The brethren of Heysham Lodge No 4108 were honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Keith Stanley Kemp at their installation ceremony at Morecambe Masonic Hall. Keith was accompanied by grand officers Tom Holroyd and Alan Jones, together with acting Provincial grand officers Philip Preston, Paul Mason and Ben Yates. Also, in attendance was Lancaster and District Vice Chairman Scott Devine.
The ceremony was a short affair, with Torquil MacLeod being proclaimed for a further year, but despite being a proclamation, lodge DC David Malcolm had formulated an appropriate ceremony that was performed with skill and finesse by all involved.
The working tools were explained in great style by three ‘light blue’ Masons. The third degree working tools were presented by James Unsworth, the second degree tools by Stuart Riley and the first degree tools by Ian Byrom. Others taking part included Michael Brown who delivered the address to the master, David Malcom the address to the wardens and Keith Kemp the address to the brethren.
The ceremony having been completed, Keith rose once more to bring the greetings, congratulations and good wishes for a happy, healthy and enjoyable year ahead from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Keith said that had Tony been present he would have witnessed an excellent ceremony and congratulated Torquil on his past year as master and his stamina in continuing for a further year.
In response, Torquil thanked Keith for the very kind wishes from the Provincial Grand Master and said he was happy to retain the master’s chair for another year.
Keith was delighted to receive notice of donations made by the lodge to charity and good cause totalling some £6422.76. Amongst the donations that were made was MCF 2021 Festival £1230.74, Masonic Fishing Charity £500, Neuro Drop In Centre £500, Morecambe Masonic Hall £500, 34th Lancaster scout Group £500, Lodge Widows £450, Royal Lancaster Infirmary Oncology Unit £500, Bob Malcolm sponsored beard shave £750, Lancaster and Morecambe Deaf Children’s Society £600 and Rosewood Cancer Foundation £120.
The evening was rounded off at Heysham Golf Club, where 81 brethren enjoyed a cheerful and harmonious festive board. During the evening a further £425 was raised for charity and thus an excellent night was concluded in good humour and friendship.
Article by Paul Thompson.