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The Travelling Gavel is now held by Rhyddings Lodge 5205 in Accrington. See below


East Ribble District Summer Grand Draw & Family Barbecue raises £1066

Nearly 100 were in attendance at the annual East Ribble Summer Draw and Family Barbecue on what turned out to be a sunny afternoon at Mill House Masonic Hall.

This included fifteen residents and staff from Hewlett Court, invited as guests of the District to enjoy the day with us.

Great food and company made for a very enjoyable afternoon, with plenty to do for the children with a bouncy castle and a secret cinema, complete with a free drink, popcorn and ice cream to keep them entertained!

Following the excellent meal, the Prize raffle draw was held, announced by the a District Chairman WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW, with WBro Harold Edgar PProvAGSwdB winning the 1st prize of £150.00. 34 more prizes were handed out to the guests and many Brethren from the Lodges across the District, who very kindly worked hard to sell raffle tickets prior to the day and provide prizes. The day made the fantastic sum of £1066.

As the draw was being made, WBro's Allan Low and David Baldwin of Bank Terrace Lodge No.462 arrived after spending the day traversing the Leeds Liverpool canal by cycle, making Mill House the halfway point on the 127 mile journey. They are raising funds via sponsorship for our EL2015 Festival in aid of the RMBI.

Grateful thanks to all the District Charity Stewards for their continued hard work, those who bought tickets for their kindness, all who worked to make the day happen for their organisational efforts and all who came to support the day.


Nearly 100 guests attended, including residents and staff from Hewlett Court


Top left: District Chairman WBro David Lightbown presents the 1st Prize to WBro Harold Edgar. Centre Right: start 'em young! Centre Left and Bottom left, WBro's Allan Low and David Baldwin arrive at Mill House. Bottom right: How Rhyddings Lodge sort their problems out, WM Bro Gordon Cornthwaite (left) finally snaps with Charity Steward WBro Mike Stubbs (right).


Record number of volunteers for the Hospice Starlight Walk

56 volunteers provided by the East Ribble District, along with 14 public volunteers, supported the annual East Lancashire Hospice Starlight Walk on Saturday the 28th June.
The District organised all of the Marshalls for the late night ladies only walk, keeping up to 500 ladies safe as they made their way around the streets of Blackburn to raise funds for the Hospice.
Starting in late 2013, representatives from the Hospice, Lancashire Police and the District plan and prepare the Walk over several months, ensuring the safety and viability of the event.
This years walk had the option of a shortened five mile or the traditional eight mile route meaning far more Marshalls would be required.

The day started with ten District volunteers along with Denise Gee from the Hospice Fundraising Team, loading vans, clearing car parks and setting up the registration/food/marshalling areas at the DW Soccerdome in Blackburn, the Start and finish point of the Walk.

As is our usual tradition, a good number of volunteers headed for a pre event Curry, this year held at the Reena in Oswaldtwistle which was enjoyed by all in attendance.

Volunteers then headed back to the Soccerdome to manage the parking and enjoy the Musical fun before heading out to their Marshalling positions on the route, ready to cheer on and if necessary assist the participants as they pass. Bathroom and water stations were also manned by our volunteers.

The local Police once again gave a fantastic example of Community Safety and interaction by ensuring that everyone who participated felt secure, and by employing traffic calming measures and blocks where necessary. The St John Ambulance Service also supported the whole walk and were on hand to attend to any injuries or health concerns on the night.

The last walkers returned to the finish point at 12.50am along with our back markers, who enjoyed the complimentary sausage sandwiches and hot drinks, supplied free of charge to the Hospice by local suppliers, businesses and generous individuals.

The remaining volunteers assisted in tidying the site and reloading vans before heading home just before 2am.


Recent Initiates Meeting - Tuesday 17th June, 2014


The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche, PSGD (5th from right) with the recent initiates

Sunnyhurst Lodge, no. 4631, in Darwen, was proud to host this meeting of recent East Ribble District Initiates. The Worshipful Master, Alfred Steven Birkbeck opened the meeting and dealt with the early business and the Lodge then received the The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche, PSGD, accompanied by a District Delegation.

