At the 420th meeting of Adeste Fidelis Lodge No 7425 and in the presence of Howard Griffiths, representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, over 20 brethren and guests assembled in the Geoffrey Hirst Masonic Suite at Woolton Golf Club, to witness John Bell being installed for the second time as master of the lodge. John had previously been master in 1993.
The lodge DC Graeme Scott, requested brethren to stand to receive the WM Geoffrey Roberts, accompanied by his wardens. The lodge was then opened in the first degree and the minutes of the previous meeting were read, confirmed and signed. At this stage, the DC retired and, on his return, announced that the representative of the Provincial Grand Master stood outside and seeked admission.
Howard Griffiths, accompanied by Woolton Group Vice Chairman Mike Cunliffe and other Provincial grand officers entered the lodge and were warmly welcomed by Geoffrey. Howard said that he hoped the WM would have an enjoyable evening and he too was there to enjoy himself.
Opening the lodge to the second degree, the WM requested Gordon Sandford to occupy the position of inner guard. Peter Williams, who had proposed the master elect into Freemasonry, presented John, who then reaffirmed his obligation. The lodge being opened to the third degree, the DC presented salutations to Howard Griffiths. Tommy Lunt received the salutations on behalf of the Provincial grand officers.
All below the rank of an installed master were requested to retire for a short period whilst John, with warmth and sincerity, was installed into the chair of King Solomon.
Steve Dutton delivered the working tools of a master Mason, whilst two of the junior brethren, namely Daren Melia and Daniel McRitchie explained the second and first degree working tools respectively.
The lodge now being resumed in the first degree, the newly installed master appointed and invested his officers for the ensuing year. Peter Williams gave the address to the master and Howard Griffiths the address to the brethren of the lodge.
Following the ceremony, Howard Griffiths conveyed the good wishes and congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, saying that had he been in attendance he would undoubtedly have congratulated the installing master and the lodge DC. Howard also said that Tony wished all brethren to continue to enjoy their Freemasonry.
A cheque for the sum of £300 was presented to Howard for the MCF 2021 Festival, which he accepted with great pleasure, saying that it was a magnificent sum for a small lodge and it would be put to very good use.
After the principal guest and group vice chairman had retired, the lodge was closed in due form, so that the brethren could retire to the dining room to continue their celebrations with a hearty meal and some libation.
Pictures and story by Colin Roberts.