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Investiture of WBro John Richard Farrington as APGM.
This special occasion took place at the meeting of Huntroyd Lodge No. 6385 at Nelson House, Burnley on Monday 23rd March. The Lodge Room was filled to capacity by 120 Brethren comprising the Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Sir David Trippier, RD,JP,DL; a Provincial Deputation; RWBro Paul Rink, Past PGM; Distinguished Brethren representing other Orders and representatives from all Lodges and Chapters.
Our RW PGM took the chair, voiced his delight at seeing the Lodge Room so full, then proceeded to introduce his Provincial Deputation. He then invested WBro Martin Paul Roche as the Provincial Grand Secretary and made reference to the outstanding work Martin had done as APGM.
It was then time to appoint WBro John Richard Farrington as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
WBro Farrington recited his Obligation, was Appointed and then Presented with his Chain of Office to the acclaim of the Brethren.
The festive board occupied the rest of the evening; it was a well attended and convivial occasion. The meal was excellent. The toasts and responses were both formal and light-hearted and the event was enjoyed by all.
Wednesday 18th March at Calder Lodge was the last visit by WBro Martin Roche as our APGM.
The occasion was very well attended. Amongst those present were WBro Paul Thornton, the District Chairman; WBro Jeff Ward, the Deputy District Chairman; WBro David Lightbown, Chairman of the East Ribble District and several District Officers.
WBro Paul Thornton presented our APGM with a pen, being an appropriate gift for his future role!
WBro Keith Jackson responding on behalf of all the visitors talked about the qualities that Martin possessed that has made him such a popular APGM and that he will be greatly missed.
We are sure that Martins wit and wry humour will be reflected in his communications as the Provincial Grand Secretary of which we all wish him well.
Local War Hero celebrates 50 years as a Freemason
WBro Geoffrey Smith PPJGW celebrated 50 years as a Freemason at Whalley Arches Lodge No 7489 in Whalley. He was initiated into Thursby Lodge No 3855 in Burnley, proposed by a local Headmaster, Ken Helliwell, who was a neighbour on Marsden Road, Burnley. Geoffrey now lives in Read.
Geoffrey is pictured with the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche PSGD on his left and the Worshipful Master of Whalley Arches Lodge WBro Stuart Smith PPGSuptWks on his right. Geoffrey has just reached the wonderful age of 92 and is still active in Freemasonry having just completed a year in Office as Master of Whalley Arches Lodge No 7489.
During World War II Geoffrey trained as a pilot in South Africa and then saw active service in the Middle East. He trained in Hurricanes and then saw active service in 2 squadrons flying Hurricanes, Mustangs and Spitfires.
After the war he worked as branch manager for the Scottish Amicable.
Whalley Masonic Hall was full to capacity on Monday 9 March 2015 at 10-30 am as Whalley Arches is a popular daytime Lodge. There was a strong District Delegation led by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche; WBro Paul Aspinall, APGP; WBro Paul Thornton, District Chairman and Lodge Members VWBro Nigel Bramey-Haworth, Past DPGM and WBro James Sutcliffe, Past APGM.
Geoffrey Smith is pictured with Lodge Members and the Delegation.
WBro Ron Dickin, PProvGSwdB, 50th celebration.
The celebration for Ron's 50th year in masonry was held at his current lodge, Huntroyd 6385, at the Masonic Hall, Moore Lane, Padiham, on Wednesday 28th January. We were very pleased to welcome WBro Martin Roche APGM who was accompanied by a District Delegation together with 35 visitors from 15 lodges, including several Grand Officers.
The tribute to WBro Dickin was delivered by WBro A Young, PProvSGW, which was very well received.
The Assisstant Provincial Grand Master gave an address to the Brethren and made a presentation to WBro Dickin who was then paraded around the Lodge.
The festive board consisted of a three course roast beef dinner, accompanied by wine which was provided by Ron, which was also very well received!
WBro William John Dallas-A Unique 50th Anniversary
“All 50ths are unique, because the individuals are unique and they all have their own story to tell”. These wise words were spoken by our APGM, WBro Martin Roche PSGD, during the celebration marking the Personal 50th anniversary for WBro Bill Dallas PPDepGSwdB.
