Burnley & Pendle Latest District News
Archived news moved to bottom of page
Burnley and Pendle District Freemasons Sponsored Tandem Sky Dive 2016
In aid of The East Lancashire Masonic Charities.
They Did It!
READ ABOUT IT HERE
Sponsorship now at £15,000
50th Anniversary Celebration of WBro F. Stuart Jackson, PProvJGW
Sixty-Two Brethren, including WBro John R. Farrington, PSGD, The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Northern Area of the Province of East Lancashire, accompanied by Grand Officers, Provincial Officers of the year and a District Delegation, signed the Tylers attendance register of Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge No. 6183 on Tuesday 24th May 2016, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in Freemasonry of WBro Francis Stuart Jackson, PProvJGW.
WBro Stuart Jackson with WBro Farrington, visitors and the Provincial and District delegations
The Worshipful Master of Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge, WBro Peter Clegg, opened the Lodge and after concluding the preliminary business of the Lodge, received a report. The ProvAGDC, WBro Andrew Procter, was admitted and announced that WBro John R. Farrington PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Northern area of the Province of East Lancashire, was without and that he demanded admission.
WBro Farrington was welcomed to the Lodge and was offered the Gavel. WBro Farrington replied saying it was always a great honour and a privilege to be offered the Gavel of a Lodge and that on this special occasion, he would accept.
WBro Farrington, together with WBro James Sutcliffe, PSGD, PAPGM were then saluted in due form. WBro Farrington thanked the Brethren for their Salutations and said he was delighted to see so many Brethren in attendance and that he was looking forward to this special evening. Remarking that on the last 50th Anniversary Celebration he had attended, the Celebrant, who was travelling some distance, had been delayed by traffic and had only arrived in time for the Festive Board; it was with no little relief that he was pleased to see WBro Jackson in attendance.
After introducing the Provincial and District Delegation, which included Provincial Officers of the year and Grand Officers, WBro Farrington announced that the main business of the evening was to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of WBro F Stuart Jackson, PProvJGW. WBro Jackson was then placed in the centre of the Lodge.
WBro Farrington first passed on the very best wishes of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Sir David Trippier, and those of the District Delegations, Grand Officers and all the Brethren present.
The Lodge Secretary, WBro Richard Sagar, PProvJGD, informed the assembled Brethren that WBro Jackson was initiated into Marsden Lodge No. 3978 on the 16th May 1966 and proceeded to read extracts of the minutes of the meeting held on that date.
WBro Farrington then invited WBro Ian Greenwood to address the meeting.
WBro Greenwood took the floor and gave the following tribute.
Stuart, we have been friends for many years, starting when we entered Nelson Grammar School in the same year. The Lodge has afforded me the privilege of relating your service to the Lodge over the 50 years of your membership and to briefly mention your participation in other Orders and Degrees. As we have heard from the Secretary you were initiated into Marsden Lodge on the 16th May 1966. In 1972 you commenced your extensive service by your appointment as Secretary, an office you held for 3 years until your appointment as Junior Warden in 1975. This was followed one year later when you were Installed as Worshipful Master.
I have seen the list of Officers you appointed, this included many stalwarts of Marsden Lodge, including your father as Treasurer, Harry Collinge as Secretary. Harry was a personal friend of mine as he was Secretary of Nelson Cricket Club for many years. Other names to recall are Harry Brown, Keith's father and Harold Sagar, our present Secretaries father. Among the Stewards you appointed was a certain Malcolm Bywater, who is here with us this evening.
The healthy state of the Lodge at that time was exemplified by the amount of work that you carried out during that year as Worshipful Master, when you carried out 2 Initiations, 4 Passings and 2 Raisings. One of the Brethren raised that year was Richard, our present Secretary.
Your service to the Lodge continued with your appointment as DC for 1 year, Charity Steward for 4 years, Almoner for 6 years and Mentor for 5 years and finally you took the chair again in 2005 prior to the Amalgamation with Pennine Valley Lodge. In addition to your service in the Lodge you found time to be the Founding Secretary of Pendleside Lodge of Installed Masters prior to the Consecration of the Lodge in 1984 and continued to act as its Secretary for 4 years until you were installed as Worshipful Master in 1988.
Naturally the extensive service you carried out was recognised by the Province with your first appointment as Acting Provincial Assistant Grand Pursuivant in 1981 followed by promotions to PProvJGD in 1985, PProvGSwdB in 1993 and to your present high rank of PProvJGW in 2003.
As you would expect a committed Freemason such as yourself would not limit your activity to the Craft alone. You have an equally active involvement in The Holy Royal Arch having been exalted in Borough Chapter in 1974 and taking many Offices in that Chapter. You have received several Provincial appointments culminating in the high rank of PProvGSN. Also in the Royal Arch you were a Founder of the Red Rose of Lancashire Chapter which is for Police Officers.
I do know from my personal experience that one Order in particular that is dear to your heart and that is Knights Templar. You are a Past Preceptor of Plains of Tabor Preceptory meeting at Colne and where you are currently the Registrar. In that Order you hold the exceptionally high Rank of Past Great Registrar. You have an involvement in many other Orders such as Mark, Royal Ark Mariners, Allied Masonic Degrees, HRA Knights Templar Priests and Red Cross of Constantine. There are far too many to detail your specific involvement in these on this occasion. Stuart, I would finally on behalf of the members of Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge congratulate you on attaining your Golden Jubilee and thank you most sincerely for the extensive and dedicated service that you have given to the Lodge over the last 50 years.
