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WBro Peter Faulkner Retires as Bolton District Chairman
On Tuesday 23rd June 2015, the Bolton District Team celebrated with WBro Faulkner on his retirement as the District Chairman for the Bolton District. WBro Faulkner has served Bolton District for many years in numerous roles and he spent the past 5 years as the district chairman, overseeing many celebrations for personal 50 and 60 Years in Freemasonry. He has seen amalgamations and lodge closures in his time as Chairman and has supported the APGM, WBro Cope, PSGD, on many occasions. He also received the prestigious rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2014, a moment which will be remembered for many years to come.
The night was celebrated by the team which included past members and the APGM. We had a great night and Peter and his wife, Sandra, were overwhelmed with the support and gifts. WBro Cope talked about the friendship and support he has received from WBro Faulkner over the years and WBro Kakoullis presented Sandra with a bouquet of flowers and a gift for WBro Faulkner.
WBro Faulkner thanked everyone for their support over the years and talked about how he has enjoyed his positions within the district team. He had the support of his wife, Sandra, and loved visiting different lodges in the province and watching the different ceremonies and how proud he was of his position and the impact and support he got from the team.
A brief history from WBro Faulkner:
Secretary Boltonian Lodge No. 3716, 12/2004 to 1/2015
Royal Arch Rep 1/2005 to date
District Charity Secretary
District Secretary 6/2006, appointed to District Deputy Chairman 7/2007 following the retirement of WBro Colin Dean.
Then District Chairman 7/2010 after the retirement of WBro Ian Thornton to 7/2015 when WBro Terry Kakoullis took over, to whom I’m grateful for his particular support and of course his unstinting work towards the Festival appeal.
During my time as Chairman it has been my pleasure to visit, enjoy and support the Brethren in the District, and in particular to introduce TLC (Teddies for Loving Care) with WBro Peter Jones, and also YITC (Youth in the Community) with WBro Jason Tyler which, although put on hold during the Festival, I’m hopeful that it can be resurrected. A tremendous experience working with some committed, enthusiastic, humorous and supportive District Officers.
Craft Rank PAGDC (Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies) 4/2014
Royal Arch PProvGSoj (Past Provincial Grand Sojourner) 2/2012
Bolton & Bury Golf Day
Hosted by Breightmet Golf Club
The yearly golf day, open to both Masons and guests was held on a glorious warm and dry day in June. The day started with a light lunch at the club.
The array of trophies and tempting prizes on offer show the support given by members and guests.
Results were :
Broadbent Cup – Best 18 Hole – WBro Howard Berry, seen here being presented with the trophy by the President WBro Phil Mountford
John Bradley Cup – Best 9 Hole – WBro Lawrence Yarwood, recently appointed as the Bolton District Mentor, seen extreme right in the photograph.
The Lee Bowl, won by Pythagoras Lodge – WBro’s Phil Mountford, Howard Berry and Jeremy Aston
The presentations were made after a delightful and enjoyable evening meal prepared by Breightmet Golf Club, who looked after us all very well indeed.
All in good humour and lots of banter, with thanks expressed to WBro Peter Faulkner who has supported the yearly event during his term as the Bolton District Chairman, now retired.
Special thanks to WBro Harold Cooper for the excellent organisation, of special mention is the donation made to the EL2015 Festival on the night, bringing a total of £1000 during the last five years.
Darley Lodge No. 6531
Monday 11th May 2015
The Lodge held an open evening for non-Masonic guests to enjoy the social side of Freemasonry and gain a wider understanding of our Charitable good causes. WBro Norman Cope PSGD, APGM presented the Lodge with a EL2015 Festival Certificate in recognition of all the members making a donation
The Lodge is a Grand Patron of the Festival and probably quite unique in the Province in that all the members are now Individual Vice Presidents.
