What should have been the last meeting of the season for Dominion Lodge No 4289, turned out to be the penultimate one as it was deemed necessary to hold an extra meeting in May in order to raise William Harrison and accommodate the progress of the new candidates who had joined the lodge during the year.
But it turned out to be substantially more of an occasion when John Brownlow, having already conducted a third degree in March, agreed that Jeff Moss could conduct the raising of James Williams.
Jeff completed the whole ceremony himself, including the raising, traditional history, working tools and as lodge chaplain, he also delivered the passage from Ecclesiastes. Jeff delivered his work with professionalism, without hesitation or any prompting much to the admiration and wonder of the brethren. When he resumed his rightful place in the lodge, John Brownlow congratulated Jeff and his words were heartily endorsed by all those present.
After the first rising, the St Helens and Prescot group charity steward, Les Newman presented the lodge with a certificate making Dominion Lodge a ‘Grand Patron of the MCF 2021 Festival’, thus enabling the lodge to use this title on its communications documentation as a mark of the commitment and charitable giving of the members.
At the same meeting, Charles Lucas was declared as master elect for 20117/2018. In thanking the brethren for the trust they had placed in him, he stated that he was looking forward to raising Joseph Pettit and conducting the various degree ceremonies for a new member already approved. He was then informed that there was probably a further new candidate for next season.
At the festive board, during the toast to absent and seafaring brethren, Bob McMillan reminded everyone that had Bill Humphries not passed away last year, he would have been celebrating 60 years as a member of Dominion lodge that very night. However, there was no doubt that Bill would have been overwhelmed with both the ceremony and the influx of new members.
Story by Doug Fletcher and photos by Peter Jones and Colin Rowling.