Eric at head of Victory

As the name suggests, Victory Lodge No 6238, was formed in 1946 following the conclusion of the Second World War. Meeting at the Liverpool Masonic Hall on Hope Street, it has just held the annual installation ceremony. The meeting commenced with WM Michael Edwards opening the lodge, and after he had efficiently completed lodge business, DC Alan Atkinson rose to ask for permission to retire from the lodge, only to re-enter moments later to announce: “The representative of the Provincial Grand Master stands without and seeks admission.” After a reply in the affirmative, Sam Robinson accompanied by Liverpool Group vice-chair Dave Johnson and grand officers John Roberts and Roy Ashley entered the lodge room in a colourful procession. After being introduced and welcomed by Michael, they took their respective seats.

Pictured from left to right, are: Mike Edwards, Eric Palfreyman and Sam Robinson.

Pictured from left to right, are: Mike Edwards, Eric Palfreyman and Sam Robinson.

It was soon time for Eric Palfreyman to be presented as master-elect before he reaffirmed his acceptance of the obligations of office. Michael proceeded to undertake the role of installing master with great enthusiasm and aplomb while Alan Atkinson provided sagacious and considerate assistance in what emerged as a well-coordinated ceremony of installation. This very enjoyable ceremony, augmented by gentle humour at times, saw all the participants give good accounts of themselves. Having been installed in the chair of King Solomon, Eric received an excellent presentation of the working tools of all three degrees by Brian Leatherbarrow. The individual addresses to the master, and wardens, were delivered in excellent style by Michael Van Gordon; while that to the brethren, of a similar high quality, was delivered by Sam Robinson.

 At the completion of the proceedings, Sam had great pleasure in congratulating and complimenting all the participants on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master. He expressed the wishes of Tony Harrison that the lodge would have a good year under the new master’s leadership. Eric responded by asking Sam to convey the best wishes of the lodge to the Provincial Grand Master. He then had the pleasure of presenting three charitable donations on behalf of the lodge. The beneficiaries of the lodge’s generosity were the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival £300, Liverpool Masonic Hall £200, and The Walton Centre £250, for which Sam thanked the brethren of the lodge on behalf of the eventual recipients.

An affable and well attended festive board followed in the adjoining dining room and in his response to the toast to grand officers, Sam told his audience that as we are now in the Tercentenary year a number of events had been organised to celebrate the occasion including a Provincial Tercentenary Church Service which will be held at Warrington. Sam also drew the attention of the brethren to the new Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival Jewel which is now available as soon as you have filled in the necessary paperwork and paid your subscription.

Sam made special mention on the forthcoming promotion in the Craft to the worshipful master Eric Palfreyman, who had been recognised for all his endeavours with the well-deserved rank of Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer. Sam concluded by adding his own personal congratulations to all the brethren who had taken part in the installation ceremony and wished the new master and his officers a successful year.

Pictured from left to right, are: Roy Ashley, John Roberts, Mike Edwards, Eric Palfreyman, Sam Robinson and Dave Johnson.

Pictured from left to right, are: Roy Ashley, John Roberts, Mike Edwards, Eric Palfreyman, Sam Robinson and Dave Johnson.