The WM offerred the Gavel to the APGM who was pleased to accept it and occupied the Masters Chair. The APGM thanked the WM and welcomed everyone to the meeting and then proceeded to introduce the members of the delegation. He then introduced the Provincial Grand Mentor, WBro Alan Kirwilliam, PProvJGW who gave a most excellent talk on the whole theme of mentoring, in particular with the emphasis on Retention. He gave a number of facts and figures that showed the importance of getting the mentoring process exactly right in each and every Lodge.

The APGM then presented, individually, a welcome certificate to each new Initiate and spend a good few minutes with each new Brother. The new Brethren were then warmly applauded. The APGM thanked them all once again and also thanked WBro Steven WAtson, PProvSGD, for his excellent work on the organ. The WM resumed his seat and the APGM and DElegation retired.

The Festive Board was enjoyed by everyone and a raffle raised the sum of £312 for Masonic Charities. All in all, a superb evening.


The Lodge of Perseverance, no. 345, Summer BBQ

On Sunday afternoon, 8th June, 2014, The Lodge of Perseverance, held their annual Barbecue at the home of David and Sheila Bedford at Ravenswing Farm, Mellor. Once again excellent food was provided by the head chefs, David Bedford and Brian Hartwell, whilst equally excellent beer (other drinks were available) by head Barman, Jim Fallow. Plenty of games were organised for both kids and adults plus raffles and guess the number of corks and sweets. Over 50 guests had a wonderful afternoon and betweem them raised the magnificant sum of £just over £950 for the Festival. The photos below sum up a perfect afternoon.


Bank Terrace Lodge No.462 celebrates it's 175th anniversary

WBro Martin Roche PSGD and Assistant Provincial Grand Master was the guest of honour at the Lodge 175th celebrations, held on the 5th June. Although not a recognised formal occasion, the Lodge felt that 175 years of continuous service was enough of an excuse for a shindig and organised a celebration to mark the landmark year. Accompanied by a select deputation, including the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies WBro Wes Marchant PAGDC, WBro Roche was admitted and welcomed into the Lodge.

The aim of the evening was to celebrate the past but look to the future. The minutes of the first ever meeting were read, followed by The Roll of Founders, called by the Junior Brethren, Bro's Scott Miller, Tim Harrison and Daniel Wareing. Bro Thomas Buck very ably, then read selected highlights from our History. The Lodge Chaplain, WBro Clive Carroll PProvDepGReg followed this with a thanksgiving prayer for the Lodge.
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master gave an address to the Lodge, speaking amongst many things, about our consecration year of 1839 (a slim year for news!) and congratulating the Lodge for achieving this important milestone, which was appreciated by all the members and guests.

WBro Roche then explained Grand Lodge certificates to Bro's Miller and Harrison in his own unique and memorable way before handing back to our WM WBro Alan Uttley to formally present the Certificates. East Ribble DORA EComp Gordon McMillan stood and proceeded to present them with a letter from the RW PGM/MEGS Sir David Trippier RD JP DL, explaining about the importance of Royal Arch Freemasonry as a completion of their Masonic Journey.

Following the response form our Assistant Provincial Grand Master at the second rising, the Worshipful Master presented a cheque for £2015 for our EL2015 Festival which was sincerely appreciated.

The festive board was a celebratory five course banquet, excellently prepared and served by Barbara Peters and her team, and was a very memorable occasion.


The Lodge members with the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and his Deputation and the Lodge members (present) 2014



A very happy and memorable festive board


WBro Jack Riley PProvGSwdB with his grandson Bro Tim Harrison. WBro Riley, at the Grand Old age of 96, raised Bro Harrison to the 3rd Degree at the May Meeting.


East Ribble Volunteers at Child Action North West Pound Day

A dozen volunteers helped make the Child Action North West Pound Day, held at Oswaldtwistle Mills a roaring success again this year. There was also a Masonic Display area, open to the Public.

From helping to set up the gazebos, tables and stock on Saturday, through to bucket collecting, bin emptying and tidying away on the Sunday, all our volunteers did their bit to help CANW continue their essential Child Support services.

WBro Martin Roche PSGD and Assistant Provincial Grand Master, a newly appointed Trustee of the Charity was also on hand to support the day from both perspectives, supported by WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW & District Chairman who came along too see the work being done by the volunteers.


