Finishing the last Masonic season on a high note with a third degree ceremony, Liverpool Epworth Lodge No 5381 has had a good start to this year’s Masonic season with an initiation ceremony. The lodge was opened by the worshipful master George Christie, who had the pleasure of welcoming Assistant Provincial Grand Master Mark Dimelow and the Liverpool Group Mentoring Co-ordinator John Leask.
Under the discerning eye of the director of ceremonies Edward O’Hare, the shared ceremony of initiation was carried through in a pleasing and most acceptable manner. The lodge has taken on board the advice given by Grand Lodge to involve as many members as reasonably possible in a ceremony, thus helping to nurture an increased involvement from the newer brethren.
The initial parts of the proceedings were completed by the WM before handing over to John Leask. The candidate, Tim Evans, was led around the room on his journey into Freemasonry by his long-time friend Paul DeVille Forte and Colin Patterson, who acted as the deacons for the night. The address at the north-east corner was given by Ritchie Sutton, the working tools explained by Jimmy Jones, but the highlight for all was ‘The Charge’. It was most appropriate that this was delivered by John Hughes, the longest serving member of the lodge who had travelled from Derbyshire especially for the occasion.
John was initiated into Liverpool Epworth Lodge in 1962 and was WM in 1978 and 1998. The whole evening was well supported with the added bonus of a delegation from Woodend Lodge No 5302 in attendance. On completion of the ceremony Mark Dimelow was the first to congratulate Tim, before presenting John Robinson with his Grand Lodge Certificate. All then retired to the banqueting suite for a very enjoyable festive board.