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 now in a few short years would be celebrating a anniversary of 150 years. 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, with Neptune being one of the nine lodge’s that made up the Liverpool No 7 Group.
The group system having recently re-organised, Neptune Lodge now finds itself part of the Liverpool Group meeting at the Masonic Hall at Hope Street, 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 here, in the magnificent Adams Suite, that the lodge has just held its annual installation ceremony.
The principal guest for the evening and direct representative of the Provincial Grand Master was Michael Threlfall Provincial Senior Grand Warden, accompanied by the Secretary of the Liverpool Group, David Johnson, and grand officers, Leslie Moore, John Price and Robert Hall.
The ceremony was carried out in a superb manner by Gordon Lofthouse installing Arthur Dooley into the chair of King Solomon, all under the discerning eye of Jim Hurst, who ensured a faultless display. Bob Hall gave the customary address to the Worshipful Master, while Tony Christie performed an exemplarily role during the perambulations.
Arthur’s first duty was indeed a pleasant one, presenting a cheque for £500 to Michael in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
The future looks bright for Neptune Lodge, and Arthur will be kept very busy with a good number of light blues to be passed and raised, and with a number candidates lasso awaiting their initiation.