Childwall Lodge No 5235 has held its annual installation ceremony at Liverpool Masonic Hall. The lodge was founded in 1930 by a number of brethren, in order to perpetuate the memory of the rustic beauty of the ancient township of Childwall and who also knew and appreciated it before its park lands and undulating pastures were effaced by the expansion of the city of Liverpool.
This missive is found inscribed upon the title page of the of the Childwall volume used in the lodge today. Childwall Lodge also carries the distinction of being one of only four Hall Stone lodge’s meeting in Liverpool city centre today. Childwall, along with Acacia Lodge No 4512 both meet within the Masonic hall on Hope Street, while St George’s Lodge of Harmony No 32 and Lodge of Perseverance No 155 meet at the Adelphi Hotel.
This year’s ceremony, with just under 40 in attendance, was the first Craft installation of the season for Liverpool, with the lodge being opened by the installing master Tony Fennell, assisted by his officers of the year. A warm welcome was given to Colin Jenkins as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, accompanied by Roy Pyne. Representing the Liverpool Group were chair and vice chairman Mark Matthews and David Johnson respectively.
On completing formalities and salutations, Tony Fennell proceeded with the ceremony of installation for the incoming master Lord Bromhead and as to be expected it proved to be a superb and faultless ceremony. Tony was assisted throughout by director of ceremonies Mike Wallis and past master Barry Fletcher, both adding greatly to the proceedings.
There followed a passage of equally excellent ritual, beginning with the explanation and application for the working tools of each degree. The junior deacon, Alan Ray, commanded an attentive audience as he effortlessly covered the tools of the master Mason, to be followed in similar style by Richard McKenna, with the final set of tools presented by Albert Smith. The delivery and expertise of all three, held much to be commended.
The high standard of ritual was maintained throughout the remainder of the ceremony and investiture of officers, with Mark Connell providing a passionate and sincere address to the master. David Cross gave a delightfully animated word-perfect address to the wardens. The address to the brethren given by the representative Colin Jenkins, was fully delivered with genuineness and geniality which made for an ideal completion to the installation.
Lord Bromhead was then delighted to present three cheques of benevolence on behalf of Childwall Lodge, these being gratefully accepted on behalf of the recipients by Colin Jenkins. The first of the cheques favoured the MCF 2021 Festival at £400, followed by £200 for Liverpool Masonic Hall, with the third, also at £200, in favour of the Friends of Tithebarn.
On completion of the ceremony those present retired to the adjacent banqueting suite for the traditional festive board.