Starkie Lodge No 1070 meets in Southport Masonic Hall and was consecrated in 1865. Visitors to the second meeting since the installation meeting enjoyed a very well delivered double second degree ceremony conducted by the worshipful master Robert Wright. Robert is a Managing Director of an electrical retailer. He was appointed as a Provincial Grand Deputy Director of Ceremonies in 2009 and retires from that role in the Royal Arch on 8 April. On the 7 May he will be appointed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
Robert opened the meeting and conducted the normal business of the lodge, which included a ballot for another new member, which proved in favour of the candidate. The lodge already has two fellowcrafts waiting to the degree of a master Mason.
As soon as the ballot was declared Robert asked the tow entered apprentices Jeremy Stimpson and David Ellis to take their places in the northwest corner of the lodge.
They were conducted by the lodge mentor Peter Stones who was acting as senior deacon and Alan Cornes the lodge junior deacon. Having answered thee necessary questions without hesitation Robert entrusted them and asked the deacons to escort them out of the lodge in order to be prepared.
The ceremony was resumed when the candidates returned, Robert and the deacons were word perfect as was fellowcraft Freemason Steve Taylor who explained the working of the second degree and Tony Johnson the lodge director of ceremonies who delivered the explanation of the second degree tracing board an exemplary manner.
Robert concluded the lodge business with the treasurers, charity stewards and almoners reports. The response at the third rising gave all the visitors a chance to express their comments on the ceremony: “the ceremony was very enjoyable to watch”, Steve delivered the working tools were well explained”, The explanation of the second degree tracing board was one of the best I have heard”.
The two candidates Jeremy Stimpson who is a general manager of a medical company and David Ellis who is a risk manager said they very much enjoyed the ceremony and are looking forward to being raised to the degree of a master Mason later in the year.
After the lodge was closed the brethren and visitors retired to the festive board, where they enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by the new chef
If you would like to see Robert and his team in action they would be delighted if you want to visit Starkie Lodge it meets on the first Thursday from October to April (Except January). They also have an extra meeting this year in May.