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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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