Open Day at MILL HOUSE 7th June 2014

As part of the Open Day proceedings at Mill House to promote Freemasonry in the area, the members of the Lodge of Amity & Rossendale Forest No.283 formed in procession into the Lodge Room in front of family, friends, members of the Masonic Hall and non-masons. The Mayor of Hyndburn was also invited to attend.
WBro Chad Antony Northcott, PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Salford District, delivered a very interesting presentation on Freemasonry that described its development from those early beginnings with links to operative masonry through to the Freemasonry we know today. He explained about our very important Charitable work and talked about the social side of Freemasonry. He also answered questions from the audience during the Q & A session following the talk.

WBro Chad Northcott, PSGD, APGM; The Mayor of Hyndburn, Councillor Munsif Dad; WBro David Lightbown, ProvJGW, East Ribble District Chairman.

 

WBro Dennis Heskett PProvSGD, the Lodge Secretary, expanded on WBro Northcott's presentation by referring to the longevity of the Lodge of Amity, being formed in 1791 in Rochdale. He referred to the symbols and tools used by the early operative masons and their significance in modern day Freemasonry. He gave a general explanation of the various Offices in the Lodge and also referred to the £6.6 million donated to various Charities in 2013 by the Freemasons' Grand Charity.
The Mayor, Councillor Munsif Dad, thanked WBro Northcott and WBro Heskett for the invitation to attend and for the insight into our fraternity and our Charitable work.
The visitors were then invited to look round the Masonic Hall at leisure and to feel free to ask questions of the Freemasons stewarding the event.

Information on display covered the various Masonic Charities, Masonic Care Homes and the Masonic initiative 'TLC Teddies' for young children going into hospital. There was also displays and information on the history of Mill House and what Mill House and Freemasonry had to offer prospective candidates.

There was also a very impressive and wide ranging display of Craft and Royal Arch Masonic Regalia, which was provided by WBro Ivan Eastwood, curator of the East Lancashire Museum of Freemasonry.


The Travelling Gavel now held by Perseverance Lodge 345

The Travelling Gavel now resides with the Lodge of Perseverance after having been, very reluctantly, handed to their WM, Malcolm Roe on Tuesday 21st May. Ten members of 345 travelled to Rhyddings Lodge where their members tried every trick they could to retain it, even resorting to texting the Deputy Chairman to check the rules! Rhyddings have said they will try and reclaim it in six months time.

Bro Gordon Cornthwaite, WM of Rhyddings Lodge, passing over the Travelling Gavel to Bro Malcolm Roe, WM of Perseverance Lodge


Darwen Masonic Hall Festival Ball

The night was attended by 40 guests, with guests of honour the DPGM WBro Derek Thornhill and his wife Joan along with APGM Martin Roche accompanied by Mrs Dorothy price.

The guests enjoyed a wonderful home cooked meal followed by games and laughter before the they sat to listen to the musical talents of 17 year old Amy Leigh Waddicor who wowed everyone with her superb singing ranging from 60s to modern day music.

The night was a great success, raising a fantastic £334 for the RMBI 2015 Festival. Jenny, who hosted the event would like to thank all those who attended and made the night special, and to those who made their generous donations.


East Ribble District Walk the Province 2014

Following the cancellation of the Morecambe Bay Walk due to unsafe conditions, 24 came along to honour the sponsorship pledges and donations by completing an alternative 6.8 mile walk. The Assistant Provincial Grand a Master WBro Martin Roche PSGD, Mrs Jan Roche and our District Chairman WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW once again supported and participated in the event.

Starting at Mill House Masonic Hall, the circular route walk around the canal paths to Rishton and through Great Harwood was completed on a rainy Sunday afternoon in around two and a half hours, ending back at the Hall.

Mill House Steward Mick O'Donnell, with the kind permission of the management, opened the Hall for the benefit of all and even came along on the Walk, even raising funds by selling tea/coffee and cakes which was appreciated by the participants.

A massive thank you to all who took part, organised or sponsored a walker, the funds will directly assist our beneficiaries who are under the the excellent care of the RMBI.

 


East Ribble District Charity Stewards donation to local care home

WBro Frank Salt of Peaceful Valley Lodge No.4111 in Darwen, brought an application to the District Charity Stewards committee to support an entertainment programme in a local care home in Darwen.
The home, which WBro Salt visits as part of his almoner duties, required funds to start an entertainment programme for the residents, which can now go ahead with this financial assistance.
The District Charity Stewards fund supports causes outside of the ELMC Community fund criteria, so that our Festival and ELMC Commitments can always be put first by our Lodges and Chapters.


