Woodend Epworth Lodge No 5381 was pleased to welcome Roy Pyne as the principal guest to their annual installation ceremony at Hope Street. Not yet reaching twelve months from the amalgamation of Woodend Lodge No 5302 into Liverpool Epworth Lodge No 5381 this was the first installation ceremony performed by the new lodge. The lodge was first opened in due form by the WM and installing master George Christie, ably assisted by his wardens, John Leisk and James Jones. This was the completion of three consecutive years in the chair of King Solomon by George, who had overseen the amalgamation. This enabled George to attend as a ‘reigning master’ at the installation in Scotland of two of his brothers.
After completing the opening business, George was pleased to admit Roy Pyne and extended to him a warm welcome on behalf of himself and the brethren, and hoped he would enjoy a relaxed and pleasant evening. On this occasion Roy was accompanied by the vice chairman of the Liverpool Group, David Johnson, with grand and acting Provincial officers.
On commencement of the installation ceremony, the master elect Derek Evans was first presented by Bryan Wearing and Richard Sutton before being installed into the chair of King Solomon in fine style by George Christie. Derek’s first duty was to invest George as the immediate past master. George then presented and explained the working tools of both the third and second degree, whilst those of the first degree were given by Edward Tucker in an exemplary fashion. After the officers for the forthcoming year had been invested, the address to the master was delivered in a marvellous fashion by Bryan Wearing, while John Leisk in similar manner addressed the wardens. As is customary, it was the principal guest, Roy Pyne, who gave the address to the brethren of the lodge.
Derek had the pleasant task of presenting three cheques to Roy on behalf of the lodge; one to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £150, the second to the Liverpool Masonic Hall Building Fund for £150, and £300 to the Province of West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival. The lodge throughout the evening set a sterling example of how an installation ceremony could be shared amongst the members to make them all feel involved; it was an absolute credit to all who took part.
On completion of the installation the lodge was closed in due form, with the members and their guests retiring to the banqueting suite for the festive board. Prior to sitting down to dinner Roy Pyne took the opportunity to toast the new worshipful master, Derek Evans, and thank IPM George Christie for the way he installed his successor. In response to the toast to grand officers during dinner, Roy had the delight of responding. He enthused on how affable the ceremony in the lodge room was conducted, a ceremony given direct from the heart, it was absolutely superb. Roy again expressed his personal greetings to all present and remarked on how he had thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening.
Roy, who for many years was closely involved with the running of the Masonic charities in West Lancashire, thanked the lodge again for their charitable donations. He expanded on this theme, explaining much of the good work that went on, and the indispensable help it afforded to those in need, both Masonic and non-Masonic. When he sat down after his reply, the response of those present was a natural one of warm acclamation.
As the evening progressed Derek Evans was presented with a congratulatory card on behalf of the Liverpool Group, and Derek himself had the pleasant duty of presenting a past master’s jewel to George Christie. This was a rather special occasion, as George would be the last ever person to receive a jewel of Liverpool Epworth for his service as WM prior to the incorporation of Woodend. Sadly the evening had to come to a close, but it will live long in the memory of those present, including the inspirational speech given by Derek while at the festive board. With Derek at the helm, the guidance of George at his side, and the unstinting support given by all those present, the new Woodend Epworth Lodge looks to have a bright future ahead of it.