Brother to brother

The installation ceremony of Liverpool Lodge No 1547, held at Liverpool Masonic Hall, was very much a family affair. Lodge stalwart Jack Parker took the WM’s chair to install his nephew Andrew Parker as worshipful master in succession to his other nephew and Andrew’s brother Simon Parker.

Peter Pemberton (left) congratulates Andrew Parker.

Peter Pemberton (left) congratulates Andrew Parker.

Andrew Parker has been a member of Liverpool Lodge for eight years and has served in all of the progressive lodge offices. An electrician by trade, he is an Ormskirk resident and family man being married to Amanda and having three children. Andrew is very much involved with junior soccer in the town.

The installation ceremony got underway with the entrance into the lodge of the representative of the Provincial Grand Master, Provincial Senior Grand Warden Peter Pemberton, who was accompanied by Liverpool Group Secretary David Johnson and grand officer Barry Ellman. They were escorted by acting deacons of the lodge.  Their entrance was heralded by lodge DC Tom Hough, who conducted proceedings with his customary aplomb.

Pictured from left to right, are: Peter Pemberton, Andrew Parker and David Johnson.

Pictured from left to right, are: Peter Pemberton, Andrew Parker and David Johnson.

Ray Ho and Graham Keeley presented Andrew to Jack who, assisted by Tom Hough, conducted the ceremony in a most dignified and sincere manner. Andrew assented to the ancient charges read to him by secretary Ken Marshall and he was installed in the chair of King Solomon according to established custom.  The explanations of the working tools of the third degree and second degree and were rendered by Simon Parker and Jack Parker gave the explanation of the first degree tools. Flawless addresses were given to the WM by Ken Marshall and to the brethren by Peter Pemberton.

At the conclusion, Peter rose and congratulated Andrew on his accession and Jack on his conduct of the ceremony.  He passed on the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master to the new WM and indeed to all of the assembled brethren.  In response, Andrew presented Peter with a two cheques which were donations to charities from the brethren of Liverpool Lodge. The beneficiaries were the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity in the sum of £50 and the Liverpool Masonic Hall Fund in the sum of £100.  These are generous sums from a lodge with a very small membership.  Peter thanked the lodge members on behalf of all who will benefit. The brethren then adjourned to a lavish festive board.

Pictured from left to right, are: Peter Pemberton, Andrew Parker, Simon Parker, Jack Parker and David Johnson.

Pictured from left to right, are: Peter Pemberton, Andrew Parker, Simon Parker, Jack Parker and David Johnson.