At the installation meeting of Prince Leopold, Doric and Parkfield Lodge No 1588, Roy Eaton was installed into the master’s chair for the fifth time in his Masonic career. The lodge members were honoured by the presence of Stuart Thornber as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Stuart was accompanied by Mike Adams (group chairman) and a grand officer line up of past group chairmen, Brian Hayes, Tony Johnson along with David Durling, (group vice chairman) also in attendance were other group officers and distinguished Provincial grand officers, brethren and members and of the lodge.
Roy was installed for a fifth time in his Masonic career, which after joining Freemasonry in 1967 entered the office as master for his first time in 1978, some 37 years ago, hence Roy will be in the chair of his lodge for his 50 year celebration. Roy having been initiated into Hardy lodge No 4628 sadly closed and handed in its warrant in 2005, during its active years, Roy served as master on three occasions. When Prince Leopold Lodge amalgamated in 2004, Roy was the last master of that lodge and the first master of the newly amalgamated Prince Leopold, Doric and Parkfield.
Installing master Brian Lowe installed Roy in a most sincere manner, which was then followed by presentations of the working tools of the three degrees in their full versions being faultlessly presented by Stephen Brookes who explained the master Mason’s tools, David Benson explained the fellow craft and again by Stephen Brookes who gave those of the entered apprentice. There then followed two excellent addresses, that to the master by Brian Lowe and a very heartening address to the brethren of the lodge by Stuart.
On completion of the ceremony, Stuart rose saying that was his cue and green light to bring the greetings, congratulations and good wishes for a happy and healthy year from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Stuart continued by saying that had Tony been present, he would have also had great pleasure in not only congratulating Roy on attaining the chair for a fifth time but also to the installing master Brian for the work that he had put into the ceremony and similarly congratulating the installing officers and brethren of the lodge, he said it was a pleasure to see younger brethren perambulating in the lodge and said he was pleased to learn that there are to be two new initiates soon to be embarking on a Masonic career within the lodge.
Roy then responded to Stuart by thanking him for him passing on the good wishes of the Provincial Grand Master and had much pleasure in presenting a cheque on the behalf of the lodge members. Stuart having asked Roy’s permission revealed to the visitors the content of the cheque being made out for an amount of £300 in favour for the tercentenary appeal. Stuart said this was a most generous contribution and clearly had much pleasure in congratulating and the brethren of the lodge.
On the first rising, the same sentiments and congratulations on the very pleasurable ceremony were reiterated by Mike Adams in his response, he too concurred with Stuart’s comments that this had been a most enjoyable meeting and similarly wished Roy an excellent year ahead. Mike said it was a delight to have Stuart in attendance for the installation and in amusement said: “Having travelled all the way from the Fylde Riviera, as Stuart had put it, ‘Leafy Lytham’, pronounced ‘Lye- tham’.”
The evening continued with an enjoyable, friendly, jovial festive board. Stuart, in his response, firstly conveyed his own congratulations to Roy on attaining the chair and to the officers of the lodge for a happy and healthy year ahead. He said it was pleasure to hear of new younger members joining and again to see younger members in the lodge. Stuart then made reference to provincial honours and singularly pointed out each of the recipients present that evening and individually applauded them for their recognition.
Stuart made reference to the charities and the forthcoming tercentenary led by Tony Bent where at which point he personally thanked the lodge members for their kind charitable generosity demonstrated earlier in the evening. Stuart also referred to the forthcoming 2017 to 2021 Masonic Charitable Foundation Festival headed up by Glyn Wrenall, Stuart recalled his role as Festival Chairman for the 2010 Festival where a staggering amount of £5,428,000 was raised and dealt with from throughout the province.
Stuart concluded by saying he had a thoroughly enjoyable evening both in the lodge room and at the festive board and thanked the brethren for the friendship and camaraderie that had been extended to him.