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Burnley & Pendle District Carol Service
1st December at St. Peters Church, Burnley.
St. Peter’s Church was the setting for the annual Masonic Carol Service, more properly known as the Province of East Lancashire, Burnley and Pendle District Festival of Lessons and Carols. Brethren and their families from throughout the District “raised the rafters”, singing in a most joyful manner, celebrating the Nativity with popular carols, interspersed with readings selected to remind the congregation of the true meaning of Christmas.
In his closing remarks,the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Paul Roche PSGD thanked the Reverend Alan Reid for conducting the service, Mr. Philip Tomlinson for his harmonious organ music and the Parish Clerk, Mr. David Smith, together with the Parish Council for allowing us to use St. Peter's Church. Festive refreshments were available at the end of the service, in the form of hot beverages and mince pies, for those whose vocal exertions had worked up an appetite.
All those who attended will undoubtedly feel that their Festive Season has now begun in a very fitting and enjoyable way and may it long continue.
Two Lectures at Borough and Ashlar.
Brethren and visitors to Borough and Ashlar Lodge made a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge at the regular Lodge meeting in November
It is not unusual to hear a lecture at a Craft Lodge, indeed it is an essential way for Brethren to increase their appreciation of the Order. To receive two lectures in one evening, however, is much rarer. When both those lectures are delivered from memory, without the benefit of reading notes, is truly remarkable. WBro Adrian Linney, PProvDepGReg, amply demonstrated just what a truly skilful and accomplished Brother he is, by doing just that, delivering two talks entitled “Preparation of the Candidate for Initiation” and following with the “Emblems of Mortality”.
Their content and delivery were simply spellbinding, enthralling all the Brethren from start to finish, with WBro Linney delivering both pieces in prose and verse clearly and authoritatively. With a total command of his subject, he proceeded to impart light and knowledge to the assembly, giving everyone a great deal of “food for thought”.
WBro Linney later admitted to having given these talks since 1987, at Lodges all over the North-West, leading to conjecture as to how many Masons and gained in understanding as a result of his endeavours.
The Worshipful Master, Bro Ron Burrows, together with his Officers, conducted the remainder of the Lodge business in an exemplary manner, following with a friendly and entertaining Festive Board, rounding off a truly exceptional evening of Masonic education and fellowship.
L-R WBro Tom Kinsman PProvSGD, SW; Bro Ron Burrows, WM; WBro Keith Beeston, PJGD, JW
WBro Adrian Linney, PProvDepGReg, with the Master, Officers and Brethren of the Lodge
Burnley & Pendle Masons Support Pendleside Hospice Car Raffle
See the Report in the Burnley Express
The RW Provincial Grand Master visits Huntroyd Lodge, No. 6385.
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire, Sir David Trippier, accompanied by a Provincial Deputation, attended the regular meeting of Huntroyd Lodge, No. 6385, at Padiham Masonic Hall on Wednesday 23rd. October, 2013. The main business of the evening was to receive an explanation of the Second Degree Tracing Board and the Worshipful Master, WBro Albert Young, PPSGW, delegated the task to WBro Peter Benson, PPAGDC. There followed a masterclass in delivery, with WBro Benson captivating the Brethren with a faultless narrative, given by a Brother who is obviously “at the top of his game”.
The Worshipful Master then presented the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master with a cheque to the sum of £500-00 in favour of the RMBI 2015 Festival, which was received with thanks, Sir David noting that it was a most generous sum, particularly considering that Huntroyd is not a large Lodge.
Although a visit from our Provincial Grand Master would be noteworthy under any circumstances, it became especially so when Sir David informed the Festive Board that he had now visited every Masonic Hall in the Province. He was also quick to assure the Padiham Brethren that there was no reason that they found themselves at the bottom of the list, perhaps excepting the fact that someone had to be and that their reputation had not preceded them! The Brethren accepted this explanation and responded with laughter and applause.
A number of Newer Brethren were visitors to the Lodge, under the guidance of WBro Jeff Ward, PPSGW, the Burnley and Pendle Deputy District Chairman. The Provincial Grand Master made a particular point of welcoming them to the meeting, further informing them that they are the “Future of Freemasonry” and wishing them all well on their Masonic journey. So concluded another superb evening of Masonic friendship and fellowship, which will be remembered for many years to come.
