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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





The Amalgamation Ceremony of Goulburn Lodge No 3478 & Menturia Lodge No 6023


The Amalgamation Ceremony was held on Wednesday 12th November at Bolton Masonic Hall. There were over 80 brethren present to witness this ceremony which probably hasn’t been seen by most in attendance.

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Ian Batty, Worshipful Master at 6PM. After the Lodge conducted its usual business, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, PGSwdB, with a Provincial Deputation entered the lodge to conduct the ceremony. VWBro Thornhill sat in the Chair of King Solomon and conducted a very heartfelt and sincere ceremony with the assistance of the Provincial DC, WBro Wesley Marchant, PAGDC, Officers of the Lodges and other members of the Provincial Team.

The Lodge members were presented with a Certificate of Amalgamation and the Provincial Grand Chaplain, WBro the Revd David Halford, PDepGChap, delivered an Oration, after which the brethren of the Amalgamated Lodge were arranged around the Mosaic Pavement while the Provincial Grand Chaplain read verses from Leviticus.

VWBro Thornhill then sprinkled salt of the shoulder of each lodge member, the symbol of hospitality and friendship and the Provincial Grand Chaplain took the censer around the lodge reciting Exodus 30, followed by the Amalgamation prayer. The Amalgamation ceremony was affirmed by VWBro Thornhill and he wished the members of the lodge every success for their future. The Warrants, Certificate of Amalgamation, Banners and By Laws were then presented to the Worshipful Master of the Lodge.

The WM also presented VWBro Thornhill with a cheque for the 2015 Festival and the Lodge was closed in Peace, Love and Harmony.

A superb Festive Board followed this excellent ceremony and all present had a fantastic evening.

We wish the members of Goulburn Menturia Lodge No 3478 every success in their future and for the hospitality they gave to all the visitors on such a joyful occasion


VWBro Derek Thornhill and Bro Ian Batty, WM, with the Amalgamation Certificate


The Brethren of the Lodge and Members of the Deputation


VWBro Derek Thornhill with Bro Ian Batty and WBro Norman Cope, APGM


The Brethren of the Amalgamated Lodge


From Turton Tower to Blakpool Tower - on a bike!



Tour de Tour - UPDATE September 2nd

W.M.’s Sponsored Bike Ride

Many thanks for your interest and support.

I left Turton Towers at 9.05a.m. on Sunday 24th August (thanks to Roy for his early bulletin to everyone) in cool but fair riding conditions and after a challenging first leg from Astley Bridge through Belmont I passed Hoghton Tower on my ride into Preston. Fortunately the roads were quiet apart from quite a few fellow cyclists. On entering Preston I left the road and followed the Guild Wheel Cycle Route along the side of the river to Preston Docks. A short stop at Morrisons for a coffee before proceeding along the St Annes road towards Blackpool. After passing through Freckleton I turned North at Warton towards Wrea Green and on towards Thorton Cleveleys. Due to the work taking place on the promenade to the north of Cleveleys I travelled a little further than planned to get on to the promenade at Rossall to begin my run-in south, to the Tower. Not a good idea as the prom was strewn with debris forcing me back onto the roadway. I arrived at a very busy Blackpool Tower in bright sunshine after completing 54.5 miles in a time of 4hrs 13mins 17secs.

The current sponsor fund stands at £280!!! Thank you to everyone who has contributed. This far exceeds my expectations.

My Just Giving page ( is still open for anyone else who wishes to contribute or I am quite happy to accept anything you wish to throw at me when I next see you.

Many thanks once again to everyone.




On Sunday August 24th the Worshipful Master of St John's Lodge 348, Bro Stuart Hodson, started cycling from Turton Tower to Blackpool Tower in support of the EL2015 Festival.

Ready for the off! Note the Gavel that travels


Passing Turton School


You can see the poster HERE or contact Stuart on

If you would like to sponsor Stuart go to his JUST GIVING site




Following a social outing to maintain order at the St John's Lodge May Ball resplendent in black tie the GAVEL THAT TRAVELS Officiated at the St John's Lodge Summer Bowling Tournament held at Bar Lane Bowling Club on the 20th July.
A wonderful afternoon was had by all with the bowling being eagerly contested (?) under the warm summer sun accompanied by a sumptuous buffet.
A good time was had by around 40 brethren and visitors raising over £200 for Lodge charities.


Bro Alun Gwyn Kade Jones of St John's Lodge No.348 and his partner Roy Walker one of our guest bowlers.



