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The inscription on the Lodge Banner, 'Non Nobis Solum' was the same as used on the crest of the old Worsley Urban District Council and the local secondary modern school.
WBro Hubert Lancaster suggested the name Menturia for the Lodge. Interestingly, there is only one other Menturia Lodge and that is in Stoke on Trent. WBro Lancaster was our eighth W.M. in November 1951. His brother, Bro Leslie Lancaster, became Worshipful Master of the other Menturia Lodge a month later and the feat of two Bros Lancaster being WM of the only two Menturia Lodges in the world is recorded in the annals of the United Grand Lodge of England.
The name is derived from the name Mentur, who was the adviser to Telemachus, the son of Ulysses. Men means to think and the ur means light and from this we arrive at the phrase “to think of the light that is masonry”
There is a Latin inscription across the bottom of the Lodge banner “Non nobis solum” which means “not for ourselves alone”.
The consecration of the Lodge was held on Monday, 26th February, 1945 in this hall. We had 2 W.Ms that year. WBro Crossley was in the chair at the consecration and he kindly donated the W.Ms chain and the pendant (he also extended the chain in 1964.)
At the Installation in November Ernest Brooking was installed as WM (He was the father of Gordon Brooking). Ernest was a prominent member of this Lodge; he introduced the explanation of the Grand Lodge Certificate and the Tyler’s Toast. In December 1946 he was appointed the Provincial Grand Treasurer. He was also DC in the early 50s.
The Lodge subs were £4.20 and 3s.6d. for a meal – the equivalent of 17½p.
In 1948, the brass Charity Plate, was presented by a Lodge member – Bro John Baker, who owned a brass foundry.
The banner, first Loving Cup, the Bible and the blue cushion it sits on, were presented to the Lodge by Bro Jack Ainsworth, a wealthy wastepaper merchant on the occasion of the 100th meeting of the Lodge.
The second Loving Cup was presented on the lodge’s 40th anniversary meeting by Mrs. Kathleen Butterworth, in memory of her husband WBro Alan Butterworth, who was the brother-in-law of Gordon Brooking.
WBro. Stanley Lomas founded the Fellowship at Farnworth in 1975. This concept was adopted by local masonry in general.
WBro Ron Vickers was, for many years, the Chairman of the Hall Management Committee and many of the improvements to the Hall, such as the bar and the clubroom, took place under his guidance.
In 1972, the WMs chain of office was nearly lost in London, when WBro Gordon Brooking attended a meeting as our Festival Rep. He had left his regalia and the chain in the boot of his car which was towed away from its parking space to the car pound and it was only recovered a few hours later with the payment of £26, a lot of money at that time!
Between 1949 and 1954, we had 3 double 2nd degree ceremonies with 2 W.Ms in each meeting followed by the TB
We had our first double initiation, Peter and Philip Entwistle, in 1960, the only one in the history of the Lodge. Peter was my proposer into masonry.
Worshipful Master, a great friend of yours, WBro Ray Parry was initiated into this Lodge in 1963 and on this occasion, Jimmy Armfield, who was the then England Football Captain, was a visitor. The same year Ray passed to his 2nd Degree and Nat Lofthouse was a visitor.
In 1985, W.Bro. Jim Pollitt made and presented to the Lodge the Lectern for the Secretary’s table.
In the 1990s we had the rare phenomenon of W.Bros. Paul McEvoy and Jeffery Collier giving the charge at the end of their respective father’s initiations.
In 1991 WBro. Jack Sutton celebrated 50 years in masonry and was promoted to PProvSGW.
In November 1994, I was installed as WM. and WBro Jack Sutton presented his Founder’s Jewel, with the ribbon attached, to the Lodge to use as a collaret. During my year of office, in March 1995, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Lodge, when a deputation, led by WBro Derek Walsh, promoted WBro Gordon Brooking to PProvJGW
A short while ago we were in the enviable position of having 5 organists, Len Higginbottom (long serving Almoner), Len’s personal organ was donated to the Lodge when he passed away. It is in the main lodge room. Keith Longworth, who was our D.C. for 16 years and served continuously for 34 years on the floor in different capacities, Don Mack, Cliff Ridings and our current organist, Geoff Whalley.
