East Ribble District Latest News - 2016
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The Travelling Gavel is now held by Cathederal Lodge No.7814 in Blackburn- see below
Following a request from Bro Digman, the Worshipful Master of Unity & Friendship Lodge No. 8178 The Charity Stewards donated £250 to Ribble Valley Raiders Cricket Club.
The club is open and free to all children 4 years and upwards from the Ribble Valley and surrounding areas. All the coaches are ECB qualified. This is their second year in existence and all their equipment has been bought by the club members from their own funds. This year they have an under 9's and under 11's teams playing in the Ribblesdale Junior Leagues.
On Monday evening the 25th April, the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn held a very special event as part of restoration fortnight, in which the theatre is hoping to raise much needed funds for urgent roof repairs. The Empire hosted the legendary comedian Jimmy Cricket who played to a packed audience in the mini theatre set up in the bar area. An audience of 70 were treated to a classic Jimmy Cricket performance with over an hour of hilarious quick fire comedy and song, in a wonderfully intimate setting.
During the interval, WBro David Lightbown PAGDC District Chairman, presented a cheque for £300 from the East Ribble District Charity Stewards Fund, to Michael Berry the Chief executive of the Empire Theatre towards the repairs. The cheque was gratefully received and complimented the audience collection and raffle held on the night.
Following the interval, Jimmy held a question and answer session in which he recounting some of the people and places that had influenced him over the years. He ended his session with his classic ‘letter from Mammy’ which left the audience in stitches.
The final question of the evening was posed by long time supporter of the Theatre John Anson, who asked Jimmy if he would consider becoming the Honorary Patron of the Empire Theatre, to which he was delighted to accept.
A wonderful evening which raised well needed funds to support an organisation that gives so much to the community.
The Worshipful Master WBro Paul Taylor and Brethren of Ribblesdale Lodge No.3393 reluctantly surrendered their warrant to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro John Farrington PSGD on Friday the 8th of April.
WBro Keith Simm PProvDepGSuptWks gave an oration on the history of the Lodge which highlighted the many events in the life of the Lodge, it's famed musicality and recalling the many distinguished Brethren and Civil dignitaries that had happily served amongst its ranks.
After the Worshipful Master had closed the Lodge for the final time, the Warrant and Centenary Warrant were placed in the centre of the Lodge and encircled by the Ribblesdale Brethren along with the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, with the Warrants being passed around the Brethren into the hands of the Worshipful Master.
WBro Farrington proceeded to address the Brethren of the closing Lodge directly, thanking them for their contribution through the Lodge and wishing them all the very best for the future, expressing a sincere that they will all stay actively involved in Freemasonry. With great sadness and visible emotion, the Worshipful Master surrendered the Warrant to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for safe travel to United Grand Lodge, where along with the Minutes of the Lodge, it will remain an eternal record of the service of their Brethren.
A full Festive board with over 50 in attendance celebrated Ribblesdale Lodge No.3933 with food, wine and the Ribblesdale song, led by WBro Keith SImm and then accompanied by all in attendance, linking arms and standing for the final verse.
The Brethren were absolved just after 10.30pm on what was a fitting finale for the members of the Lodge.
The closure of a lodge is a very somber and sad occasion, but it also gives the Brethren the opportunity to celebrate the life of the Lodge and this was very much the sentiment when over 50 gathered at Mill House Masonic Hall on the 6th April to mark the final meeting of Huncoat Lodge No. 8542.
Before the warrant of the lodge was submitted, WBro Brian Carter PAGDC, Provincial Almoner, was installed as Worshipful Master. The ceremony was performed in an excellent manner with WBro Andrew Taylor ProvDepGDC acting as Installing Officer. Once Installed, WBro Carter appointed and invested his officers for the final time.
Following the lodge business and the lodge was closed, the Brethren of Huncoat Lodge occupied the body of the lodge and the ceremony to surrender the Lodge Warrant to WBro Farrington APGM commenced. As a honorary member, VWBro Thornhill PGSwdB Deputy Provincial Grand Master formally handed the Warrant to WBro Farrington who accepted it and promised to pass it on to Grand Lodge for safekeeping. WBro Farrington expressed sadness at the closure of the lodge, but he respected the decision the Brethren had made. He also expressed his very best wishes for the Brethren in their future Masonic careers and looked forward to seeing them all again in the respective lodges they had chosen to join.
