The ‘Beast from the east’ did not deter the brethren of St Paul’s Lodge No 5459 and their guests from braving the snow and ice to assemble in the McCausland Suite at Widnes Masonic Hall to witness the initiation of Simon Kinsella. Simon was proposed by Adam Berrington and seconded by Neil Dobson.
Before opening the lodge, the WM Les Williams, thanked everybody for attending, adding he hoped they would enjoy the initiation ceremony and the festive board which follows.
Les then duly opened the lodge and with the usual business being completed, the first three parts of the charges of a Freemason were read by Chris Farley.
The treasurer Jim Ledward, after attending on the candidate, entered the lodge confirming that the candidate had signed the book of declaration and had paid the necessary fees.
The candidate, Simon, having been prepared for the ceremony by the tyler George King, was announced and admitted into the lodge and then challenged by the inner guard Adam Berrington. Simon was then guided with a firm and reassuring manner around the lodge by the junior deacon Ian Thomson, who was ably assisted by the senior deacon Ian Morris. Les carried out an impeccable initiation ceremony.
The inner guard Adam Berrington, gave a faultless explanation of the first degree working tools. Simon was then invited to retire from the lodge to restore himself to his personal comforts. Simon was then welcomed back into the lodge where the charge after initiation was delivered with passion by David Clews.
The proceedings were administered by the director of ceremonies Joe Stanners. During the ceremony, a collection for the alms plate raised £57.50 for the charities.
On the completion of the initiation ceremony, Les congratulated Simon on becoming a member of St Paul’s Lodge and hoped that he would have many happy years in Freemasonry.
The lodge was then closed in due form, with the brethren retiring to the Peter W Browne Suite for a welcome drink, hearty meal and good company.