The RW PGM with the Provincial Deputation, Worshipful Master and Lodge Officers
The RW PGM and the Worshipful Master
Three Generations at Ormerod Lodge, 8th October, 2013.
When Bro Graham Thornton was installed as Worshipful Master of Ormerod Lodge, No. 5713, he followed in the footsteps of both his father and his grand-father. If his surname seems familiar, it is because Bro Thornton is the son of WBro Paul Thornton, District Chairman for Burnley and Pendle. His maternal grand-father was WBro Allen Howarth, PPDepGSwdBr, who, like his father, was a Past Master of the Lodge.
While Bro Graham Thornton is the third generation of his family to occupy the Chair of King Solomon, it is also almost certain that he is the youngest Master ever to do so, in Ormerod Lodge. After a full Ceremony conducted in an exemplary manner by the Installing Master, WBro Andrew Kershaw and the Brethren of the Lodge, Bro Thornton took charge of his Lodge conducting the remainder of the business calmly and confidently, contriving to look comfortable and relaxed from the outset.
WBro Martin Roche, PSGD, APGM, made reference to the outstanding support which Bro Thornton and his father enjoyed from their family. WBro Roche was also accompanied by a “bevy” of Grand and Provincial Grand Officers, together with many well-known Brethren from Burnley and Pendle, as well as other Districts, all gathered to enjoy a unique occasion and welcome the newest master of Ormerod Lodge, Bro Graham Paul Thornton.
L-R:WBro David Biggs, PAGDC; WBro Jim Sutcliffe, PSGD, PAProvGM; WBro Glynn Hughes, PProvJGD, Lodge DC; Bro Graham Paul Thornton, WM;
WBro Paul Thornton, PProvGSwdB, District Chairman; WBro Martin Roche, PSGD, AProvGM
WBro Tom Diggle, 50th Anniversary.
Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge no 6183
WBro Tom Diggle PPJGW was initiated into Pennine Valley Lodge on the 24th September, 1963. Exactly 50 years on to the day, he was joined by a very large number of Brethren, including the Burnley and Pendle District team and a plethora of Grand Officers, to celebrate this anniversary. The proceedings were conducted by WBro Martin Roche, PSGD, “our” APGM, in his usual inimitable manner, before he requested WBro Ken Hudson, PPGSuptWks, to read WBro Diggle’s Masonic CV.
It soon became apparent that, rather than being a history of a long-serving Brother, it detailed a clear record of devotion to Masonry and achievement within it. WBro Diggle has been variously, twice Worshipful Master of Pennine Valley Lodge, Director of Ceremonies for five years, Chaplain for fifteen years, Organist for four years, many years on the Board of Directors of Nelson Masonic Hall and a Past Master of Pendleside Lodge of Installed Masters.
While WBro Diggle worked tirelessly for his Lodge, he was always protective of the standards and values which should be observed in all aspects of Masonic life. To quote WBro Hudson “Some members would come to practice and announce themselves by saying “Good evening, Gentlemen”. “Gentlemen” he would say, “there are no Gentlemen in this Lodge, we are Brethren””. None of those present could possibly interpret that quotation in any other way, than it being the words of a Brother who truly understands his Freemasonry.
WBro Roche then presented WBro Diggle with a signed certificate and letter from our Provincial Grand Master, after which he took a turn around the Lodge room, accompanied by WBro Dr, Simon Archer, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, to the sustained approbation of the Brethren, leaving no doubt that WBro Tom Diggle was and remains, a shining example to us all.
L-R EComp Paul Aspinall, PGStB APGP; WBro Martin Blades, WM;
WBro Tom Diggle; WBro Martin Roche PSGD APGM; WBro Paul Thornton, District Chairman.
WBro Tom Diggle with Members of Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge No 6183 and the Delegation
Whalley Arches Lodge Plays Host to PGM
The PGM RW Sir David Tripper JP made his first visit to Whalley Masonic Hall to attend the Installation Ceremony of 90 years old WBro Arthur Geoffrey Smith PPJGW
Sir David accompanied by a Provincial Delegation (pictured with members of Whalley Arches Lodge No 7489) enjoyed the intimate atmosphere of the small Lodge Room.
In responding to the Toast to His Health
Sir David reflected on the enjoyment and fellowship that everybody had and to concentrate on giving to the 2015 Festival in the short term and then resume giving to non-masonic charities after that.
