Last minute stand in’s don’t come much better than an Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
The designated representative of the Provincial Grand Master to attend the installation meeting of Lodge of Perseverance No 155, Philip Gardner had to miss the installation meeting due to an urgent business commitment, although he had been looking forward to represent at such an old and distinguished lodge.
Fortunately, Derek Parkinson, APrGM for the Gladstone Group, had the date free in his very busy schedule and was delighted to attend in Phillip’s stead.
Derek was welcomed to the meeting by the installing master, Jeffrey Taylor who also offered him the gavel. Derek thanked Jeffrey and passed on to him the greetings of the PrGM and handed back the gavel. Derek retorted that he felt it was his good fortune to stand in on this occasion and he was looking forward to the ceremony. Also in attendance were 19 grand lodge officers, including the chairman of the Gladstone Group, Bill Culshaw.
Mike Winterbottom, the master elect, was presented to the WM by Clive Jefferies, who was his proposer into Freemasonry. Clive was formerly Chairman of the Liverpool Trafalgar Group. At that time Mike was his vice chairman and succeeded Clive as chairman following Clive’s promotion to Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals. Clive also proposed Mike as a joining member of Lodge of Perseverance.
Following a perfect ceremony, now back in the chair of King Solomon, Mike closed down through the degrees, It was the privilege of lodge DC Sid Ford to present the working tools of all three degrees after Mike had received the greetings of the brethren present.
The Hallstone Jewel and accompanying address was given by John Price, the address to the worshipful master was given to Mike by Clive Jefferies. The address to the wardens was given by David Fairclough and the address to the brethren of the lodge by Derek Parkinson.
The appointment of lodge officers marked the retirement of David Hilliard as lodge secretary, following 15 years of selfless and distinguished service in office. Mike, on behalf of all the members of the lodge paid wholesome tribute to David’s major contribution to the welfare and administration of the lodge and warmly thanked him for his excellent service.
Sid Ford retired as DC – he was appointed as lodge secretary following the retirement of David Hilliard. Sid’s former post as DC was filled by the appointment of David Anderton. Sid gave the address to David and presented him with the working tool, a length of wood painted red at one end. As Sid had struggled to light three candles with a single standard match when the lodge was opened, the working tool represented a ‘large match’. The presentation was a welcome break during the serious part of the ceremony. David accepted the working tool ceremoniously.
Following the appointment of officers, Derek then rose to convey the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison. He also congratulated the immediate and installing master, Jeffrey Taylor on the way he installed Mike into the chair of King Solomon.
Once all communications had been dealt with, the lodge was closed in due form and perfect harmony.
The brethren then departed the Adelphi Hotel the venue of the installation meeting and made their way to The Artists Club in Eberle Street, to enjoy a fine meal at the festive board, which was interjected with much wine taking!
The brethren departed the Artists Club well fed and a little merry!