Meeting in the Adams Suite at Liverpool Masonic Hall, Ceres Lodge No 3501, who in former times took their membership from the corn exchange, have held their annual installation ceremony. With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master Tony Green, the lodge was delighted to receive Colin Jenkins as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Colin was supported on this occasion by the Liverpool Group Vice Chairman David Johnson and grand officer Keith Watson.
With the start of the installation ceremony getting underway, the master elect John Lewis was presented by Alan Roberts, prior to listening to the ancient charges and the taking of his obligation. John has been a member of Ceres Lodge for many years but has been unable to progress to the chair of King Solomon until now due to work commitments.
John was sincerely installed by Tony Green in a flawless manner. Tony performed the entire ceremony himself and barely needed a prompt all evening. His delivery of the working tools for all three of the degrees, plus his rendition of the address to the newly installed master, which he undertook later, was exemplary. With the completion of his installation, John invested Tony Green with the collar and jewel as immediate past master and then appointed his incoming officers for the year.
Following the address to the master by Tony, Dave Johnson addressed the charity steward Alan Roberts and the evening was rounded off with the address to the brethren of the lodge, which again was delivered in a superb manner, by Colin Jenkins.
At the end of the ceremony, Colin brought congratulations on behalf of the PrGM to the new master John Lewis and added that if Tony Harrison had been present he would have congratulated both Tony Green for the excellence displayed in installing his successor and the acting director of ceremonies Alan Roberts, who had stood in at a moment’s notice. He would also certainly wish the WM to have an enjoyable and excellent year in the chair. Colin went on to congratulate all the officers involved in the ceremony for their excellent work 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 Colin for his kind words on behalf of the PrGM and presented him with a cheque for £150 in favour of the MCF 2021 Festival.
John 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 Dave Johnson said it had been a magnificent evening all round. An excellent ceremony had been performed within the lodge room, followed by a superb festive board, with harmonious camaraderie throughout. It had been a thoroughly pleasant evening, which was much enjoyed by all. David continued, by saying that this lodge may be small in numbers, but it is huge in its commitment to Masonic ceremony and the very tenets and principles of the order. The dignity and efficiency of those in office during the ceremony was to be very much admired. All in all, this was a night that the new master John Lewis and the brethren of Ceres Lodge, will remember for many years to come.