THE masonic hall at Grange-over-Sands was filled to witness the installation of Stephen Pemberton as the new master of Arthur John Brogden Lodge.

The lodge, which was formed in 1877, is named after one of its founders and its first master who was a member of the Brogden family who were responsible for constructing the railway line around Morecambe Bay to Barrow-in- Furness.

It is not the first time Stephen has been the master of the lodge having occupied the position at lodges in Preston, Garstang and Lancaster. He joined the Grange lodge when he moved to Cartmel.

The principal guest on the evening was Barrie Crossley who was accompanied by the Furness and South Lakeland group chairman Peter Schofield. To mark the occasion Stephen presented Barrie with a donation to charity of £300.

Following the masonic formalities, 55 members and their guests enjoyed a four course meal in the lodge dining room.