Members and guest of Dormer Lodge 4389 were invited to the performance of a new and well practised team for the initiation ceremony of Paul Arthur Fryer, the lodge’s first for a long time.
WM Eddie Coulthard offered a warm welcomed to David Wilkinson (Widnes Masonic Hall Chairman) and other guests. The WM then opened the lodge and after the initial business had been transacted the secretary and treasurer retired from the lodge. On their return they confirmed that the candidate had signed the necessary declaration and paid his dues in full.
Paul Fryer was admitted in due form and regularly initiated into Freemasonry by Eddie Coulthard in a flawless and heartfelt manner. The junior deacon Brian Mitchell proficiently guided Paul throughout the ceremony and was ably assisted by the senior deacon Phil Boulton.
Eddie directed the junior deacon Brian Mitchell, to place Paul before the junior warden Barry Owens, who gave a fine explanation of the working tools in the first degree. Following the explanation of the tools, Paul retired from the lodge and on his return Colin Graham delivered the charge after initiation in an equally fine manner. This then concluded the ceremony of initiation.
Eddie closed the lodge in due form. The brethren retired, after witnessing the performance they were promised, to the Peter W Browne Suite where they were served a three course festive meal of soup, turkey, seasonal vegetables and Christmas pudding accompanied by copious glasses of wine.
The toast to Paul was given by Barry Owens, (Paul’s brother-in-law), who welcomed him as a new member of Dormer Lodge and looked forward to joining him in the lodge for many years to come.
Paul responded by thanking his proposer Barry Owens and seconder David Constantine. Paul also stated that he had very much enjoyed the ceremony in the lodge and the festive board and was looking forward to his journey in Freemasonry.
Arthur Cain gave the toast to the guests which was responded to by David Wilkinson who gave a brief resume of the board members and how they are working hard to keep the hall in profit.
The alms plate collection raised the sum of £52.50 and the raffle £48.00. Barry, the winner of a bottle of whisky, donated it to a charity for homeless cats, which is run by the wife of the ADC David Constantine, for her to raffle to support the cats home. It was a very delightful evening which was enjoyed by all, especially the guests, who are always made very welcome.