The visit of Furness and South Lakeland Chairman Alan Jones to Ulverston Lodge No 7872 was his last appearance at a Craft installation in that role as he relinquishes it in May. The excellent ceremony served up at the meeting was a fitting way for him to bow out.
The principal guest was Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger who was accompanied by several acting Provincial grand officers; group vice chairman and Provincial Junior Grand Warden Peter Schofield, John Holmes, John Houlding, John Broadhurst, Scott Devine and Graham Benson.
Also adding to the occasion were four visiting brethren from Lodge St Margaret’s Hope No 1184, Rosyth which is under the Scottish constitution and is the home lodge of Ulverston member John McArthur. They were able to observe installing master Adam Metcalfe perform quite admirably in placing Derek Pallister into the WM’s chair as his successor.
Continuing the good work was Alan Hilton who delivered an excellent address to the newly installed master, Peter who quite aptly gave the address to the wardens and David who was called into action to orate the address to the brethren. Invited onto the floor to address the stewards as to their duties and responsibilities was Provincial Grand Steward Graham Benson.
As is becoming something of a norm, the work of the junior brethren who presented the working tools in fine style was particularly well received. Lee Parkinson delivered the third degree working tools, Tim Harley the second degree working tools and presenting the first degree working tools was entered apprentice David Kyle.
Director of ceremonies Gary Rogerson had obviously put in a lot of work to ensure that not only did everything run smoothly but was also undertaken with great accuracy and style. He stepped aside on the evening and John McArthur assumed the mantle.
Continuing the recent habit of this flourishing lodge Derek was able to appoint a Cambridge crew, all light blues, to the progressive offices.
To mark the occasion Derek presented David with a cheque for £300 towards the upcoming festival and a further one for £1,000 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
Following the ceremony 100 members and their guests travelled to the Olde Mill at Bardsea on the coastal road overlooking Morecambe Bay to enjoy the installation banquet.
Whilst replying to the toast to the health of the grand officers, David took the opportunity to thank the secretary Brian Benn for all the hard work he puts in behind the scenes and congratulated him on his up-and-coming first appointment in Provincial Grand Lodge.