East Ribble Masons receive Maunday Money

Two East Ribble District Freemasons received Maundy Money from HM The Queen at Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday 17 April, in recognition of their work in the Diocese.

WBro (Brian) Williams, PProvDepGSuptWks, St Aidan 6339 (ex United Brethren, 346) and WBro Jim Warner PPJGW, Almoner at Old Blackburnians, 7933, were among the 176 people chosen to receive Maundy Money from a Monarch, in a ceremony dating back 800 years. The Maundy Money, one for each year of the Queen’s age, small silver coins, come in two purses, one white containing the specially minted coins and one red containing ordinary money.

The royal party arrived at Blackburn railway station at 10.45am, after which they were driven slowly down the Boulevard and Church Street to the cathedral. The Queen and Prince Philip then walked through the imposing doors of the Cathedral to a fanfare of trumpets. The Royal Standard flew proudly from the top of the west tower and the Yeomen of the Guard, in their scarlet and white ruff-necked Beefeater attire created a marvelous atmosphere.

During the private ticketed event, the Queen honoured 88 men and 88 women from the Diocese of Blackburn. The recipients and their companions were then treated to a civic lunch at King George’s Hall.

The Royal Maundy can be traced back to the fourth century. It became the custom in the 13th century for members of the royal family to take part in Maundy ceremonies by distributing money and gifts.

 


Rhyddings Lodge - Old England NIght

Wednesday 16th April 2014. What a night. Rhyddings Lodge, 5205, put on a fabulous Old England Night at the Masonic Hall, Accrington. It really was a night to remember. The Beagle introduced the procession of the Black Pudding into the Festive Board Room. And what a sight each of these fullsome puddings did make, as can be seen below.

 


The WM, Bro Gordon Cornthwaiten enjoyed the evening with WBro Fred Smith, PProvJGW, who celebrated 60 years in Freemasonry just a month ago.

Then came the Tripe. But photos of such items should be severely curtailed so in the interests of preserving dignity and decorum no photos will be published. It took much Salt, Pepper and Vinegar; not forgetting pickled cabbage and beetroot, before the tripe could be safely consumed.

To help digest the tripe, the main course was soon set before us and this was a most delicious and very tasty Lancashire Hotpot. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the top layer of potato was delightful. All in all, a perfect dish.

But we are not yet finished. The dessert was a full on Apple Crumble. Once again cooked to perfection and beautifully set off with luscious custard. Beautiful.

Meanwhile, whilst this feast was being devoured and washed down with copious quantities of ale from the jug, the collection pots were being quietly (sometimes noisily) filled up, due entirely to the somewhat random fines being doled out by Bro Beagle. A fearsome chap who was not one to be easily crossed.

WBro Tom Pearson entertained the assembled brethren with some fine local dialect poetry. Some of these were from the pen of a local poet from Darwen. All greatly appreciated and well received.

As Tom was a visitor it fell to Rhyddings own accomplished poet to complete the evenings entertainment – WBro Keith Ramsden (Rammy) to put his own stamp on the evening.

All in all a perfect masonic evening and a bob or two was raised for the Festival. Can’t be bad!!

 

    


WBro Alan Hull, PProvGSwdB celebrates 50 years as a Mason

  

On Thursday 10th April 2014, Harmony and Industry Lodge, no. 381, was the setting for a special evening to celebrate 50 years in Freemasonry for WBro Alan Hull, PProvGSwdB. The Lodge Room at Darwen Masonic Hall was filled with Lodge members and guests and a full Provincial Deputation including most of the District Team and several Grand Lodge Officers.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche, PSGD together with the Provincial Deputation, was received. The WM, WBro Gordon Thompson, PProvSGD, PProvJGW (West Lancs) welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and offered him the gavel, which, on this occasion he accepted and occupied the Masters Chair. He then proceeded to introduce the members of the delegation.

WBro Roche said how delighted he was to be at Darwen and complimented the work done by the hard-working team at Darwen to make it a Masonic Hall to be proud of.  He then asked the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro Simon Archer, to place WBro Hull in the centre of the Lodge.

The APGM then set the scene by commenting on news items from 1964. Amongst many of the things mentioned was the start of “Top of the Pops” and the line up of that first show and who were the presenters! The Sun newspaper made its first appearance, replacing the Daily Herald and BBC2 became the second TV channel.

