Alan John Herron was installed as the master of Runic Lodge No 6019 at Morecambe Masonic Hall in fine manner. Alan was taking the chair of King Solomon for the third time, although it was his first in Runic Lodge and judging by his demeanour, he had not lost any of his enthusiasm for the role.
The brethren of Runic Lodge were honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Ogden at their installation ceremony. David was accompanied by fellow grand officers Philip Gardner and Jim Wilson, Lancaster and District Group Chairman Neil McGill, group vice chairman Scott Devine and acting Provincial grand officers Barry Dickinson, Les Newlands, Graham Dowling and Jim Stewart.
The master elect Alan Herron, was presented by Chris Larder (who is both the secretary of the lodge and the group) and well and truly placed in the master’s chair in a joint effort by David Tattersall, who carried out the first part of the ceremony, Chris Larder who undertook the inner workings and the WM Terry Nealons who placed Alan in the chair of King Solomon. A nice backdrop to this ceremony was that Chris and David were Alan’s proposer and seconder respectively into Runic Lodge.
The working tools and the addresses were all presented in an impressive team effort. The working tools of an installed master were presented by Ian Stephenson, the third degree tools by ‘light blue’ Sam Hodgson, the second degree tools by Peter Charlton and the first degree tools by another ‘light blue’ Peter Tooze-Froggatt. The director of ceremonies John Heaton, gave the address to the master and that to the wardens was presented by Provincial Junior Grand Warden Barry Dickinson. The address to the brethren of the lodge was by David Ogden.
At the close of the ceremony David was delighted to bring the greetings and congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. He felt sure that had Tony been able to attend in person he would have extended both his warmest greetings to Alan on attaining the chair of this prestigious lodge and his thanks to the DC and all who had taken part, for a very enjoyable, delightful and interesting ceremony.
David was greatly impressed with the notification of disbursements totalling £1,263.65p. This included £1,163.65 to the MCF 2021 Festival (£363.65 of which was from the white envelope scheme) and £100 to Morecambe Masonic Hall. To acknowledge the total amount of money donated by Runic Lodge to the MCF 2021 Festival, a Vice Patron’s Certificate was presented to the WM by David Ogden and the group charity steward Simon Hanson.
A lively festival of St John followed at Heysham Golf Course, were all the brethren were treated to a super meal. In his response to the toast to grand officers, David was able to bring his own congratulations to the lodge and to everyone who had contributed to make the occasion such an enjoyable and successful one, especially the two ‘light blue’ brethren for their superb presentation of the working tools.
David then moved on to share with the brethren a number of topics that the PrGM wished to be brought to their attention. One notable subject was the MCF 2021 Festival and the importance of our continuing support. David also spoke about the need to increase our membership both in the Craft and in the Royal Arch. He concluded by expressing his delight at a thoroughly enjoyable evening and banquet and hoped to be asked to visit again.
Chris Larder proposed the toast to the health of the newly installed master, which included a personal tribute to Alan for being one of his earliest mentors in Masonry, before George Fox gave an excellent delivery of the master’s song with accompaniment from John Heaton.
There was a fitting response by Alan to his toast, which he ended by thanking everyone for their assistance in making it such a night to remember. To complete the occasion, it was announced that together with the £55 from the master’s swindle and £290 from the raffle, the evening’s festivities had raised £345, a very pleasant piece of news to ease the journey home.
Article and photographs by Paul Thompson.