Video delight for Liverpool

The immortal lines taken from the pen of Robert Burns in his poem of ‘To a Mouse’ could have proved true yet again.

Vice chairman Dave Johnson (centre) and guests.

Vice chairman Dave Johnson (centre) and guests.

‘The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!’ This is commonly translated from the Scottish dialect as ‘the best laid schemes of mice and men often go askew, and leaves us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy!’ Instead of a plough destroying the nest of the mouse, the planned meeting for members of Wavertree Gateacre Queensway Lodge No 2294 was devastated by inclement weather.

The lodge had spent considerable time and effort arranging an evening, open to none Masons and ladies, to hear Dr Robert Lomas deliver his lecture entitled ‘The Da Vinci Code and Me’. With over 100 people booked in and meals arranged, it was looking to be a guaranteed success, until a phone call was made from the other side of the Pennines. Robert was well and truly ‘snowed in’ and the roads had all been closed. With it being too late to cancel the meeting an answer had to be found.

Those outside of Freemasonry, who just love a conspiracy theory, would take great pleasure in explaining what happened next. The members took part in a secret ritual, triangulating the celestial bodies to clear a path for Dr Lomas to be transported to Liverpool Masonic Hall, probably by astral travel, using the method laid out by Lobsang Rampa.

Guests enjoying the meal.

Guests enjoying the meal.

Of course, the real answer to the problem was as simple as a phone call, in which WM Jorge Perez in conjunction with Dr Lomas, came up with the idea of a video link. With the assistance of Liverpool Masonic Hall and the WM’s IT skills, an alternative was set up with a big screen and sound system put in place in the lodge room. It was decided that Dr Lomas would transmit a lecture called ‘What is Freemasonry’, which he had first given to the Grand Lodge of India.

On the evening itself, the lodge was opened in due form by WM Jorge Perez and his officers and then ‘called off’ to receive the visitors. It was rather ‘snug’ in the temple but no one seemed to mind. The first part of the evening went well and it was only when it came to the questions and answers did there appear to be a problem with the video link.

Unfortunately, due to this technical difficulty, the question and answer section had to be trimmed and the visitors retired to get pre-dinner drinks. In the meantime, the lodge was called ‘back on’ and the final pieces of lodge business carried out. The Liverpool Group Vice Chairman Dave Johnson, congratulated Jorge for a very enjoyable evening and the initiative way in which he had found to open up Masonry to all.

In spite of the ice and snow, 95 guests managed to attend and sit down to dine in the main banqueting suite, which added to the great atmosphere that had been created in the lodge room. In the reply to the toast to his health, the WM took the chance to advertise his ladies’ night in April and weather permitting, Dr Lomas would present the ‘The Da Vinci Code and Me’ lecture in November. The WM Jorge Perez and the members of Wavertree Gateacre Queensway Lodge thanked all those who attended.

WM Jorge Perez (centre) with guests.

WM Jorge Perez (centre) with guests.

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