The brethren of Morecambe Lodge No 1561 were honoured by the presence of Jonathan Mark Heaton at their installation ceremony at Morecambe Masonic Hall. Jonathan was accompanied by group offices from the Lancaster and District Group, namely the group chairman Neil McGill, vice chairman Scott Devine and secretary Chris Larder. Also present were acting Provincial grand officers Les Newlands, Graham Dowling and Nigel Isherwood.
The ceremony was a short one, with Ian Macluskie being proclaimed master for a further year. Despite being a proclamation, the assistant director of ceremonies and acting DC Bryan Cambidge had formulated an appropriate ceremony that was performed with such skill and finesse as to warrant the lavish praise later bestowed by all the brethren present.
Others taking part included Michael Sweetman, Mark Swanepoel and Mathew Armstrong who delivered the working tools of the third, second and first degrees respectively. All these brethren are ‘light blues’ and performed their roles with great assurance and aplomb. Further addresses of equal high standing were to the WM, by Marian Korzeniowski, the wardens by Max Yates and the brethren by Geoffrey Wilman. Particular attention should be drawn to Marian Korzeniowski, who as a relatively young Mason, was presenting the address to the master for the first time, which he did flawlessly, a great credit to himself and to his lodge.
The ceremony having been completed, Jonathan rose to bring the greetings and good wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Jonathan said that had Tony been present he would have certainly thanked Ian for taking the master’s chair again and hoped he had the good health to enjoy it.
Crossing the floor of the lodge, Jonathan approached Bryan, congratulated him on being made DC of the lodge and said that Tony would have sorely wished to be present to witness the superb ceremony conducted by him and would have thanked all who had taken part for their excellent work during the evening.
Jonathan was delighted and impressed to receive notification of disbursements made to charities and good causes, during Ian’s tenure as master, totalling £4,082. These included MCF 2021 Festival £1579 (including £378 from the white envelopes), WLFC £640 (including £279 from the yellow envelopes), Raven Winder walk £355, Masonic sporting charities £85, St Johns Church £1000, other good cause £423.
The money collected towards the festival, allowed Jonathan to present Morecambe Lodge with the ‘Grand Patron of the MCF 2021 Festival’ certificate, having already received a vice patron and a patron’s certificate on a previous occasion. This was the first time Jonathon had seen a grand patron’s certificate and it was a tremendous pleasure for him to be able to present the lodge with their well earned award.
The very well attended Festival of St John was held at Morecambe Masonic Hall, where the brethren were in receipt of excellent food and service. Jonathan was very pleased to have the opportunity to offer his own personal congratulations to everyone who had taken part in the ceremony. Praise was proffered to the new DC Bryan and the brethren who had delivered the working tools. Further praise was also offered to Ian for taking the chair of King Solomon again, for not many brethren would be willing to take on the role of WM for two successive years.
Jonathan then went on to discuss a number of topics which the PrGM wanted bringing to the notice of the brethren, including the WLFC and the MCF 2021 Festival. Another important subject was membership. For Jonathan, membership should be at the foremost of our minds, as we are the custodians of our fraternity and as such, we should all consider ourselves membership officers and encourage good men to join.
In conclusion, Jonathon expressed his belief the key to our future is enjoyment and that he had certainly enjoyed his visit to Morecambe Lodge, it had been a wonderful evening and thanked everyone for their friendship.
A very interesting toast to the master was given by Roy Norman, to which Ian responded with thanks and just the right amount of humour. Ian also made a special mention of the retiring DC Peter Jackson and thanked him for all his hard work over the years.
To complete the evening, the raffle raised £400, with a further £35 from the masters’ swindle.
Article and photographs by Paul Thompson.