In November 2011, Ernie Stephenson, known to everyone as Steve was the only Bro., in our Lodge, who was promoted to Provincial rank without going through the WMs chair! Sadly Steve passed away before he could receive his honours and Our District Chairman, WBro Peter Faulkner came and presented his certificate to the Lodge.
Brethren, looking back to 1978, the Lodge showed its willingness to overlook practically anything when we initiated a middle –aged, phototelegraphist, who supported Blackburn Rovers, namely our W.M.Frank Hulme. Frank became W.M. for the first time in 1989, he distinguished himself as ADC and later as D.C.
I should like to take this opportunity to thank, on behalf of the Brethren, our two adjoining members, WBros. Jim Hulme and Eric Spinks also WBros. Paul McEvoy and Cyril Heaton for taking over offices at short notice.
We are told nothing about the hard work that many members, who are not named, have put into making the Lodge so successful over the years or of the friendship and fellowship we have all enjoyed at our meetings.
To complete this brief history, I would like to remember WBro Raymond Marks who was our hardworking Secretary, who started the ball rolling towards our Amalgamation with Goulburn Lodge. Thanks should be given to WBro Arnold Slaney for all his secretarial work especially in bringing the Amalgamation to fruition.
WBro Norman Cope with WBro Ken Tyler,WM, and the Members of Farnworth Lodge
WBro Cope receives the Warrant from WBro Tyler
10th November 2013
Bolton District on behalf of all Freemason’s in Bolton & Farnworth is again sponsoring the presentation of Wreath’s at:
Bolton Cenotaph – WBro Jason Tyler
Farnworth Cenotaph – WBro Robert Tyler
Horwich Cenotaph – WBro Kevan Stephenson
WBro John Hood has also arranged a visit to the National Arboretum with Bolton Masons’ where a similar presentation will be made.
The centres of the Wreath’s are all marked with the Square & Compasses, titled ‘Bolton Freemasons’
Special thanks to Jason for arranging for their provision.
We all know how much a Lodge meeting is enhanced by our visitors. The District is eager to encourage inter-Lodge fraternal visiting and with this in mind I am delighted to tell you about our latest initiative, which I hope you will do your utmost to support.
The ‘Gavel that Travels’ is a simple idea, but one capable of ensuring some very happy and busy meetings. The basic concept is that if a Lodge is holding the gavel, another Lodge can claim it. This will ensure that the claiming Lodge can then look forward to visitors from even more Lodges visiting them to wrest the trophy!
At its simplest the winning Lodge will be the one with the most brethren in its visiting team but there are rules in place should two Lodges have an equal number of claimants. These are all explained in a folder which will accompany the gavel on its travels.
If a Lodge wishes to claim the gavel, under the third rising the WM or a Warden from the visiting Lodge will say:
‘WM, I bring greetings from xxxx Lodge No. xxxx and, in accordance with the rules, I claim the Gavel that Travels from you, so as to remove it to my Lodge, until it is successfully claimed from us.’
The Host Lodge WM will then seek confirmation from his JW, who will ask all visitors from the Claiming Lodge to rise so that he can check that at least 3 are present. He will then report to the WM that the claim is in accordance with these rules and, upon confirmation, the WM will deliver the Gavel that Travels to the Claiming Officer (using his own words) in open Lodge.
Sneaky things such as booking in at the very last minute so as to trump another Lodge are definitely acceptable and are part of the competitive fun that this can engender!
Bro Mike Collinson has kindly offered to be our Gavel Co-ordinator, Mike will update the Lodges on a regular basis.
The gavel will start its travels at our oldest Lodge, Anchor and Hope No. 37 and it will be in their possession for their meeting on Monday, December 2nd when I hope that they will be besieged by other Lodges wishing to claim the gavel!
Mike can be contacted via email@example.com - 07540 581061
Special thanks are extended to WBro Frank Wilkinson PSGD for generously providing the purpose made and engraved gavel.
Bolton District Chairman
The Cornerstone Club consists of junior Freemasons in Bolton and Farnworth, located in the Western Area of the province. The club exists to support, educate and entertain Freemasons from within their own peer group in an informal setting.
The Two Great Pillars
'Exploring a mix of fact, fiction and legend which is Freemasonry, and the way in which our Lodge room has moved around over the centuries'.
On Tuesday 8th October WBro Alan Roscoe a Past Master of Corinthian Lodge No. 221 celebrated his 50th anniversary in Freemasonry to the exact day.
