The members and guests of Temple Lodge No 1094 gathered in the Roman Suite at Liverpool Masonic Hall for their installation meeting. To be installed into the chair was 29 years old Andrew Simon Roberts, who was initiated into Freemasonry in Temple Lodge in 2008 and has served in all of the progressive offices.
Originally from the Woolton area and a graduate in building surveying, Andrew now resides in Bolton and is the owner of a construction and surveying company which he set up in 2013. His other interests outside Freemasonry are his growing collection of heavy plant machinery, of which he takes loving care, as well as being the owner of two dogs.
The installation ceremony got under way with the entrance into the lodge of the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Barry Jameson. Barry was formerly the Provincial Grand Charity Steward and is now an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals in the Royal Arch. He was accompanied by Liverpool Group Chairman Sam Robinson and by grand officer Tom Lovatt who is also a member of Temple Lodge and escorted by acting deacons of the lodge. They were preceded by acting Provincial Steward Stephen Callow and formed a colourful procession. Their entrance was heralded by ADC Stewart Hyde, who assisted in the proceedings throughout. Also present was Liverpool Group Vice Chairman (Craft) Bob Povall and group secretary David Johnson.
Andrew Roberts was presented by his elder statesman of Temple Lodge Bob Fisher. The outgoing WM Chris Walls, installed his successor in a most dignified and sincere manner. His performance of the ritual was most favourably remarked upon by those present. Having assented to the antient charges read to him by the secretary John Cherry, Andrew was installed in the WM’s chair of this busy and popular lodge, according to ancient custom. The working tools of an installed master were explained admirably by Stewart Hyde. The explanations of the working tools of the third, second and first degrees were rendered by senior lodge brethren Howard Youdan, Leslie Bramhill and Stanley Merrill respectively. Flawless addresses were given to the WM by Bob Fisher, to the newly appointed stewards by DC Robb Fitzsimmons and to the brethren by Barry Jameson.
At the conclusion, Barry Jameson rose and congratulated Andrew on his accession and Chris Walls on his conduct of the ceremony. Barry also congratulated Stewart Hyde and Robb Fitzsimmons for the parts they played in making this a most dignified ceremony. He passed on the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master to the new WM and indeed to all of the assembled brethren. In response, Andrew Roberts presented him with a number of cheques which are donations to charity from the brethren of Temple Lodge. The beneficiaries are the Liverpool Masonic Hall Building Fund in the sum of £400, Friends of the Tithebarn in the sum of £250 and the Marie Curie Cancer Charity in the sum of £250. Barry Jameson thanked the lodge for these generous donations on behalf of all who will benefit.
Andrew can look forward to a busy year in office with a number of candidates for initiation and in the lead up to the lodge’s 150 years in existence to be celebrated in 2016.