Promptly at the appointed hour WM John McGibbons opened Old Lerpoolian Lodge No 9270. The minutes of the previous meeting having been circulated and were accepted as a true record, the WM then moved to the next item on the summons, which was to ballot for two new members. Unfortunately one of the proposed persons was unable to be present but the ballot for them both went ahead.
Nicholas Stephen Honess was successfully balloted for and the treasurer and secretary retired from the lodge. On their return they informed the WM that the candidate had signed the declaration book and paid his monies. Mike Mansfield-Corbett was requested to occupy the master’s chair for the first part of the ceremony.
Nicholas was escorted into the lodge by junior deacon Fred Hulse and assisted by senior deacon Christopher Duckett who presented Nicholas to the WM. Nicholas proceeded to take his obligation and was entrusted in the usual manner after which the WM was requested to re-occupy his chair for the next part of the ceremony.
The first degree working tools were explained to Nicholas by a young member of the lodge who is waiting to be raised, Oliver Leach. Nicholas retired from the lodge and on his return had the charge delivered to him by David Antonia in a very confident manner.
The newly initiated brother took his place amongst the members of the lodge and the rest of the lodge business was conducted. After the lodge had been closed following a very sincere ceremony the brethren retired to the dining room for refreshment.
Prior to evening’s proceedings, Nicholas was met by his proposer, Mike Cunliffe and the junior deacon Fred Hulse who put him at ease in one of the committee rooms. Nicholas said that his grandfather had been a Mason in Watford and he knew Mike Cunliffe through work connections. He was please to become a Mason as he felt it was an honourable and charitable, institution. He added that he had played in the Woolton Group Golf Tournament as a guest of the Old Lerpoolian team that won the team trophy.