The members of Starkie Lodge No 1070 celebrated 150 years of Freemasonry. They were joined by 56 visitors, who were in attendance to celebrate this milestone for Starkie Lodge.
The meeting was held in the Scarborough Suite at the Masonic Hall in Southport. The WM Robert Wright opened the lodge in due form and with solemn prayer.
The lodge was opened in the third degree and the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, Neil MacSymons entered the lodge and announced that the Deputy Provincial Grand Master was outside the door of the lodge and demanded admittance. Robert said he would be delighted to receive him.
The DPrGM, Philip Gunning entered the lodge, accompanied by grand and acting Provincial grand officers. After welcoming Philip, Robert offered Philip the gavel, which he accepted and took the chair.
Philip then appointed the officers for the dedication, Mike Foster took the senior warden’s chair, Peter Stones the junior warden’s chair and Martin Maynard acted as inner guard.
Philip then explained that the next part of the ceremony was to dedicate a new lodge banner. He asked Neil to form the banner party with David Ellis acting as the banner bearer.
The banner dedication then commenced with the Provincial choir singing opening hymn, as the banner procession entered the lodge. The banner was blessed by the Provincial Chaplain, Rev Cannon Godfrey Hirst. The banner was then presented to Robert by Philip.
The Provincial Chaplain then gave a brief history of the lodge and Masonic values, following this, the closing hymn was sung by the choir. Philip then spoke about the history of the lodge and national events at the time the lodge was formed. The Provincial Chaplain then finalised the dedication by blessing the Starkie Lodge.
Philip then asked Robert if he would like to return to his rightful place in the lodge, Robert replied he would be pleased to do so and he and the wardens were returned to their rightful places.
Robert then presented Philip with five cheques for charity, each for £1,070 to Tithebarn, the Hall Foundation, Southport Lifeboat, Queenscourt Hospice and West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
The general business of the lodge was conducted, which included a proposal of a joining member and the presentation of a Grand Lodge Certificate, which was presented to Colin Thompson by Robert.
The lodge was closed in peace and harmony at 7:35 pm and the brethren and guests retired to the main dining room to enjoy a wonderful banquet provided by the catering team.