Ormskirk Priory Lodge No 4007, which is one of the smaller lodges within the Ormskirk and Bootle Group, is approaching its centenary which it will celebrate in 2019. They started their new Masonic season with their installation meeting, held at the Ormskirk Masonic Hall. At the evening’s ceremony the lodge was honoured by the presence of Peter Levick, as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Peter was accompanied on his visit by the Ormskirk and Bootle Chairman Graham Chambers, the vice chairman Malcolm Alexander, additional grand officers Roy Worthington and John Wilcox, accompanied by acting Provincial grand officer Russell Morris.
The outgoing WM Stuart Cunningham welcomed everyone to the evening’s installation and proceeded to open the lodge in the first degree, after which DC Bert Patterson informed him that Peter Levick was without and sought admittance. He was duly admitted into the lodge in a procession, accompanied by the grand officers and the acting Provincial grand officer, where upon Stuart formally welcomed Peter to the lodge.
Stuart then proceeded to open in the second and third degree’s, following which Stuart asked Ian Kennedy, the senior warden to remain in that office, Alan Ashcroft to occupy the junior warden’s chair and Peter Fairclough to remain as inner guard for the installation ceremony.
The master elect, John Rawcliffe was then presented to the lodge by Trevor Martin and after John had taken his obligation, Stuart asked the officers of Ormskirk Priory Lodge to stand, whilst he thanked them for all their help, support and hard work during his year in office. John was then proficiently installed into the chair of King Solomon by Stuart.
The working tools for the third degree were presented by Bert Patterson, the second degree by Ian Kennedy and the working tools for the first degree were presented by Brian Heaney, all in a confident and proficient manner.
The address to WM was given by John Wallbank and the address to the brethren by Peter Levick, again all the addresses were delivered faultlessly and in a proficient manner. Graham Chambers then stood up and gave John the presentation of the Hall Stone Jewel.
The ceremony now being completed, Peter stood and brought the personal greetings and congratulations to John from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison on his attaining the chair. Peter congratulated all those that had taken part in the ceremony, mentioning the excellent installation undertaken by outgoing WM Stuart, the DC Bert and all the brethren who delivered the working tools and addresses.
The ceremony now being completed, John presented Peter with three cheques on behalf of charity, £100 to the British Heart Foundation, £100 to Cancer Research and £100 to Derain House Children’s Hospice and on behalf of the recipients Peter thanked the lodge for their very kind and generous donations.
Following the meeting the brethren retired to the festive board to conclude an excellent evening.