WBro Colin Talbot, PProvJGD, was then invited to deliver a brief summary of the life and times of WBro John Alan Hull, PProvGSwdB, starting with his birth in Darwen on 4th July 1934. Alan attended Hollins Grove Junior School and then Bolton School. He joined Duckworth Street Scout Troop as a cub and eventually became Troop Leader.

In 1953 he became a Gunner in the Royal Artillery for two years followed by four years studying Chemistry at Oxford. He started work in 1959 at Mullard Simonstone and was the Works Chemist for 30 years. During this time he married Adrienne in 1964 and had two children, John and Sally. Alan was then sadly widowed in 1974.

WBro Hull’s Masonic life began in 1964 when he joined Harmony & Industry Lodge. He soon became Secretary and held that post over a period encompassing 26 years, in the middle of which, he moved into the office of Tyler and progressed to Worshipful Master in 1977.

He resigned from the office of Secretary in 1994 because of illness in the previous year. He was promoted to PProvJGD in 1985 and then to PProvGSwdB in 1994. He also became a member of Blakewater Lodge of installed Masters, 9574, which he joined in 2008.

The APGM then read out and presented a letter from the PGM to WBro Hull. He then read out and presented an illuminated Certificate marking Alan’s 50th. A particular passage on the certificate reads “I congratulate you on attaining this anniversary and express my appreciation of your long and devoted service to the Order and to this Province ”. WBro Roche spoke at length about the importance of recognizing 50 years of service to the Craft and to the Lodge of Harmony and Industry in particular.

The Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro Simon Archer, then escorted Alan around the lodge room, to much applause. The Provincial Deputation then retired from the Lodge.

At the Social Board following the meeting, his very good friend, WBro Gordon Hebden, PProvDepGSuptWks, gave a warm and amusing toast to Alan, who suitably responded in a manner unique to WBro Hull.



An Installation with a difference

Verity Lodge 3949 in Blackburn held their Installation Meeting at The Masonic Hall on Richmond Terrace at 10:30am on Saturday morning 22nd March 2014.

Now, normally, an Installation Meeting would not feature on these District News pages. But this one was a little different. The reason being that the guest list featured FOUR Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, two Past Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, five Grand Lodge Officers, numerous Provincial Grand Lodge Officers and TWELVE current Worshipful Masters.

And the driving force behind this galaxy of stars – none other than our very own Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, PGSwdB, who was accompanied by a very good friend of Verity Lodge, WBro Harold Cooper, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.

The photo below shows a very excited new Worshipful Master, WBro Sid Jenkinson, PProvSGW accompanied by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, PGSwdB, principal guest WBro John Pearson, APGM, PAGReg on his left and WBro Edward Penny, IPM on his left. To the right of the WM is WBro Norman Cope, APGM, PSGD with WBro Harold Cooper, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies to his right. At the front, Left to right, is WBro Martin Caller, PAPGM, PSGD and WBro Chad Northcot, APGM, PJGD and at the right of the pedestal is WBro Chris Welton, APGM, PProvSGW and WBro Harry Hesmondhalgh, PAPGM, PSGD.


WBro Fred Smith, PProvJGW – 60 years a Mason


WBro Fred Smith, PProvJGW with The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro D N Thornhill, JP, PGSwdB and The WM, Bro Gordon Cornthwaite

What a wonderful evening was had at Adelaide Street, Accrington on Wednesday 19th March 2014, when members of Rhyddings Lodge and many visitors came to celebrate the 60th anniversary of WBro Fred Smith, PProvJGW becoming a Mason.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro D N Thornhill, JP, PGSwdB, together with a Provincial Deputation were received. The WM, Bro Gordon Cornthwaite welcomed the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and offered him the gavel, which, on this occasion he accepted and occupied the Masters Chair. He then proceeded to introduce the members of the delegation.

VWBro Thornhill was recently made an Honorary Member of Rhyddings Lodge and thanked the members of Rhyddings for that and said how delighted he was to be there. He was especially grateful to the Lodge for moving the date of this celebratory meeting so that he could attend and officiate.

The star of the show, WBro Fred Smith, was then seated in the centre of the Lodge and WBro Keith Ramsden delivered a marvelous tribute to WBro Smith. It started with a poem:

He’s been around a long, long time
Since Nineteen Fifty Four
And, like a true and loyal Brother
He keeps coming back for more.
A legend in his lifetime
A Mason born and bred
So to honour a favourite Mason
I give you Brother Fred!!