Colne Masonic Hall-Open Weekend
In ‘concert’ with Colne Blues Festival, Colne Masonic Hall opened its doors for the second year in succession, to allow the public to gain an insight into our wonderful organisation. After a slow start on the first day, volunteer Brethren were kept very busy showing small groups and individuals into the Lodge room, following that with an explanation of the compact but very comprehensive exhibition which had been set up in the Festive Boardroom.
Brethren from all the Lodges in the building soon proved themselves worthy ambassadors for Freemasonry.
Although our visitors were keenly interested in all the facets of Masonry, we were congratulated again and again on our charitable work and our involvement in working towards the greater good in society. Another point which was eagerly seized upon by many was our extensive history and the influence which it had on local, regional and world affairs. Both our connection with the community at large, as well as our standing within it, has surely been enhanced by our efforts.
Once again, the event amply repaid the hard work put in by all the Brethren, particularly that of WBro Trevor Gordon Pickles, PPADC, the Chairman of Board of Directors of Colne Masonic Hall, who must take a great deal of credit for both the interesting content and smooth running of the Open Weekend.
Decanter for the Chairman
WBro David and Sue Biggs were the guests of members of the Burnley and Pendle District team. Present and past members gathered at Simply Classic Bistro, Shuttleworth Mead Business Park on Saturday 10th August to show their appreciation to the retired Chairman and Sue.
After the meal, which was organised by present Chairman WBro Paul Thornton and his wife Kathryn, Sue was presented with a basket of flowers and David with a ships decanter on a wooden base in recognition of his hard work and dedication as District Chairman over the past five years.
Comparing members of the team with characters from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings David thanked everyone for their support and said that he had left the District in the very capable hands of Paul and was in no doubt that it would prosper. We are still trying to find out who was Gollum.
Northern Area launch Hewlett Court Improvements Drive
Brethren from both Districts of the Northern Area of our Province, came together to kick start the Hewlett Court wish list of improvements, put together by the residents and staff.
After a visit and meeting, arrangements were put into place and Hewlett Court was duly supplied with four Android 9" Tablets and keyboard cases, 13 hanging baskets and brackets (fitted by the Brethren) and the supply of compost and bedding plants for the residents own use, much to the delight of all at this very special home.
Residents can now use the tablets for email, Skype, internet services, catch up TV, electronic books and many other services.
Eight of the hanging baskets were installed to the front entrance and seating areas, followed by another five in the central courtyard area. Bedding plants and compost was also supplied for the residents own use in the existing baskets and plant beds.
Northern Area APGM, WBro Martin Roche PSGD, along with his two District Chairmen WBro Paul Thornton PProvGSwdBr (Burnley & Pendle) and WBro David Lightbown PProvJGW (East Ribble) were delighted to make the presentation to the Director of Operations Mrs Julie Ward, Secretary WBro Michael Williams, the dedicated Hewlett Court Staff and most importantly, the residents of our home.
Hewlett Court is a remarkably well managed Masonic retirement home, treasured by the whole of our Province. It is located in its own grounds in a peaceful residential setting, with spacious rooms, excellent facilities and an exceptional level of care and support, stemming from a consistent management structure and truly dedicated staff.
However, in a commercially competitive area, improvements are always needed to keep our home one step in front. It is hoped that these improvements for the residents will inspire other Areas and their Districts to get involved, using their expertise, knowledge and good will.
Other items on the Hewlett Court Wish list include:-
Dining Room redecoration, including curtains etc and serving facilities
Hairdresser’s room needs updating
Courtyard Gazebo need maintaining, repainting etc.
Courtyard flags and walls need levelling and some changes needed
External garden and paving maintenance
Shelving (fixed or free standing) needed for the store and sluice rooms
The home currently has 12 room vacancies at present, an unusually high number due to long term residents moving in to nursing home facilities. If anyone requires any further information on Hewlett Court or can offer any support from the wish list, please contact the Director of Operations Mrs Julie Ward on 01204 887531 or email@example.com
Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 1504
Father’s Day Bowls
The annual competition was once again held at Read Cricket Club. Although the day was overcast the rain stayed away which enabled a smooth flow throughout the competition.
Over 30 members and friends took part in the prestige’s event which has been running for some 20+ years. Organised by the ladies committee of the Lodge it has become a not to miss event.