Following this fascinating insight into the Masonic career of WBro Jackson, WBro Jeff Bradshaw was invited to give a personal tribute to WBro Jackson.
WBro Bradshaw took the Brethren on an amusing and informative tour leading from WBro Jackson’s love of Land Rovers and Amateur Radio through Camping and Caravanning holidays and ending at the Brightlingsea Sailing Club, a tribute that could only have been given by a long standing and very good friend.
WBro Jim Sutcliffe, PSGD, Past APGM, then referred to a number of significant events and other interesting facts relating to the year WBro Jackson was initiated, following which WBro Farrington took the floor of the Lodge and presented WBro Jackson with firstly, a personal letter from The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Lancashire, Sir David Trippier and secondly an illuminated certificate, which WBro Farrington read to the assembled Brethren.
WBro Paul Thornton, ProvJGW, the Chairman of the Burnley and Pendle District, then presented WBro Jackson with a Lapel Badge to mark his 50 years in Freemasonry. WBro Jackson was then paraded round the Lodge to the enthusiastic acclaim of all the Brethren present.
WBro Jackson receives his certificate from WBro Farrington alongside the Worshipful Master, WBro Peter Clegg.
Following the Alms collection, WBro Farrington thanked all that had been involved in the evenings celebration.
The Acting Director of Ceremonies then asked if WBro Farrington wished to retire accompanied by the Provincial and District delegations and on this occasion WBro Jackson. WBro Farrington having given his assent, a retiral procession was formed and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by WBro Jackson and the Delegations retired to the acclaim of the Brethren.
WBro Jackson with WBro Farrington, the Worshipful Master and the Brethren of Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge.
The Festive Board room was at capacity and the assembled Brethren enjoyed a meal which was as close as was possible to the meal enjoyed on the night of WBro Jackson’s initiation, Black Pudding with a mustard sauce, Gammon and Pineapple followed by Fresh Fruit and Ice Cream.
The Festive Board was ably managed by the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and the usual toasts were honoured. In response to his health WBro Jackson thanked the Brethren for their support and good wishes, so generously expressed during the evening.
All in all a wonderful celebration of this memorable achievement of a popular and respected friend and Freemason.
Borough and Ashlar Lodge No 4858 – an exceptional evening!
The meeting of Borough and Ashlar Lodge No.4858, on Wednesday, 4th May, was attended by a number of senior Brethren, from Lodges in the North-East. They came to support Bro Daniel Sam Armitage on the occasion of his Initiation into Freemasonry, WBro George C. Laws PProvJGW being both the Treasurer of the Duke of Connaught Lodge, No. 3892, and the Candidate’s uncle.
The ceremony was superbly carried out by the Worshipful Master, Bro Dennis Higginson and all his officers in a truly exceptional manner, particularly remarkable as this was the first full ceremony with a Candidate, after his Installation in February. The District Chairman, WBro Paul Thornton, ProvJGW, made especial mention of this fact in his comments and like the rest of the Brethren present, was unstinting in his praise. As Bro. Armitage had come to the Lodge by way of Province; WBro Thornton had interviewed him, before directing him to WBro Jeff Ward and Borough and Ashlar Lodge.
Bro Higginson, who is also the Lodge Almoner, made reference to WBro Harold Bradshaw, PProvSGW, who had reached his 90th birthday on St. George’s Day. He also spoke of the tremendous influence which WBro Bradshaw had exercised over the Lodge, introducing his three sons, WBro’s Jeff, Stephen and Alan Bradshaw. WBro Jeff Bradshaw brought in WBro Mark Higginson, who had initiated his father, Bro Dennis Higginson, WM, who in turn had introduced Bro Tony Higginson.
WBro Harold Bradshaw was also responsible for bringing in a number of other Brethren, including the Director of Ceremonies, WBro Jeff Ward, PProvSGW.
Sadly, WBro Harold Bradshaw was unable to be present, due to health reasons and so the Brethren were likewise constrained from showing their approbation in the usual manner.
During “any other business”, WBro Trevor Thomas, PProvDGDC, Royal Arch District Officer, presented a cheque to the Worshipful Master, which consisted of sponsorship monies from the recent, highly successful Royal Arch Dinner. Although this is essentially a non-profit making event, the combined total of the raffle and sponsorship meant that the sum of £500-00 was able to be donated to the Refurbishment Fund for Nelson House. The Worshipful Master, WBro Phil Preston, PProvAGDC, and WBro Les Latcham, PProvAGDC, together with a number of other Brethren, give their time voluntarily to improve the décor and the facilities at Nelson House, so the money will undoubtedly be wisely spent.
WBro Laws then presented the Worshipful Master with a large quantity of key rings, which bear a picture of Nelson House, with the Borough and Ashlar logo on the obverse.
The evening certainly belonged to Bro Armitage, other business notwithstanding. His response to the toast to his health was thoughtful and sincere, which added to the fact that he had just been initiated into a happy and vibrant Lodge in an exemplary manner. With the support of his relatives and Brethren, it will surely mean that he will be able to enjoy his Lodge, Borough and Ashlar Lodge No. 4858, for very many years to come.
Burnley and Pendle Hosted Meeting
Brierfield Lodge No 7560 - Padiham
On Tuesday 19 April 2016, Brierfield Lodge No 7560, situated at Padiham in the Burnley and Pendle District, received the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Sir David Trippier, RD, JP, DL, and a Provincial Deputation including WBro John R Farrington the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Northern Area, for the purpose of the District’s annual Hosted Meeting. The Lodge room was buzzing with anticipation.