During the evening WBro Carter was delighted to present the working tools of the Lodge to WBro Dave McGurty PProvGSwdB the Worshipful Master of Verity Lodge No. 3949 Huncoat’s Mother Lodge. WBro McGurty was delighted to accept them on behalf of the Lodge and welcomed all the Brethren of Huncoat Lodge to their next meeting, where the Lodge will be opened in all three degrees where the working tools would be explained.
Following the highly successful Charity Variety Show help at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn on 1st April, two cheque presentations from the East Ribble District Charity Stewards Fund, were made to two theatrical organisations from the district. The donation was from money raised on the evening.
GOs On Tour are a group of unpaid volunteers who hold regular dance and theatre productions. They pride themselves on bringing fun, colour and light to everyone they entertain. GOS on tour will perform in any suitable venue, including nursing and care homes and help the older generation relive past experiences , they have previously performed at our own residential home Hewlett Court and also RMBI care home Ecclesholme and on occasions they appear at the Thwaites Empire Theatre Monday Club. Their troupe boast a wide variety of talents underpinned by huge enthusiasm. They perform songs from the 1920’s to the present day all with themed choreography and costumes. Some of the soloists have been performing all their lives, but many dancers have never been on stage before!
Mandy Stableford receiving a cheque from WBro Mike Stubbs, District Charity Steward and WBro Ian Johnson Assistant Charity Steward.
The Bernese School of Theatre, Dance and Drama offer specialist dance, drama and musical theatre training to children of all ages. Training is delivered by highly trained and qualified teachers who aim to get the best possible from the young people in their charge. The school provides an excellent grounding for both ‘leisure’ pupils as well as the more ‘career minded’. Teaching qualities ranging from musicality, artistry, co-ordination, speech and imagination to confidence, deportment, discipline, language and memory - the list is endless! Both communication and personality can all be developed from these values which will not only enhance one as a performer but will also be beneficial in life and social society. The school has been running for over 10 years, and has supported many young people throughout the district during this time.
Pictured is WBro David Lightbown PAGDC District Chairman presenting the cheque with the assistance of WBro Mike Stubbs Charity Steward and WBro Ian Johnson Assistant Charity Steward.
On Friday the 1st April a full house witnessed a variety spectacular at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn. The event, the brainchild of our District Chairman, WBro David Lightbown PAGDC, supported by the District Charity Steward’s team was a huge success and offered the audience a fantastic mix of talent from young…. and not so young people from around the Province.
At the end of the evening WBro Lightbown took the microphone and thanked the acts and the audience for making it a memorable evening. He introduced VWBro Derek Thornhill our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, who explained to the audience how the Freemasons support local charities and that over the last 5 years the Province of East Lancashire has donated over £370,000 to these good causes. VWBro Thornhill introduced WBro Chad Northcott PSGD, the Chairman of the ELMC, and presented him with a Cheque for £500 after announcing that the amount raised on the event totaled an amazing £2635
The official photographs taken on the night can be seen HERE.
On Thursday 31st March, 40 brethren gathered at Mill House Masonic Hall in Clayton-le-Moors to celebrate WBro Robert Pye’s 50th anniversary in Freemasonry and of his membership of the Albert Edward Lodge No. 1519.
Following the opening of the lodge and the usual business, WBro John Farrington APGM accompanied by a District delegation, were admitted under the guidance of WBro Andrew Taylor ProvDepDC. WBro Farrington was offered the gavel by the Worshipful Master WBro Graham Mangham PProvDepGDC and he was delighted on this occasion to accept.
The Festive Board was a very happy occasion. WBro Farrington spoke in his response about the important work of the Lodge Mentor and referred to the latest edition of Freemasonry Today which highlighted some excellent examples of the work of the Mentor. He also spoke about the forthcoming Tercentenary and how the celebrations were underway in the Province to celebrate this landmark. WBro Farrington also proposed a very sincere toast to the Worshipful Master as they had shared many masonic memories from their association with the Rossendale District. WBro Mangham was delighted to respond in the same manner.
In his response, WBro Pye thanked everyone for their company on this very special evening and how he had made many friends over the years. He spoke of his early years as a lodge member and interestingly how the Lodge was named after His Royal Highness Albert Edward, Grand Master in 1875, even though the Lodge brethren original wanted the name ‘Clayton-le-Moors Lodge’
The Annual Accrington Fellowship Coffee Morning was held at Mill House on Saturday, March 19th.
