Starkie Lodge No 1070 increased their membership by three, with the initiation of Gareth Pring and the addition of two joining master Masons, Darren Dwyer and Craig Clifford.
After the ballot for Craig and Darren had been completed and proving favourable, the lodge members welcomed Craig into its ranks, unfortunately, Darren was unable to attend due to work commitments and will be formally welcomed into the lodge on another occasion.
Craig, who was initiated into Lodge Buchan St John No 636 in Scotland, was then required to swear allegiance to the Grand Lodge of England and with that undertaken he took his seat in the lodge.
Another ballot for Gareth then took place and once again proved favourable. Gareth was then initiated with his proposer, Alan Taylor, acting as junior deacon to guide Gareth on his journey through an excellent and enjoyable ceremony in front of 32 brethren and visitors.
Martyn Maynard, lodge charity steward, gave a faultless presentation of the north-east corner to Gareth, followed by a presentation of the working tools of the first degree. Gareth was then asked to retire from the lodge for a short time.
After Gareth’s return into the lodge, Bob Shaw gave his usual word-perfect charge after initiation, for which he is renowned within the lodge. Upon completion of the usual lodge formalities, the assembled brethren retired to the festive board.
As the lodge is the current holder of the ‘Travelling Gavel’, WM John McGrady, had the honour of presenting it to Steve Tree, the WM of Duke of Connaught Lodge No 2919, who attended with three other members of his lodge.
The gavel is presented to lodges within the Southport Group that visit with the most members on the night to the holder’s lodge and they then retain it for a month.
After completion of the tyler’s toast and closing of the festive board, a large number of the brethren and guests retired to the bar for Starkie’s traditional after dinner drinks and chat.