The members of Temple Lodge No 1094 pride themselves on their ritual and this year was no exception at the annual ceremony of installation, performed in compliance to the Bottomley workings.
The lodge was opened in due form by WM John Bruffell, ably assisted by his senior and junior wardens, Dave Johnson and Bob Fisher respectively and once the opening business of the lodge was completed, John took the opportunity to welcome all the visitors. Director of ceremonies Stewart Hyde announced that Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Jason Dell was to be admitted. Jason promptly heralded the arrival of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson, accompanied by fellow grand officers Tom Lovatt, Steve Walls and Liverpool Group Chairman Mark Matthews. Acting Provincial grand officers in attendance besides Jason were Tony Fennell and John Shaw. The delegation was warmly received and welcomed by John Bruffell, who then proffered the lodge gavel to Derek who momentarily accepting it, returned the gavel with a quiet smile.
Continuing with the working of the lodge and for the purpose of the ceremony of installation, John requested Stan Merrill to take the chair of senior warden, Bob Fisher to continue as junior warden and Christopher Bruffell to act as the inner guard. When all was set, the master elect David Johnson was presented by George Crawley and John Bruffell proceeded to install David into the chair of King Solomon in a most dignified manner. After his enthronement, David had the utmost pleasure in investing John with the collar and jewel of immediate past master.
The working tools of an installed master were then presented and explained by Stewart Hyde, prior to David receiving the salutations now due to him as the WM of Temple Lodge. The ceremony continued in due and regular form as required by Bottomley workings, with the third degree tools explained by John Cherry, the second degree tools by Les Bramhill and the first degree tools by Christopher Walls. After the presentation of the warrant, David next proceeded with the installation of his officers for the coming year. The addresses were all given in exemplary fashion, with that to the WM by Howard Youdan, to the wardens by Stewart Hyde, to the deacons by Mark Youdan, to the stewards by Phil Brown, Stan Merrill addressed the inner guard and Dave Crowley the tyler. The final address was to the brethren of Temple Lodge, which was given by the principal guest Derek Parkinson.
On completion of the ceremony, Dave Johnson had the very pleasant duty of presenting Derek with a number of charitable cheques in favour of various recipients. These were to the Liverpool Masonic Hall for £244, Zoe’s Place at £250, MCF 2021 Festival at £350 with the fourth cheque of £250 being for the Friends of Tithebarn, making the grand total of £1094, corresponding with the number of the lodge. Derek, on behalf of the recipients, thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generosity. He also commented on the marvellous fundraising carried out by members of the lodge over the past five years, who through a number of bike rides, two of which were from Liverpool to London, had succeeded in raising just short of £31,000.00 for charitable causes.
On closing the lodge, all present moved into the banqueting room to partake in an excellent festive board and enjoy fantastic company. Here Derek took the opportunity to offer his personal congratulations to the newly installed master David Johnson. Dave had moved to Temple Lodge after the closure of his mother lodge Hamer No 1393 in November 2015. Although a group officer, Dave has never stood on his past achievements, always willing to work for the good of his lodge and the Liverpool Group. It was gratifying to see he had worked his way through to become master of Temple Lodge, a position he had previously attained when with Hamer. He held the office of Liverpool Group Vice-Chairman and this dedication has been noted and rewarded, with promotion to the rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand warden within this Province.
Continuing, Derek remarked that the overarching wish of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison is that all brethren enjoy their Freemasonry and wished that we all support the important work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the 2021 Festival. It was obvious by the number of brethren wearing their steward’s jewel within the lodge room that this was also the view of the members of Temple Lodge. Derek then made a request to all those who have not yet done so and are able, to take out a pledge towards the festival.
He moved on to the subject of the Royal Arch and said that the new enhanced exaltation ceremony made it a more interesting and visual ceremony and that the Royal Arch is an integral part of Freemasonry and an important step in a brother’s Masonic journey, being the finishing touch of the third degree. It was gratifying to see that although Temple Chapter closed in February, the vast majority of its membership had already joined the Saint John of Jerusalem Chapter No 203, which met within this magnificent building. Derek then spoke of the recent commencement of the Solomon programme, which is a tool that is available on the UGLE website to Masons and non-Masons and is an important new initiative to enable Masons to make a daily advancement in knowledge. The site also has short lectures that brethren can deliver in lodge.