As one would perceive by the name of the lodge, the members of Temple Lodge No 1094 pride themselves on ritual performed to a high standard. This year’s annual ceremony of installation, performed in compliance to the Bottomley workings, was no exception to the rule.
The lodge was opened in due form and ceremonial by WM Steve Walls ably assisted by his wardens, father and son John and Christopher Bruffell and the opening business of the lodge completed.
Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Mark Barton was announced and admitted and promptly heralded the arrival of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Phil Gunning accompanied by fellow officers of United Grand Lodge Phil Taylor and Tom Lovatt, acting officers of Provincial Grand Lodge Geoff Green PrJGD and John Cherry PrAGSwdB. Representing the Liverpool Group were chairman Bob Povall, vice chair Dave Johnson and secretary Bob Paterson. The delegation was warmly received and welcomed by Steve, who proffered the lodge gavel to Phil Gunning, who momentarily accepted with a quiet smile, before returning it.
For the purpose of the ceremony of installation, Steve requested Mark Youdan to take the chair of senior warden, Bob Fisher that of junior warden and Stan Merrill to act as the inner guard. When all was set, the master elect Christopher Bruffell was presented by his uncle David Bruffell to the WM. With the retirement from the lodge of all those below the rank of an installed master Steve Walls invited Christopher’s father John to occupy the WM’s chair for the installation ceremony.
John then proceeded to install his son into the Chair of King Solomon in a most dignified manner. The working tools of the installed master were then presented and explained by Stu Hyde prior to Christopher receiving the salutations now due to him as the WM of Temple Lodge.
The ceremony continued in due and regular form, as required by Bottomley workings, with the third degree tools explained by Howard Youdan, the second degree tools by Les Bramhill and the first degree tools by Howards son, Mark Youdan. After the presentation of the warrant Christopher proceeded with the installation of his officers for the coming year.
The addresses were also given, all in exemplary fashion, with that to the WM given by the presenting officer David Bruffell, to the wardens by Phil Taylor, to the deacons by Howard Youdan, to the stewards by Steve Walls, while Stan Merrill gave that to the inner guard and Dave Crowley addressed the tyler. The final address was to the brethren of Temple Lodge which was given by the principal guest, Phil Gunning.
On completion of the ceremony Christopher Bruffell had the very pleasant duty of presenting Phil with a number of charitable cheques in favour of various recipients which came to the grand total of £1094, corresponding with the number of the lodge. These were £400 to the MCF 2021 Festival, £300 to the ‘R’ Charity, £300 to Motor Neurone charity and £94 to Liverpool Masonic Hall. Phil, on behalf of the recipients, thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generosity.
On closing the lodge, all present moved into the banqueting room to partake in an excellent festive board and enjoy fantastic company.