The brethren and guests of Old Lerpoolian lodge No 9720 met at Woolton Golf Club for their installation meeting. John McGibon worshipful master of the lodge along with his officers, including Peter Connolly acting as senior warden and Rick Thompson acting as inner guard, opened the lodge in the first degree and quickly despatched the usual business.
The lodge director of ceremonies Mike Mansfield-Corbett, retired from the lodge and on his return announced that Kevin Poynton, Assistant Provincial Grand Master stood outside and demanded admission, John said that they would be pleased to receive him. Kevin, accompanied by two grand lodge officers Clive Jeffries and Keith Sanders together with acting provincial officers Gordon Sandford and Tom Arnold, as well as the group vice chairman Mike Cunliffe were led into the lodge by two entered apprentices and two fellowcraft Freemasons. Kevin was introduced to John who wished him an enjoyable evening before offering Kevin the gavel of the lodge which was returned with alacrity.
Mike then informed the brethren that having been re-elected he then proceeded to proclaim John as worshipful master for the ensuing year. As the majority of officers were also retaining their positions they too were re-appointed by John. Mike informed John that that concluded the ceremony of installation which prompted Kevin to rise and convey greetings and best wishes from the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison. Kevin said that John had brought lustre to the lodge during the year and wished him another enjoyable year in office along with his officers. John then rose and presented two cheques to Kevin the first for the 2021 Festival and the second for the Friends of Tithebarn both in the sum of £300 each. Kevin thanked the lodge for their generous donations reminding us that the money had come from the brethren willingly and not through collection boxes and he thanked everyone on behalf of the recipients.
The next order of business was to pass brother Nick Honess. The lodge deacons Fred Hulse and Clive Duckett attended upon Nick whilst he answered the usual questions and then retired from the lodge with the other entered apprentices. The lodge was then opened to the second degree.
Once prepared Nick was re-admitted in to the lodge where he took his obligation and was duly passed to the second degree. The working tools were presented by a young fellowcraft John McMullan and after the ceremony had been concluded and Nick restored himself to his former comfort the WM congratulated him and informed him that an explanation of the tracing board would be delivered at some future meeting. The lodge was then closed to the first degree and the entered apprentices readmitted in to the lodge.
On the first rising the secretary informed the brethren of the communications from grand lodge when the director of ceremonies formed the recession. After further communications the lodge was duly closed so that the brethren could make their way to the festive board for the evening meal. The three course meal consisted of soup of the day, roast chicken, cherry pie and custard followed by tea or coffee. Wine was served by the stewards throughout the meal.
Granville Jeffries asked the worshipful master to rise along with Clive Jeffries and Keith Sanders to drink a toast to “the last four founders”. Instead of the usual song after the toast to “absent friends” the school anthem was sung in Latin. At the end of the meal Kevin was presented with some flowers for his wife Sue and Mike Cunliffe with flowers for his wife Felicity.
Article and pictures by Colin Roberts.