The format of the evening was an ‘Old England Night’ with traditional fines ‘imposed’ in very good humour, even the purchase of the hats did not exclude WBro Cope and the District Chairman WBro Peter Faulkner from being ‘fined’
The Lodge made an additional donation of £1000 to the Festival, and a further £200 to Hewlett Court in memory of WBro Jack & Mrs Mary Dawson, long-time supporters of the Lodge.
Practical support to the Farnworth Hall, Birchfields, has been in the purchase of a defibrillator.
A fun evening was enjoyed by all, if not being lighter in the pocket afterwards…. At least one visitor has expressed interest in joining Darley Lodge as a result of the efforts on the evening.
Boltonian Lodge No. 3716
Tuesday 26th May 2015
A delightful evening was enjoyed by some 70 Brethren in supporting WBro George Glassbrook PJGD in his 60th Masonic Celebration.
VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, JP, PGSwdB, supported by the Western Area APGM WBro Norman Cope PSGD, led the celebrations in the Lodge with an explanation of George’s Masonic work and a most entertaining historical recollection of those early years. A 60th lapel pin was presented by the District Chairman, WBro Peter Faulkner.
The tribute was given by WBro Ray Barnes, briefly it included a background on how George followed his father into the Lodge in 1955 when he was just 22 years old. The Lodge, at that time, had 70 active members and it took him sixteen years to reach the chair, he was installed into the Chair in 1971 by his father. In 1973 he was appointed Treasurer, a position which he held until being appointed ADC in 1976 and was DC from 1979 until 1988. He has served in every office in the Lodge including a period as Lodge Mentor and is still the Trustee for the Lodge. He served on the Bolton District Committee as Secretary and Deputy Chairman from 1983 to 1988 and, amongst other things, helped to form the Bolton Masonic Fellowship during that time, he served as a committee member and continues to help his wife Sheila, who is the Social Secretary and Deputy Chairman for Bolton Fellowship.
A very informative copy of the table booklet explaining George’s Masonic history and life together with his wife Sheila’s thoughts can be found HERE
WBro Norman Cope PSGD, APGM was delighted to present the Lodge with its Festival Certificate to recognise all the members making a contribution to the Festival appeal.
A further donation was made to the Festival appeal.
Incidentally the Lodge is enjoying a particularly busy period in its life, with every progressive office being held by a young Brother in light blue, and an Entered Apprentice awaiting his Passing ceremony.
A 25th Anniversary !!
On Sunday May 17th Bolton District was delighted to host its 25th annual visit to Hewlett Court. We arrange for Christine Taylor Caterers (Bolton Masonic Hall) to provide the evening meal, and then entertainment for the residents, refreshments at dining are kindly donated.
It was pleasing to hear that Hewlett Court only has one room vacant at present resulting in excellent support for the afternoon and entertainer by all.
The event is funded by the members of Bolton District by way of the donation each Lodge & Chapter makes to District.
WBro Brian Harrison makes all the arrangements and was in fine form as compere, we are most grateful to Brian for that.
Brian and his wife Joan are supported by WBro Peter & Mrs Sandra Faulkner (District Chairman) on all these occasions.
WBro George Deane Celebrates 60 Years in Freemasonry
Charity Centenary Lodge No 3786 held a 60th Celebration for WBro George F Deane on Wednesday 25th March 2015 at Farnworth Masonic Hall.
After the meeting was opened and normal lodge business was discussed the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro Andrew Proctor, entered the lodge to inform the brethren that the DPGM, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, JP, PGSwdB, accompanied by a Provincial Deputation, were outside the door of the lodge and demanded admission.
WBro Proctor asked the Brethren to stand and give salutations to the DPGM. The Worshipful Master offered the gavel to VWBro Thornhill who was pleased to accept it.
VWBro Thornhill congratulated George for his time in the craft and his hard work and dedication over the 60 years. The lodge secretary read the minutes from his Initiation into Freemasonry and also the minutes from his Installation.
