The members and guests of Victory Lodge No 6238 thronged the Corinthian lodge room at Liverpool Masonic Hall to witness the installation of Frank Browne as WM of the lodge. Local man Frank is married to Jeanette and now works as a salesman for a well-known electrical goods retailer. When not engaged in his Freemasonry, Frank is a keen member of the ‘Up for Arts’ local community choir. The rest of his spare time is taken up with coarse fishing. He also enjoys theatre and is an avid reader. Frank has been a member of Victory Lodge for seven years and has served in all of the progressive offices.
The installation ceremony got under way with the entrance into the lodge of Deputy Provincial Grand Master Howard Jones, who was accompanied by Liverpool Group Chairman Sam Robinson and by grand officers John Roberts, Les Moore, Alan Bamber and Roy Ashley.
Their arrival was heralded by Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies David Thomas and they were preceded by acting Provincial Grand Steward Stephen Foster and acting deacons of the lodge.
Frank was presented by the member who had proposed him for Freemasonry and Victory Lodge, Peter McCarthy and by secretary Brian Leatherbarrow. The outgoing master David Jones, installed his successor in a most dignified and sincere manner according to ancient custom.
The presentation and explanation of the working tools of the third degree was given by senior warden Mike Edwards and the presentations of the working tools in the second and first degrees were given by past master Alan Maddocks. Addresses were given to the new WM by Eric Palfreyman, to the wardens by John Roberts and to the brethren of Victory Lodge by Howard Jones.
At the conclusion, Howard Jones rose and congratulated Frank on his accession and complimented all those who had taken part in the ceremony. He passed on the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master to the new WM and indeed to all of the assembled brethren.
In response, Frank presented Howard with a cheque for £500, payable to the Liverpool Masonic Hall, which is a generous donation from the members of Victory Lodge. Howard thanked the lodge members for the help that this donation will afford to the Hall.