University Lodge of Liverpool No 4274, meets at the Liverpool Medical Institute, an extra special meeting was held to open the new season, when two members of the lodge with 100 years of service to Freemasonry between them, took office in a second degree ceremony prior to taking part in their own golden celebrations.
Derek Parkinson, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, was the honoured guest when David Goddard occupied the master’s chair and Jim Alty the senior warden’s chair. Assisted by other past masters of the lodge they proceeded to pass two brothers to the degree of a fellowcraft.
Jim and David, friends since their student days in Liverpool, conducted the degrees in fine form – just to show that Freemasonry knows no bounds when it comes to length of service and celebrating 50 years each in Masonry that did not mean they were content to take a back seat in the lodge!
David and Jim had been initiated into different lodges within a few days of each other – David into the University Lodge of Liverpool and Jim into the now disbanded Cycling and Athletic Lodge No 2335. They worked together for many years in Computer Technology at Liverpool University. Their careers, both Masonic and academic – were referred to in some detail by Derek, who occupied the chair of the lodge to conduct the golden jubilee celebrations after the ceremony to pass the two brothers had been concluded.
There were two degree candidates that evening, and both had entered Freemasonry through the Grand Lodge Universities Scheme, of which Liverpool is a well-established member.
The references to both of these brethren attaining their own jubilees in due course naturally continued throughout the evening and the excellent festive board that nearly 50 members and visiting brethren – some with very senior rank – enjoyed afterwards.
The toast to both brethren celebrating their jubilee was given by Cyril McGibbon who was master of University Lodge when David was initiated.
University Lodge is one of only a few lodges in the Province, that dine in Masonic regalia. Following the conclusion of regular lodge business, the WM ‘calls off’ and brethren retire to the dining area to avail themselves of a hearty meal and fine wine. After much wine taking, toasts and finally the tyler’s toast, the lodge is then called from refreshments to labour and closed by command of the worshipful master at the festive board. Members and guests then made their way home satisfied that the celebrants had enjoyed an evening to remember.