Then followed a comprehensive tribute, covering Fred’s early years from 1954, mentioning an event in 1958 on Bonfire Night and Fred starting his own business in 1962. This necessitated Fred taking time out from Freemasonry but he later proceeded through all the offices, eventually being Installed as WM on 5th October 1977. He was ADC for six years and in 1986 became DC for the next nine years. He then became the Lodge’s representative on the District Committee and received appointment and promotions in Provincial Grand Lodge.

WBro Ramsden was fulsome in his praise for Fred’s many years of hard work and involvement in the well being of Rhyddings Lodge. In his closing remarks he made especial reference to one particular person – Fred’s wife Audrey, saying that she was the support and foundation that Fred, like every one of us needs, when we engage in Masonry. He said that they were a wonderful team and graced many events together through the years – indeed, he felt they were the “Posh & Becks” of Rhyddings Lodge!!

This wonderful tribute was perfectly rounded off with another short poem:

It’s sixty years Fred since you entered the fold
And though some of our Brethren are now looking old
Your shining example has been wonderful mate

So I now salute you – “Frederick the Great”.

The DPGM then reflected on the events of 1954. Buying a hot penny loaf and a one penny sarsaparilla. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of the USA and Winston Churchill was our Prime Minister and had his 80th Birthday. Seemingly April 11th 1954 has been declared the most boring day in History!

Food rationing ended in 1954 and RCA released the first colour TV. The average house price was £1,920 and inflation was 1.9%. Roger Bannister ran his famous 4 minute mile and Fred Davies won the World Snooker Championship. Bill Haley and the Comets released Rock Around the Clock and Elvis Presley recorded his first hits in the Sun Studios. The films White Christmas, the Glen Miller Story and “On the Waterfront” were released and BBC TV broadcast George Orwell’s 1984.

The DPGM then read out and presented a letter from the PGM to Fred. He then read out and presented an illuminated Certificate marking Fred’s 60th.

WBro Harold Cooper, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, then escorted Fred around the lodge room too much applause.

The WM presented two cheques of £300 to the DPGM.. The first was from the Rhyddings Lodge Ladies Committee on behalf of the ELMC and the second was from the Lodge on behalf of the 2015 Festival. The DPGM was delighted to accept the cheques and was effusive in his thanks.

The Provincial Deputation then retired from the Lodge.


The members of Rhyddings Lodge and the Provincial Deputation


The members of Rhyddings Lodge


Friends of Darwen Cemetery ELMC Grant presentation and East Ribble Volunteering

The ELMC Community fund approved a £2650 application recently for The Friends of Darwen Cemetery (www.darwencemetery.org.uk) to purchase a Muck Truck.
The powered wheelbarrow will assist the volunteers in making repairs to the old cemetery, restoring the toppled gravestones, clearing many overgrown areas and providing education and remembrance areas for the community.
East Ribble District volunteers presented the cheque and got their hands dirty by providing a work party and attacking rhododendron bushes with the volunteers in an area of the grounds.


Top: Bro Terry Woods presents the Cheque to Jill Marr and the volunteers. Bottom: Volunteers from the District, including the District Chairman WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW get stuck into the mighty Rhododendron bushes!

 


Victory Lodge - A Night at the Races

On Friday 28th February, the members of Victory Lodge put on an excellent evenings entertainment at Blackburn Masonic Hall. A total of eight races were held and a generous sponsor supported each one. The members and guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and entered into the spirit of the evening with great enthusiasm. At half time a Chicken and Chips supper was gratefully received.

£790 was raised during the evening on behalf of Blackburn Masonic Hall, which is in real need of further funding.

  
  

The Chairman of the Masonic Hall, WBro Phil Beaumont, cunningly disguised as "Just William" - or is it a jockey? was ably assisted by WBro Dave Nuttal - both members of Victory Lodge - in running the Tote!!


Official Presentation to Nightsafe

East Ribble District Chairman David Lightbown and long-time Nightsafe supporter Jim Abbot made the official presentation to Diane and Amanda from the Nightsafe Team today.

The East Lancashire Masonic Charity (www.elmc.co.uk) Community Fund Committee granted £3,050 for the purchase of equipment for those looking for support from Nightsafe, (www.blackburn-nightsafe.org.uk) which provides shelter, assistance and advice for 16-24 year old homeless people in Blackburn and Darwen.

