David takes the chair for the fifth time

The brethren of Lodge of Tranquillity No 3877 held their annual installation at Woolton Golf Club with David Boyes being installed into the WM’s chair of Lodge of Tranquillity for the fifth time.

Harry Cox (left) congratulates David Boyes.

Harry Cox (left) congratulates David Boyes.

The WM Alan Malthouse opened the lodge in due form and after transacting the regular administrative business of the lodge, the lodge was raised to the third degree. Lodge DC Arthur Cregeen then announced that Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox stood without and demanded admission, Alan Malthouse said the lodge would be delighted to receive him. Harry Cox entered the lodge accompanied by Woolton Group Chairman Andy Whittle.

Harry was warmly welcomed by Alan Malthouse and Harry replied saying that he was delighted to be present and would be pleased to accept the gavel but returned it so that he could enjoy the evening. Harry was saluted in due form followed by salutations to the other grand and Provincial grand officers.

After the lodge was adjourned to the second degree, Alan Malthouse requested Alan Carter to occupy the WM’s chair for the next part of the ceremony. Other past masters who assisted Alan were Alan Sale, Fred Hulse and Dave Wood. Master elect David Boyes was presented by Ian McGovern and Dave Wood and David was asked to reaffirm his obligation. The lodge was resumed in the third degree and David was then expertly installed as WM by Alan Carter.

Ian Feltham (left) and Alan Routledge.

Ian Feltham (left) and Alan Routledge.

The third degree tools were delivered by Alan Routledge, fellow crafts were readmitted then entered apprentices along with other brethren, the first degree working tools were delivered by Ian Feltham who is a fellow craft having joined the lodge in January 2016. Officers of the lodge were then invested.

The address to the newly installed master was given by Fred Hulse, whilst Les Cutting addressed the wardens. Other addresses were; to the deacons by Bill Martin, to the stewards by Doug Lace, to the inner guard by Dave Wood and to the tyler by Stan Povall, Harry Cox then addressed the brethren.

Harry then had pleasure of bringing the congratulations and good wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, commenting on the manner in which the WM had been installed into the chair by Alan Carter. Harry then whished David well for his term in office.

David then had the pleasure of presenting a cheque to Harry for £300 to the Freemasons Grand Charity for the Tercentenary Celebration. Harry thanked David and the brethren for their generosity. The lodge was then closed and the brethren retired to the dining room for a well-earned evening meal.

Pictured from left to right, are: Andy Whittle, Harry Cox, Alan Malthouse, David Boyes and Mike Cunliffe (group vice chairman).

Pictured from left to right, are: Andy Whittle, Harry Cox, Alan Malthouse, David Boyes and Mike Cunliffe (group vice chairman).

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