Brethren were heard saying: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to witness the installation ceremony of Everton Lodge No 823”
The meeting was held in the magnificent Corinthian temple at Liverpool Masonic Hall. It was immediately apparent that all the members concerned in the ceremony and in particular the immediate past and installing master, Jim Ramsay, had worked long and hard to produce such a polished and professional performance of the ritual.
The ceremony commenced with the entrance of grand officer Ian Gee, who was the representative of the Provincial Grand Master on this occasion. Ian was accompanied by grand officer and Everton Lodge member Rev Walter Balmer and by Liverpool Group Vice Chairman Bob Povall, group secretary Dave Johnson and escorted into the lodge room by a large number of Provincial officers.
The salutations completed, the incoming WM Andrew Chatterton, was presented by Paul Robinson and Mervyn Parry. Having assented to the charges, Andrew was placed into the chair of King Solomon according to ancient custom in a truly admirable fashion.
Highlights of the ceremony included flawless presentations of the working tools in the third degree by Jim Eddowes, in the second degree by Paul Shrimpton and in the first degree by Brian Gillbanks. Each received a suitable accolade from the assembled brethren. Jim Ramsay continued his masterly performance with a flawless address to the new master. Lodge DC John Walsh similarly addressed the new wardens and Ian Gee gave the address to the brethren of Everton Lodge.
Following the presentation of the lodge warrant and by-laws, Ian rose and passed on to Andrew Chatterton the congratulations of the PrGM on his installation. He also congratulated Jim Ramsay and John Walsh for their hard work and in particular congratulated the younger brethren who had presented the working tools. In response, Andrew presented Ian with two cheques representing charitable contributions to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity in the sum of £200 and the Liverpool Masonic Hall Appeal also for £200. Ian thanked the lodge on behalf of the beneficiaries.
As the new master, Andrew is looking forward to a busy year in a lodge which is undergoing a renaissance, with new and joining members in the coming months. Local man Andrew is married to Ann-Marie and they are the proud parents of a grown up daughter in the banking profession and a 17 year old son who is keen to join Freemasonry. Andrew is a public servant who has worked in a number of posts. He is a Royal Arch supporter and a member of Everton Chapter No 823 and is looking forward to progressing to high offices therein. Outside Freemasonry, he is a keen member of the Territorial Army in which he has an educational role that takes up a great deal of his remaining spare time.
There can be no doubt that Everton Lodge will continue to prosper in the future with such keen and conscientious members.