The funds provided:
40 x four season sleeping bags
Approx 50 x food parcel packs
Approx 50 toiletry packs, detergent and cleaning supplies for the accommodation that the Charity provides.

Jim Abbott and his late wife of 52 years, Joyce, held Nightsafe very close to their hearts and actively promoted their cause to the District Charity Stewards, which resulted in the grant application and realisation of funds.


The ELMC & East Ribble District Support Nightsafe

In November of 2013, the ELMC Community Fund Committee approved an East Ribble District application for £3050, which have gone towards supplies for Nightsafe, a charity that works in the Blackburn and Darwen area with 16-24 homeless people. They provide shelter, advice, emergency support and assistance for these young people, helping them turn their lives around.

The community fund finance provided 40 four season sleeping bags, 50 food packs, 50 toiletry packs and laundry and cleaning supplies for their midway accommodation houses and emergency shelter.

East Ribble District volunteers purchased, picked up and delivered the sleeping bags in December. Additionally, further volunteering took place recently at a local cash and carry, buying all the food, cleaning and toiletry supplies and taking them to Blackburn Masonic Hall for individual packing. 13 volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to make up the packages, which are essential for those needing emergency support.

All supplies were delivered to the grateful staff of Nightsafe, who are arranging a local press presentation.


The Travelling Gavel is claimed by Rhyddings Lodge 5205

Limestone Rock, no. 369, had a great night on Thursday, 13th February, when a visiting party of 12 from Ryddings Lodge in Accrington claimed the travelling gavel.

369 did a demonstration Second Degree Ceremony and the Master of Limestone Rock, Bruce Pollard, is photographed handing the travelling gavel over to the WM of Ryddings at the festive board.

The following photo shows the victorious members of Rhyddings Lodge with their Worshipful Master, Bro Thomas Gordon Cornthwaite, proudly displaying the Travelling Gavel.


Limestone Rock Lodge 369 raise funds for the Festival

On 11th January Bruce Pollard, the WM of Lime Stone Rock Lodge, no. 369, held an "Open House" at his home, Hall Foot at Worston.

Over 60 people attended from various lodges and they raised a fantastic sum of £564.00 pounds which will go towards the 2015 festival. This is the second time that Bruce has been in the chair of this fine old lodge.

As can be seen from the photos everyone had a great time enjoying this wonderful social evening.



ELMC Community Fund Cheque presention to Fit 2XL Boxing Club in Lower Darwen

WBro Frank Salt and Wro Mike Stubbs made the official £2900 cheque presentation to Fit 2XL Community Boxing Club, which financed a Youth/Training ring in which the photograph was taken. WBro Salt initially brought the cause to the attention of the District who made a successful application to the Community Fund Committee.
The club, run by husband and wife team Baz and Bev Higginson, which has been instrumental in providing the youth of the Community a direction and safe place off the streets, suffered a devastating fire caused by a blaze started in an adjoining unit. The community came together, along with local businesses, children, parents, East Ribble District Volunteers and the ELMC, to get the club back open again and continuing their work.

Main picture, WBro Frank Salt and WBro Mike Stubbs present the cheque in the ring that was purchased with funds from our ELMC Community Fund.


£350 Donation to the East Lancashire Hospice for the Drinks Trolley

East Lancashire Hospice received a £350 cheque from the East Ribble District Freemasons Chairman David Lightbown, to be used for the patients drinks trolley.
The District donates £350 every six months to keep the drinks trolley topped up, so the patients can enjoy a tipple whilst under their care.


Albert Edward Lodge No. 1519 presents cheque to Hospice

WBro Tom Pearson, ProvJGD, IPM of Albert Edward Lodge No. 1519, presents a cheque to Jennifer Quinn at East Lancs. Hospice. Other cheques received at their Installation Meeting were presented to EL 2015 Festival, ELMC, Mill House Masonic Hall and NW Air Ambulance. WBro Tom Pearson ( Charity Steward ) offered his grateful thanks to the Brethren for their support.


2014 Chadwick Weekend and Winter Draw

The 2014 Chadwick Weekend took place last weekend at the Chadwick Hotel in Lytham St Anne's and hosted the East Ribble District Winter Draw.
The weekend away was again expertly organised by WBro Joe and Mrs Doris Lamb, and offered full board (with more food than you can possibly eat!), accommodation and a full entertainment package, enjoyed by all who came along. Mrs Beryl Aspinall, looking very well following her illness last year, won the best dressed Ladies Prize for the Black and White themed event on the Saturday evening.

