When the chips are down the Masons gather round. So it was at the installation ceremony at Yachtsman’s Lodge No 3698.
The WM of the lodge, Ken Baxter was unwell and at very short notice Phil Gambrill stepped into the breach.
Phil opened the lodge in due form and Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton was announced and he entered the lodge accompanied by Keith Sanders and Vice Chairman of Woolton Group Vic Albin and acting Provincial grand officers. Phil welcomed Kevin to the lodge and offered him the gavel. Kevin responded by saying: “WM you expect me to keep this gavel, don’t you? Well I won’t and I therefore hand it back to you.”
Kevin was saluted followed by salutations to Keith and then Vic. Phil adjourned labour in the third degree and resumed labour in the second. He requested that the brethren of Yachtman’s Lodge to stand while he thanked them on behalf of Ken Baxter, saying: “I visited him yesterday and he’s in good heart but not well enough to attend this meeting. He wishes me to thank each and every one of you for the support given during his year of office.” Keith Sanders then presented Len Jones, master elect of the lodge, for installation. Len reaffirmed his obligation.
The WM then adjourned labour in the second degree and resumed in the third. Len Jones was then installed into the chair of King Solomon according to ancient custom. Master Masons were readmitted and the installing master provided a short explanation of the working tools.
The lodge was closed in the third degree and resumed in the second when FCs were readmitted, saluted the WM and again the short explanation of the tools was provided by Phil. The WM closed the lodge in the second degree and resumed in the first where EAs were readmitted, saluted the WM and had the working tools explained to them by Phil.
Len then invested his officers and a note of proudness crept in when Len’s son Andrew was invested as SD of the lodge. Andrew had travelled up from Essex to be with his father on this special occasion. The address to the master was given by John Glover from Park Hall Lodge No 8375 who is Len’s brother-in-law and his original proposer into Freemasonry. Keith Sanders provided the address to the wardens and Kevin Poynton gave the address to the brethren.
Phil informed Len that the ceremony of installation was concluded. Kevin rose and said:” WM that’s my cue and you expect me to tell you that I was with the Provincial Grand Master this morning. Well, I wasn’t! However, he did text me and asked where I was attending and then commanded me to convey his heartiest congratulations on attaining the chair for a second time, (Len had previously been in the chair 25 years ago) and he also asked me to convey greetings to you all brethren and hopes you continue to enjoy your Freemasonry. Brethren, had the PrGM been present he would have undoubtedly congratulated the installing master Phil Gambrill for a very fine ceremony, especially with the short notice he had been given.”
Len then asked Kevin to receive from the lodge members a cheque for £500 for WLFC. Kevin thanked the brethren for the magnificent sum and said that he would not thank them on behalf of the charity, as it was there because of them, but on behalf of the recipients of the charity who he hoped they never got to know. The cheque would certainly make someone’s life easier.
Phil Gambrill, having been appointed DC of the lodge, formed the recession and Kevin, Keith and Vic, accompanied by the acting Provincial grand officers retired. The WM, after other lodge business had concluded, closed the lodge in due form and the brethren retired to enjoy an excellent meal provided by the catering staff of the Woolton Golf Club.