Members and guests of Woolton Lodge of Unity No 1086, which is a lodge of amalgamated lodges, namely, Walton Lodge No 1086, Lodge of Prudence No 2114, Allerton Lodge No 6653 and Warbreck Lodge No 6976, met at the Geoffrey Hirst Masonic Suite within Woolton Golf Club to receive as their principal guest Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton.
On the evening Chris Taplin occupied the chair with David Rimmer acting as senior warden and they opened the lodge in due form so that the usual opening business could be quickly despatched. The lodge was then opened to the second and third degrees and the lodge’s director of ceremonies Norman Pollock announced that Kevin Poynton stood outside and demanded admission.
Kevin, accompanied by the Chairman of Woolton Group Andrew Whittle and acting Provincial Junior Deacons Norman Lay and Dave Ireland were received into the lodge and warmly welcomed by the WM Chris Taplin who offered Kevin the gavel of the lodge. Kevin was quick to receive the gavel which gave Chris some hope but Kevin was just as quick to return it.
Salutations were offered to Kevin, and then to grand officer Andrew Whittle, whilst Vic Albin took the salute for the Provincial grand officers.
The lodge was adjourned to the second degree so that past masters could be appointed to assist in the ceremony and master elect Norman Pollock could be presented by Robert Martin and George Wilkinson, who had celebrated his achieving 60 years in Freemasonry the previous month.
Norman reaffirmed his obligation and after the lodge had been adjourned to the third degree was confidently installed by Chris Taplin. Master Masons were readmitted and duly saluted Norman and assistant director of ceremonies David Moore provided the explanation of the working tools.
Norman closed the lodge to the second degree and David asked that fellow crafts be readmitted; they entered, saluted the WM and one of the junior brethren, Tom Smith, provided an explanation of the working tools, after which Norman closed the lodge to the first degree.
Dave Moore asked that entered apprentices who had been in the lodge previously be readmitted; they entered the lodge and saluted the WM. Mike Daly, another of the junior brethren, explained of the working tools.
Norman was asked to appoint and invest his officers for the ensuing year, a task he gladly conducted on those officers present. Dave Moore presented a clear and confident address to the master and this was followed by Colin Cameron providing the address to the wardens. Rounding off the ceremony in splendid style, Kevin Poynton delivered the address to the brethren of the lodge.
The ceremony of installation being completed, it prompted Kevin to rise and bring the congratulations and best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Kevin continued by saying that had Tony been present he would undoubtedly have congratulated the installing master Chris Taplin and the younger brethren for the way in which the ceremony was conducted.
In response, Norman had the pleasant duty of presenting cheques to Kevin. The first was a cheque for £400 for the Friends of Tithebarn followed by a similar amount for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. The final cheque for £286 was in favour of Zoë’s Place; the three cheques totalling £1086, the number of the lodge. Kevin thanked the brethren of the lodge for their magnificent giving saying that all monies were gratefully received and would be faithfully applied to help make some people’s lives that much better.
After the first rising and communications from grand lodge the new director of ceremonies Stephen Lynch formed the procession for grand officers to retire. The lodge continued to conduct the closing business and finally close the lodge in due form, following which the 44 brethren retired to the dining room for pre-dinner drinks and then enjoy a hearty festive board.