VWBro Thornhill informed the brethren of things that happened in the year that George Deane was initiated into Freemasonry (1955), with historical facts about TV, Music, Film, General Knowledge, Sports and Births of famous people. He tested the brethren’s knowledge about parts people played in famous TV programs and films and also sang a few lyrics from musical hits, which the brethren joined in with. A very joyful, fun and pleasant meeting was held and everyone in attendance had a smile on their face.
VWBro Thornhill read out a letter from the RWProvGM, Sir David Trippier, and presented George with his Illuminated Certificate. The ProvDepDC, Andrew Proctor, then paraded George around the lodge to the acclaim of all present.
WBro Faulkner presented George with a 60th lapel badge from the district in recognition of his achievement.
The social board followed this very special evening and the support given to George was superb both in the lodge room and at the festive board.
WBro Deane with VWBro Thornhill, the Lodge Brethren and the Provincial Deputation
WBro Deane with VWBro Thornhill and the Lodge Brethren
VWBro Thornhill, WBro Deane and the Worshipful Master
WBro Derek Bell Celebrates 50 Years in Freemasonry
New Trinity Lodge No 4595 held a 50th Celebration for WBro Derek Bell on Friday 13th February 2015 at Bolton Masonic Hall.
After the meeting was opened and normal lodge business was discussed the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro John Griffin, entered the lodge to inform the brethren that the APGM WBro Norman Cope, accompanied by a Provincial Delegation, were outside the door of the lodge and demanded admission.
WBro John Griffin asked the Brethren to stand and give salutations to the APGM. The Worshipful Master offered the gavel to WBro Cope who was pleased to receive the gavel for the 3rd time this week which is probably a record for the APGM to attend the same hall for three 50th celebrations in a week.
WBro Cope congratulated Derek for his time in the craft and his hard work and dedication over the 50 years that has been given to all aspects where Derek has been involved including the various side degree’s he has been involved within.
WBro Cope gave the brethren a flavour of what was happening in the wider world around the date of his initiation in 1965. For those who were in attendance during the other 50th, he tested their knowledge to see who was listening.
Derek was initiated on 8th February 1965 in Darley Lodge 6531 and the Lodge secretary WBro Martin Horan, although unable to obtain a copy of the minute book managed to get a copy of the summons which was read out in the lodge. He then proceeded with a tribute to Derek, listing his achievements, promotions and membership of his masonic career. You can read the tribute HERE
WBro Cope recalled attending a meeting as a Deputy DC (one of his first jobs with the appointment) where Derek was present and the kind words Derek exchanged after a small mistake was noted and it is a memory that WBro Cope has not forgotten to this day.
WBro Peter Faulkner read out a letter from the RWProvGM Sir David Trippier and WBro Norman Cope Presented Derek with his Illuminated Certificate. The ProvDC, John Griffin then paraded Derek around the lodge to the acclaim of all present.
WBro Faulkner then presented Derek with a 50th lapel badge from the district in recognition of his achievement.
The social board followed this very special evening and the support given to Derek was superb both in the lodge room and at the festive board.
WBro Keith Leigh Celebrates 50 years as a Mason
On Tuesday 10th February Corinthian Lodge No.221 had the privilege of hosting the Celebration of 50 years in Freemasonry for WBro Keith Leigh, PPJGW.
Keith was initiated into Corinthian Lodge No.221 on the 9th February 1965, by his Father who was WM at the time and the secretary read the minutes from his Initiation.
During his 50 years, he has held various offices as well as being a member of Royal Arch.
WBro Ivan Leigh gave a tribute to his Older brother which is below about his life, work and Free Masonry. You can read the tribute HERE
WBro Norman Cope APGM, congratulated Keith on his achievements and gave the brethren a flavour of what was happening in the wider world around the date of his initiation. A letter from the Provincial Grand Master was read and presented to Keith who was also presented with an illuminated certificate to mark his 50 years in the craft.
