January has been the installation month for the lodges in the Cumberland District for many years now. This year the two Amherst lodges of Alexandra Lodge #87 and Acacia Lodge #8 held their Joint Installation on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.
It was not until 1959 that Alexandra Lodge #87 started to have the installations in January. This was to coincide with the move to the new temple on Lawrence Street and also to agree with the calendar followed by the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia.
The installations were held at different times throughout the years. One record showed that on the 7th day of April 1921, the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother George D. McDougall, made an official visit to the lodge and duly installed the officers.
Another account recorded that on April 1, 1932 a joint meeting was held with Acacia Lodge #8 when the officers of both lodges were installed by RW Bro. A.J. Crease and others. Excellent addresses were given, both in the lodge room and at the supper which followed.
Over the past few years both our lodges have lost a number of members to DEMITs, Suspensions and those who have moved on to the Great Lodge Above; however, we did have a very good turn out for this year’s installation. We were also very pleased to have had three brothers with us from Grand Lodge for the evening: RW Bro. John Dollimount, JGW, (as the representative of the GM who had already committed to another lodge’s installation before he received our invitation), VW Bro.Robert Evans, Assistant GD of C (also the DGD of C for Hants), and W Bro. Ray Simmons, Grand Sword Bearer.
The Installing Officer for this Joint Installation was again our RW Bro. Jack Boyd of Alexandra Lodge #87. The two new masters that were installed where: W Bro. Alfred Fisher (Alexandra Lodge #87) and W Bro. Harold Farrow (Acacia Lodge #8).
The officers were all conducted to the altar for their installations by the Presenting Officers for each lodge: W Bro. Larry Ross (Alexandra Lodge #87) and W Bro. Don MacKinnon (Acacia Lodge #8).
After the installation the lodges stood with our guests to have their photos taken.
The evening concluded with refreshments in the Amherst Temple’s hall.
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