The brethren and guests of Bootle Pilgrim Lodge No 1473 recently gathered at the Litherland Masonic Hall, for their installation ceremony to see WM Alan Hore, being proclaimed the lodge’s worshipful master for a second year in the chair of King Solomon. For the ceremony the lodge was honoured by the presence of Howard Griffiths, Chairman of the Garston Group of Lodges and Chapters, as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master.
The meeting commenced with Alan warmly welcoming the brethren and the visitors before proceeding to open the lodge. Once the initial lodge business had been completed, DC Mathew Kelly announced that Howard Griffiths was without and sought admission. Howard was then brought into the temple in a procession, accompanied by Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Frank Umbers, vice chairmen John Marsden and Stephen Brereton; who were supported by the grand officers, Fred Wright, Arend van Duyvenbode, Ron Elliott and Malcom Alexander.
Once the brethren were seated the ceremony began with IPM, Keith Rushton, proclaiming Alan as master of the lodge, according to ancient custom. Keith then presented the working tools for the third and second degree and Russell Skidmore presenting those of the first degree; both delivering the tools in their usual confident manner
The address to the wardens was given by George Macdonald and the address to the lodges brethren by Howard Griffiths, again both delivering their addresses with warmth and sincerity.
Towards the end of the ceremony Howard brought the congratulations on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison. Howard said: “If Tony had been present he would have congratulated Alan and thanked him for taking the office of WM for another year, Tony would wish for Alan to enjoy and have another great year in the chair.” Howard also said that Tony would have congratulated Keith Rushton, Ron Elliott and the lodge’s former DC Mathew Kelly for the way they performed the installation.
The ceremony concluded with Alan presenting Howard with four cheques on behalf of the lodge; £300 for the MCF 2021 Festival, £200 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £100 for the Litherland Masonic Hall and £100 to Friends of Tithebarn. Howard responded on behalf of the recipients thanking the brethren for their generous donations to the various charities.
With the lodge closed in perfect harmony, the brethren made their way to the dining room for an excellent festive board. In response to the toast to the grand officers and his health, Howard gave his own congratulations, and that of the grand officers to Alan wishing him a very successful and enjoyable year as WM, Howard gave his own congratulations to the brethren of the lodge and those who were involved in the ceremony. During his response Howard informed the brethren about the importance of the new care system and the almoner’s role in the Province of West Lancashire and how this new system will be adopted by other Provinces.
During the festive board a raffle was held, raising £142, which will be donated to various charities throughout the year. With the evening coming to an end a presentation was made to Howard for his wife Linda of a bouquet of flowers from the lodge members. With the evening drawn to a close the brethren retired to go home, after having an enjoyable ceremony and festive board in good company with lots of jovial fun.