The meeting of The Lodge of Remembrance No. 3787 on the 24th March at Adelaide Street Accrington, to celebrate the 50th anniversary in Freemasonry of WBro Roy Green PProvGStdB was a unique occasion and quite different from previous celebrations. This was not the plan, but Roy and his son Darren fell foul of the M62 motorway as they made their way to the meeting from Lincolnshire. Their late arrival meant that the lodge business had to be conducted without an in Lodge celebration, and the decision was made to honour WBro Green at the festive board. WBro Green agreed that this was the best option rather than rearranging the celebration.
On the evening of 10th March the Brethren and visitors of The Lodge of Harmony and Industry No. 381assembled at Darwen Masonic Hall to celebrate 50 years in Freemasonry of WBro Gordon Craig PProvJGD.
The APGM asked the secretary to read the minutes of the meeting 50 years ago when WBro Craig was initiated. He then called upon WBro Christopher Allen to deliver the tribute. WBro Allen mentioned that Gordon was born on 10th April 1943 and attended Suddell Road Secondary School where he became Head Boy. At 15 he began his working career as an apprentice at Foster Yates and Thorn, then worked at the R.O.F in Blackburn and Hawker Siddley at Lostock Hall. He married his wife Elaine in 1965, their son Martin was born in 1970 followed by their daughter Emma in 1972. They have two Grandchildren. Gordon was introduced to Masonry by his Father in Law and was initiated into Harmony and Industry Lodge No. 381 in March 1966. He worked through every office and was Installed as Master in 1978. He has been an active member of the Lodge serving as Festival Rep, and conducting many Lodge Ceremonies. Gordon also enjoyed playing cricket for Darwen and has supported Blackburn Rovers for 60 years!
The APGM then read out the events from 50 years ago which included such facts as Harold Wilson becoming PM, 500,000 US troops were currently in Vietnam, the terrible Aberfan disaster occurred, the average house price was £3840, the first British Credit Card was introduced by Barclaycard, petrol cost 5 shillings (26p), the Harrier Jump Jet first flew, the Severn Bridge was opened, and of course England beat West Germany in the World Cup of that year.
WBro Farrington then read out the letter of congratulations from Sir David Trippier PGM and the personalized illumination certificate, and then formally presented them. WBro Craig was perambulated around the lodge to the applause of the Brethren.
WBro David Lightbown PAGDC District Chairman, then presented Gordon with his lapel badge recognizing his 50 years in Masonry. WBro Archer enquired whether WBro Farrington wished to retire from the Lodge with his Delegation, and on this occasion WBro Craig. The APGM and delegation then retired.
The Lodge was closed and the Brethren retired to an excellent festive board.
Wbro Mike Stubbs PProvGStwd District Charity Steward, presented Denise Gee from East Lancashire Hospice with a cheque for £350 on behalf of East Ribble District Freemasons. The donation is part of the on-going commitment of the District to restock the Hospice drinks trolley. Patients and inpatients are offered a choice of drinks after therapy and in the evening.
At a meeting of the East Ribble District Charity Stewards, at which our newly appointed Provincial Grand Charity Steward WBro Ken Davies MBE, PProvSGW was in attendance, a cheque for £675.00 towards the work of the ELMC (www.elmc.co.uk) was gratefully received by WBro Davies on behalf of our Charity.
This was raised by holding a Raffle at the Winter Draw, held at the Chadwick Weekend in January and represents 50% of the proceeds from the tickets sold by the District Charity Stewards in the weeks and months leading up to the evening.
The Charity Stewards meeting itself had a central focus about the work of the ELMC, with the District Charity Steward WBro Mike Stubbs PProvGStwd giving a presentation, re-emphasising the need for us all to look to support the work of our Charity, personally and in our Lodges and Chapters.
On Sunday 28th February Brethren from the East Ribble District were invited to present awards at Blackburn Youth Zone, at their first 'A Level Playing Field' awards. These awards celebrate the wonderful and diverse talents and progress made by the members of the Diversity Club, which supports young people and their families from the ages of 8 to 25 who have disabilities.
The East Ribble District have supported Blackburn Youth Zone by contributing £4995 to the creation of their Sensory Room used by many of the young people present at the awards. Blackburn Masonic Hall have also donated a well utilised snooker table.