WBro Sutherland was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2014 and attended Buckingham Palace on the 27th June 2014 to receive it. The citation read “For services to Education and to the Community of Bolton”

Prince Charles invested him.

 It was a real family affair and Richard was surprised by the appearance in London of his grandchildren from Hong Kong and after the Investiture was further surprised by an unexpected party at the Oxford and Cambridge Club with many members of his family



WBro Peter Rothwell, OBE, PJGD, 50 Years in Freemasonry

On the 25th April Euclid Lodge of Installed Masters No.9468 had the privilege of hosting the Celebration of 50 years in Freemasonry for WBro Peter Rothwell, OBE, PJGD.
Peter was initiated into St.George’s Lodge No.1723 on the 23rd October 1963 by his father WBro Henry Rothwell.
He was 26years of age and his employment is recorded as a Tax Officer (Higher Grade)
Immediately finding a niche as Lodge Organist he progressed through to the Chair of King Soloman and being a superb ritualist he soon became Lodge DC.

WBro J Christopher Welton was the APGM in charge and a personal friend of Peter’s.
Peter held a long and distinguished career working for the HM Inland Revenue.


WBro Welton took us through Peter’s illustrious Masonic career, advising of the various Provincial working groups that had benefitted greatly from Peter’s experience.
As is tradition a letter from the Provincial Grand Master was read and presented to Peter who was also presented with an illuminated certificate to mark his 50years in the craft.

WBro Faulkner had presented him with a ‘50’ lapel badge from the District.
Peter was paraded around the lodge by WBro Simon Archer, ProvDepDC to the acclaim of all present.

We enjoyed an excellent evening with a superb festive board.
WBro Rothwell reminisced of his happy time in freemasonry and thanked everyone for their support on his special day
Peter was a Founder member of Euclid Lodge in September 1992, during his spell as Bolton District Chairman and was our first Director of Ceremonies.
He was presented with a pair of engraved Wine Goblet’s as a memento of the occasion together with a bouquet of flowers for Marian Rothwell.



WBro Harry Price, PProvGSwdB, 50 Years in Freemasonry

The APGM WBro Norman Cope with a district delegation were in attendance to celebrate this milestone and after accepting the gavel from the WM, WBro Cope introduced the delegation to the lodge members

His masonic and personal history were delivered by WBro John Cocking who gave a great tribute to WBro Price on his achievements.

WBro Price was reminded of events that happened in the year he joined Freemasonry by WBro Cope, with references to events, sports and music.

As is tradition a letter from the Provincial Grand Master was read and presented to Harry who was also presented with an illuminated certificate to mark his 50years in the craft. After WBro Terry Kakoullis had presented a '50' lapel batch from the District to Harry he was paraded round the Lodge by WBro Andrew Procter ProvAGDC  to the acclaim of all present.

We enjoyed an excellent evening followed by a superb festive board, where WBro Harry Price thanked everyone for their support to celebrate his special day




The tribute below was delivered by WBro John Cocking on the night

WBro Price, normally quite a lot of behind the scenes research is usually necessary to  give  this eulogy, surreptious phone calls to family and friends for information, you on the other hand have made this quite easy for me, having written your own biography entitled `Harry Price My Life Story’, and, the cover of the book gives us an insight into your history, ‘Bolton Born and Bred’.
Born 23rd March 1932 at 28 Swan Lane, Bolton, which makes your age?, shall we let the Brethren work that out for themselves!!, Infants School was St Bedes C of E, in 1945 you left St Bedes, and, having passed your scholarship,  you attended Bolton Junior Technical College in the Building Department, leaving there in 1947 and started work as an apprentice plumber with a well-known plumbing company in Bolton, until 1952 you then decided to enrol in the RNVR, until 1953 when you were conscripted but unfortunately due to an ear problem you were not required to serve.
You returned to finish your apprenticeship by March 1953 becoming a fully qualified plumber, and you changed employers to Slater & Russell in Bridge St, that was the same year you met Ida, who was to become your wife, married at St Peters Church Belmont, on Sunday 3rd July 1954.
In your book you list quite a long and impressive list of qualifications starting in  1947/48, and seemingly ending in 1987 when you gained a degree in Business Studies with Honours.
Your life seems to been one of fulfilment having been elected a member of the Royal Society of Health in 1952.
Elected an Associate Member of the Institute of Domestic Heating Engineers in 1976, and in 1980 you were elected a member of the Institute of Builders Merchants, in 1992 you were asked to serve as National President of the Federation of Builders Merchants ,but for domestic reasons you had to decline.
In 1992 you became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants, a prerequisite for acceptance into this organisation was that you had to be  Freeman of the City of London and your name was put forward and you were granted Freedom of the City of London.
But,  of course in your book your Masonic history is only touched upon, we have  to dig a little deeper, so, your Masonic history begins 50 years ago last month, April 1964, initiated into this very old Lodge, The Lodge of Antiquity 146, at the age of 32, and progressed through the Lodge to become Worshipful Master in 1978, 16 years from Initiation to Worshipful Master. In 1997 you gained promotion into the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire as a Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer.
You served this Lodge as Treasurer from January 1980 until December 1998, 18 years as a Treasurer, which in all those years you performed with great aplomb.
But as I recall although you were Treasurer this did not preclude you from performing some ritual in the Lodge, amongst which was a faultless Charge in the 1st Degree.
Your family have been very supportive of you during your 50 years in Masonry.
Unfortunately whilst on holiday on 19th August 2003 you suffered a stroke which as you say in your book left you unable to speak or write, but even with these impediments you have remained a faithful member of this Lodge and for 50 years no mean achievement