Also in attendance were a healthy number of District Officers and Provincial Grand Officers of the Year.
The RWPGM and the Worshipful Master with the Provincial & District Delegations
After opening the Lodge and conducting the preliminary business, the Worshipful Master, Bro Maurice McGaffin, announced that the next business was to receive the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master accompanied by a Provincial Deputation.
The Worshipful Master welcomed the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master and to his great delight Sir David accepted the gavel and took his place in the Masters chair. The RWPGM was then saluted in due form.
There followed a presentation entitled “From Junior office to the Masters Chair”. This was given by four Brethren ranging from Fellow Craft who has taken on the office of Assistant Secretary to a Past Master, relatively recently through the Chair. All related their experiences and the progress they had made whilst moving through their various Offices to date. They also outlined their hopes and expectations for the future and the support and assistance they would need in their development. The topic was introduced by WBro Steve Jansen, the Burnley and Pendle District Mentor who had worked with the Brethren in their preparations.
The Four Brethren involved were:-
Bro Darren Haigh – Pendle Lodge No 4703
Bro Ray Evans - Abbey Lodge No 2529
Bro Chris Swindells – Calder Lodge No 4564
WBro Steve Irving – Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 1504
The RWPGM and the Worshipful Master with the APGM, WBro John Farrington, Burnley & Pendle District Mentor, WBro Steve Jansen and the four Brethren who gave the Presentation
The RWPGM said that in coming to Padiham he knew that it would be a good evening but it had exceeded his expectations; the presentations had been some of the best that he had seen and he thanked WBro Jansen and the four presenters for their efforts. He also commented on some of the issues that had been raised.
Following the Alms collection a retiral procession was formed by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro John A Griffin and the RWPGM accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and the Deputation retired. The Lodge was then closed by the Worshipful Master.
The Social Board was well attended but unfortunately the WM was unable to stay. Nevertheless, it was a happy occasion. WBro Geoffrey Riley, a senior member of the Lodge took the Masters place.
The usual toasts were proposed and duly honoured. WBro Michael Maunders proposed the toast to the RWPGM commenting that it was a pleasure to welcome him to Padiham for his second visit.
WBro Martin Blades, acting as Junior Warden then welcomed the APGM, along with the Provincial Officers and proposed Toast No 5.
The RWPGM in his response commented on the importance of having the support of your wife or partner, as he did, especially when he first started out in Freemasonry at his mother Lodge in “Costa del Rochdale” He also reiterated his view that as Freemasons we cannot stand still but have to move forward.
Sir David thanked everyone for the support that had been given to the 2015 Festival and stated that we should be very proud of our efforts in raising the £2.6 million in such an extreme financial climate. He requested that now the Province is out of Festival we concentrate on the East Lancashire Masonic Charity – our own Charity. He then commented on the sponsored parachute jump and thanked the Brethren present for their participation, relating a particular incident with a night parachute jump he had undertaken in Anglesey. This had not gone as planned when he mistook a corrugated roof for water and ended up breaking both ankles and an arm. This recollection did not inspire the three participant of the sponsored parachute jump in their forthcoming efforts!
WBro John R Farrington, Assistant Provincial Grand Master then proposed the toast to the WM, in his absence and to Brierfield Lodge. He asked that the best wishes of all present be passed on to Bro McGaffin. He thanked the Brethren who had given the presentation and Brierfield Lodge for hosting the meeting; he wished them all well for the future in their relatively new home at Padiham, commenting on the smooth transition and integration from Nelson following the closure of that Hall.
WBro Riley gave a formal response and at 9.50pm the Tylers toast concluded an excellent evening.
Place2Be Cheque Presentation
WBro John Farrington, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Northern Area thanked those representing the Place2Be and the Pendle Primary Academy for their warm welcome and introduced his colleagues – WBro Paul Thornton, the District Chairman for the Burnley and Pendle District, WBro David Lightbrown the East Ribble District Chairman and WBro John Wilkinson the Communications Officer for Burnley and Pendle. Those in attendance included Simon Thompson – Head Teacher, Amanda Azouz – Place2Be Events Manager, Carol Crawley – Parent Counsellor, Leala Porter – Place 2Be School Project Manager, Nicky Lennox – Place2Be Cluster manager for Lancashire. Also present was a Parent Governor.
WBro Farrington briefly explained how the Province of East Lancashire is organised and the previous structure of the Masonic Charities saying that the four central Charities had been brought together as of 1st April 2016 as the Masonic Charitable Foundation. He then referred to the support previously given by Grand Charity to Non-Masonic Charities, the excellent work they do and how money is generated for their disposal.
Before presenting the cheque for £28K, which is to fund the post of Parent Counsellor, to work between eight schools / academies in the area he said how pleased Freemasonry was to be associated with the excellent work that Place2Be does and how Masonry was pleased to be able to assist the young people through the support for parents via this important and vital post. In making the presentation he wished Carol Crawley, the post holder continued success in her work and all involved from both Place2Be and the Academy, especially the young people, well for the future.
WBro John Farrington Presents the cheque to Carol Crawley – Parent Counsellor, with WBro David Lightbrown,
WBro Paul Thornton the Parent Governor and pupils of Pendle Primary Academy
Following the cheque presentation, two Pendle Primary Academy pupils surprised WBro’s Farrington, Lightbrown and Thornton by presenting them with a beautiful handmade thankyou card which WBro Farrington was very pleased to accept.
