The members of Wyre Lodge No 7704 held their installation meeting at Cleveleys Masonic Hall. As the lodge gradually filled with members and their guests, there was a calm and relaxed atmosphere throughout the room.
After the business of the lodge had been completed by Danny Whalley, the brethren were delighted to receive Ted Rhodes as their principal guest representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison.
Ted Rhodes was escorted into the lodge by Bob Hopwood, the lodge director of ceremonies.
Accompanying Ted was North Fylde Group Chairman Peter Greathead, grand officer and honorary member Stuart Thornber along with acting Provincial grand officer Arthur Williams.
Danny welcomed Ted to Wyre lodge and hoped he would have a wonderful day.
The officers of Wyre lodge were all thanked by Danny, their help and support being appreciated during his year and he was certain that the support would be transferred to his successor. For the purpose of installation Danny invited Frank Kennedy to act as installing senior warden, Andy Walch as installing junior warden and David Shaw as installing inner guard.
Danny installed his successor David with confidence and sincerity. Clive Chenery, Ken Mackie and Bert Openshaw presented the working tools. Bob Hopwood presented the working tools of an installed master, something that is not regularly heard at installations.
After what must seem like an eternity for the installing master, Danny was relieved to hear the words: “That concludes the ceremony of installation”
This was the cue for Ted to rise and bring the congratulations of the PrGM to David as the new master of Wyre Lodge and to Danny as the installing master, thanking him for a most sincere installation and for his work during the previous year.
David informed Ted that £3000 had been raised for charitable causes during the previous year. £1000 to Trinity Hospice for end of life care on the Fylde coast, £500 towards an orphanage school in Malawi, £250 to sponsor a school in Gambia, £750 to the MCF 2021 Festival for Freemasons, their dependents and the wider community, £250 to Clifton Hospital in Lytham for dementia care, £250 to St. Andrews Church at Cleveleys towards new windows. On behalf of the recipients, Ted thanked the lodge and all those who had donated money during the year,
At the festive board Ted thanked the new master and everyone who had taken part in the ceremony. Also thanking the grand officers and group officers for their support. He was pleased to see light blues taking office, these Masons are the future of Freemasonry and need to be looked after.
Ted continued with his response by speaking about the MCF 2021 Festival, which is halfway through and £2,500,000 has been raised so far.
Hugh Met sang the master’s song in his own particular style accompanied by Malcolm Burrell.
At the conclusion of another wonderful evening at Wyre lodge the tyler delivered the traditional toast to all poor and distressed Freemasons.
Written by Gordon Ivett Blackpool Group Publicity Officer.