The photo shows WBro Mike Stubbs and WBro James Abbott presenting awards to the young people and in one case to a parent. Laura Walker is also pictured with the East Ribble District representatives present. From left to right... WBro James Abbott (Hall Manager of Blackburn Masonic Hall) WBro Mike Stubbs (District Charity Steward) Laura Walker (Diversity Club Manager) and WBro Steve Crowther (District Communications Officer)
On Friday 26th February, over 60 Brethren gathered at Old Blackburnian Lodge No. 7933 in Old School at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School to celebrate the 50th anniversary in Freemasonry of WBro Trevor Procter PProvSGW.
The Lodge was opened by the Worshipful Master Bro David Sharpe, assisted by his officers, and the Lodge Business conducted. WBro Andrew Procter ProvDepDC then directed a District Delegation led by WBro John Farrington PSGD APGM into the Lodge where the Worshipful Master offered WBro Farrington the gavel, which on this occasion he was delighted to accept. WBro Farrington requested that the Director of Ceremonies place WBro Procter in the centre of the Lodge, and then instructed WBro Tattersall PProvDepGSwdB to conduct the tribute. WBro Tattersall asked Junior Warden WBro Gordon Hebden PProvDepGSuptWks to read the minutes from the meeting when WBro Procter was Initiated. The Senior Warden WBro John Duckworth PProvGSwdB then read the minutes from the meeting when WBro Procter was Installed as Worshipful Master.
WBro Tattersall proceeded to outline WBro Procter's Masonic history which started on the 16th December 1965 when he was proposed as a candidate into Freemasonry. His Initiation took place on 18th February 1966 and in March 1977 he was raised to the Third Degree. In April 1972 he was Installed as Master of the Lodge. His first Provincial rank of PProvGStdB was awarded in November 1982, and in 1987 he was promoted to PProvSGD. In 1984 he was appointed Lodge Secretary, a post he still holds today. In 2000 he was promoted again to the rank of PProvGSwdB and in 2015 to PProvSGW.
The Festive Board was a true Old Blackburnian Lodge event. Excellent refreshment and lots of laughter. WBro Farrington in his response made reference to the excellent presentation
The East Ribble District Meeting on the 24th February held at Mill House Clayton-le-Moors saw the first viewing of the presentation addressing recruitment and retention.
Open & honest with friends & colleagues about our membership.
The meeting of 10th February 2016 at the Masonic Halls Accrington marked a special landmark in the history of this newly amalgamated Lodge. Over 50 brethren gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new Bible Fall.
Following the opening of the Lodge by Worshipful Master Bro Paul Pratt with the assistance of the officers, and once the business had been completed. WBro Andrew Procter PProvDepGDC as ProvDepGDC and WBro David Cowen ProvDepGDC, announced WBro John Farrington PSGD The Assistant Provincial Grand Master was without, accompanied by a District Deputation Including several Grand Officers including the APGP WBro Paul Aspinall PAGDC, District Chairman WBro David Lightbown PAGDC and Past APGM WBro Harry Hesmondhalgh PSGD. The Deputation were admitted and WBro Farrington was offered the gavel by the Worshipful Master, and on this occasion he was delighted to accept.
WBro Farrington expressed his delight at having the opportunity to preside over such a wonderful occasion which is rarely seen, and his first duty was to ask WBro Cowen to unveil the new Bible Fall.
WBro Clive David Carroll PProvDepGReg was instructed to take up the bible fall, and accompanied by the ProvDepGDC's and The Deacons Bro's David Peacock and Wayne Smith he perambulated the Bible Fall around the Lodge whilst the Brethren sang the Dedication Hymn, music played by Bro Chris May the Honorary Organist.
WBro Farrington then instructed WBro Procter to remove the original Bible Fall, and replace it with the new. The Worshipful Master then approached the pedestal and WBro Farrington formally presented the Bible Fall to the Lodge and into the safe keeping of the Worshipful Master. WBro Pratt graciously received it, and promised that he and subsequent Masters would ensure it would be passed down in good form.
The Worshipful Master then had a very pleasant duty to perform in presenting a cheque to WBro Farrington for the sum of £500 for the ELMC. This was very gratefully received by WBro Farrington.
The Bible Fall Ceremony was concluded with the Brethren singing the Dedication Closing Hymn.
Following the collection for good causes, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master indicated he would like to retire from the Lodge accompanied by his Deputation, after which the remainder of the Lodge business was concluded and the Lodge closed in due form.
