The annual ceremony of installation for Mariner’s Holy Royal Arch Chapter No 249 has taken place at the Liverpool Masonic Hall in Hope Street. Mariner’s Chapter is possibly unique in that it has three pairs of brothers in its membership, Arthur and Stan Merrill, Gordon and Martin Farmer, and Rob and Andy Ward.
The chapter membership derives from two of the lodges that meet at the hall, Minerva and Commercial Travellers, while some originally came from the former Marlborough Lodge, which has now sadly closed. This over the years has enabled the chapter to call on a larger and diverse pool of talent at installations.
This year the chapter was honoured with the presence of David Potts PGStdB as the direct representative of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Accompanying David on this occasion were Paul Shepherd, Past Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, and Roy Pyne.
The ceremony was ably conducted by DC Jason Hengler and this allowed the installing first principal Justin Lewis and the other principals to warmly install their respective successors; William Skinner first principal, Robert Farmer second principal and Jack Poller as third principal. The robe addresses were performed in fine style and all taking part could be proud of their efforts and obvious hard work put in beforehand which shone through.
David Potts was then presented with cheques for The Liverpool Masonic Hall Building Fund and the MCF 2021 Festival. The festive board proved lively and very enjoyable and thankfully, after much persuasion, Roy was able to spare the assembly of his rendition of a classic Laurel and Hardy song. ‘In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.’
A chapter with true heritage, brotherly love and entertainment.