After the Lodge was called off WBro Norman Cope APGM presided over a full room of Alan’s friends including his wife Ann, family members and District representation. A tribute was given by WBro lvan Leigh, this mentioned Alan’s years in the choir of St Philip’s Church and the St Philip’s Amateur Operatic Society. At the tender age of 9 years he made his first stage appearance in a production of Jerome Kern’s show “Sunny”. Aged 11, he sang his first solo performance, “Oh for the wings of a dove” in the church’s performance of Mendelssohn’s sacred anthem “Hear my Prayer”. Alan became a member of the Bolton Scottish Pipeband, now the Bolton Caledonian Pipe Band with whom he still plays. In addition to his Masonic circle of friends, Alan discovered Scottish Country Dancing and joined the Scottish Burns Club enjoying singing with small engagements and occasional Ladies Evening performances.
WBro Alan Roscoe receives his Illuminated Certificate from APGM WBro Norman Cope
WBro Cope made special mention of Alan’s Masonic history and was delighted to present, on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, a framed certificate marking the occasion.
The District Chairman WBro Peter Faulkner presented a 50th lapel pin expressing thanks for his magnificent contribution to Corinthian Lodge and the District.
The occasion continued with the social board, where Alan’s personal guests and friends joined in toasting his health.
WBro Roscoe with his wife Ann
When Alan Standen was initiated 50years ago into Kitchener Lodge at Bolton in 1963. The Festive Board was nothing like we are used to today. It consisted of a slice of ham, a slice of tongue, a bit of lettuce and buttered bread sliced so thinly that the butter came through me.
Alan was a Lewis, whose father was playing the organ and providing the harmony for the meeting. The Lodge had 70 active members in those days. The Joining Fee was £25.0.0, the annual subscription was £6.0.0 this covered all fees and 9 lodge meals. Oh for those days.
As a regular attendee at Lodge Meetings, Officers’ Practice and Instruction Class and soon mastered parts of all ceremonies. He was a Lodge Steward for several years and progressed through the offices until 1976 when he was installed as Worshipful Master. During the year he conducted 2 initiations, 2 passings, a raising and installed his successor.
There was a problem which might have seen off lesser men and it all came to a head on the night of ‘The Ladies Evening’ which due to the numbers attending in those days was held at The Pack Horse Hotel in Bolton. The ‘arranger’ was asked by Alan during the meal what time the band had been booked for. The reply came back ‘Not my Job’. There was some quick thinking and maneuvering so music was provided by records and a cabaret spot was provided by a band playing at a wedding at the hotel.
This was not the only time that Alan turned disaster into triumph. It is not very long ago that he broke his neck. Being fitted with a neck brace caused difficulty shaving so in order to overcome this he grew a beard, lost two stones in weight and now does a mean Sean Connery look alike, sitting in the lodge room like the Lord High Executioner.
However in order to prevent his beatification there is a story to plant his feet back firmly on terra firma. The morning following an Old English Night, Alan went for a job interview. He sailed through the interview but the medical was catastrophic as they thought he was an alcoholic, such were the effects of Old English Nights years ago.
Alan Standen has had a full and active life in freemasonry this was shown in the praise heaped on him on his special night, not least by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Norman Cope who was accompanied by the District Chairman, W Bro Peter Faulkner and a District Deputation. W Bro Standen was presented with an illuminated certificate signed by the Provincial Grand Master on his behalf by W Bro Cope who also presented him with a personal letter from the PGM. On behalf of the District W Bro Faulkner presented Alan with a lapel pin celebrating his achievement.
WBro Alan Standen with the APGM, WBro Norman Cope, the District Delegation and Lodge Members
WBro Alan Standen with the APGM, WBro Norman Cope,and Lodge Members
WBro Standen receives his certificate from the Assistant Provincial Grand Master
The annual Bolton & Bury District Masonic Golf Competition - 2013 was held on Friday 21st June, hosted again by popular demand at Breightmet Golf Club, on a warm and sunny afternoon.
Prizes were awarded to Masonic and non Masonic golfers as:
Broadbent Cup - Nigel Smith 36 points
Lee Bowl - Phil Mountford & Jeremy Aston 56 points
Visiting Brethren - Ron Gorton (West Lancs.) 42 points
Visitors Handicap - Mike Horrocks 35 points
Mason non-Handicap Harry Wright 21 points
With many others also awarded. Breightmet Golf Club provided an excellent evenings dining, with the necessary cools 'drinks' after a afternoon in the sun.