The Travels of the Gavel

The Gavel That Travel’s was claimed by WM of St John’s Lodge No 348 on Monday 12th May 2014 from Kitchener Lodge.

11 Members of St John’s Lodge were in attendance and as per the rules, on the master rising for the 3rd time, the gavel was claimed and will be stored for safe keeping by St John’s lodge until next season.

Kitchener Lodge No 3788 were in receipt of their certificate which was presented by APGM WBro Norman Cope to WM WBro John Yates on Monday 12th May 2014 as the lodge attained 100% personal donation to the festival from all of its members.  An incredible achievement and one that only a small number of lodges have achieved so far.  Well done to all at Kitchener



WBro Philip Hudson PProvGSwdB of Kitchener Lodge No 3788 Celebrates 50 years in Freemasonry.


WBro Philip Hudson joined Freemasonry on 11h November 1963 becoming a member of Kitchener Lodge.

Phil worked his way through the various positions with his skills and knowledge and the ability to learn and recite anything he was asked to do including full histories and tracing boards.  When he was elected as Master in 1978, he performed many ceremonies including a 3rd where he carried out the ceremony including the full history and working tools.

In 1970 he joined Concord Dean Chapter No 37. He gained provincial honours in 1984 to PProvAGSoj in Chapter, and in 1997 he was promoted again to PProvDepGReg

In 1990 he also joined Old Boltonian’s Lodge as he was a former pupil at Bolton School and he became Master in 1994

In 1988 Phil was appointed as PProvAGReg and in May 1999 He was appointed PProvGSwdB

In Kitchener Lodge he served as the Treasurer for 23 years

The APGM WBro Norman Cope with a district delegation were in attendance to celebrate this milestone and after accepting the gavel from the WM, WBro Cope introduced the delegation to the lodge members




His masonic and personal history were delivered by WBro John Whitfield who gave a great tribute to WBro Hudson on his achievements and also referred to him as an excellent ritualist as well as a “Scruffy Mason”, but he scrubbed up well on Monday.

WBro Hudson was reminded of events that happened in the year he joined Freemasonry by WBro Cope, with references to events, sports and music.

As is tradition a letter from the Provincial Grand Master was read and presented to Phil who was also presented with an illuminated certificate to mark his 50years in the craft. After WBro Peter Faulkner had presented a '50' lapel batch from the District to Phil he was paraded round the Lodge by WBro Andrew Procter ProvAGDC  to the acclaim of all present.

We enjoyed an excellent evening followed by a superb festive board, where WBro Phil Hudson thanked everyone for their support to celebrate his special day



ELMC Grant for Bolton Hospice

The two Districts in the Western Area, Bolton and Bury, came together to support Bolton Hospice by applying to the ELMC Community Fund for a grant to purchase bedroom furniture. The Hospice is currently undertaking a major build and refurbishment program costing over £2 million, which is being raised by many fundraising activities, such as a 'Buy a Brick' campaign. Once the builders have left, the new and refurbished patient rooms will need to be furnished to the high standard the Hospice is committed to provide for those in need of its vital care services.

Through the Bury District Charity Steward, WBro Malcolm Ashton, the Hospice applied to the ELMC Community Fund for a grant of £4,370 to purchase bedside wardrobes and cabinets, which resulted in the presentation of a cheque to the Hospice by Bolton District Chairman, WBro Peter Faulkner.

