At just 24 years of age, Matthew Dickinson is amongst a growing number of young men joining Freemasonry. Matthew was initiated in Makerfield Lodge No 2155 at Leigh in a ceremony that set the bar as an example of how ritual should be delivered. The master, David Gordon–Williams exercised his powers of delegation and invited Alan Slater to occupy the chair of King Solomon for the ceremony of initiation which he conducted in expert fashion.
As in all ceremonies ritual is a team effort and Makerfield were not let down by their team. Colin Drinnan who is an accomplished ritualist took the role of junior deacon and conducted Matthew throughout the ceremony in a most calm disposition that put not only the candidate at ease but also the rest of the team.
The whole solemnity of the occasion was enhanced by the delivery of the address to Matthew in the north-east corner by Steve Kelly. Everyone hears ritual being delivered, but when it is delivered with such meaning as it was by Steve, you know that he understands what the meaning of it is.
The senior warden Wayne Barnes delivered both the working tools and investiture of Matthew’s badge with ease and he likewise demonstrated absolute understanding of the ritual. Phil Spencer who is also Matthew’s seconder continued the flow of the evening by drawing the ceremony to a head in his delivery of the charge which he undertook in a most accomplished, able and fitting manner.
In short, this was a first-class ceremony encompassing a standard of ritual by all who took part and was enjoyed by all present and was indeed a very fine way in which to bring in Leigh groups newest Mason.
At the risings, Jim Burrus gave greetings on behalf of grand lodge and congratulated the master on his skills of delegation; Jim also on behalf grand lodge welcomed Matthew into the Craft.
Steve Gerrard likewise gave greetings on behalf of Provincial grand lodge and in his capacity as a group officer, on behalf of the group chairman also welcomed Matthew into the Leigh Group whilst at the same time congratulating all who took part in the ceremony for the excellent standard of ritual.
Sean Woodcock master of Valour lodge echoed all the latter sentiments on behalf of the visitors.
The night continued at the social board which took on an unfamiliar theme for a social board in that the brethren were treated to a Greek night. David Gordon–Williams has previously lived in Cyprus and thought it would be nice to enjoy some familiar fayre. The food prepared by Marks with Splendour was excellent and enjoyed by everyone present…The feedback being more of the same please!
Andy Boardman and Matthew’s proposer into Makerfield lodge gave a toast to his health. In response and on his feet for the first, but I doubt not the last time in Masonry, Matthew gave a suitable response during which he alluded to the fact he had not taken the decision at such a young age to join Masonry lightly. He has attended many social functions in recent years and enjoys the friendship of several Masons. He said that the friendliness, camaraderie and enjoyment of the social functions were the stimulus to him joining. And how welcome he is and he can look forward to a rewarding career in Masonry.