David Jackson has been installed into the chair of King Solomon at the installation meeting of Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 2325 held at Southport Masonic Hall. After the opening of the lodge by WM Stephen Devey and the usual business being completed, Stephen than asked all those below the degree of a fellow craft to retire and the lodge was opened in the second degree.
All brethren below the degree of a master Mason were then asked to retire and the lodge was opened in the third degree. DC Alan Williams retired from the lodge and on his return announced that Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent was outside the lodge and demanded admittance. Stephen responded that the lodge would be very happy to receive him; Tony was then admitted.
On this occasion, Tony was accompanied by grand officer Albert Cross and supported by Colin Jenkins, Southport Group Chairman and numerous acting Provincial grand officers. The lodge was then resumed in the second degree by virtue and fellow crafts were re admitted.
The master elect David Jackson was then presented to Stephen by Mike McKee. David affirmed his unqualified assent and support of the essential ancient charges and regulations and was then placed before the WM pedestal where he recited his obligation with respect to his duties as master of the lodge.
Stephen 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.
David was then given the essential words of an installed master and according to ancient custom was installed into King Solomon’s chair. The working tools of an installed master were presented by Dave Edwards, in what everyone agreed was an excellent ceremony, well executed by Stephen who was very ably assisted by the officers of the lodge.
The brethren were then admitted by rank and David was proclaimed master of Rose of Lancaster Lodge for the ensuing year. The third degree working tools were presented by Mike McKee, the second degree working tools by Rob Fox and the first degree working tools by Steve Equizi.
The ceremony of appointing and investing officers being completed was the cue for Roger Binks to deliver the address to the WM which was followed by Ken Hornby addressing the wardens, Gordon Hughes addressing the deacons and finally the distinguished guest Tony Bent giving a very clear and eloquent address to brethren of the lodge.
After the ceremony and before closing the lodge, Tony brought greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, congratulating David on being installed in the master’s chair for the first time and hoped he would enjoy his year in office, Tony then also complimented Stephen and the officers who took part in what was a very enjoyable ceremony. David than took great pleasure in presenting Tony with eight cheques for various charitable good causes.
The festive board was attended by 42 brethren who were all in high spirits and enjoyed a fine meal respecting the founders’ traditions and guidance laid out in the Rose of Lancaster Lodge bylaws. To end the evening’s festivities, David thanked everyone who had attended and took part in the ceremony.