A most memorable night was had by all attending the installation ceremony for Everton Lodge No 823, one of the Liverpool Group of lodges which meet at the magnificent hall on Hope Street.
The lodge was opened in the usual manner by Andy Chatterton who stepped in for the evening as WM and installing master due to his son Joe being unable to attend through work commitments. Andy welcomed the visitors in the room, particularly the WM of Abercromby Lodge No 3699 Mathew Riley and WM of
Athenaeum Lodge of Installed Masters No 9368 Paul McLachlan.
Once the standard business was complete, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Robb Fitzsimmons entered the lodge to announce the presence of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. For the occasion Tony was accompanied by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Mark Matthews, the two Provincial Grand Wardens, Mike Pinckard and Ben Gorry, along with Assistant to the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies David Boyes and Liverpool Group Chairman David Johnson.
Following the formalities and salutations the ceremony of installation commenced. And what a ceremony it was to behold. As expected, it was delivered in flawless style by Andy Chatterton and an absolute pleasure to witness. After placing master elect Ian Haynes into the chair of King Solomon, the ceremony proceeded like clockwork, with the delivery of the working tools demonstrated by Phil Eddowes who presented those of an entered apprentice, those of a fellow craft by Ronnie Stowers and those of a master Mason by Jim Eddowes.
The newly-installed WM invested his officers for the ensuing year with the column addresses delivered by the Provincial Grand Wardens; with that to the deacons given by David Johnson, concluding with the address to the brethren of the lodge by Tony Harrison. Ian also had the pleasure of presenting charitable donations on the night to the Provincial Grand Master with £200 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and the same to the Liverpool Masonic Hall Building Fund.
An evening as good as the one demonstrated does not happen by chance and thanks were given to lodge secretary Bob Paterson, who is also the group secretary, for all his endeavours at ensuring all ongoing arrangements went smoothly. Lodge director of ceremonies Brian Gillbanks assisted throughout the evening and at the previous rehearsals. Lodge chaplain Ken Orme and inner guard Mervyn Parry had their part to play, while Bob Taylor and Roger Kilshaw acted as the Provincial deacons.
For many years, Everton Lodge has performed outstanding ceremonies, not only at the installation but at the degree ceremonies also, and this is achieved by lodge of instruction and rehearsal after rehearsal, with a strong mentoring programme in the background. For this, lodge mentor Steve Roberts, who was WM in 1998, has much to be proud of.
The festive board was at a very high standard once again, with an excellent menu choice and service provided by the catering staff to the 50-plus brethren in attendance. After the meal, the customary toasts were observed; the toast to the Provincial Grand Master was given by Mark Matthews to which Tony responded accordingly. The toast to grand officers was responded to by Mark and the toast to Provincial grand officers was responded to by Provincial Junior Grand Warden Ben Gorry,
A raffle was conducted and raised £245; together with the charity donations making a magnificent total of £416.20, which will be divided between the British Heart Foundation and local charities. A final toast was made by the installing master to the newly-installed master, after which Tony Harrison and Provincial guests took their leave. The WM then responded to his toast and the evening continued to the last toast of the evening, the tyler’s toast.