WBro Harold Copper, as Hon. Secretary did a magnificent job of arranging the annual event and was delight to present a cheque for £200 towards the EL2015 Festival to WBro P Mountford the Society President. Thanks were also expressed to WBro Peter Faulkner for attending and supporting the event as the Bolton District Chairman.
A really enjoyable afternoon and evenings dining.
On the occasion of W Bro John Whitfield's 50th year in freemasonry the members and ladies of Kitchener lodge donated £300 to the Salford Royal Hospital as a heart felt thanks for WBro Whitfield's treatment and the care given by the consultantsurgeon Mr David Shakley
The Provincial Grand Master was there. He brought with him two Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, a Past Provincial Grand Master and a full Provincial Deputation. Why were they there? To help WBro Derek Walsh celebrate his 50th Anniversary in Freemasonry. The deputation was admitted to The Royal Marines’ March and RWBro Sir David Trippier, the PGM, occupied the Chair of King Solomon and after introducing the Provincial Deputation, W Bro Walsh was placed in the centre of the lodge.
WBro Walsh with the PGM, the Deputation and the Brethen of the Lodge
The Provincial Grand Master with the Brethren of the Lodge
Sir David presents WBro Derek Walsh with his certificate
The PGM and the Worshipful Master with WBro Walsh
WBro John Whitfield with members of Kitchener Lodge.
WBro John Whitfield with WBro Martin Caller and Bro John Yates WM of Kitchener Lodge.
WBro John Whitfield being presented with Illuminated certificate by APGM WBro Martin Caller.
On taking up his appointment as Provincial Grand Master, Sir David Trippier expressed an intention to visit all the Masonic Halls in the Province. On Monday 11th February 2013, as part of this mission he visited Farnworth Masonic Hall, for the first time, at a meeting hosted by Darley Lodge No 6531.
Sir David headed a Provincial Deputation and when he was handed the gavel by Bro Peter Barron, the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, he readily accepted it. During his occupation of the Master’s Chair W Bro Colin Rigby OBE, the Lodge Director of Ceremonies, gave an explanation of the 3 Chairs in use in the Lodge Room at Farnworth, which are the property of The Lodge of Charity No 350.
Read about The Three Chairs HERE
The Three Chairs
Sir David with the Provincial Deputation, Members of Darley Lodge and their Visitors
Sir David with the Worshipful Master, Bro Peter Barron, and WBro Colin Rigby, OBE, the Director of Ceremonies
At the festive board Sir David outlined in part his vision of the future but emphasised his commitment to the 2015 Festival including his sponsored weight loss campaign which has already raised about £3,000.00.
It is hoped that Sir David will visit the Hall again where he can learn even more about the history of Farnworth Freemasonry.
50 years a Royal Arch Mason.
William ‘Bill’ Devlin celebrated his half century as a member of St John’s Chapter No 348 on 20th November 2012. The Chapter which meets at Bolton met on the anniversary of his exaltation. This magnificent achievement was recorded in the Chapter Minutes for that meeting. Bill was an active member of the Chapter until poor health restricted his attendances.
During the visit David presented Bill with an Illuminated Certificate and Congratulatory Letter on behalf of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Sir David Trippier.
In February 2013, E Comp Thornton will be attending the Installation Ceremony of St John’s Chapter as the Direct Representative of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent when he will present copies to the Chapter of the Certificate and Letter for inclusion in the Chapter Minute Book as a permanent record of Bill’s achievements in Royal Arch Masonry and St John’s Chapter in particular.
All concerned with St John’s Chapter No 348 and Bolton District send congratulations to Bill Devlin to mark his remarkable achievement.
On Monday December 10th Bolton District Deputy Chairman, WBro Terry Kakoulis, accompanied by District Charity Steward, WBro Peter Jones, had pleasure in presenting a Grand Charity cheque for £2,987 to Bolton Hospice.
WBro Terry Kakoulis presents the cheque to Mrs Alice Atkinson in the presence of Mrs Leigh Vallance, the CEO of Bolton Hospice and WBro Peter Jones
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WBro Stewart Potter, District Communications Officer for Bolton District.