The brethren of Bootle Pilgrim Lodge No 1473 and their guests gathered at Litherland Masonic Hall, for their installation meeting to see Mike Melia become their new master. It is the second time that Mike has been in the chair of the lodge, the first time was in 2012. For the evening’s ceremony, the lodge was honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Robert Wright as the principal guest and he was accompanied by the Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Frank Umbers, group vice-chairman Graham Chambers, grand officers Ron Elliott and Malcolm Alexander together with acting Provincial grand officers David Scott, John Walters, Russell Skidmore and Carl Mathews.
The meeting commenced with the outgoing WM Allan Hore warmly welcoming the brethren and visitors, before proceeding to open the lodge. Once the initial business had been completed, the DC Ron Elliott, announced Robert Wright was without and he demanded admission. Robert was then admitted into the temple accompanied by the grand and acting Provincial grand officers. Allan then warmly welcomed Robert and offered him the gavel of the lodge, which was gracefully declined.
The master elect was then presented to the lodge by the presenting officers Ron Elliott and Mike Clarke and after Mike Melia had taken his obligation, the outgoing WM thanked the brethren for all the support they had given him during his year in office.
He then proceeded to install Mike, according to ancient custom into the chair of King Solomon. The working tools of the third degree were presented and explained by Keith Rushton, the second degree tools by Brian Casey and those of the first degree by Allan Hore, all in an excellent and proficient manner.
The handover address for the senior warden was given by Ken Mitchell and the address for the junior warden was given by Gordon Martin. The address to the stewards was given by Carl Matthews, the address to WM was given by Ron Elliott and the address to the wardens was given by George Macdonald. The address to the brethren was delivered by Robert Wright. All delivered these addresses in their usual confident manner.
At the end of the ceremony Robert brought the congratulations on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Robert said: “If Tony had been present he would have congratulated Mike on becoming WM and would wish for him to enjoy and have great year in the chair.” Robert continued: “The PrGM would also have congratulated the IPM, Allan Hore, the lodge’s new DC, Ian Kenyon and the former DC Ron Elliott for the way they performed the installation and indeed would have thanked all the brethren of the lodge who have been involved in tonight’s ceremony.”
The ceremony having been completed, Mike had the pleasure to present Robert with three cheques on behalf of the lodge; £300 for the MCF 2021 Festival, £200 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £100 for Tithebarn Masonic Home. Robert, on behalf of the recipients, thanked the brethren for their generous donations to the various charities.
With the lodge having 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, Robert gave his own congratulations and that of the other grand officers to Mike and wished him a very successful and enjoyable year as master. Robert continued by expressing his own congratulations to the brethren of the lodge and to those who were involved in the ceremony. He also mentioned and congratulated the brethren who would be receiving appointments and promotions at the next Provincial Grand Lodge meeting. He congratulated the current group chairman Frank Umbers on his appointment to the office of APrGM and also congratulated Graham Chambers and Malcolm Alexander who would be taking up the posts of Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively.
During the festive board a raffle for charity was held, raising £104. Before the enjoyable and convivial evening ended, Robert received a bouquet of flowers from the lodge to pass on to his wife Tina.