Installing master Steve Parker presided over a dignified ceremony of installation at Scorton Lodge No 5791. The ceremony held at Garstang Masonic Hall, saw Trevor Newhouse installed as the master for the ensuing year.
This was Trevor’s first time in the chair of King Solomon, having been a Mason for eight years. Trevor’s father had been a Mason, but as was the case in years past his father would never tell him anything about Masonry. However, just knowing his dad was a Mason sparked an interest in Trevor which never left him. In due course he met Harry Parker, a Scorton Lodge Mason and after further enquiries it was Harry who proposed Trevor into Masonry.
Trevor is proud to be a Mason and is looking forward to his year in the master’s chair and intends to visit other lodges as often as he can. He confesses that he is not very good at ritual but feels being involved is the most important thing. In Trevor’s words ‘if he can do it, anyone can’. As Trevor followed his father into Masonry, so his son James has likewise, joining Scorton Lodge within the last year. There’s nothing like keeping it in the family.
The principal guest on this proud occasion was Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Peter Poynton, who was supported by Lancaster and District Group Chairman Neil McGill, grand officers Jim Wilson, Keith Jackson and Raymond Firth, acting Provincial grand officer Andrew Curwen and group secretary Chris Larder.
On entering the lodge room, Kevin was proffered the gavel by the WM and having thanked Steve for his warm welcome returned it to him.
Trevor was presented as master elect by his proposer Harry Parker, before Steve installed his successor in a dignified manner befitting the occasion. The address to the WM was given by Andy Gardner, that to the wardens was by Arthur Ashcroft and the address to the brethren by Kevin Poynton, all of which added greatly to this delightful ceremony. However, it was the delivery of the working tools by junior brethren of the lodge which really ‘stole the show’. Andy McClements gave a superb rendition of the third degree working tools, whilst Paul Slater (second degree) and Jim Greer (first degree) gave equally exemplary deliveries of the tools of their respective degrees and which brought great acclaim from the assembled brethren.
At the close of the ceremony, Kevin was pleased to express to the master and the brethren the warm fraternal greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and to add his own congratulations to all who had taken part in the afternoon’s proceedings. Kevin was also delighted to receive details of charitable donations made by the lodge, which included £1500 MCF 2021 Festival, £900 North West Blood Bikes, £1000 Garstang Masonic Hall refurbishment fund, £500 ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’, £300 Garstang Dementia Café, £300 Garstang Cancer Care and £200 Brian House Children’s Hospice, which together with payments already made to the WLFC and the MCF white envelope scheme, totalled an amazing £5673.50p. Kevin responded by saying the money raised here today will certainly help in making peoples lives that much easier.
In recognition of the money raised to the MCF 2021 Festival the lodge was awarded Vice Patronage of the Festival and a certificate acknowledging the award was presented by Kevin and the Assistant Group Charity Steward Andy McClements.
The Festival of St John was held in the banqueting chamber of the Masonic Hall, where 62 brethren enjoyed an excellent meal. The evenings raffle at the festive board raised £540.
Article and photographs by Paul Thompson.