The Festive board was enjoyed by all present. Excellent food and fraternity was a fitting compliment to the wonderful ceremony all had enjoyed in the Lodge. The toasts were expertly expedited under the guidance of WBro Procter.
The Meeting of Peaceful Valley Lodge No. 4111 held on the 1st February was a very special occasion, as it marked the 50th anniversary in Freemasonry of WBro Russell Duxbury PProvDepGSuptWks.
Following the opening of the Lodge and after the business had been completed, WBro Andrew Procter PProvDepDC as ProvDepDC directed a District Delegation led by WBro John Farrington PAGDC APGM into the Lodge where the Worshipful Master WBro Peter Connell Offered WBro Farrington the gavel, which on this occasion he was delighted to accept. WBro Farrington requested that the Director of Ceremonies place WBro Duxbury in the centre of the Lodge, and then asked WBro David Eccles PProvAssGSwdB to read a tribute to WBro Duxbury.
WBro Eccles gave a detailed history of the personal and masonic life of WBro Duxbury. This included the fact that he was born in Preston in 1934, he moved to Accrington then Rishton where he still resides with his wife Audrey. After his National Service he returned to work at British Northrop where he was a draughtsman. After being made redundant he eventually went to wok at BAE SYSTEMS where he met WBro Eccles and ultimately proposed him into the Craft. Russell married his wife Audrey in 1958 and they built a family of two girls together, Russell now has 3 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.
Following the tribute WBro Farrington went on to remind the Brethren of historical facts that occurred in 1966 the year of Russell’s initiation into Freemasonry. These facts included Harold Wilson becoming PM, 500,000 US troops were curently in Vietnam, The terrible Aberfan disaster happened, the average house price was £3840, the first British Credit Card was introduced by Barclaycard and of course England beat West Germany in the World Cup of that year.
Before WBro Duxbury was perambulated around the Lodge, there were two presentations made to him. The first was WBro David Lightbown PAGDC District Chairman who presented Russell with his lapel badge marking 50 years in Freemasonry. The second was made by the Worshipful Master WBro Connell who was delighted to present WBro Duxbury with a lovely rose bowl from the Lodge Brethren to mark his anniversary. WBro was then guided around the Lodge to rapturous applause from the Brethren present.
After the collection to worthy causes was taken, WBro Farrington accompanied by WBro Duxbury and the District Delegation retired from the Lodge. The remainder of the Lodge business was completed and the Lodge closed in due form.
The Festive board was a joyous occasion with nearly 50 brethren enjoying an excellent meal and lots of laughter.The toast to WBro Duxbury was given by the Lodge Secretary WBro Paul Aspinall PAGDC. He explained how dedicated WBro Duxbury has been over his 50 years. He still attends all the meetings and practices and in the past made ritual look deceptively easy. WBro Aspinall also described how WBro Duxbury is the Lodge’s last link to the Founders. WBro Aspinall finished his toast by presenting a bouquet of flowers to Russell to be given to his wife for their 58th wedding anniversary and for letting him out! He also presented him with a photograph as a memento of the evening.
In response, WBro Duxbury thanked WBro Aspinall for his kind words and the assembled Brethren for making the evening so special for him. He continued to say why he joined Freemasonry and why he is still a Mason 50 years on. His father and Grandfather were both Masons and that is what made him investigate Freemasonry in the beginning. However, his main motivation is charity and he reminded the Brethren what core principles have kept him so enthused in Freemasonry. His response was met with great applause from the Brethren.
This was a very special evening enjoyed by all. We look forward to celebrating WBro Duxbury’s 60th anniversary in Freemasonry and his 68th Wedding Anniversary too!
Freemasons from a variety of lodges throughout the East Ribble District marshalled the East Lancashire Hospice annual 10K run.
The run is organised by the Hospice fund raising team and Gaskells Motor Bodies. This year over 500 runners from a range of running clubs in the local area participated in the main 10K race with nearly 90 children running in the children's race.
The winner of the race was Danny Collinge who is a local runner who finished the 10K race in 34 minutes and 20 seconds. The first woman to finish was Helen Sahgal who finished in 38 minutes and 56 seconds.
Denise Gee from the Hospice thanked the East Ribble District volunteers for the marshalling and helping to put away, saying "Thank you very much to the Freemasons, we couldn't have done it without you".
