At the meeting of Crosby Lodge No 3714, held at the Litherland Masonic Hall, the brethren and their many guests recently gathered to witness the installation of Peter Levick as their new worshipful master. This is the first time Peter has been WM of Crosby Lodge, but he has previously been a WM; twice in Alexandra Lodge No 7245 before joining Crosby. For the ceremony, the lodge was honoured by the presence of the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Robert Wright, who on this occasion was accompanied by the Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Frank Umbers, vice chairmen John Marsden and Stephen Brereton, together with the grand and Provincial acting grand officers.
The ceremony commenced with the outgoing WM Mark Sands, welcoming the brethren to the ceremony, before opening the lodge. After the usual lodge business had been completed Mark proceeded to open the lodge to the second and third degrees, where the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Mark Barton was admitted into the room.
Mark Barton announced Robert Wright was without and demanded admission and he was duly admitted into the temple in a magnificent possession, accompanied by the distinguished guests. Mark Sands warmly welcomed Robert to the lodge and thanked him for his attendance on this special occasion, before offering Robert the gavel which he graciously declined.
Mark then proceeded to install Peter, according to ancient custom into the chair of King Solomon in an excellent faultless ceremony, with Mark presenting the working tools for all three degrees in an excellent proficient manner.
The address to the deacons was given by Malcolm Keen, the address to stewards was given by Mark Sands, the address to the WM by David Smith, followed by the address to the wardens by Tom Croll. The address to the brethren was expertly presented by Robert Wright; with all the addresses delivered in an excellent confident proficient manner.
At the end the ceremony Robert addressed the brethren by bringing greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison wishing Peter and all the brethren the very best of health and hoped they will all enjoy their Masonic year to the fullest. Robert acknowledge the excellent work Mark has done for the lodge over the last year and for the elegant, sincere and warm ceremony that he performed that evening.
Peter then had the pleasure to present Robert with three cheques for charity, £750 for the MCF 2021 Festival, £200 for Friends of Tithebarn and £150 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. On behalf of the recipients Robert thanked the lodge for their very kind donations.
With the ceremony being over Peter closed the lodge in peace and harmony, with the brethren making their way to the festive board to continue the celebration; which was enjoyed by all the brethren.