WBro John Farrington accepts the beautiful card from Pendle Primary Academy pupils
Place2Be presently works in 257 schools / academies across the Country and deals with 105,000 children providing emotional and therapeutic support in a vast range of situations and circumstances.
The Parent Governor expressed her thanks for this very generous donation and referred to the support that her and her family had received. Going on to say that sometimes parents have busy lives and often don’t realise that they, or indeed their children, are struggling and need some support, she was personally most grateful that Masonry was able to help more people by funding the post of Parent Counsellor.
Whilst partaking of excellent refreshments there was the opportunity to meet informally with Academy staff, the Parent Governor, representatives of Place2Be and most importantly some of the young people. There was also an opportunity to visit a room in which much of the work takes place and to learn more about the approach that is adopted.
L to R WBro John Farrington, WBro David Lightbrown, Amanda Azouz – Place2Be Events Manager, the Parent Governor, Carol Crawley –
Parent Counsellor and WBro Paul Thornton with pupils of Pendle Primary Academy
Visiting the Academy was a very positive experience for all concerned and it is pleasing that Grand Charity have been able to support these worthwhile activities.
Installation of WBro James Whittaker PProvAGDC
3 Chalices Lodge 8249
Over Fifty Brethren signed the Tylers attendance register on Monday the 21st March 2016 to see WBro James Whittaker, PProvAGDC installed into the chair of Three Chalices Lodge No. 8249.
WBro James Whittaker, PProvAGDC, Worshipful Master
The Worshipful Master, WBro Gerald Coyle, PProvGSwdB, opened the Lodge and welcomed WBro Kevin Horne PAGDC the official representative of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Lancashire, Sir David Trippier. WBro Horne thanked the Worshipful Master for his welcome saying that he was surprised but delighted to be the Representative of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master as he had only had only been informed that morning that he would be attending in that capacity.
Salutations were then given to WBro Kevin Horne, PAGDC, The Representative of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master and WBro Keith Beeston, PJGD; also to WBro Jeff Ward PProvSGW and other Provincial Grand Officers.
Following communications, the Worshipful Master announced that the next item of business was to Install WBro James Whittaker, PProvAGDC, Senior Warden, Master Elect.
The Lodge was opened in the Second Degree and the Director of Ceremonies, WBro Derek Booth, PProvDepGSwdBr, presented WBro Whittaker to the Worshipful Master.
From L to R WBro J Mellor (Acting SW) The WM and WBro Douglas Parker (JW)
Having reaffirmed his obligation WBro Whittaker was seated in the NE of the Lodge. The Lodge was opened in the Third Degree and at this point WBro Ian McDonald PProvDepGDC occupied that Masters Chair and acted as Installing Master. WBro McDonald opened a Board of Installed Masters and WBro Whittaker was installed into the Chair of King Solomon according to antient custom.
The Lodge was called from Labour to refreshment and the Brethren present retired for light refreshments.
After a short break, the Lodge was called from Refreshment to Labour with duties being resumed in the Third Degree and WBro Colin Barton, PProvGStB, assumed the role of Installing Master.
Master Masons were readmitted and after the customary perambulation, proclamation, and salutation, the Working Tools of a Master Mason were presented to the Worshipful Master by the Installing Master.
The Lodge was closed in the Third Degree with duties being resumed in the Second Degree. Fellowcraft Freemasons were readmitted and after the customary perambulation, proclamation, and salutation in the Second Degree, the Working Tools of a Fellowcraft Freemason were presented by the Installing Master.
The Lodge was closed in the Second Degree with duties being resumed in the First Degree. All Masons were readmitted and after the customary perambulation, proclamation, and salutation, the Working Tools of an Entered Apprentice Freemason were presented by WBro Dennis Higginson (the WM of Borough and Ashlar Lodge) a close friend of the WM.
The Installing Master presented the Warrant of the Lodge, the book of Constitutions and the By-laws of Three Chalices Lodge to the Worshipful Master who then appointed and invested his officers. This pleasant duty completed the IPM, WBro Ged Coyle informed the Worshipful Master that the Lodge was now under his direction.
The Worshipful Master dealt with the remainder of the business in his own inimitable style.
WBro Keith Beeston responded at the first rising. WBro Kevin Horne responded at the second rising and WBro Les Latcham responded on behalf of all the visiting Brethren at the third rising.
The Lodge was closed in due form and the Brethren retired to the festive board having enjoyed seeing a well-respected Brother installed, once again, into the chair of King Solomon.
The newly Installed Master with the members of the Lodge
The Festival of St John was well attended, not surprising as the WM is noted for his regular visiting within the building and the District. A thoroughly enjoyable day at Nelson House where the food was excellent and the company even better.
50th Anniversary Celebration of WBro William (Bill) Ainsworth PProvGSwdB
Over Fifty Brethren, including the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and a District Delegations, signed the Tylers attendance register of Colne Lodge No. 4402 on Monday 7th March 2016 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in Freemasonry of WBro William (Bill) Ainsworth PProvGSwdB
WBro Bill Ainsworth receives his certificate from WBro John R Farrington PSGD APGM
After opening the Lodge and conducting the preliminary business, the Worshipful Master of Colne Lodge WBro David Hawkins announced the next item of business was to celebrate the 50th anniversary in Freemasonry. The Provincial DepGDC, WBro Andrew Taylor was admitted. He announced that WBro John R. Farrington PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Northern area of the Province of East Lancashire, was without and that he demanded admission.