The annual Chadwick weekend took place over the weekend of 22nd to 24th January at the Chadwick Hotel St Annes. Some intrepid revellers even arrived on the Thursday evening and left on the Monday morning to make a full weekend of it! The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner and the photos show that a great time was had by all. Doris Lamb and Sue Beaumont continued the tradition of fancy dress and really were a 'Couple of Swells'
The food was up to the excellent standard throughout the weekend, including breakfast, lunch and evening dinner. This was matched by some excellent entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening, with the Gala Dinner singer very cleverly posed as a waiter with a huge ice cream... No guessing the song title!
The raffle total was £1505 The Deputy Provincial Grand Master VWBro Derek Thornhill drew the tickets under the management of WBro Ian Johnson who was ably assisted by WBro Mike Stubbs the recorder and WBro Dave Gill the distributer. The 1st prize of a TV/DVD was won by a member of St Aiden Lodge.
Thanks must go to Doris Lamb for organising the whole event. A super achievement as a great time was had by all!
Please Click HERE for a full list of raffle prize winners.
On Monday 11th January 2016 at West Bradford Village Hall, the Clitheroe Masonic Fellowship donated £300 to three charitable organisations.
At the November Installation meeting of Limestone Rock Lodge No. 369 at the Masonic Rooms in Clitheroe, the Immediate Past Master WBro Cyril Kennerley PPGSwdB presented cheques to a number of good causes. The funds for the donations was raised in his term of office as Worshipful Master during the Lodge treasure hunt, BBQ, strawberry and cream event hosted by WBro Pollard and the Lodge Ladies Evening.
ELMC - £500
The photograph shows WBro Kennerley presenting the cheque to Mrs Mary Hall and Mrs Kath Pollard from Macmillan Nurses in the Lodge Room during the December meeting.
Thursday, 17th December 2015 saw WBro David Bedford, PProvDepGReg installed again as Worshipful Master of The Lodge of Perseverance No. 345. The Travelling Gavel also moved on at the same meeting as previously reported.
However, during the meeting the Lodge made numerous large donations to a number of charities. They donated £400 each to East Lancs Hospice, Derian House childrens hospice and the NW Air Ambulance. They also donated £1200 to the ELMC and £100 to the Blackburn Masonic Hall.
On the 21st December Brian Hartwell and the Worshipful Master WBro David Bedford PProvDepGReg presented the cheque to East Lancs Hospice.
Thursday, 17th December 2015 saw WBro David Bedford, PProvDepGReg installed again as Worshipful Master of The Lodge of Perseverance, no. 345.
After the wonderful Installation meeting and Festive Board a claim was made by WBro Alan Mercer, WM of Fidelity and Crusaders 269 on the Travelling Gavel.
This claim was swiftly countered by Cathedral Lodge, 7814, when WBro David Bell pointed out that there were more Cathedral members present than there were of Fidelity and Crusaders.
Appeals were lodged with the completely unbiased Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Derek N Thornhill, PGSwdB, who just happened to be visiting his own lodge and just happens to be the Very Worthy Mason who wrote the rules.
After seconds of deliberation it was agreed that Cathedral Lodge, another of the many Lodges of which the Deputy Provincial Grand Master is a member, should claim the gavel.
The WM of Cathedral, Bro Steve O'Leary then received the Travelling Gavel from WBro Bedford.
The purpose of the Travelling Gavel is to encourage inter-lodge visiting and that aim is being met more and more. VWBro Thornhill made the point that Cathedral Lodge meet this coming Monday and he would be happy for any Lodge to come along and claim the Gavel
On 6th December, almost 100 brethren and guests gathered at The Holy Trinity Free Church of England in Oswaldtwistle for the annual East Ribble District Carol Service.
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Following the final reading of the service, WBro David Lightbown PAGDC the District Chairman gave heartfelt thanks to those responsible for the organisation of the day and wished everyone present all the very best for the festive season, whilst asking that everyone remember people who are less fortunate or will be away from their families at Christmas. WBro Lightbown also commented at the quality of singing and suggested a District Choir be established!
The Reverend Bro Don Johnson closed the service with a very amusing and poignant closing prayer where he explained what may happen if Heaven set up a call centre, something everyone could relate to. His message however was that we are not in a queue to speak to God as he is always ready to listen.
Before retiring, there were mince pies and a hot drink for everyone to enjoy whilst seasonal greetings were exchanged.
The collection, taken by WBro Ian Ogden PProvSGW and WBro Gordon Hunter PProvSGW, who have been performing the task for the past 25 years, raised the wonderful sum of £130 for Church funds.
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