This year’s winners were WBro Peter Kenyon Calder Lodge No 4564 and Mrs Margaret Black, a member of the Ladies Committee.
Midnight Walk 2013.
The stroke of midnight on Saturday, 8th June, saw well over 1000 ladies take their first steps on the Midnight Walk, in aid of Pendle Hospice. Despite a rather cool evening, the mood was set by a superb tribute band, “Abba Fever”, together with a warm-up routine prior to the start. Burnley and Pendle Freemasons were again in evidence, both marshalling along the route and also taking part in the administration. with WBro Garth Routh co-ordinating efforts in his usual exemplary manner.
The event now boasts two routes rather than one. The first walker to return after the five mile course took just one and a quarter hours, with the leader of the eight mile route taking just half an hour longer. All the walkers were applauded back to Turf Moor Football Ground, presented with a medal and perhaps most welcome of all, a bacon butty.
Now in it’s fifth, highly successful year, this flagship event has attracted some £78,000 in pledges. Credit for the smooth running and excellent organisation of the Walk must go to the Hospice Fundraising Team, headed by Kay Bartle, together with the Hospice Volunteers and Burnley and Pendle Freemasons.
Walk the Province Burnley and Pendle Style
On Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013 WBro Peter Brennand of the Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 1504 accompanied by The Burnley and Pendle District Chairman, WBro Paul Thornton, completed a 21 mile walk between the Masonic Halls in the District.
The day began 8.00am at Whalley Masonic Hall where PAPGM, WBro James Sutcliffe, was on hand to see the intrepid Duo on their way.
Following a route from Whalley through Read the intrepid duo arrived on schedule at Padiham at 9.40am.
Next came the longest part of the walk to Colne which took the Duo via Fence down to Barrowford and then via the Locks up to Colne Masonic Hall.
A short sustenance break was taken perched on the window bottom of Colne’s Hall, which brought more than one strange look from passers bye.
A short 2.5 miles brought us to Nelson.
It was at this time the pain began to take its toll on Peter, who has suffered for many years with bad knees .Only 5 miles to go and after a short discussion it was decided that the best course would be to follow the canal from Brierfield to Burnley as this was the flattest route to follow.
This was where Paul, who originates from Blackburn, was given a history lesson on the various mills and childhood haunts of Peter in which he ‘appeared’ to very interested.
The rain had arrived but undeterred the Duo finally arrived and at 3.30pm the goal was achieved.
Grateful thanks goes to WBro Paul Thornton for accompanying me on the journey without whose support it would have been extremely difficult to complete.
Thanks also to those Lodges who supported by sponsorship:
Red Rose of Lancaster No 1504
Calder No 4564
Pendleside Lodge of Installed Masters 9111
WBro Ian MacDonald of Three Chalices Lodge No 8249
Family and friends.
£400 was raised for the RMBI 2015 Festival
The Inn on the Wharf provided suitable refreshment at the completion.
Joint Ladies Evening a Fantastic Success
Padiham group of Lodges held their first Joint Ladies Evening in the Ribble Suite at Mitton Farm Whalley on Saturday 27th April 2013.
Due to dwindling numbers and increased cost at individual Lodge Ladies evenings the Padiham lodges came together some 18 months ago and agreed to try a Joint evening.
The top table consisted of the Masters of each Lodge and their Ladies.
One of the main problems which had to be overcome was that of who would chair the evening, it was soon decided that any first time Master would have that privilege. The honour on this occasion fell to the Worshipful Master of the Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge WBro Michael Mills and his Lady Jeanette. The normal format of a Ladies evening was altered to suit the occasion with Michael proposing the toast to the ladies and the response on this occasion was the pleasure of their company.
Guests were treated to a menu of:
Fan of Honeydew Melon with assorted fresh fruits
Roast Chicken Breast sat on a bed of bacon infused cabbage
and served with wild mushroom, thyme and red wine sauce.
Brandy Snap Basket filled with Strawberry sauce.
Entertainment for the evening was dancing to the music of Glen South and also during the course of the evening Magical entertainment was provided by Brian Sefton who captured the imagination of the guests by performing at each table before treating everyone to a truly remarkable stage performance.
The evening was enjoyed by all who attended even though at the outset some were uncertain as to whether it would be a success, they certainly returned home in a different frame of mind. A great night was had by all and thanks must go to the members of the committee who have worked so hard over the past months to make this First Ladies evening the roaring success it was.
