In excess of 60 Freemasons attended the installation of Philip Hudson, master elect of Trinity Lodge No 3257 at Garston Masonic Hall Liverpool. Trinity Lodge was formed by the amalgamation of Empire Lodge, Royal George Lodge and Mossley Hill Lodge on 5 April 2005 and since that date the new ‘Trinity’ has blossomed into the friendly welcoming lodge it is renowned for being.
The installation of Philip was, in itself reason for celebration but, as it was also the last ‘official’ visit of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Howard Jones, the night was set to be a joyous occasion and so it proved to be. Many members of other lodges within the Garston Group joined with Trinity Lodge and the temple was full of brethren wishing to enjoy the installation ceremony and ensure Howard was left in no doubt as to his popularity at Garston.
Accompanying Howard on the night were, Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies David Thomas, as well as grand officers Syd Ford and Howard Griffiths, Syd being the former and Howard the current Garston Group Chairman.
Opening the lodge, WM for the past two years Brian Jones, expressed his wish that the evening would be enjoyable to all. For the ceremony Brian invited Carl Krueger to occupy the master’s chair and with the assistance of lodge DC Norman Houghton, David Thomas and the officers of the lodge, Philip enjoyed a wonderfully sincere installation into the chair of King Solomon according to ancient custom. Worthy of particular mention was the presentation and explanation to the new WM of the second degree tools, delivered by one of the younger lodge brethren, David Buxton.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Howard expressed the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to Philip and brethren of Trinity Lodge, at the same time offering his own best wishes and congratulations to everyone who had helped to make for such an enjoyable and successful evening. He then went on to urge that we all enjoy our Freemasonry and to freely express the enjoyment we derive from our social brotherhood.
In response Philip said that his first and most enjoyable duty of the evening was, on behalf of Trinity Lodge, to present two cheques for the charities. The first in the sum of £100 in support of Garston Masonic Hall and the second, for £309.60 for the benefit of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
As would be expected, the festive board was every bit as enjoyable as the ceremony. Whilst Norman and David ensured that the formalities were observed with all due reverence, the evening was a happy lively affair, one that will live long in the memory of Philip.
In concluding a very full and enjoyable evening, flowers were presented to Howard for the enjoyment of his wife Pat and to Derek for his wife Joan. The final words of the evening fell to Howard who, in response to the presentation of a token of appreciation from the lodge on his retirement, reiterated his wish that we enjoy our Freemasonry and ensure we tell our friends of the enjoyment we derive from it. The brethren of Garston Group hope and trust that Howard will enjoy a long and happy retirement and pay many more, albeit unofficial visits, to Garston.