By a happy coincidence the 1,000th meeting of St Peter’s Lodge No 4324 was also the annual installation ceremony. The lodge, which meets at the Liverpool Masonic Hall, was opened by WM Peter Fay, ably assisted by the wardens for the evening, John Doig and Frank Whitford. After opening in due form and completing their regular business, the lodge next performed the pleasant duty of bestowing honorary membership upon Robert Llewellyn Jones, a long-standing member who has given many years’ service to St Peter’s, twice as the worshipful master, first in 1985 then again in 2001. Robert pleasantly thanked the membership for the bestowal of this personal honour.
With the musical introduction performed by organist Ian Jones, the principal guest for the evening, John Hutton, was escorted into the room with lodge members Ken Bradley and John Rowe acting as Provincial deacons. John was accompanied for the occasion by fellow grand officer Roy Ashley, with Liverpool Group chairman Bob Povall and group secretary Bob Paterson, and were warmly welcomed to the meeting by Peter.
The ceremony was shorter in time than usual as Peter had agreed to another year as worshipful master, and after being proclaimed he then invested his officer’s for the coming year. John Hutton gave the address to the brethren of the lodge, and also brought greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Following this, peter took the opportunity to present a number of charitable cheques on behalf of the lodge. These consisted of £100 to Midland Air Ambulance, £1,125 to Masonic Charitable Foundation, and £775 to Liverpool Masonic Hall building fund.
On completion of the meeting the members moved to the banqueting suite to toast the WM and enjoy an excellent festive board. It was here that John Hutton, in response to a toast, thanked everyone for their warm welcome, a delightful evening, and a special thank you for the wonderful bouquet of flowers which had been delivered to his wife earlier in the day. A charitable raffle was held at the festive board which raised £145.
While at the festive board all present were given a commemorative mug to celebrate the 1,000th meeting of the lodge. A short introductory talk was given by John Doig, who then introduced Malcolm Myers to give a potted history regarding St Peter’s Lodge.