Another of the many Liverpool lodges’ which follow the Bottomley style of working, has just completed its annual installation ceremony in the Roman Suite in Liverpool Masonic Hall.
Founded in 1921, St Peter’s Lodge No 4324 has always been renowned for its high standard within the lodge room and its enjoyment at the festive board. This relationship between hard work and just reward, has been the key to success for the lodge over many years. This year was no exception, with WM Peter Fay giving a very warm welcome to the substantial number of visitors in attendance, before opening the lodge in due form, ably assisted by his wardens and officers.
With the regular lodge business swiftly taken care of by the master, the principal guest of the evening Sam Robinson, acting as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, entered the lodge room. With Sam on this occasion, was Chairman of Liverpool Group Mark Matthews and the acting Provincial Grand Pursuivant Jim McNally. On taking his place in the room, Sam thanked Peter for his warm greeting and wished him well for a successful night.
The ceremony of installation commenced with Peter requesting Ken Bradley to occupy the senior warden’s chair, John Rowe to continue to occupy the chair of the junior warden and Eddie O’Hare to take position as inner guard. This was an honour for Eddie, a visitor for many years from Woolton Lodge No 6448 and currently their WM. The master elect Stuart Kidd, was then presented to the installing WM by John Doig and after giving his assent to the ancient charges was escorted before Peter to recite his obligation. Following this, Peter requested that the officers of the lodge be lined up in the north and thanked them for their services to himself and to the lodge over the previous year.
Peter then conducted the ceremony, with Stuart being duly installed as WM. Mal Myers presented the third degree working tools, while Peter Fay gave the proclamations in each degree and also presented the working tools of the fellow craft and entered apprentice. The warrant, book of constitution, notes for the guidance of members and the lodge by-laws, were then presented to Stuart by Peter.
An explanation of the Grand Lodge Jewel and the 275-year old commemorative jewel worn on the collar of the WM, was delivered by Mal Myers. Stuart then proceeded to appoint and invest his officers for the coming year.
All the addresses were given in an excellent manner, that to the charity steward Stuart Kidd, was read by Mark Matthews and a printed copy presented to him, the address to the master was by Ken Bradley, while Geoff Green gave the address to the deacons. The address to the brethren of the lodge was given in fine style by Sam Robinson.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Sam rose to convey the greetings, congratulations and best wishes of the PrGM to the newly installed, first time master Stuart Kidd, as well as the officers and brethren of the lodge. He thanked IPM Peter Fay, director of ceremonies John Lambert, past masters and all other assisting brethren for an excellent and enjoyable ceremony. Particular mention was made with regard to organist Ian Jones, whose delightful musical accompaniment enhanced the ceremony immeasurably.
Stuart then had the pleasure of presenting to Sam a number of cheques on behalf of the lodge members totalling £2,525 to the following causes; Prostate Cancer UK £225; Tithebarn £200; Liverpool Seafarers Charity £200; Liverpool Masonic Hall £550; Macmillan £225 and the MCF 2021 Festival £1,125. Sam thanked the WM and the brethren of St Peter’s Lodge for their generous giving. At the conclusion of the meeting all present moved into the banqueting suite to toast the newly installed master and then partake of a tremendous festive board.
In responding to the toast to the grand officers, Sam began by saying what a pleasure it was to see so many present to support Stuart at his installation. He added, that it was also a pleasure to see another ‘light blue’ brother being installed into the chair of a Liverpool lodge, although it was whispered he wore a darker shade when at a local football ground.
Sam spoke at length about the MCF 2021 Festival, also explaining that many members in the Province of West Lancashire had benefited from assistance from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and encouraged brethren to sign up for patron status.
Stuart Kidd responded to his toast by thanking everyone for supporting him on his special occasion, adding that he greatly appreciated their attendance. He tried to explain how he felt on such a night, being the fourth generation of his family to be in St Peter’s Lodge and the third of those to occupy the chair of King Solomon, it was a mixture of pride, nerves and humility. He thanked all those who had delivered addresses and explained the tools, as well as the lodge secretary Mal Myers, for his work in the background, making sure that everything went off without a hitch. He paid particular thanks to the lodge DC John Lambert and concluded by thanking the brethren who had accepted lodge offices for the ensuing year and assured his audience that he would work diligently for the benefit of the lodge during his year in the chair and beyond.