There was a buzz going around the Geoffrey Hirst Masonic Suite at Woolton Golf Club as brethren assembled to install a new master. In his usual relaxed and festive style, Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton made his acquaintance known to the brethren. He had a few words with the installing master who told him he was somewhat nervous and Kevin put him at ease by saying he had nothing to worry about as he would give him every assistance.
Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Mark Barton was in attendance and ready to rehearse the acting officers. The time had come to open Derby Lodge No 724 and lodge director of ceremonies Robert Cremor requested the brethren to stand to welcome the WM Keith Lindsay and his wardens; SW Malcolm Jolly and JW Norman Morrissey.
The usual opening business having been despatched the WM requested Albert Hogg to assist him by occupying the SW’s chair and the lodge was then opened to the second and third degrees. Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Mark Barton was admitted and announced that Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton was without and demanded admission to which the WM replied that they would be honoured to receive him.
Kevin, accompanied by grand officer John Lee, together with Woolton Group Vice Chairman Mike Cunliffe on his first official duty as group representative since becoming group vice chairman. Also in attendance were acting Provincial grand officers, Gordon Sandford Provincial Grand Sword Bearer and Tom Arnold Provincial Assistant Grand Standard Bearer processed into the lodge. Kevin was formally greeted by the WM who asked him to take the gavel of the lodge. Kevin responded by thanking him for his warm welcome and telling the brethren he had met with the WM prior to the meeting and was told that he was a little nervous so immediately returned the gavel. Salutations to Kevin, followed by salutations to the other grand officers John Lee and Peter Rawlinson were given. Ron Everard took the salute on behalf of the Provincial grand officers present.
The WM adjourned the lodge to the second degree where John Lee and Ron Everard presented Malcolm Jolly, both of whom had know him for many years. Malcolm reaffirmed his obligation and the lodge was adjourned to the third degree. Installing master Keith Lindsay sincerely thanked his officers for their help and support during his year in office and then with dignity, calmness and sincerity installed Malcolm Jolly into the WM’s chair. Malcolm is a keen ritualist who has always been willing to take any office with what seems to be great ease, had previously occupied the chair in 1990. Keith Lindsay presented the working tools in all three degree.
The lodge was closed to the first degree where the newly installed master was requested to appoint and invest his officers. David Spear gave the address to the WM; John Lee delivered the address to the wardens; Robert Cremor the address to the deacons; Kevin Poynton the address to the brethren and Ron Everard the address to the tyler.
The ceremony of installation having concluded Kevin brought the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, who thanked Malcolm for taking the chair again and wished him a happy and healthy year. Kevin also congratulated the installing master and other brethren who had assisted in the ceremony. It was at this point that Malcolm presented a cheque to Kevin for £400 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Kevin was extremely pleased to receive the cheque and on behalf of the recipients who benefit from the monies thanked the lodge for its donation.
After the first rising the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies formed the recession and Kevin, accompanied by other grand officers and acting Provincial grand officers retired. The lodge was then closed in due form and solemn prayer. Some 35 brethren then adjourned to the dining room for refreshment.
In response to the toast to his health, Kevin reminded the diners that this was a significant year for Freemasons the forthcoming West Lancashire Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and tercentenary celebrations were an ideal opportunity to showcase Freemasonry to the world and the festival would hopefully raise a magnificent sum to assist the charities. The last time that West Lancashire had a festival in 2010, a sum of £5,300,000 was raised for the benefit of the charities.