John proclaimed master of Lathom Lodge

The brethren of Lathom Lodge No 2229 and their guests recently gathered for their installation ceremony, proclaiming John Roxburgh as their new worshipful master. Lathom Lodge is a past masters lodge and only meets twice a year, at the Litherland Masonic Hall.

David Grainger (left) congratulating John Roxburgh on becoming the WM.

David Grainger (left) congratulating John Roxburgh on becoming the WM.

On the evening, the lodge was honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master, David Grainger, from the Lancaster and District, Furness and South Lakeland Groups, as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master. David was accompanied by Kevin Poynton of the Warrington, Woolton and Widnes Groups. Accompanying the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters was the chairman of the Ormskirk and Bootle Group, Frank Umbers, with the grand and acting Provincial officers.

The presenting officer, Joe Williams, welcomed everyone to the lodge, before opening. Once the lodge was open, Joe announced that as the master elect, George Skarratts had passed to the Grand Lodge above; John Roxburgh had agreed to stay on as master for a further year. The brethren then stood for a minute in silence to Honour Departed Merit and the usual lodge business was then conducted. The DC, Arend van Duyvenbode, entered the room and announced that David Grainger was without and demanded admission. David was then admitted into the temple in a procession. John warmly welcomed David to the ceremony and offered him the gavel of the lodge, which he declined.

Joe then proceeded to proclaim John as the new WM, according to ancient custom, in an excellent ceremony.

At the end of the installation, David addressed the brethren by bringing the greetings from the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison, wishing John and all the brethren the very best of health and hoping they enjoy their Masonic year to the fullest.

John Roxburgh and David Sullivan with the lodge’s 2021 Festival Certificate.

John Roxburgh and David Sullivan with the lodge’s 2021 Festival Certificate.

John then presented David with two cheques, £50 for Bootle Pilgrim Lodge for the use of their regalia and £1,500 for the MCF 2021 Festival. David Sullivan group charity steward then had the privilege to present John with the lodge’s ‘Certificate of Patronage’ for the 2021 Festival. After closing the lodge in prayer and harmony the brethren made their way to an excellent festive board which was enjoyed by all.

In responding to the toast to his health, David thanked the worshipful master and the brethren for the warm welcome he had received from the lodge that evening, saying he was delighted to be here at Lathom Lodge and to be at the Ormskirk and Bootle Group this evening and he was delighted to again praise the work undertaken by Joe during the ceremony.

David finished his response by informing the brethren about the tercentenary celebrations; about 2017 the 300th anniversary of Masonry, asking all the brethren to help support the celebrations and events that are going to happen in the future.

During the evening a raffle was held, raising £135, which will be distributed to charity later in the year. With the evening finished, the brethren made their way home, after an enjoyable celebration with much jovial fun and good company.

If you are a past master and have never visited Lathom Lodge and would like the opportunity, contact the secretary and book yourself in for an excellent evening, where you will be made more than welcome by the members.

Pictured centre are: Frank Umbers, David Grainger, John Roxburgh, Kevin Poynton, with the grand and acting Provincial officers.

Pictured centre are: Frank Umbers, David Grainger, John Roxburgh, Kevin Poynton, with the grand and acting Provincial officers.