Ian takes the chair at Excelsior

The brethren of Excelsior Lodge No 3580 and their guests gathered at Garston Masonic Hall to celebrate the installation of Ian Goodman into the chair of King Solomon. It proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable evening for all.

Colin (left) presents Ian on behalf of the lodge with the Vice Patronage certificate.

Colin (left) presents Ian on behalf of the lodge with the Vice Patronage certificate.

The lodge was opened by the WM Carl Garside. He was assisted for the evening by director of ceremonies and Garston Group Vice Chairman Dave Atkinson.

With the routine lodge business completed, Dave retired from the lodge, returning to announce that the representative of the Provincial Grand Master, Colin Rowling, was without and sought admission. Colin was accompanied by Provincial grand officers including Garston Group Chairman John Murphy. On admitting the distinguished brethren, Carl welcomed Colin and all the evening’s guests, expressing his wish that they enjoy their evening.

Carl then called on the assistance of Alan McCluskey, Terry Willis, and Dave Ullathorne to respectively occupy the positions of inner guard, senior warden and junior warden. The lodge was then opened in the second degree and Carl called on presenting officers Dave Atkinson and Gareth Hey to present master elect Ian.

With the lodge opened in the third degree salutations were given to grand officer Colin Rowling. Brian Pierpoint, as the senior Provincial grand officer present, accepted the salutations on behalf of all the Provincial grand officers. Carl then took the opportunity to offer his thanks to the brethren of the lodge for all their help and support during his year in office. At this juncture all brethren below the rank of an installed master were asked to retire for a short while.

Ian was then installed into the chair of King Solomon by Carl in a ceremony of sincerity, warmth and true merit. At each juncture the working tools were delivered by junior brethren of the lodge, third degree tools by Adam Magee, second degree tools by Rob Jones and the first degree tools by Ross Summers.

Colin (left) accepts a gift of flowers from Ian with lodge DC Gary Jones looking on.

Colin (left) accepts a gift of flowers from Ian with lodge DC Gary Jones looking on.

Ian then appointed and invested the officers of the lodge for the ensuing year. Addresses were then delivered, to the deacons by acting Provincial Senior Grand Deacon Keith Williams, to Ian by Phil Brown and to the lodge brethren by Colin.

At the conclusion of the installation ceremony Colin stood to convey the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master tony Harrison, whom he said had expressed the wish that Ian enjoys a happy, healthy and productive year in the chair and that all the brethren continue to enjoy their Freemasonry.

Before the charities were honoured, Ian was pleased to present Colin with three cheques, £100 in support of the Tithebarn, £500 for the West Lancashire Freemason’s Charity and £750 to the MCF 2021 Festival. Colin, on behalf of those who would benefit from these donations, thanked the brethren for such generosity. He then presented to Ian a certificate for the lodge in recognition of having attained Vice Patronage of the MCF 2021 Festival.

With the distinguished brethren having retired from the lodge, the remaining business of the evening was conducted before the lodge was closed and the brethren gathered to toast the new WM in their own unique West Lancashire way.

There then followed a splendid festive board where Colin took the opportunity to offer his own congratulations to Ian and to all those who had contributed to such a successful and enjoyable evening. He went on to inform the brethren of all the news within the Province.

The time had come for Colin and John to depart but not before Ian presented them both with a gift of flowers for their respective ladies Pat and Jan to enjoy. During the evening a further £609 had been raised for charity via the collection of alms and a raffle. In all the magnificent sum of £1959.

The brethren enjoy the festive board.

The brethren enjoy the festive board.