The director of ceremonies of Yachtsman’s Lodge No 3698 Phil Gambrill requested the brethren to stand in order to receive the worshipful master Len Jones and his wardens. Len welcomed the brethren to the meeting wishing them an enjoyable evening, after which he opened the lodge in the first degree. The minutes of the previous regular meeting having been circulated were accepted as a true record and duly signed.
The lodge was then opened to the second degree and the DC retired. The lodge was opened to the third degree and the DC was readmitted. Phil Gambrill then announced that APrGM Derek Parkinson was without and demanded admission. Len said he would pleased and honoured to receive him.
APrGM Derek Parkinson, accompanied by Keith Sanders, Woolton Group Chairman Andy Whittle and Provincial Assistant Grand Standard Bearer Tom Arnold entered the lodge where Len Jones greeted Derek and offered him the gavel of the lodge. Derek thanked the WM for his welcome and said that he was going to enjoy the evening and therefore hand back the gavel. Len Jones requested some of the past masters to assist him.
Derek Parkinson was saluted, followed by salutations to Keith Sanders and Andy Whittle. Arthur Merrill accepted the salutations on his own behalf and the rest of the Provincial grand officers present.
The lodge was next adjourned to the second degree so that the master elect Steve Ashcroft could be presented by Phil Gambrill. Steve accepted the ancient charges and regulations which were read to him by the secretary Jim Campbell and proceeded to take his obligation. The WM then resumed the lodge to the third degree requesting all below the rank of an installed master, with the exception of the master elect, retire from the lodge. Len then installed his successor Steve Ashcroft into the chair of King Solomon.
Master Masons were readmitted, saluted the newly installed master who received the working tools from Jim Campbell. The lodge was closed to the second degree and fellow craft Freemasons were readmitted, saluted the worshipful master and Dave Keay provided the explanation of the working tools of the second degree. The lodge was closed to the first degree and entered apprentice Freemasons were readmitted, duly saluted the WM and who then received the explanation of the working tools of the first degree from Danny Crichton. The WM then appointed and invested his officers.
The address to the WM was given with feeling by Arthur Merrill, the address to the wardens was given by Keith Sanders and Derek Parkinson gave the address to the brethren of the lodge.
The DC informed the WM that the ceremony of installation was concluded. Hearing this was Derek’s cue to rise and bring the congratulations and best wishes of the PrGM Tony Harrison and in so doing Derek congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony. Derek continued by saying that Tony Harrison hoped that all the brethren would continue to enjoy their Freemasonry.
Steve Ashcroft had the pleasant task of presenting a cheque, on behalf of the lodge, to Derek who received it with great pleasure informing the brethren that the cheque was for £250 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons Charity. Derek thanked the lodge brethren on behalf of the charity and those who would benefit from it.
The secretary read the communications from Grand Lodge and then the DC formed the recession for Derek and other grand officers, headed by acting Provincial grand officer Tom Arnold. After the second rising the DC requested that all Provincial grand officers and visitors were to retire. After the lodge was closed brethren gathered in the dining room for an exceptional meal of lentil soup, steak pie and chips, followed by spotted dick and custard. An excellent evening was enjoyed by all.