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Lodge of Faith Installation and Festival of St John

A grand afternoon and evening was had by all who attended the Lodge of Faith’s 200th Festival of St John and Installation yesterday (Saturday 10th January). The incoming Worshipful Master was Roy Fairhurst, our very own District Officer, Royal Arch, and he was installed as the Worshipful Master for this very important BiCentennial year for the Lodge of Faith with a huge celebration planned for Monday 30th March at Rochdale Masonic Hall (further details will be published soon). Supporting Roy last night were some very distinguished guests, with our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Norman Cope, our own District Chairman, WBro Mike Gibbons, and Roy’s “Boss” in the Royal Arch, David Thornton, our Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals to name three!

The installation was conducted extremely ably by the Installing Master and outgoing WM, WBro C J Smith with assistance from members of the Lodge and was very well received by all present, especially the Assistant Provincial Grand Master.


Grand Charity Cheque Presentation to Bury Hospice

On Wednesday 3rd December 2014, WBro Mike Gibbons, Bury District Chairman, and WBro Malcolm Ashton, District Charity Steward, were delighted to visit Bury Hospice to present a cheque for £2,728 on behalf of Grand Charity.  The donation was part of a grant of £23,576 made to nine hospices across East Lancashire by Grand Charity in 2014.


WBros Gibbons and Ashton handing the cheque to Michelle King from the Hospice Fundraising Team.







Grand Charity Donation to Rossendale Hospice

On Monday 1st December 2014, Bury District Chairman WBro Mike Gibbons, was delighted to visit Rossendale Hospice to present a cheque for £1,000 on behalf of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.  The donation was part of a grant of £23,576 made to nine hospices across East Lancashire by Grand Charity in 2014. 

Throughout England and Wales there are two hundred and forty two hospices receiving grants totalling £600,000 from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.  The money has been raised by Freemasons and their families with the aim of assisting hospices in their vital role in helping those affected by terminal or life limiting illness.  Since 1984 the Grand Charity has donated more than £11 million in support of hospices.

Rossendale Hospice records every significant donation on an engraved leaf on a Giving Tree on the wall by the Hospice reception.  WBro Gibbons is pictured below, in front of the Giving Tree, presenting the cheque to Carol Metcalf, Head of Hospice at Home, a service designed to help and support patients with palliative care needs in their own home.


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