WBro Farrington was welcomed to the Lodge and was offered the Gavel by the Worshipful Master, WBro David Hawkins, who said he was confident WBro Farrington would accept. On this special occasion, WBro Farrington did accept, saying “that the Worshipful Master’s confidence could be misplaced”. WBro Farrington, together with WBro Jim Sutcliffe, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master were then saluted in due form.
WBro Farrington thanked the Brethren for their welcome and remarked that he was delighted to see the Lodge room so full.
He went on to say that fifty years in Freemasonry was a significant achievement and that all present were here to celebrate that landmark; that the most important thing is that Bill should enjoy the occasion and remember it for many years to come. After introducing the Delegation, which included Grand Officers, District Officers and Provincial Grand Officers of the year, WBro Farrington announced “the main business of the evening”, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in Freemasonry of WBro Bill Ainsworth PProvGSwdB. WBro Ainsworth was then placed in the centre of the Lodge.
WBro Farrington first passed on the very best wishes of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Sir David Trippier, and those of the Delegation and all the Brethren present.
WBro Bill Ainsworth with the Provincial and District Delegations
The Lodge Secretary, WBro Tony Medley, then read extracts from the minutes of the meeting of the 7th March 1966, the main business of which was to initiate “Mr William Ainsworth”. WBro Medley went on to read the Lodge minutes of the Installation of Bro Bill Ainsworth into the chair of King Solomon.
WBro Farrington invited WBro Stephen Halstead to deliver a tribute to WBro Ainsworth.
WBro Halstead opened by saying, “I begin by quoting John Cleese as Basil Fawlty addressing his wife Sybil in an episode of Fawlty Towers, in which he accused her of stating the obvious, I am going to state the obvious”.
“WBro William Ainsworth Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer is a true gentleman, a gentle-man and an exemplary freemason. That should be all that needs to be said about Bill, So…… Thank you. But I am sure that you would like me to expound a little further.
WBro Farrington is to refer to his Masonic career, so, with some overlap, I shall reflect upon my personal thoughts of Bill, and Tony Medley will do him at the festive board. There is so, so much that could and should be said about our Bill but I shall limit myself to, as they say in the jargon, a form of “Bullet points”
I have known Bill since I was 10 or12. or even earlier He, along with Arthur Bickerstaffe, was my father's best pal. Arthur introduced Bill to my father and they became lifelong friends. Those of us who knew them, often referred to the three of them as being like the trio in The Last of the Summer Wine, muttering, chatting away and doing things together. I don't which one was Compo!
His National Service was in the REME, “join the army and see the world” They say! He was stationed for 2 years in the exotic and exciting city of Derby in the West Midlands. After his stint in the army, Bill worked at Jackson and Hanson's, a Rootes main dealership in Barrowford, later becoming the service manager.
It was a position well suited to his unflappable and patient nature. Eventually though the constant nattering of customers, wanting their precious motor cars back, even before they went into the garage, persuaded Bill to leave and join General Accident as accident repair assessor where he remained until his retirement. During his time at Jackson and Hanson's he found that many of the staff there were freemasons. Knowing my father was a freemason, he enquired as to what it was all about. My father bit his arm off at the chance to propose him and explained all that he could about the Craft
Bill was an obvious candidate for masonry but in those days one had to come of “one’s own free will and accord,” which is why my father was unable to make the first move and had to wait for Bill to make the approach, as indeed, was the case with myself.
So Bill was proposed into masonry and initiated as we know, 50 years ago. My father proposed me into freemasonry and Bill seconded me.
One of the things he impressed on me that it is it not only what happens in the Lodge, of which he, of course, couldn't tell me a great deal, but it is also outside, at the festive board and indeed that just sitting down and sharing a meal with your fellow brethren, is as important as the work in the Lodge in building the bond of friendship and brotherhood which is the essence of Masonry
Bill was in the chair when I was initiated and he graciously allowed my father to initiate me. Bill gave me the Long Charge and I remember the passion and belief with which he delivered it. Marvellous. Obviously its meaning at the time, went mainly over my head, as it will have been the case with every initiate, it is something I will never forget.
This is but one example, typical of Bill's caring nature which has come through in his freemasonry, always ready to help someone or help in the Lodge but his greatest gift to masonry is his care and compassion to others, not to mention his humour and self- deprecation
For many, many years Bill was the Lodge Almoner and such of us who have received his ministrations, will testify to his superb care and attention. His aid in financial matters through our almoner's fund, the physical help and compassion, which were freely given when required, and, not forgetting how well he looked after our widows, they were always happy to see Bill!
Bill is now our Lodge Mentor. He was always our De Facto, Mentor, even before the rank was officially created, as he said, tongue in cheek at our Installation “he is the brains of the Lodge, but he wished that had more brethren to mentor”.
Bill has put a lot into masonry and the saying is “you only get back out what you put in.” is very true
Bill has found this and amongst the many other things he has discovered is that he can now stand up and make a speech in front of strangers Something he has mentioned on our open nights when he recalled his difficulties in making a speech to his niece at her wedding, now, he says, he would be able to say all the things he wished he could and should have said, but he couldn't do then.
There are many, many more things that could be said in praise of Bill, his love of his wife, his family, his love of nature and the countryside, of bees, he used to bring honey for the raffles, and his love of life in general. Bill, as I said at the start, is a true gentle -man. Gentle in the way he lets it be known if he disagrees with something (though he's not always a sweet pussy cat) and gentle in the way he talks to you, gentle in any help he can be and in so, so many other ways
He is a true mason, in that he thinks of others and most of us could all do well to emulate him. I cannot think of a more popular mason. Brethren thank you for the opportunity to address you and Bill
Brethren, I give you W Bro William Ainsworth Our Bill”.