Burnley and Pendle Festival Banquet
The James Hargreaves suite at Turf Moor, home of Burnley Football Club, was the venue for the Burnley and Pendle RMBI 2015 Festival Banquet on Saturday 20th April 2013.
Organised by WBro Paul Thornton and his wife Kathryn, over 140 Brethren, wives and friends enjoyed a relaxed evening in the company of special guests RWBro Sir David Trippier, Provincial Grand Master and Lady Ruth Trippier.
Sir David introduced by the Director of Ceremonies WBro Colin Whittaker welcomed everyone and hoped that all would enjoy the evening in his normal stylishly witty way.
Guests enjoyed a menu of:-
Fresh Tomato and Basil Soup served with a Crusty Roll and Butter
Chicken Breast stuffed with Parmesan and Rocket
Served with a Rich Thyme Jus
Accompanied by Roast Potatoes and Seasonal Market Vegetables
Tangy Blackcurrant Cream Crunch
English and Continental Cheeses
Served with Biscuits, Celery and Grapes
Freshly Brewed Columbian Coffee
Served with Mints
After the Loyal Toast was proposed by the RW Provincial Grand Master the Raffle was drawn, 21 prizes in total donated by guests included a signed ball from Burnley Football Club. The numbers drawn by WBro Paul Thornton were announced quit eloquently by WBro Martin P Roche APGM.
£1400 was raised on the evening.
The grateful thanks of the District goes to Paul and Kathryn for organising the event.
The evening’s entertainment was provided by Lee Brady who’s rendition of Nessun Dorma brought the audience to give him a rapturous applause.
Excellent company made a very pleasant and enjoyable evening.
Annual Car Raffle Launch
Pendleside Hospice once again launched its annual car raffle in Charter Walk,
Burnley on Saturday 6th April 2013.
Hospice volunteers and friends came together with sponsors to launch this year’s raffle which is the 5th consecutive one.
WBro David Biggs (Burnley and Pendle District Chairman) accompanied by WBro Trevor Thomas and WBro Peter Brennand joined Hospice volunteers,
WBro Keith Jackson (Marsden within Pennine Valley Lodge) and Christina Cope (Pendleside Hospice Fundraising Manager) along with other sponsors.
Last year ticket sale exceeded all expectation raising in excess of £31,000
This year’s car has once again been supplied by Lloyds of Colne.
Provincial Grand Master visits Nelson Masonic Hall
Members of Queens Jubilee Lodge No 2193
Tuesday 3rd April Queens Jubilee Lodge No 2193 were hosts to the Provincial Grand Master RWBro Sir David Trippier accompanied by a Provincial Delegation.
The Worshipful Master WBro Robert Parsons welcomed the Provincial Grand Master and offered him the gavel which on this occasion was swiftly returned.
The Offices of the lodge performed a demonstration Second Degree Ceremony before the delegation retired to prepare for the social board. A relaxed and pleasant evening was enjoyed by over 40 members and guests.
WBro Les Greenwood PAGSuptWks, 50 Years in Masonry.
It is no exaggeration to state that Colne Masonic Hall was full to capacity on Wednesday, 20th March, 2013, when distinguished Brethren from far and wide attended Royal Lancashire Lodge. The occasion was the 50th Anniversary in Freemasonry of WBro Les Greenwood. Our APGM, WBro Martin Paul Roche SGD accepted the gavel of the Lodge from Bro Eddie Forkgen, PPGSuptWks, WM. WBro Frank Riley, BEM, PPGSwdB, then delivered a brief history of WBro Greenwood’s progress and accomplishments, both inside and outside Freemasonry.
WBro Greenwood’s secondary education at Nelson Grammar School prepared him for a distinguished career in banking and insurance, with some time taken to serve his country in the RAF. Shortly after his return to civilian life, he started his own business as a travel agent, operating successfully for the next 34 years.
In the community, his talents as an organist led to appointments at Regent Street Methodist Church and later at Brunswick Street Congregational Chapel, Nelson. Later in life, he became President of Nelson Rotary Club. A keen sportsman, he played cricket for Nelson and is, to all accounts, an excellent golfer.
