Another memorable evening was celebrated at the installation evening of the Childwall Lodge No 5235, held in the Adams Suite within Liverpool Masonic Hall. It was held in the presence of David Anderton who was representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and accompanied by Vice Chairman of Liverpool Group David Johnson, the evening was conducted in a dignified and heartfelt manner befitting such a night.
For the lodge, the evening was an unusual and remarkable event when Barry Fletcher was installed into the chair of King Solomon by Cliff Davies the out-going master. The new WM then duly appointed and invested Ray Cooper and Tony Fennell as senior and junior wardens respectively.
Why so unusual? Barry, Ray and Tony have been friends since school days and in fact Ray and Tony have known each other since about the age of seven. It was at their senior school that would meet up with Barry and cemented a lifelong friendship. As with many school friendships, on leaving they went their separate ways, but remained friends from afar.
Ray joined Freemasonry in 1987; Barry and Tony were to follow some years later when they both joined Childwall Lodge. They all eventually came together again in 2013 when Tony invited Ray to the lodge Christmas dinner. He mentioned that it was a Masonic charitable evening, but that they weren’t trying to inveigle him into joining. To this Ray informed him that he was a few years too late as he had been a member for quite some time. Ray and his wife Christine enjoyed the night so much, he in fact, decided to switch his membership to Childwall Lodge from his original lodge, thus enabling him to meet his school chums on a more frequent basis.
Both Barry and Tony have been masters of Childwall Lodge previously, a position Ray will hopefully attain next year and once more further build the schoolboy bond even further. As far as is known, for three school pals to have occupied the three senior positions of this lodge, an association un-precedent before.
On completion of such a pleasant, memorable and again unusual event the lodge members and their guests retired to continue the trip down memory lane and enjoy a well-earned festive board.