Paul Morgan has been well and truly installed into the chair of King Solomon at the installation meeting of Lune Lodge No 4724 held at Rowley Court, Lancaster.
After the opening of the lodge by WM Frank Heath and the usual business being completed, the lodge director of ceremonies Doug Willoughby retired from the lodge and on his return announced that Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox was outside the door of the lodge and demands admission. Frank responded that he would be very happy to receive him. Harry entered the lodge room accompanied by Lancaster and District Group Chairman Jim Wilson and acting Provincial grand officers Steve Plevey, Jim Finnegan, Joe Codling and Stewart Aimson. The brethren of Lune Lodge were also happy to have the company of the group vice chairman Neil McGill (Neil is ADC of the lodge) and the group secretary Scott Devine.
Frank then resumed work in the second degree and the master elect Paul Morgan, was presented by his father David Morgan. Paul affirmed his unqualified assent and support of the essential ancient charges and regulations and was then placed before the WM pedestal where he recited his obligation with respect to his duties as master of the lodge.
Following Paul’s obligation, all brethren below the degree of a master Mason were asked to retire and the lodge was opened in the third degree. Frank requested all those under the rank of an installed master to withdraw for a short period and a board of installed masters was opened.
Paul was then installed as master, in what everyone agreed was an excellent ceremony, subsequently the brethren were admitted by rank and Paul was proclaimed master of Lune Lodge for the ensuing year. The third and second degree working tools were presented by Paul Seacy and David Morgan respectively, whilst Ben Benabda gave the first degree working tools.
Maintaining the quality of the presentations, the address to the WM was given by Neil McGill, that to the wardens by was given John Heaton and the address to the brethren of the lodge given by Harry Cox added greatly to this delightful ceremony, as one would expect from such competent and experienced brethren.
As the ceremony drew to a close, Harry was delighted to bring to the lodge and the brethren the fraternal greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Harry had no doubt whatsoever that Tony would have been impressed with the quality and sincerity expressed throughout the proceedings. Harry was also delighted to receive details of exceedingly generous lodge disbursements made to charity and good causes totalling the astounding figure of £2,147. In order to acknowledge the donations the lodge have made to the MCF 2021 Festival, they were awarded with a Vice Patron certificate.
At the festival of St John, 60 brethren enjoyed a superb celebratory banquet at which Harry was able to offer his own personal congratulations to all who had taken part in such a splendid ceremony and was particularly impressed with the presentation of the working tools. Harry also spoke about the ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign and said we were now challenging those who make false allegations about Masonry and would continue to do so at both national and Provincial level.
Additional topics Harry discussed, included the Royal Arch, the role of almoners and the MCF 2021 Festival. He finished by saying that as he was retiring later this year, he would like to thank everyone for the consistently warm and friendly reception he had always received when visiting the Lancaster Group. Particular thanks went to Jim Wilson, who was also retiring and Harry congratulated Neil and Scott on their appointments to group and vice chairman respectively.
Harry was asked to draw the winning ticket for the group whisky draw. The prize, of a gallon of Red Label Whisky was won by Great Eccleston Lodge No 8895. Their WM Andrew Keith and lodge member Scott Devine collected the prize from Harry. The draw has raised over £1,000.
The lodge raffle, with over 30 prizes on offer, raised a brilliant £401. On top of that, the proceeds from the ‘masters swindle’, raised another £60. An excellent evening’s work.
The toast to the master was a very humorous affair by the installing master Frank Heath. This was followed by an exceptional rendition of the ‘master’s song’ by Bob Palmer, with accompaniment from John Heaton.
The final touch to the evening was the presentation of a bouquet of flowers to Harry for his wife, Carol, which he greatly appreciated.
Article written by Paul Thompson. Photographs courtesy of Stewart Aimson and George Fox.