Director of ceremonies of the lodge Graeme Scott asked the brethren to stand to receive the WM Geoffrey Roberts accompanied by his wardens and deacons. Having entered the lodge room, Geoffrey welcomed the brethren and hoped that they would have an enjoyable evening. The lodge was opened in due form and after the minutes of the previous meeting had been read they were confirmed and signed as a true record.
The DC retired and upon his returned informed the lodge brethren that Andy Whittle, Chairman of Woolton Group and the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison stood without and seeked admission. Geoffrey said that the lodge would be very pleased to receive him. Andy accompanied by the group vice chairman Mike Cunliffe entered the lodge in due form and were warmly welcomed by Geoffrey. Andy saying that it was a pleasure to be present for the ceremony.
Geoffrey then opened the lodge to the second and third degree and Andy was duly saluted. Alan Phythian took the salute on behalf of the Provincial grand officers present. Graeme Scott then proclaimed Geoffrey Roberts as the worshipful master for the ensuing year.
In what turned out to be a short but very sincere ceremony the master Masons saluted Geoffrey, the lodge was closed to the second degree and fellow crafts saluted Geoffrey. The lodge was then closed to the first degree and entered apprentices saluted Geoffrey with Graeme providing an explanation of the working tools in all three degrees. Geoffrey appointed and invested his officers providing the collar address to his junior warden.
Once the officers who were able to be present had been invested the director of ceremonies attended upon Andy Whittle to provide the address to the brethren of the lodge after which he informed Geoffrey that the installation ceremony was concluded. This prompted Andy Whittle to rise and convey heartiest congratulations to Geoffrey for taking the Chair for a second time and Andy, on behalf of Tony, congratulated Graeme Scott for all the hard work he had put into the evening and also on behalf of Tony wished all the brethren best wishes for the ensuing year and a hope that they continue to enjoy their Masonry.
The WM then rose to present a cheque to Andy who thanked the lodge for its very generous donation of £300 for the Masonic Charities. Andy also informed the lodge of the outstanding donations that the lodge had already given during the year with £81 to West Lancashire Freemason’s Charity, £50 for the Morecombe Bay 2017 walk, £50 to Marie Curie and £125 to Woolton Boys Brigade. Considering that the lodge has only 21 subscribing members these are magnificent sums.
After the first rising Andy Whittle and Mike Cunliffe retired. In due form the lodge was closed so that the brethren could retire to the dining room.
In response to the toast to his health, Andy Whittle reminded brethren of the importance of the MCF 2021 Festival currently running within the Province and asked brethren to wear their jewels with pride. The monies the lodge has already given is a testament to the lodge’s commitment. In closing, Andy drew attention to the group publicity officer Colin Roberts, thanking him for all the work he does in supporting the Woolton Group.
Later, Andy presented Geoffrey with a signed card on behalf of the Woolton Group Executive and a suitably inscribed cake. The tyler, John Hibbert, brought the proceedings to a close by proposing the final toast in his usual eloquent style.