The ceremony commenced following the entrance into the lodge room of Mark Dimelow who was escorted by grand and Provincial grand officers including, Liverpool Group Chairman Sam Robinson, Liverpool Masonic Hall Chairman John Roberts and Fred Hunter, Barry Elman, and Andrew Ross (grand officers). They were preceded by Provincial Grand Steward Gordon Farmer and acting lodge deacons in a most colourful procession. The lodge were delighted to receive Mark Dimelow, this being his first visit since being appointed as Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
After the salutations and declining the proffered gavel, the proceedings commenced. Paul Hudson, assisted by lodge DC Colin Wood, led a fine installation ceremony which ensured that the dignity and high importance of Masonry was fully upheld and illustrated. The master elect Phil Jones was placed into the chair of King Solomon in a most professional manner. Paul was assisted in his task by lodge members Nick Hughes, Stuart McQueen and Raymond Sephton, who rendered explanations of the third, second and first degree working tools respectively in a commendable fashion. The first act of newly installed WM Phil, was to appoint and invest as his senior warden Keith Jones, his father and Dennis Knowles as his junior warden.
The address to the senior warden was given by Len Rubins, to the junior warden by Dave Toller and to both wardens by Barry Elman. Other addresses given were, to the deacons by Steve Kayne and to the inner guard by Paul Rattigan, while the stewards had the pleasure of receiving their address from Gordon Farmer and equally pleased, the brethren of the lodge, being addressed by Mark Dimelow.
Phil was then congratulated by Mark Dimelow, who passed on the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master for a most successful year. Phil then had the delightful task of presenting a number of charitable donations to Mark consisting of six cheques of £225 each for Liverpool Masonic Hall, West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, Marie Curie Centre, Marina Dalglish Centre, Zoe’s Place, the Stapley Nursing Home in Mossley Hill, and another to the Royal British Legion for £152, a grand total of £1,502. Mark said that the cheques constituted a generous contribution and it had not gone unnoticed that the total corresponds to the number of the lodge and he gave thanks on behalf of all those who would benefit.
At the conclusion, all the members retired to the banqueting suite for a celebratory meal which appertained to the Jewish tradition.