The representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, at the installation meeting of Lodge Amounderness No 7105, was the much respected local Mason Christopher (Chris) Charles Butterfield. Accompanying Chris at this delightful event, were fellow grand officers Bill Huck, Tom Blackburn, Stan Rigby, Rev Graham Halsall, Don Richardson and Colin Williams. Also in attendance were acting Provincial grand officers Les Newlands, Graham Dowling and Peter Ledder, together with Lancaster and District Group Vice Chairman Scott Devine.
Master elect Ian Cuerden was presented by Rev Graham Halsall, before being placed in the chair of the lodge by outgoing master David Emery, in a superb display of ritual, which was much appreciated by the assembled brethren.
The address to the master was delivered by Rev Graham Halsall, that to the wardens by Mike Threlfall and the address to the brethren was given by Tom Blackburn. All were presented in an excellent and sincere fashion by these accomplished and experienced Masons. Of equal standing were the superb presentations of the working tools of the three degrees by Michael L Threlfall (third degree), Glyn Davies (second degree) and Bill Holland (first degree).
At the close of the ceremony, Chris was delighted to bring the greetings and congratulations of the PrGM Tony Harrison. Chris was sure that had Tony been able to attend he would have been highly impressed by the quality and standard of the work displayed by the installing master and indeed all who had contributed to such a wonderful occasion. He would also have wished to thank Ian for again becoming a ruler in the Craft and to wish him and his officers the very best of health to enjoy the year to the full.
Chris was also delighted to receive notification of disbursements made by the lodge to charities and good causes which included £1,000 to the MCF 2021 Festival, £500 Parkinson’s Society, £259 Pukar Disability Resources Centre, Preston and £300 to the WM’s chosen charity, the Forget Me Not Charity. This particular charity, manned by volunteers, provides essential support for the homeless and makes sure basic essential needs such as food, hot drinks, clothing and bedding are provided.
Because of their donations to the MCF 2021 Festival, the group vice chairman Scott Devine, presented the lodge with a a certificate denoting ‘Patron of the MCF 2021 Festival’, a splendid achievement.
At the Festival of St John, held in the magnificent Wyrebank Banqueting Suite, Chris was very pleased to bring his own warm fraternal greetings to the lodge and the brethren and he complimented the immediate past master David Emery and all the officers for doing such a fantastic job.
Chris also congratulated Ian Cuerden, not only on becoming the new WM of Lodge Amounderness, but also on celebrating, later in the year, the 50th anniversary of becoming a Freemason.
It was then time for Chris to bring to the attention of the brethren, topics the PrGM wished to be disseminated. Of particular interest was the MCF 2021 Festival, especially considering the lodges wonderful donation to the charity and their subsequent award of the ‘Patron’s’ certificate. Chris was particularly pleased to see so many brethren wearing the festival jewel and thanked them for their support, however he also informed all present that there were still three quarters of the brethren in the Province who had still not made the pledge and he urged anyone present amongst that number to consider doing so.
Chris also touched on the Royal Arch and asked those who were members of this wonderful degree to help in attracting new members, not necessarily by asking them outright, but just to make them aware and that you are available to tell them more about it if they so wish.
The last topic concerned SOLOMON, a new initiative announced from UGLE. This new web-based resource provides its visitors with a whole host of information about the Craft and Royal Arch. In the Craft section in particular, it provides many papers that can be used in the lodge to provide interesting lectures. Chris encouraged everyone to go and look, all that was needed was to register to gain access.
In conclusion, Chris thanked the DC and ADC Robert Irwin and Glynn Davies respectively, together with the retiring secretary Hal Hamer, for all their hard work in putting together a splendid installation ceremony.
In proposing the toast to the new master, the installing and immediate past master David Emery, gave an appropriate résumé of Neil’s career and interests.
The master’s song was pleasantly performed by John Kay, with accompaniment from Fred Parker. Ian responded to his toast by thanking all who had participated in making it such a wonderful day and that he was really looking forward to his year in as WM.
Article written by Paul Thompson.
Photographs courtesy of Stewart Aimson.