The installation ceremony for Blenheim Lodge No 7519 has taken place within the Roman Room at Liverpool Masonic Hall. The lodge which was consecrated in 1957 was a ‘daughter lodge’ of the recently demised Marlborough Lodge No 1620.
The outgoing master John Wilcock welcomed the brethren and their guests prior to the director of ceremonies Phil Pattullo inviting the brethren to be upstanding to receive David Randerson, the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. David was accompanied by the Provincial Grand Charity Steward Glynn Wrennal, Liverpool Group Chairman Sam Robinson, with John Roberts of the Liverpool Masonic Hall Committee and members Roy Ashley and Roy Cowley.
John warmly greeted David and welcomed him to the meeting and hoped he would have a pleasant enjoyable evening. John further extended the hospitality remarking how uplifting it was for the lodge to count three visiting masters amongst them; from Antient Briton Lodge No 1675 Roy Cowley, from Liverpool Epworth Lodge No 5381 George Christie and Peter Ramejkis from Abercromby Lodge No 3699.
The ceremony of installation commenced with Tim Burgess presenting master elect Bradbury Goff to John Wilcock. Bradbury was fully aware of the expectations placed upon him as this evening he achieved his hat trick having been master of his lodge on two previous occasions, first in 1999 and again five years later in 2004.
On his installation into the master’s chair, Bradbury completed the honourable duty of investing John with the collar and jewel of his rightful standing as the immediate past master of the lodge. The working tools of the three degrees were subsequently presented and explained to the new master, those of the third or master mason’s degree by Mark Crawford, those of the fellow craft by Phil Pattullo while Brian Jackson completed by doing those of the entered apprentice degree. Following the presentation of the warrant Bradbury continued by investing his officer bearers for the year.
The whole evening was marvellously enhanced by the musical embellishments of the lodge organist Geoff Cundall whose repertoire of tunes is beyond measure. On conclusion of the ceremony, David Randerson conveyed congratulations on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to Bradbury, and also to John Wilcock for the magnificent manner to which he had conducted the affairs of the lodge during his term of office. Bradbury as his first duty had the pleasant task of presenting three charitable cheques on behalf of the lodge members, the first to Ronald McDonald House for £250, the second to Liverpool Masonic Hall for £200 and the third for £50 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
The members and their guests then retired to the banqueting rooms to toast the health of Bradbury as the new master. Bradbury had been initiated in 1992 and his attributes were soon recognised. It is often said that he is one of the reasons Blenheim Lodge has been successful in recent years. During a delightful festive board it was announced that over £200 had been collected for charity, which brought a smile to the many charity officers present. An even bigger smile appeared on everyone’s face when in response to his toast Bradbury enthralled all with a half hour show of quips and memories reminiscent of an evening spent at a Victorian music hall, an absolute delight and a fitting end to the event.