Trinity Lodge No 3257, part of the Garston Group, was formed on 5 April 2005 through the amalgamation of Empire Lodge No 3257, Royal George Lodge No 4119, and Mossley Hill Lodge No 7963 with the very logical and apt choice of ‘Trinity Lodge’ being adopted as the name for the coming together of the three lodges.
The number of the oldest lodge, Empire Lodge, was retained and on 1 April 2008 under its new guise Trinity Lodge was delighted to receive their centenary warrant from the then Provincial Grand Master Colin Penty Wright.
Today the lodge enjoys a thriving membership with enough work to occupy them for at least the next two years. It is also pleasing to see so many ‘light blues’ receiving their appointments at the installation meeting held to appoint Brian McNulty once again into the chair of King Solomon.
The office of WM is nothing new to Brian. Indeed, this is his sixth such appointment, having also taken the chair in 1995 within Royal George Lodge prior to the amalgamation. However, what may well have been new to Brian was his experience on the night of his latest appointment.
With the current Carl Kruger being sadly unavailable due to illness, the installation was due to be conducted by lodge member Phil Hudson. However, due to two major motorway accidents a degree of re-thinking and re-organisation was required. Fortunately, lodge director of ceremonies Norman Houghton was on hand to lead the way and so Brian found himself opening the lodge and conducting the routine business prior to Phil’s arrival.
What followed was a seamless, warm and sincere ceremony of installation by Phil and all those involved; all under the watchful eye and steady hand of Norman. Of particular importance and pleasure was the presentation of the first and second degree tools by Roy Heany and James Hartwell, both of whom were amongst the ‘light blues’ to receive their appointments from the newly installed WM.
With the installation complete and the officers appointed, principal guest of the evening Stephen Walls stood to offer the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to Brian. Stephen continued by saying that the Provincial Grand Master had expressed his best wishes and his hope that everyone all continue to enjoy both good health and Freemasonry. He also stated that he had no doubt that had Tony been present he would also have offered his congratulations to Phil, Norman and indeed everyone who had ensured such a wonderful ceremony in such difficult circumstances.
On behalf of the lodge Brian took pleasure in presenting Stephen with three cheques totalling some £700 in support of the Grand Charity, Garston Masonic Hall and the West Lancashire Masonic Charity. In accepting the donations Stephen thanked the brethren for their generosity and offered his assurance that the monies would be put to good use.
This latest donation meant that the lodge had achieved Vice Patron status of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and the Chairman of Garston Group John Murphy was on hand to present the lodge with their certificate in recognition of this worthy charitable milestone.
With the remaining business of the lodge concluded the brethren gathered in the main dining room to toast the newly installed master prior to enjoying a well-earned festive board.