As it is traditional in University of Liverpool Lodge No 4274 at their annual installation meeting, to wear the gowns associated with their qualifications, The Medical Institution venue was amass of colours set off by the gold on the regalia of the high ranking members and guests.
Although it was the installation meeting, the Master for the past year, Matt Casson was to remain in the chair of King Solomon for yet another year. The ceremony was naturally therefore a short one. This gave the lodge the opportunity to bring in five new initiates, four of whom were students currently studying at Liverpool University.
Prior to commencing the installation ceremony, Matt, assisted by officers of the lodge, proceeded to Initiate the candidates, Connor Binns, Dr Nic Ellerby, Jack Pedley, Tom Dowson and Alex Abrahams, with his usual meaningful delivery which made a significant impact on the candidates. The occasion was extra special as the evening was graced by the presence of Dr Andy Green PPrSGD (Leicester and Rutland Province), who is the Vice Chairman of the UGLE Universities` Scheme and also the coordinator of the scheme for the North West of England and North Wales – He was able to witness first-hand the schemes success.
Following their Initiation the new brethren were then able to witness Matt Casson proclaimed master of the lodge. Matt then appointed and invested his officers for the ensuing year.
The Provincial Grand Master was represented at the ceremony by John James. At the close of the evening the lodge presented John with cheques totaling £400 to be applied to Masonic charities which cares for the elderly and also supports young students in their studies at Universities around England and Wales. John thanked Matt and also conveyed to him the good wishes and congratulations of the PrGM, Tony Harrison. John also congratulated all the officers on behalf of Tony, who had assisted in both the installation ceremony and the multiple initiations which had made the evening so memorable.
The members and guests then “Called off” and retired to the festive board, still dressed in their Masonic regalia, which is traditional in only a small number of lodges in the Province. After a splendid meal accompanied by fine wine, The tyler gave the last toast of the evening and the lodge was then called from refreshment to labour. By command of the WM, the senior warden closed the lodge. Members and guests then made their way home with memories of an unforgettable evening. The five new Initiates eagerly looking forward to the next meeting.