WBro Farrington thanked WBro Halstead for his tribute saying that such a tribute could only be delivered by someone who knows WBro Ainsworth so well.
WBro Farrington then referred to a number of significant events and other interesting facts relating to 1966, the year WBro Ainsworth was initiated, following which he then came onto the floor of the Lodge and presented WBro Ainsworth with his illuminated certificate and letter from The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Lancashire, Sir David Trippier.
WBro Ainsworth with Lodge members and guests
WBro Ainsworth was then paraded round the Lodge to the enthusiastic acclaim of all the Brethren present, after which the Worshipful Master, WBro David Hawkins presented WBro Farrington with a sizable cheque for the East Lancashire Masonic Charity, WBro Ainsworth’s preferred Charity. WBro Hawkins further informed WBro Farrington that he could expect yet another cheque later from the proceeds of the Alms collection and the raffle. The total amount presented for the ELMC on the night was £596.30. I tremendous effort.
Following the Alms collection the Provincial DepGDC, WBro Andrew Taylor, formed a retiral procession and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by WBro Ainsworth and the Delegations retired to the acclaim of the Brethren.
WBro Bill Ainsworth with WBro Farrington and the Master of Colne Lodge, WBro David Hawkins.
The social board was a happy occasion with all Brethren present enjoying the fellowship that can only be generated at such celebration events. The usual toasts were proposed and duly honoured. WBro Ainsworth responded to the toast to his health thanking all present for their tremendous support. It had truly had a memorable evening for an exceptional Freemason.
50th Anniversary Celebration of WBro Bryan O. Tyrrell PProvJGD
Over Sixty Brethren, including the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and a District Delegations, signed the Tylers attendance register of Royal Lancashire Lodge No. 116 on Thursday 18th February 2016, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in Freemasonry of WBro Bryan O. Tyrrell, PProvAGDC
WBro Bryan Tyrrell receives his certificate from WBro John R Farrington PSGD APGM
WBro Tyrrell is the current Worshipful Master of Royal Lancashire Lodge and after opening the Lodge and conducting the preliminary business, the Provincial DepGDC, WBro Andrew Taylor was admitted. He announced that WBro John R. Farrington PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Northern area of the Province of East Lancashire, was without and that he demanded admission.
WBro Farrington was welcomed to the Lodge and was offered the Gavel, which, on this special occasion, he accepted, saying “that if he didn’t, given the circumstances, there might be a problem with tonight’s celebration”. WBro Farrington was then saluted in due form.
WBro Farrington thanked the Brethren for their welcome and remarked that he was delighted to see the Lodge room so full.
He went on to say that he was pleased that WBro Tyrrell had decided to have a formal celebration rather than a Pastoral visit and that he hoped WBro Tyrrell would have a most enjoyable evening. After introducing the Provincial and District Delegation, which included Provincial Officers of the year and Grand Officers WBro Farrington announced “the main event of the evening”, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of WBro Bryan O Tyrrell PProvAGDC”. WBro Tyrrell was then placed in the centre of the Lodge.
WBro Farrington first passed on the very best wishes of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Sir David Trippier, and those of the District Delegations, Grand Officers and all the Brethren present.
The Lodge Secretary, WBro Raymond Pickles, informed the assembled Brethren that WBro Tyrrell had applied for membership of The Keith Lodge of Peterhead No. 56 (Scottish Constitution), and proceeded to read out the minutes of the meeting convened to consider his membership of that Lodge, which amounted to twenty three words. Considering that these words included the name, address and occupation of WBro Tyrrell, he must have made an impact!
WBro Farrington invited WBro Alan Hague to deliver a tribute to WBro Tyrrell.
WBro Hague opened by saying it was his great pleasure to pay tribute to his dear friend Bryan. Describing Bryan as a peripatetic Mason, a softly spoken, slightly lugubrious and modest man it would come as a surprise to many to learn he had led a colourful and eventful life much more reminiscent of Blaster Bates or Fred Dibnah than that of most staid Masonic lives.
Bryan was born in London on 2nd August 1937, living there until the Blitz of 1942 when he and his family were evacuated to Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. They never returned to London as their house, indeed the whole street, had been obliterated by the bombing. The family later moved to the village of Thrupp near Stroud where they remained until Bryan was 15 years old. In 1952 the family moved to North Shields, Tyneside. Bryan left school in 1954 and joined a local company as a trainee Civil Engineer.
In 1956 Bryan was called up for National Service and joined the Royal Engineers where, during training, he was taught demolitions and the handling of explosives. After training he was sent to war at Suez where he proceeded to blow up everything that stood in his way!!! He was awarded the Suez Campaign Medal for wartime service. When hostilities ceased Bryan volunteered to attend the Atomic Bomb Testing at Christmas Island in the Pacific but was sent to Ripon, it seems the military wanted Bryan kept well away from Atom Bombs.
Having been de-mobbed, in 1963, Bryan was appointed Sub-Agent for Norwest Construction and sent to Northeast Scotland where his blasting experience was much in demand.
WBro Tyrell was initiated into The Keith Lodge of Peterhead No. 56 (SC), on the 24th January 1966, becoming a Life Member some 10 months later.
