Since its foundation in 1860, Everton Lodge No 823 has built strongly on a consistent winning formula. No magic ingredients are needed, just a willingness from each member to do their best, and support given when needed. The lodge has completed another very successful year, due in no small measure to Jim Eddowes, who in his recent tenure as master of the lodge delivered ritual to a very high standard, added to which was his very informative explanation of all three tracing boards.
Jim, as to be expected, was ready as installing master for this year’s annual ceremony, when he handed over the reins to a very capable successor, Andrew Chatterton. Andrew was initiated into Everton Lodge in 2009, and was first installed as WM in 2014. His first ceremony in this role was the initiation of his son Joe, as a Lewis, the first in Everton Lodge for over a hundred years. At this, the 2017 installation ceremony, Andrew had the pleasure of investing Joe with the collar and jewel of the office of senior deacon.
The members were pleased to have Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson as their principal guest on the evening. Derek was accompanied on this occasion by Liverpool Group vice-chairman David Johnson. Also in attendance were Mark Barton PrDGDC and acting Provincial grand officer Paul Copeland PrGStwd.
For the purpose of the installation ceremony Steve Roberts took the chair of senior warden, with Hughie O’Neill occupying that of the junior, while Ken Ore took station as inner guard. At this point master elect Andrew Chatterton was formally presented by Jim Ramsay and Bob Paterson prior to re-affirming his obligation as master of the lodge. In a magnificent ceremony performed by Jim, conducted with inimitable skill and clarity, the various officers performed their duties with great dignity, with particular mention to Paul Robinson the lodge DC. Within the ‘board of installed masters’ Jim Eddowes gave a memorable presentation and explanation of the working tools associated with this part of the ceremony, and later gave the address to the master to the same high standard. With regard to the other addresses given for an installation; that to the wardens’ was delivered by Bob Paterson, to the deacons’ Dave Johnson, the stewards by Provincial steward Paul Copeland, and finally to the brethren of the lodge, by the principal guest Derek Parkinson. The working tools for the third degree were presented by Jim Ramsay, second and first by Hughie O’Neil.
Andrew, at the conclusion of the ceremony was pleased to present two cheques for Derek to forward on behalf of the lodge. The first of £200 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charities, and the second of a similar amount to Liverpool Masonic Hall, both of which were gracefully accepted.
Derek was fulsome in his praise for the standard of the ceremony when bringing the good wishes of the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison, to the master and brethren at the conclusion of the meeting. He made particular mention of the brethren who presented the working tools of the three degrees in a most excellent manner. Derek also had the great pleasure of presenting Grand Lodge certificates to Everton Lodge members Ian Hayes and Ronnie Stowers; a memorable evening for these two. Fraternal greetings were extended to Andrew and the whole of Everton Lodge by WM George Christie of Woodend Epworth Lodge No 5381, Peter Ramejkis of Abercromby No 3699 and Peter Duggan, Liverpool Charter No 7650.
During the festive board, Derek spoke at length of the new arrangements for the upcoming meeting in May 2017 of Provincial Grand Lodge, to be held at the Opera House in Blackpool, in the theatre setting for the first time. Derek also spoke of the Masonic Charitable Foundation which has come about by the amalgamation of the separate charities under the control of the United Grand Lodge of England. He also mentioned the West Lancashire Care System and what members can do to aid in the identification and assistance of those needing help under the scheme.
While at the festive board a further treat for Andrew was in store as all joined the chorus in Ken Ore’s rousing rendition of the master’s song. The raffle at the festive board raised £121 for Masonic charities, and before the evening concluded, Derek Parkinson and Mark Barton were warmly thanked for their attendance and the appreciation of Everton Lodge was shown with both of them being presented with a bottle of Scotland’s finest export. (With the exception of Bob Paterson, naturally!!)
All members and guests who attended enjoyed the meeting and had an excellent festive board, and while Derek was out enjoying himself a marvelous floral bouquet had been delivered on behalf of the lodge to his wife Joan.