The installation ceremony for the peripatetic Sovereigns Peace Lodge No 8911, has taken place within the Adams Room at Liverpool Masonic Hall. This was the 156th regular meeting of the lodge, which was consecrated in 1979 as a ‘daughter lodge’ of Liverpool Lodge No 1547. The well attended meeting was honoured by the presence of Sam Robinson as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master and was accompanied by Liverpool Group Chairman Mark Matthews, group vice-chair Dave Johnson, along with many other officers of grand and Provincial grand lodge.
The lodge was opened in due form by the master Bob Fisher, ably assisted by his wardens. On completion of the standard lodge business, Sam Robinson and his entourage entered in colourful procession, reminiscent of an Indian durbar and was warmly greeted by the master, before being escorted to his rightful position within the lodge to receive the salutations. The brethren witnessed Arthur placed into the chair of King Solomon with heartfelt sincerity. After assuming the master’s chair, Arthur was presented with an explanation of the working tools of the third, second and first degrees by Dave Richards, in a most delightful manner. Following the appointment of the lodge officers the address to the new master was delivered in a particularly pleasing manner, followed by the address to the new wardens by Mark Matthews and in a way that was equally praiseworthy, while Sam delivered the address to the brethren with consummate skill and sincerity.
On completion of the installation ceremonial, Sam stood to bring the greetings of the PrGM Tony Harrison, saying that it had been a ceremony that Tony would have thoroughly enjoyed. Following very effusive praise for all who had participated, he brought the traditional greetings and good wishes to the new master and the lodge members. In his response, Arthur Monk requested that greetings were also reciprocated to the PrGM. With the conclusion of the meeting within the lodge room all retired to the festive board, where after toasting the health of new master, Arthur and the brethren sat down to enjoy a delightful menu.
Here Sam was eager to take the opportunity to offer his personal greetings and congratulations to the brethren and new officers of the lodge and to wish Arthur the very best of health to enjoy his year to the full. He referred to the tremendous work done by the Masonic Hall Chairman John Roberts and the hall directors for the improvements to what he considered to be a very fine Masonic hall. He also said he was delighted to see that membership was increasing, but also expressed his regret that we were losing members due to the depredations of increasing age amongst the membership. On a more positive note, he was particularly pleased to hear of the increase in the number of young men joining Masonry. He also urged those brethren not already in the Royal Arch to consider joining.
Thanks, were also proffered to the grand and acting Provincial grand officers for supporting him on this visit to Sovereign’s Peace. In conclusion, Sam thanked the secretary of the lodge for all his efforts leading up to the installation, it had made his job so much easier. Later in the evening, when responding to the toast to his health, proposed by the group chairman, Arthur said he was delighted to be serving this lodge for the second time, previously taking the chair in 2003.