martin Clements for the way he had conducted the ceremony. Roger moved to the secretary of the lodge Richard Anderson and thanked him for the help and information that he had provided. Roger highlighted the amount of work that the group officers had done.
Roger then spoke about mentoring within Freemasonry, saying that the mentor’s role was a crucial one in supporting and looking after the newer brethren of the lodge. Roger passed on the wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison that the brethren continued to support the 2021 Festival by becoming stewards and wearing their jewel with pride, Roger pointed out that the Province gets more back from the MCF than it pays into the festival.
The fantastic evening was further enhanced with Peter Baldwin’s rendition of the master’s song, which as there was no pianist, the brethren ably filled in by providing the backing.