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. 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!  
November meeting After an exemplary installation in October, our new WM, Frank Pearson got straight down to work with a first degree ceremony at our November meeting. As any Mason will tell you, the ceremony of initiation (as it’s called) is a very memorable affair. It also encompasses the whole evening, because as well as the ceremony itself in the Temple, there are surprises in store for the initiate at the Festive Board, where, just for one night, he is the focus of everyone’s attention. Brother Anthony Giles was the candidate for this meeting, and came to us by what is today often thought of as the old- fashioned route. He had chosen to join Freemasonry and our Lodge after “asking someone he knew”. That someone was Brother David Breeze, who was able to answer his questions which in turn enabled Anthony to start along the path to joining. There was a healthy turn out of members and guest to share in the occasion and all wished our new Brother a long, happy and stimulating time in the fraternity. We are thinking about…….. David Breeze, who was a little saddened not to be well enough to attend our November meeting where his candidate, Brother Anthony, was initiated. Dave is still experiencing pain from his hips and vertebrae, and a date has now been set for doctors to replace a hip (again) which hopefully will restore him to the rudest of rudes! 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!
W.Bro Frank Pearson (lh) and the installing Master, W.Bro Mike Smith