An excellent turnout of 42 brethren, including Assistant Provincial Grand Master Robert Wright, witnessed an excellent installation ceremony that saw Steve Equizi occupy the chair of King Solomon in Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 2325.
Ken Hornby conducted the first part of the ceremony and after the departure of all entered apprentices, opened the lodge in the second degree. Bearing witness to the presentation of Steve and his assent to the ancient charges and regulations, Ken then asked Steve to ascertain his agreement to the obligation, which he did.
After those below installed master were dismissed from the lodge, Dave (Scotty) Scott took over the chair for the inner workings and installation of Steve. Just as with Ken previously, Scotty performed faultlessly, adding to the solemnity of the occasion. This was followed by an explanation of the masters’ working tools by Phil Riozzie.
At the appropriate point, the master Masons were admitted to see Steve proclaimed master and were then asked to greet him in the usual manner. After which, Rob Fox gave a presentation of the third degree tools. Thereafter, the fellow crafts were admitted for the proclamation and greeting, followed by Michael Jackson’s explanation of the second degree tools. Finally, the entered apprentices were admitted for the same purpose and Maros Oriesek concluded with the first degree tools.
The addresses were given by Roger Binks to the master, Gordon Hughes to the wardens, John Walters to the stewards and by Robert Wright to the brethren of the lodge.
After the closing of the lodge, the members and guests retired to a most enjoyable meal at the festive board, prepared and served to the high standards the brethren have come to expect from chef, Wayne Warhurst and his excellent staff.
On this occasion, the youngest and newest member of ‘The Rose,’ James Scott, responded to the toast to the newly invested officers. This was followed in due course by the response to the visitors’ toast by the hilarious Alan Phythian, a popular choice of responder to the brethren of the Southport Group.
Once again, the Rose of Lancaster provided an excellent and memorable evening, culminating in a relaxing period of chat in the bar afterwards.