Council on the Fylde No.201
A welcoming cup of hot coffee welcomed us to Poulton Masonic Hall on a not to particularly warm autumnal morning. Monday morning is maybe not a good time to hold a lodge meeting but on Monday 7th October a goodly number of Allied Masons made their way to Poulton le Fylde, on the Fylde Coast, to attend the Installation meeting of Council on the Fylde. At 11.00 am the Worshipful Master Right Worshipful Brother Douglas John Forster Past Grand Junior Warden opened the Council  and dispatched the first items on the agenda.
Council SW Bro. Brian Burgess-Dicks, WM Bro. Joe O’Brien and Council JW Bro. David Platt
On a report Worshipful Brother John P. Murphy Assistant District Grand Director of Ceremony announced that Worshipful Brother John D. Roberts District Grand Junior Warden, representing the Right Worshipful District Grand Prefect Graham Paul Snape was outside the door of the council and requesting admission. With the assent of the Worshipful Master Worshipful Brother Roberts entered the council accompanied by several District Officers also in attendance and was presented to the Worshipful Master who bid him welcome. Worshipful Brother Roberts said he was looking forward to the Installation Ceremony and took a seat in the council.
WM Palatine Council Bro. Brian Fox, WM Council on the Fylde and WM Lawrence Council Bro. Richard Higson.
WM Council on the Fylde with Installing Master Rt.W. Bro. Douglas John Forster PGJW
The preliminaries over the Worshipful Master announced the next item on the agenda to Install Brother Joe O’Brien as Worshipful Master. Brother O’Brien was presented to the Worshipful Master who conducted an excellent Ceremony of Installation with his usual savoir faire. The members of the council greeted their newly installed Master in the time-honoured way and returned to their seats. The new Worshipful Master appointed and invested his officers for the ensuing year. There being no other business the Worshipful Master closed the Council.
Representative of the Rt.W. District Grand Prefect W Bro. John D. Roberts Dist. GJW.,
WM and Ass.Dist GD of C W. Bro. John P. Murphy.
W.M. with visiting District Grand Officers (some of which are members of Council on the Fylde).
It has become traditional for the Council on the Fylde to have a buffet lunch at its meetings and today is no exception. The toasts in the Allied Degree seem to be just the right length as do the responses and before long we were making our way homeward another satisfying day of Allied Masonry.
Report and photos by Ernie Gavan