WBro Peter Faulkner, Boton District Chairman, presents the ELMC cheque to Leigh Vallance, CEO of the Hospice and Alice Atkinson, Fundraising Manager,
accompanied by WBro Malcolm Ashton, Bury District Charity Steward


WBro Faulkner commented 'Freemasonry is delighted to be able to support this valuable new addition to the facilities at Bolton Hospice, by a donation from the East Lancashire Masonic Charity to which every Freemason in Bolton contributes. The project at Bolton Hospice helps the Bolton Community in a very tangible way.'


The Travels of the Gavel

The “Gavel That Travels” was successfully claim by Kitchener Lodge No 3788 by WBro John Yates, WM.  9 members of Kitchener Lodge were in attendance at the Centenary meeting of Boltonians Lodge No 3716 and in accordance with the rules, WBro John Yates gave greetings at the 3rd rising, then proceeded to make the claim, which was acknowledged by the WM of Boltonians Lodge, verified by the JW and duly handed over to the safe keeping of Kitchener Lodge



Boltonian Lodge No. 3716 Celebrate their Centenary


On Monday 24th March 2014, Boltonian Lodge celebrated 100 Years.  The present members owe a deep sense of gratitude to the Founders, who, in 1914 had the far sightedness to create a Lodge based on Love, Peace and Harmony which still holds firm to this day.

A provincial deputation lead by the RW Bro Sir David Trippier, Provincial Grand Master were in attendance to this momentous occasion. A short history of the lodge was read by WBro Llwyd Thomas PProvDepGReg after which the WM and lodge were presented with a Centenary Warrant.  Following this, the Provincial Grand Chaplain WBro the Rev’d David Halford, PAGChap attended to an Oration for the lodge to mark the achievement and reaching this special milestone




A Brief history of the lodge:

Boltonian Lodge No 3716 was consecrated on the 18th March, 1914 in the Parish Church Schools, Silverwell Street, Bolton by the then Deputy Provincial Grand Master, WBro J. B. Goulburn, P.G.D. Also present were four members of United Grand Lodge, 44 members of Provincial Grand Lodge and one hundred and nine members of Craft Lodges.

The Lodge was formed from the success achieved by the members of St. Georges Lodge, No 1723, formed in 1877, when after 27 years of existence, the members sponsored a daughter Lodge. Twenty four of those members became the founder members of the new Boltonian Lodge, 3716, the name having been agreed upon hoping it would characterise the founders, all being Bolton born or residents of the town. This has now extended a little, most being from Bolton and other parts of Lancashire to other countries, including five Brethren from the Philippines.

The founders included, WBro The Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, WBro J. B .Goulburn PGD, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and the officers of Lodge No 1723, including the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Senior and Junior Deacons, Inner Guard and six Past Masters.

During the consecration ceremony the Provincial Grand Chaplain, Bro. Rev. Canon Chapman remarked, “Masonry, being built on a strong foundation, we trust time and age may never cause decay”. After the dedicatory prayer, the Lodge was consecrated with corn, wine, oil, salt and incense and the Worshipful Master designate, WBro Frederick James Witter was installed in the chair of King Solomon.

  • During its 100 years history the Lodge has sponsored three daughter Lodges, Heaton Lodge No. 6016 in 1945, Turton Lodge 6232 in 1946 and Golden Jubilee Lodge No 8816 in 1978, which in turn sponsored Orlando Lodge No 9148 in 1985. Sadly all have now closed, Heaton Lodge having returned to Boltonian Lodge in 2001 and in 2004 we were joined by the members of Crompton Lodge No 5227.
  • The Lodge has been honoured by three appointments to the United Grand Lodge of England, WBro Rev A Clague, PAGChap, WBro Ken Caffrey, PGStdB , and WBro George Glassbrook, PJGD, who was initiated in 1955 and has served as Worshipful Master of this Lodge on two occasions. George is looking forward to celebrating his 60th anniversary in 2015.
  • Over the years we have become Patrons of the following charities:-
  • The Old People’s Festival (1960) Association.
  • The Royal Masonic Institute for Girls.
  • The Royal Masonic Institute for Boys.
  • The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
  • The Royal Masonic Hospital
  • The East Lancashire Masonic Benevolent Institution
  • The 1988 Girls and Boys Festival
  • The New Masonic Samaritan Fund.
  • The Grand Charity Festival 2004
  • Vice Patron of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution ( 2015 Festival)


  • Finally, I quote from a Lodge record written at a previous anniversary :-
  • “May we continue to build, pure and unsullied, Boltonian Lodge No 3716”.

