Attaining the chair of King Solomon is a memorable event, add to it the attendance of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and it’s an evening to live long in the memory. So it was for the new WM Brian McNulty and the brethren of Trinity Lodge No 3257, at their installation ceremony at Garston Masonic hall.
Trinity Lodge was founded in 2005 as a result of the amalgamation of Empire Lodge No 3257, Royal George No 4119 and Mossley Hill Lodge No 7963, retaining the number of Empire Lodge No 3257, the oldest of the three lodges. It celebrated its centenary in April 2008, when it was presented with its centenary warrant by the then Provincial Grand Master, Colin Penty Wright.
The lodge was opened by WM Phil Hudson and his officers in a very full lodge room and the routine business of the evening was conducted with a smooth efficiency that was to continue for the whole ceremony. With the lodge opened in the third degree and the announcement from Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Keith Kemp, that the Provincial Grand Master was without and demanded admission, the brethren stood to receive him. Tony was accompanied by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson, as well as many grand and Provincial grand officers.
In welcoming Tony, Phil was pleased to wish him a very pleasant evening and to offer him the gavel of the lodge. Tony was quick to reply that if he was to enjoy his evening he would be only too pleased to return it to Phil. For the ceremony of installation, Phil was able to call on the assistance of the acting Provincial Senior Grand Warden David Asbridge and Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden Peter Schofield, to occupy the corresponding positions of SW and JW, with lodge member Bill Warren continuing as inner guard.
Phil proceeded to install Brian with calm assurance and sincerity, which included his presentation of the third degree tools. Phil was fully supported by ‘light blue’ James Hartwell, who presented the second degree tools and John Jackson, who presented the tools of the first degree.
It was now time for Brian to invest the officers for the ensuing year and for the traditional addresses to be made as follows; regional charity steward Paul Shirley, to the new lodge charity steward, acting Provincial Senior Grand Deacon Keith Williams, to the lodge deacons, Mal Yates delivered the address to the IG with Alex McKie delivering the address to the WM. The remaining address, that to the brethren of the lodge, was in the capable hands of Tony.
At the conclusion of the ceremony of installation, Tony again stood, this time to offer his personal congratulations to the WM and wishing him and indeed all the brethren a very happy, healthy and busy year. He also took the opportunity to congratulate Phil on a job well done, so much so, as to suggest that a DC was perhaps unnecessary! Tony also offered his congratulations to Norman Houghton and Alex McKie, lodge DC and ADC respectively.
Brian then stood to present Tony with three cheques from the lodge in support of the charities; MCF 2021 Festival £500, Friends of Tithebarn £100 and Garston Masonic Hall £100. Accepting the cheques on behalf of those who would ultimately benefit from their generosity, Tony thanked the brethren. He then offered his own presentation to the lodge, the award of a Vice Patronage certificate for the MCF 2021 Festival, which Brian was delighted to accept.
With the grand officers having retired and the remaining business of the lodge concluded, everyone gathered to celebrate the investiture of the new WM in our own unique West Lancashire way. To culminate the evening’s celebrations the brethren adjourned to the dining room for dinner to be served.
At the festive board, Tony informed the brethren of the increase in recruitment within our Order, as well as encouraging the wearing of the Festival jewel, and his hope that brethren consider completing their journey in Freemasonry by joining the Royal Arch.
Concluding the evening, a raffle was held which was won by a very new member of the Craft, who having only joined in January had travelled from Guernsey to attended the celebrations. Finally, gifts of wine were presented to Tony and Derek and for Maureen and Joan their respective wives, gifts of flowers.