Having moved to Kirkcudbright in South West Scotland due to work commitments, on the 9th January 1967 WBro Tyrrell was exalted into St. Marys Chapter No. 370 and within a year he became a life member of the Chapter.
In 1969 Bryan found himself working in Liverpool and some of his fellow Managers were Masons. Eventually Bryan experienced Freemasonry under the English Constitution, joining Bootle Wilbraham Lodge No 2463, in 1971. He was Master of that Lodge on two occasions and thought nothing of travelling from places such as Cambridge or Cirencester to attend the meetings.
From 1974 Bryan spent a decade in Northeast Scotland working on North Sea pipelines taking his family with him, before returning in 1984 to continue his peregrinations around England, Wales Ireland and the Netherlands.
By 1993 Bryan was settled in Earby near Colne and joined Noyna Lodge No. 4402 and was Worshipful Master in 1997.
In 1999 Bryan went truly international when his company sent him to Bolivia to resolve contractual disputes between his company and the Brazilian international, Petrobras.
In 2003 accompanied by WBro Alan Hague and WBro Gordon Brear, Bryan attended the final meeting of Bootle Wilbraham Lodge; ending Bryan’s 32 year association with that Lodge. In December 2006, Noyna Lodge surrendered its warrant and merged with Colne Lodge. Bryan was invited to Join Royal Lancashire Lodge No. 116 where we find him now in the chair in his 50thyear in Freemasonry.
This is the first of many celebrations for Bryan as he celebrates his Golden Wedding anniversary later this year and his 50th anniversary in Royal Arch next year.
WBro Farrington then referred to a number of significant events and other interesting facts relating to the year WBro Tyrrell was initiated, following which he then came onto the floor of the Lodge and presented WBro Tyrrell with firstly, a certificate from the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Mason of Scotland along with a letter from their Grand Master, and an illuminated certificate and letter from The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Lancashire, Sir David Trippier.
WBro Tyrrell with Lodge members and guests
WBro Tyrrell was then paraded round the Lodge to the enthusiastic acclaim of all the Brethren present, after which WBro Tyrrell presented WBro Farrington with a sizable cheque for the East Lancashire Masonic Charity, WBro Tyrrell’s preferred Charity.
Following the Alms collection, the Provincial ADC asked WBro Farrington if he wished to retire along with WBro Tyrrell and the Provincial and District Delegations. WBro Farrington expressed his wish to retire, a retiral procession was formed and WBro Farrington accompanied by WBro Tyrrell and the Delegations retired to the acclaim of the Brethren.
The members of Royal Lancashire Lodge 116
At the festive board and the assembled Brethren enjoyed a meal with Scottish connotations in consideration of WBro Tyrrell’s Scottish Masonry connections (cock-a-leekie soup, beefsteak pie – a Scottish staple - and fruit and ice cream).
The Festive Board was ably managed by the Provincial DepGDC and usual toasts were honoured. In response to the toast to the Worshipful Master WBro Tyrrell thanked the Brethren for their support and good wishes so generously expressed during the evening. As a final surprise WBro Michael Lawson (116 DC), on behalf of the Lodge, presented the birthday boy with a drop of Scotland’s finest and was assured it was gratefully received and would be faithfully applied.
“An Installation Full of Surprises”
Surprised and Installed
Friday the 5th of February saw yet another Land Mark Day for the history of this thriving Lodge when Bro. Dennis Higginson was installed in the Chair of King Solomon. A packed Lodge Room witnessed the Installation of this popular Mason who is the Lodge Almoner and a well-known visitor throughout the District.
A secret only known to four members of the Lodge; the WM, DC, Secretary and WBro Mark Higginson it had been secretly arranged the WM would invite WBro Higginson to occupy his chair before the Board of Installed Masters was opened so he could install his father who he had proposed into the Lodge.
The Worshipful Master with His Installing Officers
As can be expected with such a turn of events an emotional, but a perfect full Installation took place followed by WBro Higginson not only making the Proclamations and leading the perambulations but he also gave the address to the Worshipful Master. It must be noted there were several ‘near to tears’ moments during the whole Ceremony which was also witnessed by the WM’s other son, Bro Tony Higginson, who was occasionally seen searching for his handkerchief.
The Worshipful Master with the Brethren of the Lodge
Further surprises were to follow at the Festival of St. John.
Following a delightful meal enjoyed by everyone, further surprises followed
The Worshipful Master with “Our Pat”
Dennis, being such an excellent Almone,r often takes his wife with him on visits to brethren and widows. “Our Pat” as she is referred to by the new WM and his family, is well known for taking her delicious home-made cakes with her very much to the special delight of WBro Harold Bradshaw where the cake is often shared by WBro Jeff Bradshaw.
WBro Ian Macdonald in his response on behalf of the visitors had arranged for a cake to be secretly presented to “Our Pat”. The DC, WBro Jeff Ward,being in on the secret arranged for the brethren to sing “if I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake”, when “Our Pat” came in. He then went for “Our Pat” who was dining in the small lounge to ask if she would just come to see the new WM for a moment, when she entered the Brethren gave a resounding rendition of the song when the WM then presented her with the surprise cake.
“Our Pat’s” surprise cake
However, together they then turned the tables on the DC by presenting him with one of “Our Pat’s cakes for all his years as DC and fulfilling his promise Dennis would be his last Master as DC.
The DC’s surprise cake (Touché)
The DC, WBro Jeff Ward, “Our Pat” and the Worshipful Master
All in all a day full of surprises.
