At the last meeting of the season two candidates; Adam Day a marketing director for a UK automotive group and Dave Colley a police officer with Merseyside police were initiated into the Duke of Connaught Lodge No 2919 to end what has been a very busy year for its master and officers.
The lodge was opened by WM John Martin who conducted the normal business of the lodge, which included the successful ballot for Adam who had been proposed by Chris Marshall; Dave having been proposed by Robert Gardner and successfully balloted for in March. This business being completed John announced that the next item would be to initiate both Adam and Dave.
Over 45 brethren were in attendance for the ceremony including visitors Alex Halford from Ancient Britain Lodge No 1675 who is Adam’s father-in-law, Peter Kenrick, Adam’s brother-in-law and Gareth Porter, Adam’s school friend both from Perfect Ashler Lodge No 5246.
Having been prepared for the ceremony by veteran tyler Alan Campbell, Al Horn the inner guard, initially challenged the pair on entering, before being received into the lodge by Chris Offord and Steve Tree the junior and senior deacons respectively.
John and the deacons conducted a fantastic initiation ceremony due in no small part to the work they had put in during rehearsals. Lee Martin, senior warden and John’s nephew, was then given the honour with the help of Adrian Hughes in investing Adam and Dave with the distinguishing badge of an entered apprentice Freemason.
Dave Perry presented a faultless explanation of the working tools of the first degree and Johnny Roberts delivered an explanation of the virtues of Freemasonry with great warmth. The junior warden Steve Cox then delivered the charge after initiation in an exemplary manner before both Adam and Dave were formally congratulated by John on taking their first step into Masonry and on joining one of the best if not the most enjoyable lodges in the Province.
John then introduced and lodge mentor Al Horn, who issued the new brethren with welcome packs from both the lodge and the Southport Group and extended his congratulations to them both.
The ceremony being completed, John thanked the members of the Duke of Connaught Lodge for their support during the year and as the next meeting would be the installation of the master elect Lee Martin, the lodge was closed for the last time by John in perfect harmony and the brethren retired to the bar whilst the dining room was being prepared.
A beautiful menu of chicken chowder, homemade steak and ale pie followed by apple crumble was enjoyed by all present at the festive board. Chris Marshall gave the toast to the candidates and said that he was sure that as Robert Gardner couldn’t be at the meeting due to ill health, he would have been as proud as he was tonight on witnessing the initiation of two very fine brothers. The entered apprentice song was then sung by Alan Campbell supported by the brethren and the chain of fellowship was formed and explained for the new members.
Steve Cox then gave a toast to the visitors followed by a joke, to which Adam’s father in-law Alex responded. Alex passed on his congratulation to all who were involved in a ceremony for such a well-executed meeting and said that he had entered the lodge as Adam’s father-in-law and left as his brother.
John ended the evening by once again thanking all of the officers for their support assuring the assembled brethren that his nephew Lee would continue to uphold the great traditions of the lodge for the forthcoming season. He then thanked the brethren for their charitable giving which had raised £238.61 on the evening.
After the festive board the celebrations continued in the bar where the ladies met up with the members. Johnny Roberts as the new charity steward elect, having collected sponsorship from members and wives to witness him having his legs waxed, which without scruple or diffidence, he endured to the cheers and applause of all who were there to witness.