A busy night was in prospect at Ansdell Lodge No 3607 where Jerry Acton was to be raised to the third degree. With the summons read and the minutes of the previous meeting approved, the next business was to ballot for joining membership on behalf of Raymond John Lee, a member of Normoss Round Table Lodge No 8741. The ballot proved in favour and Raymond was welcomed into the lodge by the master.
The master then invited Brian Anderson into the chair to conduct the raising ceremony. Fred Hulse from Olympic Lodge No 4461 was invited to act as senior warden. The candidate answered the usual questions guided by his proposer John Bradley as senior deacon. Jerry then retired to prepare and on his return the ceremony was performed in fine style and was completed by director of ceremonies John Nicholls who delivered the traditional history with aplomb.
Jerry was invested with his master Masons badge by Fred Hulse who had travelled to St Anne’s from Liverpool in the company of three other members of Olympic lodge to donate it to Jerry. This had been promised to Jerry on his initiation at which several Olympic lodge members had been in attendance.
At the conclusion of the ceremony the South Fylde group mentor Arthur Lea welcomed Jerry as the newest master Mason and presented him with his letters from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and chairman of the South Fylde group Ian Ward. After a collection for charity the rest of the lodge business was despatched and the members and guests retired to the festive board.
A fine repast was enjoyed, followed by the customary toasts. The toast to the candidate was proposed by John Nicholls, his seconder into Freemasonry. John delivered a detailed and amusing résumé of Jerry’s progress into the lodge. John was pleased to report that since joining Ansdell Jerry had conducted himself with ‘dignified assiduity’ through his degree ceremonies and that he and his wife Sherryl had been ‘regular and enthusiastic supporters of lodge functions.’ Following this toast Fred Hulse presented Jerry with a card containing a description of the master Masons apron and gave a promise that Olympic lodge would present him with another apron once he had been installed into the chair of the lodge. In his response Jerry thanked everyone for their warm welcome into the ranks, with particular note to Brain Anderson who had performed the ceremony and to Fred Hulse for his apron. He concluded by giving the assurance that he looked forward to being a part of the future of Ansdell lodge.
Charity was again at the top of the agenda at Ansdell lodge. Having achieved over £200 from the raffle, a cheque for £100 was presented to Ryan Modlin, Provincial Grand Steward, whose wife Vicky is involved in a challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research. Thanking the lodge for their generosity, he explained that Vicky had been involved in a road accident which had robbed her of feeling in the right side of her body and she was putting her gradual recovery to good use. He invited brethren to look at details on the net by logging onto www.justgiving.com/vickymodlin/ to obtain further information.