Paul Howard, a driver and former company director has been installed into the chair of King Solomon at the installation meeting of Southport Temperance Lodge No 2815 held at Southport Masonic Hall. Paul was initiated into the lodge in November 2009 and raised to master Mason in April 2011.
After the opening of the lodge by the WM Steve Booth and the general business being completed the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Keith Kemp informed the WM that the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison was outside the lodge and demanded admission. Steve responded that the lodge members would be very happy to receive him. Tony was then admitted accompanied by grand officers, acting Provincial grand officers, including Assistant Provincial Grand Master Robert Wright, Colin Jenkins (Southport Group Chairman), Phil Stock (group vice chairman) and Geoff Jackson (group secretary).
Following the usual salutations the lodge was opened in the second degree and the master elect Paul Howard was then presented to Steve by Iain Brown, his proposer into Freemasonry, where he was asked the usual questions.
Once these observations and qualifications had been confirmed by Paul and he had taken a seat in the lodge, Steve then asked Mike Threlfall to occupy the chair of senior warden, Peter Schofield the chair of junior warden and Arthur Taylor that of inner guard. Paul was then installed into the chair of King Solomon in an excellent ceremony very ably assisted by the officers of the lodge.
The brethren were then admitted by rank and Paul was proclaimed the master for the ensuing year by the lodge DC John Woolley. The third degree working tools were then presented by Joe Paros, the second degree working tools by Mahadi Abbassi-Shavazi and those of the first degree by Mark Taylor, all of whom did a very fine job.
Paul’s first task was then to install his officers and he took great delight in presenting his installing master Steve with his past master’s jewel and the rest of his officers with respective collars.
The address to the worshipful master was then given by Barry Dearden, the address to wardens by Provincial Junior Grand Warden Peter Schofield and finally the address to brethren of the lodge by the distinguished guest Tony Harrison.
At the completion of the ceremony Tony congratulated Paul on being installed in the master’s chair in what he said was a very enjoyable ceremony. He also made a point of congratulating the installing master together with those brethren who had delivered such an excellent rendition of the working tools.
Paul then rose and thanked Tony for his very kind words before presenting him with cheques totalling £1,650. The worthy recipients receiving were £500 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £400 to Southport Masonic Hall Foundation, £250 to Southport Lifeboats, £250 to Rainbow House Legacy and £250 to Speed for Sight.
After the ceremony the festive board was attended by over 50 brethren who all enjoyed an excellent meal. To bring the evening to a close Paul thanked all the brethren who had attended and took part in the ceremony and said it would be a night he would always remember.