He was initiated into Royal Lancashire Lodge in March 1963 and was appointed Lodge Organist in 1964. As Junior Deacon in 1969, he played a major role in the initiation of WBro Frank Riley, forming a Masonic relationship which was echoed in 1982, when WBro Greenwood became Director of Ceremonies, with WBro Riley appointed as his Assistant. WBro Greenwood was promoted to Grand Lodge, as a Past Assistant Grand Superintendent of Works in 1995, in recognition of his extensive and devoted service. He has served for 15 years on the ELMBI Committee and for 13 years on the Management Committee of Hewlett Court, he is a founder member and organist of Ashlar Chapter, No. 4858, in addition to being a Past Master and organist of Pendleside Lodge of Installed Masters, No. 9111. He is presently Mentor of Royal Lancashire Lodge.
The numbers of Brethren who attended this Anniversary are an indicator of the high regard, respect and affection in which WBro Les Greenwood is held, not only in the Colne building, but throughout the Province. His service to Freemasonry, the Church and the Community are second to none. The joyful approbation of his Brethren, as he walked the Lodge floor, was yet another example of the great esteem which is felt for this remarkable Mason. In the words of WBro Riley, “we are all looking forward to your 60th Anniversary”.
Royal Lancashire Lodge maintains links with Colne churches.
During the last three centuries, Royal Lancashire Lodge, No. 116, has been a major influence in and around the town of Colne. It naturally follows that that the Lodge and its members have enjoyed a close relationship with local churches. The Brethren chose, as the culmination of the Lodge’s 250th year celebration, to donate the final monies earmarked for local causes, to those churches where the links are particularly strong.
Accordingly, St. Bartholomew’s, Holy Trinity and Christ Church have all received donations from the Lodge. St. Bartholomew’s has a long association with Royal Lancashire, as in the past it was a custom to visit the church on St. John’s Day. Within the church are several memorials to Past Masters, in particular WBro John Henderson, a highly respected member of the Lodge. One of the early benefactors of Holy Trinity Church was WBro Thomas Mason, a Past Master of the Lodge, whose relative, Janet Amelia Mason laid the foundation stone. Charles Edward Little, a vicar of Holy Trinity, was also a member of Royal Lancashire Lodge.
Two prominent wardens of Christ Church were WBro’s John Lawson and Carr Lonsdale. Each church received £180-00, thereby finalising the sesquicentennial celebrations and again confirming the position of Royal Lancashire Lodge as an invaluable institution within the town of Colne.
Burnley and Pendle District
Annual Quiz Night
Saturday 16th February. Padiham Masonic Hall once again hosted the annual district quiz night.
Over 60 Masons, family and friends attended what has become ‘a must attend’ fun event. Mr John Dodd, Quiz Master, once again presented the attendees with some very thought provoking questions and as is normally the case not always to the agreement of the participants. John however in his usual calm and collected self, overcame the objections.
It appeared that before the results were announced some contenders were worried, but these fears were soon forgotten as the winning team for the second time in succession came from Colne, their prize being 6 bottles of wine which I’m sure they will certainly enjoy, the runners up again came from Whalley (keep trying folks you just may attain the ultimate one day). The tail- ender’s again came from Padiham, who were presented with 6 toilet rolls and 6 tubes of Smarties which where gratefully accepted by the Worshipful Master of The Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 1504. Bro Michael Mills.
Pie and Peas was on the menu during the half time break and darn good they were too.
The evening also brought a pleasant surprise for Mrs Lynette Duxbury who celebrated her 60th birthday, Ian her husband is the newest member of Pendle Lodge No 4703. WBro Bob Summers DC of Pendle Lodge presented her with a bunch of flowers and a cake, after which all present, gave a splendid rendition of Happy Birthday to you.
The evening ended with a raffle which was drawn by The Deputy District Chairman WBro Paul Thornton. The first ticket drawn by Paul was held by Bro Graham Thornton his son. (Keep it in the Family Paul).
WBro David Biggs thanked everyone for attending and hoped that all had enjoyed their evening.
The evening raised £220.00 which will be presented to the RMBI 2015 Festival.
An Installation with a Difference
Colne Lodge No 4402 held their Installation on Monday February 4th 2013.
Proud Father WBro Tony Medley installed his son Paul.
Nothing unusual about that you think, many fathers install their son’s but this was truly different, considering what Paul has gone through in his life this Installation is not only different but remarkable, Paul was four years old when he almost died after contracting measles, although he survived it left him brain damaged to the extent that he was unable to recognise letters and words, therefore he cannot read. It has also affected his co-ordination to do things.