A wonderful night was celebrated by the lodge members and guests, filling both the lodge room and festive board with 107 people in attendance.

Congratulations to Boltonian Lodge, may you continue for many more years to come

In addition to the centenary celebrations, WBro Llwyd Thomas PProvDepGReg was promoted to PProvGSwdB by the RW PGM for all his dedication to the lodge and the craft.




By Hook or by Crook !

The Travels of the Gavel


I am delighted to report that Boltonian Lodge No. 3716 was successful in claiming ‘The Gavel That Travels’ on Friday night.

The following Brethren visited Old Boltonians Lodge No. 5814 at Bolton School - Llwyd Thomas, Gordon Hartley, Stephen Holcroft, Lee Gridley, Lee Bannister, Ron Gridley, Salvador Tiangson, Kim Villacampa, Peter Faulkner, all confidently led by our Junior Warden Bro Craig Charnock.

In accordance with the rules, Craig gave greetings at the 3rd Rising, then proceeded to make the claim, which was acknowledged by the WM of Old Boltonians Lodge Bro Anthony Smith, and duly handed over to the safe keeping of Boltonian Lodge No. 3716.



We all incidentally enjoyed an excellent presentation by WBro Mike Williams on the ‘History of Hewlett Court’ from the days of Walshaw Hall to Hewlett Court as it is now, most interesting and enlightening.

Boltonian Lodge No. 3716 will now display the Gavel at our Centenary Celebration on Monday the 24th March when the PGM Sir David Trippier and a Provincial Deputation will be in attendance  – we wonder, will another Bolton Lodge lay claim to the gavel on that evening?

It was a fun night with good company, a new experience for some newer members of Boltonian Lodge in visiting, but importantly it also enhanced Old Boltonians Lodge meeting by the numbers of visitors attending – the essence behind The Gavel That Travels

Thanks to all who participated.

Peter Faulkner

Boltonian Lodge Secretary & District Chairman

PS - Interested in attending our Centenary Celebrations – call me on 0770 919 4646 or email



WBro Kenneth Tyler, PProvSGW, Celebrates 65 Years in Freemasonry


WBro Ken Tyler who is an honorary member of Earl Ellesmere Lodge No 678 celebrated 65 years in the craft on Wednesday 5th March at Farnworth Masonic Hall.

Ken joined Freemasonry in 1948, however his masonic career started from the age of 7 when he helped his uncle set up the masonic room at the Rawson Arms Hotel on Peel Street in Farnworth.  During his early years, when helping his uncle he happened to be present at the preparations for a very important meeting. Tuesday the tenth of November 1931 saw the birth of Farnworth lodge No 5301. A lodge that Ken would play a large role in until its sad closure in 2013. On that evening Ken sat in the masters chair and banged the gavel down, declaring to his uncle that he would be master of this new lodge one day. If only he knew his importance in the future of freemasonry in Farnworth.

Before officially joining Freemasonry, Whilst Ken was away serving his country in the Navy, another Tyler family masonic milestone occurred. When in 1944, the year that saw the D Day landings, the first V2 rockets hitting the UK and, even worse!, the introduction of pay as you earn income tax, his father Bro. J.C. Tyler was Installed as Worshipful Master of Farnworth lodge.

Finally, after his membership papers had followed him half way around the globe, Kenneth Tyler was initiated into Farnworth lodge in 1948. Later that same year Ken took to office as a steward and he has never been out of office in the 65 years that he has been in Freemasonry. In addition, during these 65 years, he has only ever missed 2 meetings which must be a record on both counts.

In 1963 Ken was installed as Worshipful Master of Farnworth lodge for the first time, some 32 years after helping his uncle set up the room and he achieved a goal that he has set out from being a young boy.

In 1981 Ken oversaw the 50th anniversary of Farnworth Lodge. The members celebrated this great achievement with the enthusiasm it deserved. A special Cup was made to celebrate the occasion of the Golden Jubilee and distributed to members.

In November 1994 WBro. K. Tyler was Installed as Worshipful Master for the second time. And in November 2005 for a third time and he remained master for 2 terms until November 2007. He took his final office in Farnworth Lodge as it’s last master in 2012, at which time he had been an officer in the lodge every year without a break since he was made a steward in 1949.



The APGM WBro Norman Cope presented WBro Tyler with a special certificate to celebrate this occasion that very few brethren would every reach and looked at the importance that WBro Tyler has played in Freemasonry in Farnworth but also with regards to the Fellowship that he started which is something that is in place all over England.

