Over 40 brethren met at Widnes Masonic Hall to witness Chris Farley being raised to the third degree in the McCausland Suite. Chris is a member of St Paul’s Lodge No 5459 but his third degree ceremony took place at the regular meeting of Lodge of Equity and Appleton No 1384.
This was a joint ceremony as St. Paul’s have had a recent influx of new candidates which meant that Chris’s third degree would have been delayed. The brethren of Lodge of Equity and Appleton where only too happy to give a helping hand.
The lodge was opened in due form by the WM Ian Edge who welcomed the brethren of St. Paul’s and guests. After despatching the initial business of the lodge, Ian put the requisite questions to Chris to which he gave the correct answers and was then invited to retire from the lodge for a short while in preparation for his journey to becoming a master Mason.
Having made the lodge room ready, Chris returned to the lodge to commence his journey to the third degree. Chris was escorted throughout the ceremony by the senior deacon Peter Carter who provide firm and steady leadership. Peter was very ably assisted by the junior deacon Geoff Enright.
The first part of the ceremony was delivered in a faultless manner by Ian Edge, assisted by Derek Williams and Bob Winch, who delivered the Charge and Exhortation. The deacons were assisted by the SW Ian Lynch and JW David Penney at the appropriate time.
Chris then retired from the lodge. At this point, Ian invited David Clews, from St Paul’s, to occupy the master’s chair for the next part of the ceremony. David gave an excellent delivery of the traditional history and explanation of the tracing board. This completed Chris’s journey and was invited to take his place in the lodge.
Ian returned to his chair and conducted the final business before closing of the lodge. The brethren then retired to The Peter W Browne Suite for the festive board.