Garston Lodge of Installed Masters No 9403, or GLIM as it is affectionally known, is as the name suggests, a lodge of those brethren are either ‘in the chair’ or having ‘passed’ through the office of WM. If you thought that meant that in any way they don’t take their work quite so seriously, you would be very, very wrong.
Consecrated in December 1991, and at the installation meeting the members installed their 25th WM, Keith Evan Lewis, in a memorable ceremony held at Garston Masonic Hall. What made for a night of celebration was the admittance of two joining members, Robert Peter Owen and Ken Bullen, so continuing the increased membership of the lodge. Added to this was the recent appointment and promotion of two lodge members, Keith Williams as Provincial Grand Deacon and promotion to PPrGSWks of Bill Todhunter.
The meeting was opened by installing master Hughie O’Neil and for the evening’s ceremony he called on the assistance of Phil Brown and Derek Yoxall to occupy the positions of SW and JW respectively. The duties of IG were undertaken by Rob Jones and the management of proceedings were, as usual, superbly conducted by lodge DC John Jackson.
Having completed the formalities John retired from the lodge and returned to announce that Steve Walls, the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, was without and sought admission. Steve accompanied by fellow grand officers, Howard Griffiths and Colin Rowling who were duly admitted and welcomed into the lodge. They were joined by newly appointed Garston Group Chairman John Murphy, who was undertaking his first official duty in his new role.
Hughie then called for the master elect Keith to be placed before him and on confirmation of the necessary qualifications Keith recited his obligation. With the lodge opened in the third degree the salutation to grand officers was made with new member Peter Owen being one of the recipients.
The ceremony of installation was conducted with a calm assurance by Hughie, which included him presenting and explaining the working tools of an installed master as well as the traditional delivery of the working tools in each degree.
Keith then appointed and invested the officers for the year before Hughie continued in his considerable efforts by delivering the address to the newly appointed SW and JW. Keith Williams delivered the address to the newly installed WM, and to the brethren, Steve made a memorable presentation.
At the completion of the ceremony Steve stood and offered the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master to the new WM. He felt sure that had he himself been present he would no doubt have congratulated both Hughie and John for their contributions to the evening’s celebrations. He went on to say that the Provincial Grand Master had expressed the wish that Keith enjoy his year in office and that he and all the brethren continue to enjoy their Freemasonry.
It then was a happy duty for Keith in one of his first duties as the new WM to present Steve with a cheque for £100 in support of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Steve thanked the brethren on behalf of those who would ultimately benefit from their generosity.
Before closing the lodge and in completing the business of the evening, lodge secretary Dave Jones announced that he had applications from two brethren for membership, which quickly became three, as one of the lodge guests expressed his wish to join GLIM. Further evidence of the expanding membership of the lodge. And to render a successful evening complete, the brethren were delighted to confer honorary membership of the lodge on John Jackson in recognition of his many years of devoted service.
The festive board was equally enjoyable and provided Steve with the opportunity to add his own congratulations to all concerned for a wonderful ceremony and enjoyable evening. A further £135 was raised in support of the charities via a raffle.