Some 30 members and visitors gathered at Woolton Golf Club to celebrate the installation ceremony of Lodge of Tranquillity No 3877. Before the ceremony started the director of ceremonies requested brethren to stand to receive the WM and his wardens into the lodge room and they duly took their seats.
The WM Stan Povall opened the lodge and then requested brethren to stand to pay respects to departed merit for Raymond Mayers who had been a craft member for 60 years and a member of Lodge of Tranquillity for three years, having occupied the WM’s chair in 2013.
Stan then completed the private business of the lodge and opened the lodge in the second and third degrees, at which point the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Arthur Cregeen announced that Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson stood without and demanded admission. Derek, accompanied by other grand and Provincial grand officers and acting Provincial grand officers processed into the lodge where he was greeted by the WM. Stan offered the gavel to Derek which he returned saying: ”I don’t wish to deprive you of carrying out what I am sure will be an excellent ceremony.”
Derek was saluted in due form and suitably replied. Alan Sale and Arthur Cregeen were saluted and Alan responded. Vic Albin (Vice Chairman of Woolton Group) was saluted and responded accordingly. The lodge was adjourned to the second degree and Stan requested the following brethren to assist in the ceremony: David Boyes as SW, Ian McGovern as JW and David Woods as IG.
Alan Sale and John Copple duly presented the master elect Alan Malthouse, who had previously been WM in 2001. Alan then took his obligation. Stan thanked his officers for all the support they had given to him during his year and the lodge was then resumed to the third degree. Alan Malthouse was duly installed into the chair of King Solomon by Stan in what can only be described as a tranquil, sincere and precise manner. It was obvious, whilst looking around at the brethren, that they were enjoying the evening.
Master Masons were readmitted and saluted the WM. The explanation of the third degree tools was given by Ian McGovern. Fellowcrafts were readmitted, saluted the WM and an explanation of the second degree tools was given by Carl Davies. Finally, entered apprentices were readmitted and Paul Moody explained the first degree tools.
The WM then appointed his officers. Neil Spencer was appointed SW and his address was given by David Boyes; Alan Carter was appointed JW and addressed by Ian McGovern. Bill Martin provided the address to the deacons, David Woods gave the address to the IG, Alan Carter gave the address to the stewards and Roy Brewin gave the address to the tyler. The address to the wardens was given by Les Cutting, Vic Albin gave the address to the almoner and Derek Parkinson addressed the brethren.
The installation ceremony having been completed Derek Parkinson rose and conveyed congratulations to the WM and said: “Had the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison been present he would have congratulated Stan for the manner in which he conducted the ceremony. Tony would also have thanked Alan for taking the chair for a second time.” Alan then presented Derek with a cheque which he read to the brethren saying: “This is a very generous sum of £250 for the WLMC and it is thankfully received and will be faithfully applied.
Arthur Cregeen formed the recession and Derek, accompanied by other grand officers and the group vice chairman retired. The lodge was then duly closed and the brethren retired for diner.
At the festive board, in response to the toast to his health, Derek again congratulated the WM and installing master and informed the brethren that the new care team was in place and reminded everyone that ‘we are all carers’. Tony Harrison wished to remind brethren of the forthcoming tercentenary celebrations. Finally, Derek thanked the lodge members for their hospitality and wished then well in the coming year. During the meal a raffle was held which raised the sum of £144 and this will be dispersed on a future occasion.