Peter Hosker, Provincial Grand Master of West Lancashire, led an impressive and moving dedication ceremony of Kerneforde Hall, the new masonic home for the lodges and chapters of Warton and Carnforth in the Lancaster and District Group of lodges
Peter was accompanied by a glittering array of illustrious Freemasons from around the Province, including the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Howard Jones, Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and Provincial Senior and Junior Wardens Mark Matthews and Joseph Hall.
The occasion began as a meeting of Carnforth Lodge No. 4951 which had been convened by dispensation.
After admitting the Provincial team the Provincial Grand Master appointed his officers and convened a special meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge for the ceremony of dedication of the lodge room to Freemasonry, Virtue and Universal Benevolence.
This included an extremely erudite oration by the Provincial Grand Chaplain, Rev Graham Halsall, which drew attention to the difference between the act of dedication and the state of being dedicated – a theme that would be returned to by Peter Hosker later in the proceedings.
Following the ceremony Peter announced that he had another and very pleasurable duty to perform, that of making special promotions to Provincial office which. The promotions were being made for exceptional dedication to Freemasonry, and in particular to the work in transforming Kerneforde Hall from the dilapidated premises it once was, to the impressive new masonic home in which they now met.
He therefore called for Ian Birnie of Carnforth Lodge and Roger Nevinson of Warton Lodge No. 8411 to be brought forward and was delighted to award them the collar of PProvJGW, congratulating them both on their impressive achievement.
After closing Provincial Grand Lodge there remained just one duty left to perform – the unveiling of the commemorative plaque which will be proudly displayed in the Kerneforde Hall lodge room.
At the dedication banquet held in the excellent Kerneforde dining suite, the response to the toast to the health of the grand officers was given by Howard Jones who went on to propose the toast to the health of Peter Hosker in which he praised Peter for his highly effective leadership of the Province which has included many important and innovative initiatives to improve the recruitment and retention of members and in the areas of mentoring and ambassadors for Freemasonry.
In an inspirational and amusing reply Peter praised all who had dedicated themselves to what must have seemed a colossal task when they took over the old 'Cocked Hat Club' and set about establishing the premises they were now enjoying and which would be the envy of many lodges who were not so well blessed.