Wayne Warhurst is a familiar and important figure around Southport Masonic Hall, as for the past season he has been making a great and favourable impression as the new house chef. However, the most recent meeting of West Lancashire Lodge No 1403 showed our culinary hero in a much different light as he was initiated into the lodge by the WM Peter Martin.
Wayne had been really looking forward to the evening for many weeks and this was evident from the smile that lit up his face as he journeyed through the ceremony; proving to be an excellent candidate.
The ceremony as a whole was of the best standard and commented on by the many guests who came to support Wayne and the lodge members. As well as an excellent performance from Peter and Keith Wilson the junior deacon, it should be noted that the DC Jeff Iveson gave a perfect and meaningful rendition of the charge as did Stan Martin with his, rarely witnessed, ‘Explanation of the ceremony to the candidate’, which was a privilege to witness. This was topped-off with some lively renditions from the wardens, which all went to contrive a very memorable experience; not only for the candidate but also for those visitors present.
At the festive board, the candidate was mercilessly taunted about the food. Would it be edible with the chef not being part of the preparation? Wayne assured all that he had already well prepared the feast and we were not to be disappointed with a fine menu of traditional beef and Yorkshire fayre.
David Bradbury captivated the candidate by reading out the poem; ‘His Initiation’ by Jim Jordon. Senior deacon Eric Morris then treated Wayne to a fine rendition of the apprentice’s song as all the diners joined in on the ‘chain’ and its explanation. A night, no doubt, Wayne will cherish and never forget for the rest of his life; now a true and fraternal member of the Southport Masonic Hall family.