Masonry never sleeps. We are just coming out of the closed season during which Freemasons have been extraordinary busy whether it be holding raffles or festive occasions or even donating monies to local charities or, as in the case of the Woolton Group, visiting care homes in the area and providing them with cup cakes to celebrate with us the tercentenary of Masonry.
With the new Masonic season underway, the first of three installation meetings to be held at Woolton Golf club during the first week of October was in very capable hands. Lodge of Tranquillity No 3877 had a very experienced WM in Dave Boyes who has been in the chair on five previous occasions was handing over to another experienced Mason Alan Samuel Carter who has been in the chair three times.
With such a wealth of Masonic experience, together with APrGM Kevin Poynton accompanied by Provincial Deputy Grand Directors Ceremonies Malcolm Bell and Ian Halsall, it promised to be a great night.
And so it was. It was also unusual in that there were plenty of ‘light blues’ within the lodge and this was creating a very friendly buzz.
At the appointed hour the lodge director of ceremonies, Arthur Cregeen asked brethren to stand to receive their WM, accompanied by his wardens. After the usual opening business had been taken care of, the lodge was raised to the third degree where PrDGDC Malcolm Bell was admitted to announce that the APrGM Kevin Poynton was without and demanded admission.
Kevin, accompanied by Woolton Group Chairman Andrew Whittle and other grand officers, with acting Provincial grand officers, one of whom was a past member of the lodge and now the Provincial Grand Standard Bearer for the Isle of Man Province Mark Clarke, entered to be warmly welcomed by the WM David Boyes who offered Kevin the gavel of the lodge. In response Kevin said that it was a great pleasure to be at Tranquillity Lodge and as it was a quiet night he would hand the gavel back.
Kevin was duly saluted followed by salutations to Alan Sale and other grand officers. Vic Albin took the salutation on behalf of the Provincial grand officers present. The past masters who were going to assist in the ceremony were asked to take their places.
The WM adjourned the lodge to the second degree so that the senior warden, Alan Carter could be presented by Alan Sale and John Copple for installation. Having been in the chair on previous occasions, Alan Carter took his obligation again and the WM then thanked the officers and brethren for the great honour bestowed on him being elected to occupy the WM’s chair and for all their support during the year.
The ceremony of installing Alan Carter into the WM’s chair was expertly done by David Boyes, whilst brethren below the rank of an installed master waited outside. Master Masons were readmitted and the working tools were given by Ian Felton. The second degree tools were given by a fellow craft of the lodge Chris Edwards and entered apprentice Danny Saunders presented the first degree working tools.
Alan Carter was then asked to appoint and invest his officers for the ensuing year. Alan Sale gave the address to the WM, Less Cutting gave the address to the wardens and Kevin Poynton gave the address to the brethren of the lodge.
Installing master David Boyes announced that the ceremony of installation was concluded and this prompted Kevin to rise and convey greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison who wished the newly installed brother good health for his year in office. Tony also commanded Kevin to pass on his best wishes to all the brethren and hoped that they would continue to enjoy their Freemasonry.
Kevin also went to say that had Tony been present he would have undoubtedly congratulated the installing master David Boyes, together with the light blues for a very good ceremony. Alan Carter then presented a cheque to Kevin for the sum of £150 for the Freemasons Grand Charity to which Kevin added his personal thanks but also the thanks on behalf of the recipients whom we would never know.
Following the first rising the Provincial Deputy DCS formed the procession to retire. In due form the lodge was duly closed and the 37 brethren retired to the dining room to enjoy a well-earned meal.
In reply to the toast to his health Kevin thanked the lodge members for a very fine ceremony saying that the grand officers had been very impressed, and informed us that the lodge was going to be busy during the year. In particular, Alan Carter was going to celebrate 50 years in Freemasonry in January and the lodge would celebrate its centenary next October, two very important occasions. Kevin also thanked the Provincial Deputy Grand Directors Ceremonies who had attended upon him and brought lustre to the occasion.
As on all Masonic occasion, a raffle was held with unusual consequences! First ticket to be drawn was that of Kevin’s; second ticket belonged to Malcolm Bell who chose the box of biscuits to save him buying some for the mess on Thursday! And third ticket belonged to Ian Halsall. Who would believe it?
The group chairman Andrew Whittle presented a signed card to the WM and a celebratory cake. The master’s song was rendered by David Woods.
In response to the toast to his health, Alan Carter thanked David Boyes for a very fine ceremony and also the junior brethren who had been meeting with him throughout the summer. All goods things had to come to an end and the tyler Tommy Lunt proposed the final toast of the evening after which brethren made their way home.