Meeting in the Adams Suite in Liverpool Masonic Hall, the former corn exchange lodge, Ceres Lodge No 3501 held their annual installation ceremony.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master Tony Green, the lodge was delighted to receive Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger, supported on this occasion by the secretary of the Liverpool group Robert (Bob) Paterson, grand officer Keith Watson, with acting Provincial grand officers, Richard Wilcock, Ian Thompson and Christopher Gray.
Tony proffered the gavel to David, but a gentleman as always, David received it graciously for a few moments before returning it with a smile. With Tony Green agreeing to serve for another year as master of the lodge it was not the ‘normal’ installation ceremony, but a proclamation. Being such did not detract from the nature and solemnity of the occasion, and everyone involved did a splendid job, with Tony then investing his team for the forthcoming season. To conclude the ceremony David Grainger delivered the address to the brethren in exemplary fashion.
At the end of the ceremony David also brought congratulations on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison. David said: “If Tony was present he would have congratulated Tony Green and would have thanked him for taking the office of WM for another year while the younger brethren move up the ladder. Tony would wish for him to enjoy and have an excellent year in the chair.” David went on to congratulate all the officers involved in the ceremony for the excellent work that evening. He then thanked and wished the brethren of Ceres Lodge the very best of health and hoped they would all enjoy a happy Masonic year.
The WM thanked David for his kind words on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master and presented him with a cheque for £200 in favour of the Province of West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival. Tony closed the lodge in peace and harmony, with the brethren making their way to the adjoining banqueting suite for pre-dinner drinks and a delightful festive board. Speaking afterwards, Liverpool group representative Bob Paterson said it had been a magnificent evening all round, an excellent ceremony performed within the lodge room, followed by a superb festive board and harmonious camaraderie throughout with the visiting Provincial officers being in fine spirit. This had been a thoroughly pleasant evening which was much enjoyed by all.