Number 4281 in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England
Izaak Walton Lodge of Freemasons
Installation - October In the company of the recently appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro Michael Santopietro and members of the Provincial Grand Lodge, the installation of our new Worshipful Master, Frank Pearson went off without a hitch. As part of his last duties in the chair, The installing master, W.Bro Mike Smith presented a cheque to the APGM in favour of the 2024 Staffordshire Festival appeal for £2500.00. This is the direct result of the generosity of members of the Lodge during the year, and the application of “gift aid” which helped to swell the fund. He then topped off an exemplary year by handling the ceremony and installation with aplomb. As any Past Master will tell you, the 69 steps involved in installing a new Master can throw the most accomplished Mason off track, but the ceremony proceeded smoothly and with brotherly love well in evidence. Several guests commented favourably on the work of the whole team of officers past and present, in making the ceremony such a special one. Our new Master, Frank Pearson, has led an interesting and varied  work life, starting as an engineering apprentice, then a further education technician, and after that, a number of teaching roles, including examination marking and examination paper reviewing. His life now consists of work in Educational Psychology, having trained initially as a cognitive and developmental psychologist and later, psychotherapist. He is married to Gill, a former Primary School teacher and together they have two children. He is known affectionately in the Lodge as the “thinking Mason”. Our new Master took to the chair with confidence and installed and appointed his officers in a way which emphasised their roles and duties. He also has a busy year ahead with a currently planned schedule involving three thirds, three seconds and a first, which will take place at our next meeting in November. Like all Masters before him, he has worked through every office in the Lodge since he joined Izaak Walton in 2012 and has progressed to the chair in record time. His proposer, W.Bro David Bowyer recalled that at the time that he joined Izaak Walton, the typical path could take up to 15 years to accomplish! Pictures of the new team will appear soon. We wish Frank and his team of officers good health along with all the stamina they’ll need for a busy year ahead!  
In memoriam During the last month, we sadly lost two brothers who have contributed to the life of the Lodge. Paul Hazeldine, who came into Freemasonry after an eventful life as a National Hunt jockey - and latterly an accomplished Chef, died suddenly early in October after a short time in hospital. Paul joined the Lodge in 2014 and immediately became an enthusiastic member who threw himself into the work, as a regular attendee at Lodge of Instruction - determined to make progress into the ranks of working officers. He joined Chapter just last year and had already immersed himself into its life. His funeral takes place at All Saints, Ranton on October 24th 2019 at 2pm. John Webber came to Izaak Walton as a joining member in 2003 and later, despite moving to Somerset in his retirement, maintained an active interest in the Lodge and particularly, in the development of the junior members, whose paths in Freemasonry he eagerly followed. In recent years, he had succumbed somewhat to the effects of dementia and following admission to a care home, where he could receive the close attention he needed, died peacefully after just a few days. Our sincere condolences are offered to Josie, his wife. The details of his funeral will be advised to all members when details are finalised. We are thinking about…….. David Breeze, whose major health concerns are now in remission, is now experiencing pain from his hips and vertebrae, which is being treated. David is looking forward to an early return to Lodge and we look forward to it too! Ray Barnett, who is still making progress and keeping in touch with all that’s happening in the Masonic world, through regular attendance at a monthly luncheon, attended by many of his friends. The next one is on November 25th at the Hungry Horse on Newport Road, Stafford at 12 noon. These gathering are attracting more members who want to talk about Masonic and non-Masonic matters. If you can spare an hour or two, why not join the next one? Bob Mallen organises these parties, so if you fancy some banter and a pleasant couple of hours in Ray’s company, let Bob know! Craig Scott, who recently returned to Lodge has had treatment recently for an over-active thyroid and is anticipating an early return as soon as his health stabilises.
W.Bro Frank Pearson (lh) and the installing Master, W.Bro Mike Smith