The members of Old Lerpoolian Lodge No 9270 pooled their resources by splitting the initiation ceremony between seven of the lodge past masters.
The lodge was founded by tutors and pupils of Liverpool College. All the members of the lodge have been either, tutors and pupils of Liverpool College since the lodge was consecrated in March 1988. That was until Mr John McMullan was initiated at the lodge meeting in November 2015.
Liverpool College was the first of many public schools founded in the Victorian Era. The foundation stone of the original building was laid on 22 October 1840 by Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (then styled the Rt Hon Lord Stanley MP). The college was opened on 6 January 1843 by the Rt Hon William Gladstone. In September 2013 the school formally became an ‘Academy’. During recent years the lodge membership has declined in numbers after the college became an Academy.
The lodge secretary Mike Cunliffe proposed to the members of the lodge that they should amend the by-laws and accept members who have not been tutors and pupils at Liverpool College. After reviewing the options, members agreed to Mike’s proposition and as a result Mike expects the lodge membership to increase by nine new members this season. John McMullan was the first candidate to be initiated following the change in the bye-laws.
The meeting was opened by John McGibbon who is the presiding officer. After opening the lodge the secretary and treasurer left the lodge to attend on the candidate. On their return they confirmed that John had signed the book of declaration and paid the necessary fees! The lodge DC then took the WMs chair to conduct the first part of the ceremony. John was conducted by Chris Duckett who acted as junior deacon and Peter Connolly who acted as senior deacon. John McGibbon took the chair again after the obligation. The working tools were delivered by Mike Cunliffe who had proposed John as a member.
The address in the north east corner of the lodge was given by Keith Sanders. John then left to lodge to restore himself to his personal comfort. John was welcomed back into the lodge and the lodge treasurer David Antonia delivered the antient charge in fine style. The lodge chaplain assisted the brethren by supplying a prompt on the few occasions when it was needed.
After the meeting the brethren and their guests (some of whom had travelled from as far as London to attend the meeting) retired to enjoy the festive board provided by the staff at Woolton Golf Club.