The brethren of Mersey Lodge No 5199, with their guests gathered at Ormskirk Masonic Hall, to witness the installation of William Knibb as their new WM and it is the third time that William has been WM for Mersey Lodge. For the evening’s ceremony the lodge was honoured by the presence of Colin Jenkins Chairman of the Southport Group as their principal guest. Colin was accompanied by the Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Frank Umbers, group vice chairman Graham Chambers, grand officer Malcolm Alexander and acting Provincial grand officers Mike Dutton and Thomas Bradfield-Kay.
The outgoing and installing WM Stephen Andrews started the evening’s proceedings by warmly welcoming the visiting brethren to the meeting, before opening the lodge and after the initial business was completed; the lodge director of ceremonies Peter Blazey announced that Colin Jenkins was without seeking admission. Colin was then admitted into the temple accompanied by the grand officers and acting Provincial grand officers, where Stephen warmly welcomed Colin to the ceremony.
The master elect, William Knibb was then presented to the lodge by the presenting officers Les Donnell and Ray Rawsthorne, and after William had taken his obligation, Stephen thanked the brethren for all their support and hard work during his year in office, before Stephen proceeded to install William, according to ancient custom into the chair of King Solomon in an excellent and faultless ceremony.
The working tools in all three degrees were presented in an excellent and proficient manner by Peter Blazey and during the ceremony when the officers were being invested, the address to junior warden was given by George Hewittt and the address to the tyler was given by Michael Atherton.
Once the officers had been invested, the address to the WM was given by Peter, followed by the address to the wardens by Les Donnell and the address to the brethren of the lodge by Colin Jenkins; all delivered in a confident and excellent manner.
At the end the ceremony of installation, Colin addressed the brethren by bringing congratulations from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, wishing William and all the brethren the very best of health and hoping they have a happy Masonic year. Colin congratulated Stephen for the excellent and the most sincere manner in which he had installed William into the chair. Colin then proceeded to congratulate all the brethren who had taken part in the ceremony.
The ceremony now being completed, William had the privilege to presented Colin on behalf of the charities two cheques, £400 for the MCF 2021 Festival and £200 to Tithebarn. On behalf of the recipients Colin thanked the lodge members for their very kind and generous donations.
During the first rising the new IPM Stephen Andrews, gave a superb and detailed explanation of the grand lodge certificate to Lee McDowell before it was presented to him by the WM.
After closing the lodge in prayer and harmony the brethren made their way to an excellent festive board which include a five course meal, which was enjoyed by all.