Alan Campbell has been installed into the chair of King Solomon at the installation meeting of Ainsdale Samaritan Lodge No 4342 held at Southport Masonic Hall.
After the opening of the lodge by WM Nick Jelley and the usual business being completed, the DC Jim Stanley retired from the lodge and on his return announced that Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Hutton was outside the lodge and demanded admittance. Nick responded that the lodge would be very happy to receive him. John was admitted and on this occasion he was accompanied by John Rayford, Colin Jenkins, Liam Mawdsley, Pete Martin and Mike Packingham.
Once seated Nick rose and formally welcomed the distinguished visitors and handed the gavel over to John. John thanked Nick for the very kind words and responded that he always loves the drive over from Bolton to Southport and visiting the Masonic hall here which truly is a shining example of how a hall should be. He then quickly handed back the gavel saying that he was sure that Nick could do a better job of the installation ceremony than he could.
Nick then requested that Brian Murphy occupy the position of senior warden, another past master to occupy the position of junior warden and Tony Larkin to occupy the position of inner guard for the installation ceremony. Once they had taken their seats, the lodge was resumed in the second degree and Nick then asked for the fellow crafts to be readmitted.
The master elect Alan Campbell was then presented to Nick by Bob Price. Alan reaffirmed his unqualified assent and support of the essential ancient charges and regulations and was then placed before the WM’s pedestal where he recited his obligation with respect to his duties as master of the lodge.
All brethren below the degree of a master Mason were then asked to retire and the lodge was opened in the third degree. Nick then requested all those under the rank of an installed master to withdraw for a short period and a Board of Installed Masters was opened.
Alan Campbell, a past master of Samaritan Lodge No 4342, having previously been master in 2006 and 2009, reaffirmed his former obligation and was installed as WM according to ancient custom; in an excellent ceremony.
The brethren were then admitted by rank and Alan was proclaimed master of Ainsdale Samaritan Lodge for the ensuing year by Jim Stanley. The third degree working tools were presented by Alister Sainter, the second degree working tools by Mike Pilkington and the first degree working tools by Bob Price all of whom did a sterling job.
The ceremony of appointing and investing officers being completed was the cue for Bob Price to deliver the address to the WM, which was followed by Bob Burns addressing the wardens, and finally the distinguished guest John Hutton giving a very clear and eloquent address to brethren of the lodge.
After the ceremony and before closing the lodge, John Hutton brought greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, congratulating Alan Campbell on being installed in the master’s chair for the third time and hoped he would enjoy his year in office, adding: “Tony would have loved the ceremony tonight as it was ‘bob-on’ and as you are the master, you are the captain at the helm of this fine lodge and I wish you all the success for the fantastic year ahead.” John then also complimented the installing master Nick Jelley and congratulated Jim Stanley and the officers who took part in what was a very enjoyable ceremony and obviously shows that all involved attend the practice meetings.