The brethren of Eureka Lodge No 3763 and their guests gathered for the installation of Donald (Don) Fraser at Litherland Masonic Hall.
It is the second time that Don has been installed as WM of Eureka Lodge, in what is going to be a start of a special in year in office, as Eureka will be celebrating its centenary year.
On this special evening the lodge was honoured by the presence of Frank Umbers, the Group Chairman of the Ormskirk Group, as their principle guest, who was accompanied by the Bootle Group Chairman Ian Gee.
The outgoing master Ken Rouse opened the lodge in due form and soon dispensed with the lodge business before the grand officers processed into the temple to the accompaniment of music, being played by the lodge organist Raymond Massey. Ken warmly welcomed Frank to the lodge and Frank took his seat to enjoy the evening’s ceremony. With George Skarratts and Sid Browne occupying the wardens’ chairs, the presenting officers presented Don to the installing master to receive at his hand the benefit of installation.
Ken proceeded to install Don, according to ancient custom into the chair of King Solomon with in an excellent ceremony. The working tools were presented in a proficient manner by the junior brethren: Jeff Earl the third degree, Raymond Massey the second degree and Paul Black the first degree.
Once the lodge’s officers had been invested, bringing to end the ceremony of installation, Frank addressed the brethren by bringing greetings from the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison wishing Don and all the brethren the very best of health and hoping they enjoy their Masonic year to the full.
Frank acknowledged the excellent work that had been performed during the evening and congratulated Ken for the work he has done for the lodge over the last two years and for the dignified manner in which he had installed Don into the chair. Frank then thanked the brethren who had taken part in the ceremony and the junior brethren who had presented the working tools in such an excellent manner on behalf of Tony.
Frank was then presented with cheques for £771.60 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £250 for the Litherland Hall and £50 for the Tithebarn.
After closing the lodge in prayer and harmony the brethren made their way to an excellent festive board which was enjoyed by all the brethren. During Frank’s speech after dining, he thank Don for the warm welcome he had received from the lodge members that evening and he was delighted to again praise, on his own behalf the work undertaken by the brethren in the ceremony and the brethren who gave explanations of the working tools.
Frank informed the brethren of the new structure involving the lodge almoners and how it works. Talking about the WLFC he explained that all the money that is donated, is raised from the pockets of the brethren within the Province and not raised from the public.
Before the evening’s festive board came to a close the master’s song was performed by Alan Browne, who was accompanied by Raymond Massey on the piano.