The principal guest at the installation meeting of Lonsdale Lodge of Installed Masters No 9422 held at Ulverston Masonic Hall was Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox.
Harry was accompanied by his fellow Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger, 10 further grand officers and 10 acting Provincial grand officers.
The name Lonsdale refers to one of the historical 100s of the original county of Lancashire and comprised of the north west region around Morecambe Bay. Lonsdale is derived from the valley or dale of the River Lune. The name Lonsdale north of the sands was given to that area, now more commonly known as Furness.
Such historical details were not at the forefront of the mind of the master of the lodge Ken Boon as he set about the task of installing his successor Bill Edmonds. On the face of it the task of an experienced past master installing another of that ilk should be not too onerous a one.
However, the shortened ceremony, coupled with the idiosyncrasies peculiar to Lonsdale Lodge of Installed Masters, along with the fact that a large number of one’s peers were looking on, ensured it was not without its own challenges. Ken rose to the occasion and installed Bill in fine style.
The working tools of an installed master were presented by Stuart Brackstone, with those of the three degrees being delivered by Harry Chatfield, Bill Glassey and Keith Halligan. All played their part well.
As is a tradition of the lodge, Bill was presented for installation by group chairman Peter Schofield. This was very apt as Bill and Peter have been good friends for many years. Peter later gave the address to the new master, whilst his vice chairman Gary Rogerson undertook that to the wardens.
Harry was made to sing for his supper and was called into action to orate the address to the brethren of the lodge. They too added to the enjoyment of what was a super ceremony.
To mark the occasion, Bill presented Harry with a donation of £500 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. Group charity steward Richard Wilcock was on hand to match fund the first £200 of the donation from the group charity account. This qualified Lonsdale Lodge of Installed Masters to be styled as Vice Patrons of the MCF 2021 Festival and Richard presented Bill with a certificate acknowledging this fact.
Following the ceremonial part of the proceedings, 80 members and their guests enjoyed a pleasurable four course meal provided by the hall caterers. During the evening, acknowledgment was made of the efforts of secretary Terry Pearson and director of ceremonies Mike Jenkins, in ensuring that everything had run so smoothly.
In responding to the toast to the grand officers, Harry announced that Peter Schofield had been offered and accepted his first appointment as a grand officer with the grand rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. The loud and sustained acclaimation which greeted this news reflected the extremely high regard this very popular group chairman is held in by the members of the Furness and South Lakeland group.