The members and guests of Cecil Lodge No 3274 witnessed Dental Practitioner, Robert Burgess being installed into the chair of King Solomon for a third time, in a superb ceremony at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool.
The lodge was opened by the worshipful master, John Reynolds, with the assistance of his wardens, Bob Burgess and standing in as junior warden, Alan Hutchinson. Once the minutes of the previous meeting had been confirmed and signed, the ADC, Frank Fairclough, announced that the representative of the Provincial Grand Master was without the door of the lodge and sought admission. The brethren stood to admit Paul Sheriden Shepherd, William Culshaw, group chairman, together with other grand and Provincial grand lodge officers accompanied by a number of acting Provincial grand officers. John welcomed Paul with a wish that he would have an enjoyable visit. Paul thanked John saying he was looking forward to a most enjoyable meeting.
There being no entered apprentices or fellowcraft present, the lodge was opened in the second and third degrees. Salutations followed to the grand and Provincial grand lodge officers. Paul thanked the brethren and greeted them well. Steve Senneck responded on behalf of the Provincial officers. Labour was then resumed in the second degree. John requested Steve Senneck to occupy the senior warden’s chair, Simon Jones to occupy the junior warden’s chair and Alan Webster to act as inner guard. Bill Collier then presented Bob Burgess as master elect. As Bob had occupied the chair on a previous occasion, he positioned himself in front of the master’s pedestal and repeated his obligation in a perfect, faultless manner. Once brethren below the rank of installed master had retired, a board of installed master’s was declared. John then installed Bob into the chair in a solemn and sincere ceremony. The past masters saluted Bob as their newly installed master. The board of installed master’s was closed and Bob was saluted by master Masons, fellowcraft and entered apprentices in turn. The third degree working tools were presented and explained by Shaun Sutton, the second by Balazs Horvath and the first by Phil Osborne. All three being master Masons were to be congratulated for their fine and perfectly delivered rendition.
Bob’s next duty was to appoint and invest his officers. As senior warden, Joshua Bates with a pedestal address from Steve, Shaun Sutton as junior warden, pedestal address by Simon. The address to the wardens was given by Godfrey Freeman. The address to the worshipful master by Alan Hutchinson and to the brethren of Cecil lodge by Paul Shepherd. All addresses were given with obvious sincerity. At the conclusion of the ceremony of installation, Paul rose to convey to Bob, the congratulations of Tony Harrison as he was there as his representative. Paul also congratulated John on his fine work as installing master. A special well done, was reserved for the ADC, Frank, who had been exceptionally perfect throughout the proceedings, he also mentioned the three master Masons who presented the working tools. Bob then had the great honour in presenting cheques to Paul, for the MCF 2021 Festival, £500, to the WLCF, £250. Paul thanked the lodge for its generosity. Bob then handed out several more cheques to various members of the lodge. Cheques of £250 for the Walton Centre, Papyrus, Autism Together, KIND and Willaston Madlow Fields. A magnificent total giving of £2000. Following communications from grand lodge, Paul and other grand lodge officers retired.
Patrick Kent, Gladstone group charity steward then rose to give a brief overview of the MCF 2021 Festival which will be officially launched on May 10. Patrick was in possession of festival jewels which he said he would be happy to issue on receipt of a completed D/D form.
The lodge was then closed in due form and perfect harmony. Thirty nine members and guests gathered in the Crosby Suite to enjoy a pre-dinner drink prior to sitting down to an excellent four course meal. The meal was accompanied by an ample supply of wine and a glass of port to accompany the cheese board, Paul Shepherd responded to the toast to grand lodge in his usual witty but at times, serious manner. The toast to the guests was proposed by Andrew Zsigmond, a retired medical practitioner, who is currently the Honorary Consul of Hungary in Liverpool. Andrew delivered an amusing but sincere toast to the guests. The response to the toast was given by renowned comedic, Ernie Waites. Following the last toast of the evening, the tyler’s toast, proposed by Paul Harford, the brethren rounded off the evening with a hearty rendition of, Rule Britannia, traditionally sung by the members of Cecil lodge at the end of the evening.
Article and photographs by Phil Marshall.