The annual installation ceremony of Acacia Lodge No 4512 took place at the Masonic Hal, Liverpool and after the brethren had assembled, the WM Graham Robinson entered the lodge with his wardens Keith Nuttall and Ray Jones. The lodge’s director of ceremonies Mike Cove accompanied him to the chair of King Solomon and the lodge was opened in the first degree.
Following the business agenda for the evening, the minutes being read and accepted and a ballot for a candidate for initiation proving in the affirmative, the guests were welcomed to the lodge. A large and distinguished deputation from Lodge Irvine Newtown No 1662 of the Scottish Constitution was admitted, led by their WM Andrew Langan. Graham Robison welcomed the deputation and Andrew Langan suitably replied.
Following this, the principal guest Stephen Walls, attending on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master tony Harrison was admitted and warmly received. Accompanying Stephen were three of the four regional Liverpool area group chairmen; Mark Matthews of the Liverpool Group, Andrew Whittle of the Woolton Group and John Murphy of the Garston Group.
While the Liverpool Group consists of those lodges and chapters meeting in Hope Street, the Woolton and Garston Groups accommodate those who meet in the southern area of Liverpool. Also present for the evening was Ian McBreen, banner bearer for the Grand Lodge of Scotland, a member of Lodge Irvine Newtown.
For the purpose of installation Graham asked Keith Nuttall to remain in the senior warden’s chair, Gary Cross to occupy the junior warden’s chair and Dave Thompson to take position as inner guard.
Graham invited the officers of the lodge to line up in the North and thanked them for their continued support and as he was continuing in office for a further year, he was proclaimed WM by the immediate past master Peter Howland. He was greeted as WM in the three degrees and presented with the working tools in the third degree by Derek Nuttall, the second degree by Matthew Whitfield and the first degree by Tony Kennedy. Raymond Jones had the honour of presenting and explaining the Hallstone Jewel to Graham.
Graham then appointed and invested the officers for the year and a number of addresses were carried out during the investiture procedure; that to the junior warden was presented by Gary Cross, to the deacons by Dave Thompson, to the inner guard by Tony Kennedy and to the wardens by Stuart Kane. The address to the brethren of Acacia Lodge was presented in excellent style and manner by principal guest Stephen Walls.
Stephen congratulated Graham on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. He then congratulated proclaiming master Peter Howland and all of the brethren that had participated in the ceremony and in particular Matthew Whitfield for the presentation of the working tools of the second degree, this being Matthews first ceremonial work.
In response Graham thanked Stephen for his kind words and presented the following cheques for charity: Marie Curie £100, West Lancashire Benevolent Fund £100 and the Liverpool Masonic Hall Fund £100. Stephen thanked Graham and the lodge for the very generous donations.
On closing the lodge, the brethren moved to the banqueting suite to toast the WM prior to enjoying a festive board of the highest quality.