Roy declared, ‘not out’

Due to his work commitments in the oilfields in the North Sea, Roy Williams the worshipful master of Compass Lodge No 7052 unfortunately missed a number of meetings during his term as master. However, he will be able to fill in the blanks by continuing as WM for another year. This meant that a shortened installation meeting took place at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool. Roy was declared as master for the ensuing twelve months.

Left: Roy Williams. Right: Ray Beckwith (left) with Roy Williams.

Left: Roy Williams. Right: Ray Beckwith (left) with Roy Williams.

The meeting was honoured by the presence of the Provincial Junior Grand Warden, Jonathon Heaton representing the PrGM, Tony Harrison. He was accompanied by another acting officer, Ian Walton PrJGD who is also the Gladstone Group treasurer and Bill Culshaw, group chairman.

Roy, with the assistance of his wardens, who were John Jackson of Trinity Lodge No 3257 acting as senior warden and Ray Beckwith as junior warden. Mike Melling of Freshfield Lodge No 8165 stood in as senior deacon and the lodge was opened shortly after 6.00pm.

The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed and signed. Roy requested the two entered apprentices to retire and the lodge was opened in the second and third degrees. The DC, John Cairns, retired and on his return announced that Jonathan Heaton, representative of the Provincial Grand Master, was without and sought admission. The brethren stood to receive Jonathan who was accompanied by Bill Culshaw, and David Potts together with acting Provincial officer Ian Walton. Roy welcomed Jonathan with a wish that he would enjoy both the ceremony and the dinner later. Jonathan thanked Roy confirming his intention to do so. Salutations then followed to the grand and Provincial grand lodge officers who duly thanked the brethren and greeted them well.

Picture from left to right, are: Olwyn, Paul, and Nicola (Adelphi Hotel staff).

Picture from left to right, are: Olwyn, Paul, and Nicola (Adelphi Hotel staff).

John Cairns, as proclaiming master then declared Roy as worshipful master for the ensuing twelve months. He was saluted by the master Masons. John presented to Roy, the working tools of a master Mason. The lodge was closed in the third degree and labour resumed in the second degree. John again declared Roy as worshipful master for the ensuing twelve months, this time from the West. Roy was saluted by the fellowcraft. John presented to Roy, the working tools of a fellowcraft. The lodge was closed in that degree was and labour resumed in the first degree. Entered apprentices were admitted and after a declaration for the final time, Roy was saluted by the entered apprentices, John then presented to Roy, the working tools of an entered apprentice. The WM then commenced to appoint his officers for the next twelve months.

Mike Melling addressed the worshipful master, Ken Jones, the lodge almoner addressed the wardens and Jonathan Heaton addressed the members of Compass Lodge. All addresses were given with obvious sincerity and in an impeccable manner.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Jonathan rose to convey the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison, as well as his own congratulations. He also congratulated the DC, John and all the brethren who had been appointed to their various offices. Roy then proudly presented Jonathan with a cheque for the grand sum of £500 made payable to the MCF 2021 Festival. Jonathan thanked the brethren for their generosity, this brought about loud applause.

On closure of the lodge, 28 members and guests crossed to the Crosby Suite to enjoy a pre-dinner drink prior to sitting down to a delicious four course meal with copious amounts of wine. The food at The Adelphi Hotel was as always, served up by Olwyn and her team who rarely get a mention. On this occasion, Olwyn was assisted by Paul and Nicola who worked discreetly to add to the enjoyment of the guests, in their usual courteous and pleasant manner.

The toast to Provincial grand lodge officers was proposed by Ray Beckwith. The response by Jonathan included references to the MCF 2021 Festival and an invitation to all to attend the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge in May. The toast to the guests was proposed by Jim Hawkins which included a witty story which had the members and guests rolling with laughter. This toast received a response from Ian Walton. Ian related the fact that one of his first visits to another lodge following his initiation was to Compass Lodge, having been invited by David Potts who is also his business partner.

As the night was waning fast, it was soon time for the tyler, Brian Jones, to give the tyler’s toast, the last toast of the evening. The brethren then departed having enjoyed a very memorable evening.

Article and photographs by Phil Marshall.

Pictured from left to right, are: David Potts, Bill Culshaw, Roy Williams, and Jonathan Heaton.

Pictured from left to right, are: David Potts, Bill Culshaw, Roy Williams, and Jonathan Heaton.