Neil Dobson, a motor engineer, and Leigh Hammill, an operations manager, were initiated into Freemasonry at a meeting of St Paul’s Lodge No 5459 in the McCausland Suite at Widnes Masonic Hall. The ceremony was attended by 33 members and guests.
The lodge was opened by WM David Berrington who conduction the normal business of the lodge. The business being completed David announced that the next item on the agenda was to initiate both Neil and Leigh.
Having been prepared for the ceremony by the tyler Joe Lucas, Adam Berrington, the inner guard, challenged the pair on entering, before being received into the lodge by Guy Yarwood and Ian Morris the senior and junior deacons respectively.
David and the deacons conducted an excellent initiation ceremony, due in no small part to the thought and hard work they and the officers had put in at the rehearsals. During the ceremony, the senior and junior wardens, Les Williams and Neil Worthington were ably assisted by Barry Collinson and Ian Locke respectively.
Les Williams invested both initiates with the distinguishing badge of an entered apprentice. The junior warden Neil, presented a faultless explanation of the working tools of the first degree.
Leigh Hammill and Neil Dobson then retired from the lodge and on their return David Clews delivered the charge after initiation in an exemplary and heartfelt manner after which David congratulated Neil and Leigh on taking their first steps into Freemasonry. They were then presented with the book of constitution and the by-laws of the lodge for their serious perusal.
Before the lodge was closed the WM thanked all the officers who had taken part in the ceremony. The brethren then retired to the Alan Locke Suite for a well-earned drink and a three-course meal to follow.
The toast to the initiates was given by Andy Berrington who congratulated them both and wished them many happy years in Freemasonry. They both responded to the toast and expressed their thanks to the lodge members for welcoming them into St Paul’s Lodge.