One of Liverpool’s oldest and illustrious lodge’s, Everton Lodge No 823 held the annual installation ceremony within the Corinthian Room at the Masonic Hall on Hope Street.
This lodge, which works to the traditional Bottomley method, was well attended and included a number of worshipful masters of the year being present, representing Lodge of Israel No 1502, Abercromby Lodge No 3699 and Liverpool Epworth Lodge No 5381.
The worshipful master Andrew Chatterton extended a warm welcome to all and in particular to Sam Robinson, the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Sam, who is also Liverpool Group Chairman, was accompanied by fellow officers of United Grand Lodge; Rev Harry Ross and Walter Balmer, both coincidently subscribing members of Everton Lodge, Dave Johnson (group secretary) and Provincial Grand Steward Steve Foster.
For the purpose of the installation ceremony the WM and installing master Andrew Chatterton invited Steve Roberts to take the position of senior warden, Walter Balmer as junior warden and Ken Orme as inner guard. The presenting officers, Jim Ramsay and Bob Taylor guided master elect Brian Gillbanks to the floor of the lodge where he gave his assent to the ancient charges.
Before installing his successor, Andrew gave thanks and praise to the officers and members of the lodge who had made his year in office such a memorable period. He said that he could have not been better supported, particularly at committee and at rehearsals throughout the year.
Andrew then installed Brian Gillbanks into the chair of King Solomon according to ancient custom and Andrew must be congratulated for a great display, so proficient in every detail remembering also that Andrew was a first time master. Brian’s first duty was to invest Andrew as immediate past master before the proclamations and the presentation of the working tools. The tools for a master Mason were presented and explained in a fine manner by Jim Eddows, those to the fellowcraft by Paul Shrimpton and those of the entered apprentice by Joe Chatterton.
All addresses were given in an exemplary manner, but of great interest was that Joe Chatterton, the son of Andrew, had only recently been initiated into the lodge at the tender age of 18 years by special dispensation and this had been his first work within the lodge. The address to the senior warden was by Steve Roberts, while that to the junior warden was proffered by Walter Balmer and to the deacons by Dave Johnson. Ken Orme then addressed the inner guard and Steve Foster gave the address to the stewards. Andrew Chatterton then gave a perfect rendition of the address to the WM and to an equal standard Bob Paterson delivered the address to the two wardens.
Sam Robinson took his place on the lodge room floor to give the address to the brethren, also expressing the good wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, both to Brian and Andrew, but also to Paul Robinson the director of ceremonies, who had conducted the ceremony and the whole evening in an exemplary manner. Brian then had the pleasant duty of presenting, on behalf of the lodge, two charitable cheques to Sam, one in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £200, the second in favour of Liverpool Masonic Hall for £250.
The meeting was then closed and the brethren and their guests retired to the main banqueting room to partake of a delightful festive board.