WBro Peter Faulkner also presented WBro Tyler with a 65th Pin Badge (but WBro Tyler already had one) and he was paraded round the lodge by WBro Cope to the acclaim of all present.

A remarkable achievement and milestone has been reached and WBro Ken Tyler is already making preparations for his 70th Celebrations in Freemasonry.  Ken is an outstanding person, with a truly remarkable personality and the evening was enjoyed by all the Brethren present as well as their friends and family.

We look forward to celebrating Ken’s future achievements in Freemasonry and I am sure the lodge members of Earl Ellesmere will keep Ken working for many more years to come



WBro Ron Eadie PProvAGSuptWks (Cheshire) of Anchor & Hope Lodge No 37 Celebrates 50 years in Freemasonry.

WBro Ron Eadie joined Freemasonry on 6th February 1964 becoming a member of Wemyss Lodge No 777 in Scotland.

Over the 50 years he has moved around the country due to work but finally settled in Bolton and became a member of Anchor & Hope Lodge. A brief history of the lodges Ron has been a member of are below:

In 1981 he joined Rectitude Lodge 5271 in Sale Cheshire and in 1989 he became master of that lodge.

In 1992 on 11th May he joined Francis Columbine Chapter 5849

Ron joined Haven Mark Lodge on 21st October 1993

He appointed to Provincial Lodge in the craft 5th October 1996 becoming PProvAGsuptwks  
Ron joined Gatley Lodge 6201 in 1998

In 2000 he was the last Master of Gatley Lodge being in the chair when it closed.

2001 saw Ron join Turton Lodge

He was appointed PProvADC in Mark on 3rd March 2004

In the Royal Arch he was appointed Provincial Grand Steward Acting on the 18th March 2008 and on 12th March 2011 he was promoted to PProvGsoj

Finally in 2009 Ron joined Anchor & Hope Lodge 37 and has fulfilled the role of secretary for 3 years.




The APGM WBro Norman Cope with a district delegation were in attendance to celebrate this milestone and after accepting the gavel from the WM, WBro Cope introduced the delegation to the lodge members

His masonic and personal history were delivered by WBro Bob Collins PProvJGD who gave a great tribute to WBro Eadie on his achievements and also referred to him as Mr Kipling at one stage due to his career in the baking industry.

WBro Eadie was reminded of events that happened in the year he joined Freemasonry by WBro Cope, with references to events, sports and music.

As is tradition a letter from the Provincial Grand Master was read and presented to Ron who was also presented with an illuminated certificate to mark his 50years in the craft. After WBro Peter Faulkner had presented a '50' lapel batch from the District to Ron he was paraded round the Lodge by WBro Andrew Procter ProvAGDC  to the acclaim of all present. Ron was also presented with a certificate from his mother Lodge Wemyss 777 to mark this special occasion.

We enjoyed an excellent evening followed by a superb festive board, where WBro Ron Eadie thanked everyone for their support to celebrate his special day





Installation at The Oldboltonians Lodge No 5814

On Saturday 11th January the Old Boltonians Lodge No 5814 held their installation meeting in the splendid setting of the Great Hall at Bolton School when the master elect Bro Anthony Smith was installed in the chair of King Solomon by the outgoing Master, WBro Geoffrey Bent. In attendance was the RW PGM, Sir David Trippier, and a provincial delegation  that included the APGM, the APGP and the District Chairman.  They, along with over 120 masons, enjoyed an excellent and sincere ceremony conducted by WBro Bent and the Officers of the Lodge. The RW PGM, Sir David Trippier, delivered the address to the brethren and he congratulated the lodge on the excellent ceremony. He also commented that it was one of the best installations he had seen. The social board was held in the Arts Centre where the celebrations continued with the usual toasts and speeches. An excellent time was had by all.

L-R: The PGM, Sir David Trippier; Bro Anthony Smith, Master; WBro Geoffrey Bent, IPM and WBro Norman Cope, APGM




The Closure of Menturia Lodge.

On 14th November 2013, Menturia Lodge No 6023 closed for the last time prior to its amalgamation with Goulburn Lodge No 3478. W Bro Roy Tuke gave a brief history of the lodge which was both illuminating and revealing.




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.

The Lodge has had an interesting but relatively short life as is explained in W Bro Tuke's history:-

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.
Jack was our Secretary for 40 years and retired on 10th October 1993

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.




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