David Spear occupied the WM’s chair of Derby Lodge No 724 and welcomed the brethren to the installation meeting. David took the chair because the WM Nobby de la Rosa had regrettably and suddenly passed away. The lodge was opened in the three degrees and the DC Robert Cremmer announced that Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Peter Poynton was without and demanded admission. Kevin processed into the lodge accompanied by the Vice Chairman of Woolton Group Vic Albin, John Lee and other grand and Provincial grand officers.
Kevin was very warmly welcomed to the meeting by David and offered the gavel of the lodge which he returned with alacrity. The DC requested that the brethren salute Kevin in the usual manner to which Kevin suitably replied. Robert then requested the brethren to salute grand officers Peter Rawlinson and John Lee, to which Peter suitably responded. Provincial grand officers were saluted to which Ron Everard gave the response. David Spear then requested some of the past masters of the lodge to assist him for the remainder of the installation ceremony.
The lodge was then adjourned to the second degree and the master elect Keith Lindsay was presented by Steve Williams and Robert McParland and with confidence took his obligation. David then adjourned the lodge to the third degree and requested the officers of the lodge to line up in the north upon which he thanked them very sincerely for the work they had contributed to the lodge, especially since the passing of the WM and hoped that they would assist the new master in the same way.
Keith Lindsay, in a very excellent manner, was installed in the chair of King Solomon according to ancient custom by David who then presented the working tools in all three degrees. John Lee gave the address to the wardens; Vic Albin provided the address to the almoner Albert Hogg and Kevin Poynton gave the address to the brethren of the lodge.
All the officers having been invested, David rose and informed the WM that the ceremony of installation was concluded. This was Kevin’s cue to rise and convey hearty congratulations to the WM from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison whom Kevin had been with during the afternoon. Kevin said: “Tony knows that you are taking the chair of this lodge, he thanks you and hopes that you have an enjoyable year. And to you brethren Tony Harrison sends sincere fraternal greetings and hopes that you all will continue to enjoy your Freemasonry.” Kevin went on to say: “Had Tony been here today he would have undoubtedly walked over to the installing master David Spear, who excellently installed the WM and kept it all together with dignity throughout the ceremony and congratulated him.”
The WM rose and presented an envelope with a cheque inside to Kevin who opened it and with permission read out the details to the brethren. “This brethren is a cheque for the sum of £400 for WLFC and I will talk more about this and the forthcoming 2017 festival later. I will not thank you on behalf of the charity but on behalf of the recipients. May you never know who they are but, rest assured you have made someone’s life that much better.”
Grand officers and acting Provincial grand officers assemble and together with Kevin and retired from the lodge which was then closed in due ceremony and all the brethren retired to the festive board to enjoy their dinner.