A successful ballot at the previous meeting saw Lodge of Peace and Unity No 314 install David Tattersall as the next master of the lodge.
The principal guest for the evening was Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton. He was supported by Keith Kemp Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Lancaster, Furness and South Lakes, also Past Provincial Grand Master Peter Hosker, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Masters, Tom Blackburn and Howard Jones, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, Bill Huck, David Winder and Philip Gardner and a positive galaxy of grand officers, the Preston Group Chairman, and acting Provincial grand officers. With well over 80 other brethren in attendance the event was certainly well supported.
Prior to opening the lodge, installing master Ian Walton, welcomed all the brethren in attendance to what promised to be an excellent and memorable occasion. The lodge was duly opened and the administrative business conducted.
The lodge was then raised to the third degree whereupon the lodge director of ceremonies John Kay requested permission to retire for a short time. He duly re-entered to announce the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton. Kevin entered in due form, accompanied by the other Assistant Provincial Grand Master, grand and acting Provincial grand officers to be formally welcomed by Ian Walton. In turn Kevin Poynton thanked Ian Walton for his generous welcome.
Following extended salutations, the lodge returned to the second degree and David Tattersall was duly presented by Ian Douglass to Ian Walton for installation. David recited his obligation as master elect before the lodge resumed working in the third degree. Taking his last action as master, Ian Walton thanked all his officers for their support and assistance during his year in office. He then proceeded to install David as the 223rd Master of the lodge in a flawless text book manner.
The working tools of the third degree were presented by John Stanley, the second degree working tools by Robert Pye, and those of the first degree by John Lee, all of whom gave first class presentations that were greatly appreciated by all present. Following his installation in the chair, David was addressed by Howard Jones who repeated the high standard set by the working tools team.
Continuing with the investiture of the lodge officers, David invested the senior and junior wardens, Malcolm Berry and David Edwards, Malcolm was instructed in his duties by the Provincial Senior Grand Warden David Edwards, who was then conducted to the junior warden’s pedestal where the Provincial Junior Grand Warden Paul Storrar, proceeded to instruct him in his new duties as a lodge officer. Paul then proceeded to address both new wardens in a very commendable manner. Robert Irwin was re-invested as the appointed almoner and the lodge charity steward. The position of lodge mentor, was undertaken by John Kay. The investiture of the remaining officers followed.
The ceremony of installation concluded with the address to the brethren of the lodge, delivered in an excellent manner by Tom Blackburn. Kevin Poynton, as principal guest, had the pleasure of bringing the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. On Tony’s behalf, he congratulated the lodge on what he felt had been a very enjoyable and fabulous meeting. He congratulated all those that had a part to play in the proceedings. He particularly mentioned the splendid work of Ian Walton, as the installing master and concluded by congratulating David on attaining the chair of such a prestigious lodge, wishing him well for what he was sure would be a marvellous year in office.
David, in turn, thanked Kevin Poynton for his kind and generous comments on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master and had the pleasure of presenting him with a cheque for £2,000 in favour of the MCF 2021 Festival.
Concluding the proceedings, Ian Walton was presented with a past master’s jewel by David Tattersall, who thanked him for his contribution to the lodge during his year in office.
Later in the evening, in his response to the toast to the grand officers, Kevin Ponton, as the principal guest and on his own behalf, congratulated the lodge on what he felt had been a very enjoyable and fabulous meeting. He complimented the working tools team on what had been delightful presentations and particularly mentioned the excellent work of the ‘elder statesmen’ team who presented the addresses to the master, and brethren in such an eloquent manner. The wardens had been addressed by the Provincial Junior Warden Paul Storrar
He went on to congratulate David on attaining the chair of a lodge that had made such a remarkable contribution to Preston Freemasonry over 200 years of its existence. He thanked David for the charity donation made earlier on behalf of the lodge and wished him all the best for the coming year as master.
Kevin Poynton emphasised the importance of supporting the MCF 2021 Festival, he explained that West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity accepted the priority of support for the Festival.
He concluded his response by congratulating the lodge on the way it continues to build for the future with new members who are anxious to take part in the ritual as well as attend meetings.
The evening’s proceedings were further enhanced by a delightful duet rendition of the master’s song given by Ian Cuerden and John Kay, accompanied by Roy James on the piano. The evening was rounded off with David, presenting Kevin Poynton with a bottle of whisky in appreciation from the lodge.