Brethren and guests met at Woolton Golf Club to witness the WM of Anfield Lodge No 2215 Stan Dawkins install his successor Keith Francis Walton. Stan had previously occupied the chair in 1998 and 2003 and this year had been a busy one for him having conferred all three degrees on brethren.
The lodge having been opened in due form and some private business conducted the WM opened the lodge to the second and third degrees. The acting director of ceremonies Chris Lyon informed the brethren that Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent was outside and demanded admission to which the WM replied that the brethren would be pleased to receive him.
Tony entered the lodge accompanied by other grand officers and acting Provincial grand officers and was welcomed by the WM who presented him with the gavel of the lodge. Tony said he was delighted to be present on this occasion and as he was determined to enjoy his evening and he passed the gavel back.
The director of ceremonies and brethren then saluted Tony Bent. Frederick James Hunter and other grand officers were saluted and then Vice Chairman of Woolton Group Vic Albin and other Provincial grand officers were saluted.
Stan adjourned the lodge to labour in the second degree and requested some of the past masters to assist him with the remainder of the ceremony. Keith Walton having been elected by the brethren to take the chair of King Solomon for the next year was presented by Stephen Lyon and Phillip Lyon and Keith then gave his ascent to the ancient charges, approached the pedestal and took his obligation as master elect. Andy Whittle, Chairman of Woolton Group acted as assistant DC for the evening.
The lodge was adjourned to the third degree and the worshipful master thanked all his officers for their assistance during the year. Brethren below the rank of an installed master were requested to retire whilst Keith was duly installed in the Chair of King Solomon.
Master Masons were readmitted and the presentation of the working tools in the third degree delivered by John Wright. The Lodge was closed to the second degree and fellowcrafts were readmitted, saluted the WM and Stephen Lyons gave an exemplary explanation of the second degree tools. The lodge was closed to the first degree and entered apprentices were readmitted, saluted the WM and the explanation of the working tools delivered by Alan Ledger.
The new WM invested his officers after which the address to the wardens was presented by Frederick Hunter and the address to the brethren by Tony Bent. The installing master informed Keith that the ceremony of his installation was concluded and this prompted Tony Bent to rise and convey the congratulations and greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to Keith and went on to say that Tony Harrison hoped that all the brethren would continue to enjoy their Freemasonry in this fine institution. Tony said: “Had he been here this evening Tony Harrison would undoubtedly have also congratulated the installing master Stan Dawkins for a very sincere ceremony.”
Keith Walton then presented two cheques to Tony. Having asked permission to open the envelopes and disclose the contents to the brethren assembled Tony said he was absolutely delighted, as chairman of the Tercentenary Committee, to receive the first cheque of £300 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation Festival 2021. The second cheque was for £100 in the name of Honeysuckle, a charity dear to the heart of the installing master. The Honeysuckle Charity runs a pregnancy and baby centre centre which aims to improve the physical, emotional and social well-being of families with young children under the age of 4 years. More details of the charity can be found at: http://opencharities.org/charities/1109164#sthash.kD2UGlGi.dpuf.
The grand officers, acting Provincial grand officers and Provincial grand officers retired from the lodge which was then closed in due form. The brethren retired to the dining room for a hearty meal.
In his response to the toast to his health Tony Bent again congratulated the newly installed master, his installing master and all the brethren who had taken part in the ceremony. He went on to say that he had been privileged to be present at Grand Lodge earlier in the year when Andy Whittle had been invested with his grand rank. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all.