Keith was then paraded around the lodge by the ProvDeptDC to the acclaim of all present
WBro Peter Faulkner presented a '50' lapel badge from the District to Keith.
WBro Leslie Williams Celebrates 50 years as a Mason
On Wednesday 11th February Goulburn Menturia Lodge No.3478 had the privilege of hosting the Celebration of 50 years in Freemasonry for WBro Leslie Williams, PPrGSuptWks.
Les was initiated into Goulburn Menturia Lodge No.3478 on the 3rd February 1965, just before his 40th Birthday. He has just celebrated his 90th Birthday as well as his 50th in the Lodge.
The secretary read the minutes from his Initiation and also from his Installation which took place on 01/04/1981
During his 50 years, he has held several offices for numerous years as well as going through the Chair of King Solomon 3 times. In addition to the craft, Les has also been a member of Royal Arch as well several other side degree’s. His work and commitment to Masonry excelled him to Grand Lodge Officer Ranks in the side degree’s
He spent his working life as an electrical engineer and after 30 years services at one company, he started his own business which he is still involved with today.
WBro Peter Watson gave an excellent and comprehensive tribute about Les, the work he has done, the friendship he has given and the commitment to Free Masonry.
WBro Norman Cope APGM, congratulated Les on his achievements and gave the brethren a flavour of what was happening in the wider world around the date of his initiation. A letter from the Provincial Grand Master was read and presented to Les who was also presented with an illuminated certificate to mark his 50 years in the craft.
Les was then paraded around the lodge by the ProvDepDC to the acclaim of all present. WBro Peter Faulkner presented a '50' lapel badge from the District to Les.
We enjoyed an excellent evening with a superb festive board and Les was presented with some engraved Whisky Glasses by the lodge
WBro Williams thanked everyone for their support on his special day
WBro Williams with WBro Cope, the District Team and members of his Lodge
WBro Williams with WBro Cope and the members of Goulburn Menturia Lodge
WBro Williams with his Certificate, WBro Cope and the Worshipful Master
Grand Charity Cheque Presentation to Bolton Hospice
On Wednesday December 3rd it was the turn of the Bolton District to present a cheque from Grand Charity to Bolton Hospice. The donation was part of a grant of £23,576 made to nine hospices across East Lancashire by Grand Charity in 2014. WBro Peter Jones, Bolton District Charity Steward, was delighted to hand a cheque for £3,016.00 to Alice Atkinson, the Fundraising Manager of Bolton Hospice.
L-R. WBro Peter Faulkner, District Chairman,
Alice Atkinson, Dr Leigh Vallance, Chief Executive of Bolton Hospice and WBro Peter Jones
WBro Alan Greenhalgh Celebrates 50 years as a Mason
On Friday 28th November Old Boltonians Lodge No.5814 had the privilege of hosting the Celebration of 50 years in Freemasonry for WBro Alan Greenhalgh,PProvDepGSwdB.
Alan was initiated into Old Boltonians Lodge No.5814 on the 6th November 1964.
During his 50 years, he has held several offices for numerous years and will be installed in the Chair of King Solomon for the fourth time at their installation meeting in January 2015.
He spent his working career as a Teacher and Lecturer, developing the skills of students in the Sciences and for a period worked with WBro John Farrington. He was also involved with the local cricket club and is well known to enjoy the sport.
WBro Peter Faulkner read out Alan’s personal and masonic history and as is tradition a letter from the Provincial Grand Master was read and presented to Alan who was also presented with an illuminated certificate to mark his 50 years in the craft. WBro Ritesh Mehta then presented a '50' lapel badge from the District to Alan. The lodge also presented Alan with a framed limited edition picture showing various cricketing hero’s.
We enjoyed an excellent evening with a superb festive board.
WBro Greenhalgh reminisced of his happy time in freemasonry and thanked everyone for their support on his special day.
WBro Greenhalgh with his Certificate accompanied by the District Chairman,WBro Peter Faulkner and the WM, Bro Anthony Smith
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