Eight years ago he asked to join his father’s Lodge at Colne, he became a Mason on 7th March 2005 and during the 839th regular meeting at approx. 4.30pm on Monday 4th February 2013 at Colne Masonic Hall he became the 89th Worshipful Master of Colne Lodge No 4402.
Tony his father said,
“Never ever did I believe he could have done what he has, by successfully achieving and carrying out each successive office in a way that he has. WBro James Sutcliffe, PSGD, PAPGM; WBro Martin Roche, SGD, APGM, WBro David Biggs, PAGDC; WBro Paul Thornton PPGSwdBr, have all encouraged him to continue to the Chair of King Solomon, along with all the enthusiastic support of brethren from District and other Lodges and especially the brethren of Colne Lodge”.
This was a unique installation because it is the first time that we know of that all three addresses have been carried out by three senior members of the craft.
Address to the Master WBro. Martin P. Roche, SGD, APGM
Address to the Wardens WBro. James Sutcliffe, PSGD, PAPGM.
Address to the Brethren WBro. Chad A. Northcott, PSGD, APGM.
Brethren were treated to: Vegetable Soup with freshly baked Roll & Butter
Spring Lamb Shanks In an Apricot & Rosemary Sauce With a Panache’ of Seasonal Garden Fresh Vegetables, Margaret’s renowned roast potatoes and boiled new potatoes, followed by fresh fruit salad & Ice cream and a selection of Cheeses & Biscuits, Tea or Coffee & Mints.
Charity Stewards Meeting
WBro M P Roche addressing the meeting.
Sixteen charity stewards representing all the 5 halls and most of the RA Chapters and Lodges within the Burnley and Pendle District met at Nelson House Burnley on Monday 30 January for an Information sharing/ training event and to receive a festival power-point update presented by the District Charity Steward WBro John S Ellis.
The talk explained the 4 main Masonic Charities and emphasised the need to continue and further improve the level of support being pledged to the RMBI during the festival, and a need to continue to 'look after' ELMC.
WBro J Ellis District Charity Steward
Deputy Chairman Paul Thornton reminded the meeting about 2 forthcoming Festival Events -
- Festival Banquet at Burnley Football Club with Sir David Trippier on 20th April 2013 7.30pm for 8.00pm 5 course meal £28.00 per head. Contact any District Officer or E-Mail Paul Thornton on firstname.lastname@example.org
- District Quiz at Padiham Masonic Hall 16th February 2013 7.00pm for 7.30pm £5.00 per head incl pie and peas supper contact Peter Brennand at email@example.com
APGM WBro Martin Roche in closing the meeting thanked all the brethren for attending, and for their continued, invaluable and sustained efforts, encouraging all to carry on doing whatever they can to make our festival and charities a success
More such events are planned to ensure that the Charity Stewards are all fully supported in their roles and aware of all our charities.
Any Lodge wishing to have a presentation/visit can arrange this by contacting:
John S. Ellis
District Charity Steward
Burnley and Pendle
Burns Night Celebrated at Padiham
Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 1504 hosted a Burns Night supper at Padiham Masonic Hall on Saturday 26th January.
What has now become an annual event organised by the Lodge Ladies Committee was attended by over 60 members with family and friends. They were thanked for attending especially in such inclement weather by the Worshipful Master. The traditional fayre of Scotch Both, Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Roast Beef and veg was finished off with Triffle and then Cheese and biscuits.
WBro WTK Black accompanied by Bro S Irving paraded the Haggis into the room. After saying the Selkirk Grace WBro Black proceeded to address the Hagis by reciting the famous poem by Robert Burns, “To a Haggis” followed by the traditional tot of whisky.
Before the toast to the Lassies was proposed by the Worshipful Master WBro Peter Brennand PPDepGDC, WBro Black recited another one of Roberts Burns Poems “To a Mouse”.
Mrs Margaret Brennand responding to the toast to the Lassies gave a brief insight into the life of Burns who died of pneumonia on the 21 July 1796.