The date was 22nd January, at which point WBro Dallas was, in fact, celebrating 52 years in Freemasonry, having been initiated into St. John Lodge Royal Arch No.320 Saltcoats and Ardrossan, on Remembrance Day, 1963.
WBro Roche led a full Provincial Delegation and was accompanied by a veritable bevy of Grand Officers, together with a large number of Brethren, all gathered to mark their approbation and affection for our Celebrant.
After WBro Roche reminded the more senior Brethren of some of the major events of 1963, he then called upon WBro Jack Greenwood PPAGDC, to deliver a talk detailing some of the service which WBro Dallas has given to Freemasonry during his tenure. WBro Dallas then perambulated around the Lodge room, guided by WBro Andrew Proctor PAGDC, who officiated the proceedings, to the heartfelt acclaim of the Brethren. WBro Roche then gave greetings on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master and also the Grand Master in the Scottish Constitution.
During an excellent festive board, WBro Dallas spoke briefly about his career and his love for Freemasonry. The lasting impression on all his Brethren will be that of a modest and self-effacing Brother whose service to the Craft has been exemplary, who has excelled in all that he has done and is still doing. May he long continue!
WBro GERALD COYLE PProvGSwdB (UNCLE GED) CELEBRATED 50 YEARS IN FREEMASONRY
On Monday 19th January 2015 Three Chalices Lodge 8249 celebrated their Worshipful Master’s 50 years as a Mason. Over 50 Masons were in attendance at Nelson House, Burnley, where the APGM WBro Martin P. Roche was in attendance accompanied by a distinguished District Deputation.
The Worshipful Master welcomed the APGM and offered him the gavel which he was pleased to accept and he commented that it was a “first” for him where the “birthday boy” and Worshipful Master were one of the same.
Following introductions, WBro Roche had WBro Coyle seated in the centre of the Lodge and then informed the Brethren of what had occurred in history in the year 1965 much to the delight and amusement of those present.
The Secretary, WBro Colin Barton, then gave a brief and amusing history of the Masonic Life of WBro Coyle, a Founder of the Lodge, who has taken Office in the Lodge in every year of its existence. He was initiated into Townley Lodge on 5th January 1965 and being a former pupil of Burnley Grammar School, became a Founder of the Lodge on 17th February 1969.
Special mention was made of his 21 years uninterrupted service as Secretary of the Lodge.
Many will remember him as the Steward at Haslingden Masonic Hall a position he held for several years.
The APGM then presented WBro Coyle with an Illuminated Certificate signed by the RW Provincial Grand Master, Sir David Trippier, together with a personal letter signed by him which was read to the Brethren by the APGM.
The APGM directed that he be escorted round the Lodge by WBro David Cowen the ProvDGDC much to the acclaim and applause of all the Brethren present.
A cheque for, £500 for the 2015 Festival, was presented by WBro Coyle on behalf of the Lodge which the APGM was pleased to accept.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all, the food, at the Festive Board, was of the usual high standard, we have learned to expect at Nelson House. And although he had always stated that he didn’t want a “fuss” he was pleased that so many had attended and although a little embarrassed, very proud.
Burnley Masons Bringing in The New Year
Burnley Masons and their guest's at Burnley Masonic Hall, New Years Eve
Burnley Masons and their guests had a wonderful evening at Burnley Masonic Hall with 100 of them celebrating and enjoying themselves with a superb hot buffet and music for dancing with resident DJ WBro Jim Whittaker.
The Events committee organised the function and WBro Phil Preston acted as compere ably assisted by WBro's Les Latcham and Stuart Whittaker.
There were lots of prizes for the raffle there was also an auction for a 39" smart TV, a Case of Wine and a Champagne Hamper
Grand Charity Donation to Pendleside Hospice
A cheque was presented to Burnley Hospice on behalf of the Freemasons Grand Charity.
In total the amount given in 2013 across the country was £600,000. and since 1984 that total stands at 10.5 Million Pounds.
Left to right: The District Chairman, Paul Thornton; Keith Jackson; Jeff Ward, Deputy Chairman; Roy Langtree; Michael Squires;
Ian Mac Donald, District Charity Steward and Christina Cope, the Hospice Fundraising Manager.
This article appeared in the Burnley Express on Friday December 5th
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