The brethren of Dormer Lodge No 4389, along with their guests, met in the McCausland Suite at Widnes Masonic Hall for their installation and were honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton.
WM Les Allford welcomed everyone and after the usual lodge business being completed he opened the lodge up to the third degree, at which point Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Malcolm Bell then entered the lodge to announce that Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton was without and demanded admission. Les replied that he and the brethren would be pleased to receive him.
Kevin was admitted into the lodge and was accompanied by Widnes Group Chairman Neil Pedder. The procession was headed by acting Provincial deacons Brian Pierpoint and David Constantine. Kevin was warmly welcomed by Les who offered him the gavel of the lodge which Kevin returned saying he thought Les would make a better job of it.
The lodge was then closed down to the second degree. At this point Les thanked the officers and brethren of the lodge for the support they had afforded him during his year in the chair of King Solomon. Les then invited David Constantine to occupy the senior warden’s chair, Arthur Cain to remain as Junior warden, Brian Pierpoint to remain as director of ceremonies and George Oaks to act as inner guard for the next part of the ceremony.
Brian Pierpoint and Walter Pritchard presented Eddie Coulthard, master elect, to the WM Les Allford. The lodge was opened to the third degree and then declared a lodge of installed masters. Les installed Eddie into the chair of King Solomon in a faultless and assured manner.
The working tools of an installed master were delivered by Brian Pierpoint. The third, second and first degree tools were delivered by Colin Graham, Arthur Cain and Barry Owens respectively.
Les Allford delivered an explanation of the Hall Stone Jewel (the only lodge in the Widnes Group to hold the jewel) and also an explanation of the master’s collar. Eddie then invested his officers for the ensuing year.
The address to the master was eloquently delivered by Arthur Cain, the address to the wardens was given by Brian Pierpoint and the address to the brethren of the lodge was given by Kevin Poynton.
At the end of the installation ceremony, Kevin took to the floor to bring greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. On Tony’s behalf, he congratulated the brethren who took part in the ceremony and wished Eddie a very healthy and successful year and most of all that he enjoys his year in office.
Eddie then had a pleasant duty to perform. He presented two cheques to Kevin, one for £188.30 to the WLFC and the other for £100 to the Widnes Masonic Hall Ltd.
The lodge was then closed in due form with the brethren retiring to the Peter W Browne Suite. The brethren were treated to a delightful three course meal all washed down with copious glasses of wine. Kevin replied to the toast to his health by congratulating the lodge brethren for a superb installation. He commented that Dormer Lodge had a wealth of knowledge among its brethren and he was pleased to hear that they have an initiate in the very near future enabling them to pass on that knowledge.