The brethren and the many guests of Old Crosbeian Lodge No 4992, recently met for to witness the installation of Christopher (Chris) Taylor as their new worshipful master. This is the second time that Chris has been master of this lodge; with the ceremony being held at Merchant Taylors’ School in Crosby.
The lodge was honoured by the presence of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Philip Gunning, who was accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Robert Wright, the Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Frank Umbers and vice chairman John Marsden; supported by grand and acting Provincial grand officers.
The installation ceremony commenced with the outgoing WM Ian Walton, warmly welcoming the brethren to the ceremony, saying: “I am delighted to see so many visitors this evening and I hope you all enjoy the ceremony,” before proceeding to open the lodge. After the usual lodge business had been completed Ian proceeded to open the lodge to the second and third degrees, when the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Mark Barton was admitted into the room.
Mark announced that the Deputy Provincial Grand Master was without and demanded admission. Philip was duly admitted into the temple in a magnificent procession. Ian warmly welcomed Philip to the lodge saying: “On behalf of the brethren of the lodge, we are delighted to see you here this evening for this special occasion.” Philip was then offered the gavel which he graciously declined before handing it back.
John Hill, then presented Chris, who was then installed as WM by Ian, according to ancient custom into the chair of King Solomon in an exemplary and faultless ceremony. The working tools of the third degree were given by Ian, the second degree tools by Paul Grainger, and the first degree tools delivered by David Kerns, all three degrees were presented in an excellent and proficient manner.
The address to the chaplain was given by Paul Grainger, the address to the deacons by Ian Walton and the address to the inner guard was delivered by John Hill. These where followed by the address to the worshipful master by Ian, the address to the wardens by Derek Hughson and the address to the brethren by Philip Gunning, all the addresses were delivered in a confident manner.
At the end the ceremony Philip brought congratulations on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison. Philip said: “If Tony was present he would have congratulated Chris and also would have thanked him for taking the office of WM, Tony would wish for Chris to enjoy and have an excellent year in the chair.” Philip went on to congratulate IPM, Ian Walton, for the way he performed the installation, a job well done. and congratulated the officers involved in the ceremony for the excellent work that evening. Philip then thanked and wished the brethren of Old Crosbeian the very best of health and hoped they would all enjoy their Masonic year to the fullest.
Chris closed the lodge in peace and harmony, with the brethren making their way across the school’s courtyard to dine in the magnificent splendour of the library for a delightful festive board.