As the heatwaves of summer gave way to the changing force of autumnal storms, a new age of wisdom began in Southport Emulation Lodge No 3675 when John Deal once again took up the gavel bringing not only many years of esteemed service to Freemasonry but an extensive knowledge of Football Association rules.
John was rightly hailed as the perfect choice to lead the lodge and all present looked forward to a year filled with enjoyable Freemasonry and safe in the knowledge that in this lodge, the offside calls would always be correct.
After the lodge was opened by the installing master Steven Thorley, the lodge was extremely privileged to welcome a number of esteemed officers from the Province and the group. None less than Assistant Provincial Grand Master Frank Umbers and group vice chairman Brian Griffiths, accompanied by acting Provincial grand officers Les Gilston and Richard Jenkinson who had made the special effort to see John installed.
Frank, having returned the gavel to the WM, Stephen Cullen, with great honour and respect, presented his father-in-law for installation. The ceremony proceeded according to Emulation ritual as befits the traditions of the lodge, with not a single yellow card being shown. Special mention should be given to the working tools which were performed in an excellent manner.
The third degree tools were presented with the wisdom of the IPM by Martin Banister, the second degree tools by the faith of the chaplain Brian Taylor and the first degree tools by the enthusiasm of new brethren and strength of the Scots by Darren Boyd-Preece. Thus, by careful wisdom, unshakable faith and unwavering strength John was installed as master of the lodge and all the brethren of Southport Emulation Lodge celebrated.
The lodge closed and the brethren proceeded to the festive board for a true feast. The traditional toasts and speeches were made and a good time was had by all. The lodge celebrated the volume of new members and Frank gave an excellent speech to encourage new membership, especially into the Royal Arch.