The 150th Anniversary of the Consecration of Borough Lodge –
Borough Lodge No.1064 and Ashlar Lodge No.4858 amalgamated in 2010, becoming the Borough and Ashlar Lodge No. 4858. The enthusiasm and friendship of the Brethren has ensured that the union has prospered and the Lodge can look forward to the future with confidence.
In the words of Bro. Keith Beeston PJGD, the Worshipful Master, “At the time of amalgamation, we decided that so long as former members of the Borough Lodge were still members of the new Lodge, we would always remember that Lodge at our December meeting”.
In the presence of WBro John Farrington PSGD, APGM, together with a large number of Grand and Provincial Grand Officers and Brethren, WBro Beeston delivered a fascinating paper, describing the circumstances in which Borough Lodge was formed and referring to the number of Initiates in the early days. References were made to momentous events, affecting the town of Burnley, as well as the wider world, eventually reaching 1926, the General Strike and the birth of Ashlar Lodge.
Present at the meeting was WBro Kenneth Tomlinson, PProvJGW, who was initiated into Ashlar Lodge in 1961.
The two parts of the narrative being brought together, the Worshipful Master quoted WBro Martin Roche PSGD, the then APGM, in his address at the final meeting of Borough Lodge in 2010, “Your forebears had the courage, the insight and the strength to seek new Masonic adventures when Borough was formed. And now, you honour their memory, their service and their dedication by taking all they worked for and ensuring that it lives on, by giving, not just you, but all who have gone before you, a new opportunity, the opportunity of another new beginning”. WBro Farrington remarked that it was apparent that this opportunity had been grasped with both hands.
A cheque for £1064.00, in favour of East Lancashire Masonic Charity [ELMC], was presented to WBro Farrington on the night.
Both the Celebration and the subsequent Festive Board were a great credit to the Borough and Ashlar Lodge and all its Members, who displayed the finest principles of Masonry throughout. May they long continue to enjoy the Fraternity.
The Borough and Ashlar Lodge is already looking forward to celebrating the centenary of the consecration of Ashlar Lodge which will take place in 2026.
The Freemasons Grand Charity Continue Their Support For Pendleside Hospice
On Tuesday the 17th November the District Chairman for Burnley & Pendle, WBro Paul Thornton accompanied by the Deputy District Chairman, WBro Jeff Ward, and two of Burnley & Pendle District Charity Stewards Jonathon Jackson, who is Charity Steward for Abbey Chapter and Keith Jackson, who is Charity Steward for Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge, presented a cheque for £2464.00 to Pendleside Hospice.
Speaking about the donation Paul Thornton, Burnley and Pendle District Chairman, said “One of the most popular beneficiaries amongst Freemasons is that of hospice services. As I am sure you are all aware, Freemasons are passionate about supporting hospices because the help and care they provide to people at emotionally difficult times is invaluable. Hospice services aim to ease pain and trauma through kindness, comfort and understanding, as well as by providing exceptional medical care. ”
Two hundred and forty two hospices across England & Wales are currently receiving grants from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity. Financial support is crucial for ensuring a continued high quality service in hospices and every year Freemasons all over the country work together to provide funding for hospice services.
Christina Cope, Fundraising Manager at the Hospice, said "This is a very generous gesture from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and all the Masons throughout the country who support the work of the hospice movement nationally. We are very grateful to them every year for their continued support and are particularly grateful to Burnley and Pendle masons who support their local hospice in so many ways throughout the year."
Roses Lodge No. 5140 - Two Historic Events.
In 1935. Roses Lodge recorded a double passing ceremony in their minute book. Some Eighty Years later on the 20th October, 2015, Brothers Ian Kenneth Fortune and Mohammed-Na’eem Khawaja were jointly passed to the Second Degree. The 17th November saw another double passing, that of Brothers John Sefton Eddleston and Gregory Michael Speak.
Left to right Bro Speak, Bro Eddleston, The WM WBro Michael J Squires, Bro Kawaja & Bro Fortune
The Lodge was honoured, at the October meeting, by the presence of WBro John Richard Farrington PSGD, APGM, who praised those Brethren that organised the ritual, in addition to the Officers who delivered it. Particularly noteworthy were the contributions of WBro Paul Quinton PProvSGD and WBro David Livesey, who deputised for the Worshipful Master in his absence.
With Bro Michael Jameson Squires, the Worshipful Master, firmly back in his chair and fully refreshed after his holidays, the November meeting went just as well as the previous one. The Senior Deacon, Bro Ronald Dempster took care of his candidates in an exceptional manner, indeed all the ritual was delivered accurately and with feeling throughout. Both the District Chairman, WBro Paul Thornton PProvJGW and WBro Steve Jansen PProvDepGReg , the District Mentor were lavish in their praise of the Candidates, the Officers and the organisation of the meeting.
The newly Passed Brethren with the Worshipful Master and the District Chairman, Paul Thornton; the District Mentor, Steve Jansen and the Lodge DC, John Wilkinson
On both evenings, all four candidates answered their questions faultlessly, reflecting their appreciation of what was being asked. Mention must also be made of the skills of WBro John Wilkinson PProvGStwd and WBro Tony Cross PProvDepGReg, who as DC and ADC, organised both the ceremonies. Roses Lodge is a healthy, vibrant and well-run Lodge. With newer Brethren, like the four Fellow Crafts which have just been passed, all the members can look forward to a happy and rewarding Masonic future, for very many years to come.
If you have any new stories you would like to see published here, please contact
WBro Graham Smith, District Communications Officer for Burnley and Pendle District.
back to top