The warrant for Neptune Lodge No 1264 was issued on 5 May 1869, with the lodge being consecrated on 11 June at Liverpool Masonic Hall. How happy the founders would have been to know to what extent their lodge would flourish, and that in just two years would be celebrating their 150th anniversary.
Just prior to the start of the Great War in 1914 the group system was introduced by the Province, totalling 22 groups, eight of which were in Liverpool city centre, with Neptune Lodge being one of the nine lodge’s that made up the Liverpool No 7 Group.
With the re-organisation in 2011, Neptune Lodge found itself part of the Liverpool Group meeting at the Masonic Hall at Hope Street. This is set in the resurgent Georgian Quarter of the city nestling between the two world famous cathedrals and opposite the award-winning Everyman Theatre.
It was within the magnificent Adams Suite at Liverpool Masonic Hall that the lodge held its annual installation ceremony with their principal guest being Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson. Accompanying Derek on this occasion fellow grand officer and Chairman of Liverpool Group Mark Matthews.
The lodge was opened in the usual manner by WM Ron Basnett, ably assisted by his fellow officers who gave a warm welcome to all their guests. On conclusion of the salutations, Terry McHugh was requested to occupy the junior wardens chair for the installation ceremony.
Bob Hall and Keith Saunders presented Lee Ayres as master elect, who was then installed into the chair of King Solomon in a superb manner by Rob Basnett. The proclamations and perambulations were orchestrated by Jim Hurst, who also presented the working tools associated with the three degrees in exemplary manner.
Bob Hall gave the customary address to the WM, while Tony Christy gave the address to the wardens, with Derek Parkinson performing the most important address to the members of Neptune Lodge. Lee’s first duty as WM was indeed a pleasant one, presenting a cheque for £500 to Derek in favour of the MCF 2021 Festival.
With the completion of the ceremony the brethren retired to the adjoining banqueting suite to partake in a delicious festive board. It was a wonderful evening for newly installed master, Lee Ayres, who had his father Paul, and two cousins, Tony Chin and Peter Lau, in attendance to witness his special moment.
The future looks bright for Neptune Lodge, and Lee will be kept very busy with a good number of light blues to be passed and raised, and also with a number of candidates awaiting their initiation. Indeed, Lee gave notice that the next meeting would be an initiation and that Neptune invites all to the ceremony which will be held in the Adams Suite of Liverpool Masonic Hall, on 6 November with a 6:15pm start.
This will be an ideal opportunity for all initiated, passed and raised brethren to see an initiation first hand if they haven’t already seen one from the side-lines. As the evening came to a close a delightful bouquet of flowers was presented to Derek as a gift and thank you to his wonderful wife.