Aigburth Lodge No 4103, which was formed in 1920, has held its annual installation ceremony at Liverpool Masonic Hall. The lodge is one of many using ‘Bottomley’ working in Liverpool and the neighbouring Wirral. It is a more inclusive ceremony, particularly on opening and closing the lodge.
This year the lodge was pleased to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton as their principal guest, who on this occasion was accompanied by Vice Chairman of the Liverpool Group David Johnson and two of the acting Provincial grand officers, Senior Grand Deacon David Dutton and Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Stephen Clarke.
After formally opening the lodge, the WM John McKenzie gave a warm welcome to the visitors, with a special mention to Adegbuyi Kujore, the past master of St Trillo Lodge No 2569, which meets at Llandudno, along with Ted Sampson, formerly a member of Mariners Lodge No 249, who now resides in North Wales.
The lodge DC Richard Wilson then announced the arrival of APrGM Kevin Poynton, who was admitted with due form and ceremonial. John then kindly offered the gavel to Kevin, who accepted temporarily, then with much sadness returned it very graciously.
Following on from the salutations, the DC gave the proclamation for John McKenzie to continue in office for a second term, after which the working tools of each degree were presented and explained in excellent form. Those of the master Mason being delivered in an exemplary manner by Richard Wilson, in likewise fashion Paul Green delivered the fellow craft, with Eric Poole completing the trilogy by expounding the use of the tools of an entered apprentice Freemason.
On completion of the installation, Kevin brought the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, who thanked John for staying in office for a second year, allowing more time for the junior brethren to better acquaint themselves in the workings of Freemasonry. He also thanked Richard Wilson for his hard work in ensuring the evening ran smoothly and the other brethren who had assisted with the ceremony, particularly Bill Johnstone as senior warden and Brian O’Hare as junior deacon. He added on how pleasing it was to see so many new members and it had been most heartening to see two entered apprentices, Noel Gamos and Martin Sung, looking resplendent in their white lambskin, taking position as stewards of the lodge,
John McKenzie had the distinct pleasure of presenting Kevin three cheques of benevolence, all for the sum of £100, each in favour of the MCF 2021 Festival, Liverpool Masonic Hall, and West Lancashire Masonic Charities. Kevin thanked the lodge for their generosity on behalf of the recipients.
During communications, the secretary Alan Parkinson mentioned how successful the last lodge meeting had been. It had been held aboard ‘The Floating Grace’ by special dispensation and had raised £403 for the lodge fund of benevolence. On completion of the ceremony, those present retired to the adjacent banqueting suite for the traditional festive board. This consisted of a fishcake starter, a main course of stuffed chicken breast wrapped in Parma ham, creme caramel cheesecake, and rounded off with cheese and biscuits.