As one would perceive by the name of the lodge, the members of Temple Lodge No 1094 pride themselves on ritual performed to a high standard. This year’s annual ceremony of installation, performed in compliance to the Bottomley workings, was no exception to the rule.
The lodge was opened in due form by WM Chris Bruffell, ably assisted by his senior and junior wardens, his father John and Dave Johnson respectively. Once the opening business of the lodge was completed, John took the opportunity to welcome all the visitors, with particular mention of the masters in office of the current year, Jorge Perez of Wavertree Gateacre Queensway Lodge No 2294, John McKenzie from Aigburth Lodge No 4103 and Ian turner of Blenheim Lodge No 7519, all within the Liverpool Group.
Director of Ceremonies Stewart Hyde, announced and promptly heralded the arrival of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Robert Wright, accompanied by fellow grand officers; Tom Lovatt, Steve Walls and Liverpool Group Chairman Mark Matthews. Acting Provincial grand officers in attendance were; Tom Bradfield-Kay, Mike Dutton, David Kenworthy, Ray Moore, David Scott, John Walters and Keith Williams. The delegation was warmly received and welcomed by Chris, who then proffered the lodge gavel to Robert. Momentarily accepting it, Robert returned the gavel with a quiet smile.
The brethren then stood in respect to departed merit for member Steve Hartley, who sadly had succumbed to the ravages of illness due to cancer. Steve, who joined Temple Lodge from Sure and Stedfast Lodge No 9326, when it surrendered its warrant in 2014, was a popular character within the lodge and will be sadly missed.
Continuing with the working of the lodge and for the purpose of the ceremony of installation, Chris requested John Cherry to take the chair of senior warden, Steve Walls that of junior warden and Stan Merrill to act as the inner guard. When all was set, the master elect John Bruffell was presented by his brother David Bruffell, a past master of the Woodend Epworth Lodge No 5381. Chris then proceeded to install his father John into the chair of King Solomon in a most dignified manner, after which John invested Chris with the collar and jewel of IPM. The working tools of an installed master were then presented and explained by Stewart Hyde, prior to John receiving the salutations now due to him as the WM of Temple Lodge.
The ceremony continued in due and regular form, as required by Bottomley workings, with the third degree tools explained by Howard Youdan, the second degree tools by Les Bramhill and the first degree tools by Christopher Walls. After the presentation of the warrant, John proceeded with the installation of his officers for the coming year.
The addresses were all given in exemplary fashion, with that to the WM by the presenting officer David Bruffell, to the wardens by John Cherry and Steve Walls, to the deacons by Howard Youdan, to the stewards by Provincial Grand Steward John Walters, Stan Merrill addressed the inner guard and Dave Crowley the tyler. The final address was to the brethren of Temple Lodge, which was given by the principal guest Robert Wright.
On completion of the ceremony, John Bruffell had the very pleasant duty of presenting Robert Wright with a number of charitable cheques in favour of various recipients. These were to the Liverpool Masonic Hall for £95, while a donation of £333 was given to the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital at Broadgreen, in memory of Mrs Lynn Beard, James Henry Kontzle and for the treatment given to brethren of the lodge. A similar donation of £333 was given to the ‘R’ Charity, in continuation of the lodge support aimed specifically for the furnishing and equipping of one of the cancer in-patient treatment rooms at the new Royal Liverpool Hospital. A fourth cheque, also for £333, was for the Friends of Tithebarn. This came to the grand total of £1094, corresponding with the number of the lodge.
On top of this, the lodge also gave £300 towards the MCF 2021 Festival, which was raised at a ‘hog roast’ that the lodge held at the Liverpool Sailing Club. A further £500 is to go the ‘R’ Charity, which Chris Bruffell had selected in his year as WM, with the money being raised via a number of social events. Robert, on behalf of the recipients, thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generosity.
On closing the lodge, all present moved into the banqueting room to partake in an excellent festive board and enjoy fantastic company. The dinner consisted of a cod mornay starter, a main meal of roast lamb, followed by sticky toffee pudding, then cheese and biscuits, tea or coffee.