The evening ended with the guests standing, linking hands and singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’
Pendle Lodge celebrates the 50th Anniversary in Freemasonry
of WBro Brian Ingham, PProvJGW
Thursday 10th January 2013 was a very special occasion for the members of Pendle Lodge No.4703 meeting at Nelson, and for one member in particular, namely WBro Brian Ingham, PProvJGW who was celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Initiation into Pendle Lodge, to the exact day.
WBro Martin Roche, SGD, AProvGM was admitted into the Lodge, accompanied by a District delegation and received the customary salutes. The WM, WBro Roy Langtree, greeted WBro Roche and offered the gavel. On this special occasion WBro Roche accepted the gavel and occupied the chair of King Solomon in Pendle Lodge for the first time. WBro Roche then spent the next few minutes introducing the acting Provincial officers of the year, Grand Officers and the members of the District Team in attendance. It was a marvellous spectacle to see the Lodge room full to capacity.
WBro Ken Smith, a long time close friend of Brian, delivered a wonderful résumé of Brian’s Masonic career which included the names of many long serving and highly respected Brethren from the origins and history of Pendle Lodge.
A splendid lapel pin indicating Brian’s 50 years in Masonry was presented by Ken on behalf of the brethren of the lodge.
WBro Roche then presented Brian with his illuminated certificate from the Province, which was signed by the Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Sir David Trippier, accompanied by a letter from WBro Roche with his personal congratulations on Brian’s 50 years of support to Freemasonry in Nelson and the Burnley & Pendle District.
The evening was also an opportunity to make a donation to the 2015 Festival, and the Worshipful Master presented a cheque for £500 to WBro Roche to add to the growing £1,212,463.77 total.
At the packed Festive Board, WBro Ken Smith proposed the toast to Brian’s health and went on to present him with a 25-year-old bottle of malt whisky from the brethren of Pendle Lodge. He then went on to explain how and why he wasn’t receiving a 50-year-old bottle of whisky, which brought the house down. It really was a rather special evening and one that won’t be repeated for at least another ten years.
The Festive Board Awaits
WM, Officers and Brethren of Pendle Lodge with the AProvGM & District Delegation
WBro Martin Roche presents WBro Brian Ingham his 50th Anniversary Certificate
L-R: WBro David Higgins of Internet Lodge, WBro Ingham and WBro James Ashton of Keep Lodge at Clitheroe
(WBro Ashton is another 50 year Mason)
The Festive Board - Not an empty seat!
The full version of this article and the photo album can be found on Pendle Lodge's website http://www.pendlelodge.org/, also can be accessed via their twitter account @pendlelodge
Grand Charity Cheque Presentation at Pendleside Hospice
The Burnley & Pendle District Chairman, WBro David Biggs, was joined by three Brethren – two of whom are also Hospice Volunteers – when he visited Pendleside Hospice to present a cheque for £2,419 from the Grand Charity.
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”.
L-R: WBro Mike Squires (District Treasurer & Hospice Volunteer); WBro Roy Langtree (Master of Pendle Lodge & Hospice Volunteer);
Mrs Christina Cope (Pendleside Hospice, Fundraising Manager); WBro David Biggs (Burnley & Pendle District Chairman);
WBro David Hawkins (Charity Steward of Colne Lodge)
Burnley and Pendle District Carol Service
St Peters Church
Once again St Peters Parish Church in Burnley was the venue for this year’s District Carol Service.
The church was adorned inside with numerous Christmas Trees which have been decorated by various groups from the Burnley area including one from the Burnley and Pendle Freemasons. This service is the culmination of the Church’s Christmas Tree Festival.
Attended by over 100 masons and friends the service was again conducted by The Reverend Canon Tom Bill. A veritable Festival of readings and carols followed which everyone attending enjoyed immensely.
Readings were given by the following brethren:
Bro Thornton Ormerod Lodge No 5713 Burnley
WBro Langtree WM of Pendle Lodge No 4703 Nelson
Bro Irving JW of The Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 1504 Padiham
WBro Broughton Chaplain of The Lodge of Silent Temple No 126 Burnley
WBro Cross DC of Roses Lodge No 5140 Colne
EComp P Aspinall Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals
WBro M P Roche Assistant Provincial Grand Master
and The Reverend Canon Tom Bill.
WBro Roche ended the service by thanking everyone for attending. He also presented a card and flowers to Reverend Canon Tom Bill who is due to retire in the near future who he thanked for once again allowing the District the use of the church.
Afterwards the Ladies of the church served tea and coffee with mince pies.
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