The members of Lodge of Good Hope No 6937 held their annual installation at Cleveleys Masonic Hall. On this occasion the brethren were honoured to have as their principal guest Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Randerson.
Accompanying David, was Harry Cox PAPrGM, North Fylde Group Chairman, Peter Greathead and grand officers Jack Coates and Duncan Smith, together with acting Provincial grand officers Jim Gregson, Gavin Egan, Arthur Williams and Jason Dell Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.
David Holloway was first installed as master of Lodge of Good Hope in 2007, and now some 12 years later David was making a welcome return to the chair of King Solomon.
Ken Peaks, as the installing master, opened the lodge and completed the business of the lodge with alacrity, moving swiftly through the degrees to the third, at which time Jason Dell entered to announce David Randerson’s arrival. After the formal welcome, Ken duly offered the gavel to David, but he politely declined this offer.
For the purposes of installation Ken asked Andrew Harrison to occupy the senior warden’s chair, Bill Rogerson to remain in the chair of junior warden and John Gledhill to act as inner guard. It was then time for the master elect to be presented by John Chesters.
Ken Peaks worked with great style and installed his successor with sincerity. The working tools were presented by Dave Sangster, Barrie Simmons and Steve Lloyd, while the address to the master was given by Peter Whiteside. The address to the wardens was given by Andrew Harrison, leaving David Randerson the final address, that to the brethren of the lodge.
Once Ken Peaks uttered those immortal words: “That concludes the ceremony of your installation”, David rose and brought the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master tony Harrison to the new master and in turn to Ken his installing master. David added that Tony wished the members of the lodge well and also a successful year.
David Holloway presented David with cheques for £1,550 to the 2021 MCF Festival, £150 to Trinity Hospice, £150 to Brian House, £150 to the North West Air Ambulance, £150 to Prostrate Cancer, £150 to Breast Cancer Care and £150 the British Heart Foundation. David thanked the lodge for the donations on behalf of the ultimate recipients.
At the festive board David took the opportunity to congratulate his namesake David Holloway as the new master and to thank everyone who had taken part in the ceremony. David also thanked Peter Greathead and all the group officers for their support and hard work.
David continued with his response and spoke passionately about membership and recruitment, saying that as communication is so important, brethren must be vocal about Freemasonry, opening up our halls and inviting people in.
David promoted the use of Solomon, saying that it was the best things that has come out of Grand Lodge, that brethren should download nuggets that could be read in lodge when there were business meetings. Finally, he moved on to the subject of the Royal Arch, saying that it is recognised as the fourth and final step in Freemasonry and is an important bridge to other Masonic Orders.
The master’s song was excellently rendered by Shaun Haynes who was accompanied by a backing track by the same multi-talented Shaun Haynes who is in great demand by lodges for his skills on the keyboard.
A raffle held during the festive board part of the evening raised £228 which was destined for both Masonic charities and the Operatic Society, and at the conclusion of a wonderful evening, the final toast of the evening was given by the tyler Bob Major.