On a very windy autumnal evening the brethren and guests of South Liverpool Lodge No 2681 gathered at Garston Masonic Hall to celebrate the installation of Paul Armstrong into the chair of King Solomon. This is to be Paul’s second time occupying the master’s chair, having previously served as WM in 2008.
The principal guest for the evening and personal representative of the Provincial Grand Master was Sam Robinson. Sam was joined by fellow grand officer David Hawkes, Garston Group Chairman John Murphy and many other Provincial Grand Officers.
The lodge was opened by lodge member and grand officer Peter Williams who, along with the lodge DC Hughie O’Neil ensured Paul enjoyed a very special evening.
The occasion was made all the more memorable and a family event, with presenting officers Derek and Ian Yoxall being Paul’s father-in-law and brother-in-law. Derek was later appointed the tyler of the lodge and Ian the SW for the ensuing year.
The evening and ceremony were conducted in a calm and dignified manner typical of Peter and Hughie. Peter conducted the initial part of the ceremony, with Hughie completing proceedings which included him presenting the working tools of a WM as well as the traditional working tools of each degree.
At the completion of the investiture of officers, the address to the WM was poignantly delivered by Peter with Hughie addressing the wardens prior to Sam delivering the address to the lodge brethren.
The conclusion of the ceremony provided Sam with the opportunity to offer Paul the greetings and best wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. He continued by adding that had Tony been present, he would no doubt have congratulated both Peter and Hughie for the manner in which the ceremony had been conducted. Finally, Sam expressed the wish of Tony that we all continue to enjoy both good health and our Freemasonry.
Paul then undertook a very pleasant duty in presenting Sam with a cheque for £268.10 (in recognition of the number of the lodge) written in support of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. On behalf of those who would ultimately benefit from the brethren’s generosity, Sam thanked the brethren.
The grand officers and group chairman then retired before the remaining lodge business was conducted prior to closing the lodge.
As is the usual West Lancashire custom, the brethren then gathered to toast the newly installed WM prior to taking their seats for the festive board, which was enjoyed by all.