On the same evening, the Winter Draw took place with 52 prizes on offer, including a High Definition Samsung Television as the mystery star prize.
The Draw, announced by our Deputy Provincial Grand Master VWBro Derek Thornhill PGSwdB, raised £1804.01 and will be divided between our EL2015 Festival (£902.00), The ELMC (£451.01) and The District Charity Stewards Fund (451.00).
A huge thank you to all who bought tickets, sold tickets, donated prizes and helped organise the event.





Accrington District Fellowship - Mrs Barbara Gee

In December, after 28 years service as secretary of Accrington Masonic Fellowship, Mrs Barbara Gee decided to retire.

Barbara and her husband Reg had only been in the Fellowship for 6 months before being asked to take over the role of Secretary & Chairman in 1985. Reg passed away in 2002, leaving Barbara to continue the sterling work they both started. Barbara still intends to carry on supporting the Fellowship in every way possible.

Barbara would like to thank each and every one of the people who have contributed to the success of the Fellowship during this time and hopes that it will continue to thrive.

 


East Lancashire Hospice 10k Run, District volunteering and ELMC Support

On Sunday the 19th January, East Lancashire Hospice staged their inaugural 10k run event, put together by Nick Gaskell of Gaskell Auto Repairs in Great Harwood, a keen local runner.

The ELMC Community Fund awarded £350 towards sponsorship of the participants medals and printed lanyards, bearing the provincial website details and 'East Ribble Freemasons' , which nearly 300 runners took home with them. A presentation photograph of the ELMC Cheque handover was published in the Lancashire Telegraph a few weeks ago.

17 Volunteers from across the District gave up their time to support the event by stewarding the course along with other community volunteers.

East Ribble District volunteers, participants and Hospice organisers at the successful fundraising event


East Ribble District Community volunteers and the ELMC help Local boxing club get back on its feet

Volunteers from our District assisted with painting and cleaning at a truly worthwhile local cause on a brisk Saturday morning.

Following a fire at the adjoining unit, Fit2XL Community boxing Club in Lower Darwen suffered devastating damage to the premises, the day after they officially finished over two years of renovation.
The club, run by husband and wife team Bev and Barry Higginson have been instrumental in intervening in youth problems and social issues in the village, offering the local children and adults a place to learn discipline, teamwork, and fitness.
Indeed following the fire, the whole community has rallied behind them, volunteering to try and get the club back on its feet, such is the recognition of the importance of their work.

Barry, a former Royal marine, has won local community awards and has been nominated nationally for his work, using his knowledge in boxing training and his selfless attitude. Along with go getter Bev, they ensure that every youth who comes to their doors gets support from the club, no matter if they have the funds to pay or not.
Indeed they have trained and supported a 19 man called AJ Faizy, who has now just turned a professional boxer. AJ was a refugee from Afghanistan at 14, sent to Manchester as a 14 yr old boy following the murder of his father and personal harrowing treatment at the hands of the Taliban. Barry and Bev took AJ into their own home at 18 following the cessation of foster care support.

The club is due to reopen in the next two weeks, and on Monday they will take delivery of a Youth Training/Boxing Ring, donated by a £2900 grant from our ELMC Community fund.

Volunteers including our District chairman WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW came to lend a hand and support the club in whatever little way we could. Further presentation details and photographs to follow over the next few weeks.

Volunteers offer their support with a paintbrush, not before Bev Higginson shows us the amazing eight week turnaround since the fire and refurbishment progress.


East Ribble Freemason donates bone marrow to American youngster

 

Bro Rob Dickinson, aged 30 years of age, who was recently raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason, donated a litre of bone marrow to 8 year old Michael Peterson, who lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Michael was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2011, given only a 20 per cent chance of survival and at one time had zero antibodies, meaning the slightest infection would have killed him. After a successful transplant in May 2011, Michael is now cancer free.

Strict anonymity rules meant the indentities of donors and recipients were kept confidential for at least two years.

 

See the full article at This is Lancashire. With thanks to The Lancashire Telegraph.


ELMC Community Fund Grant awarded to East Lancashire Hospice

East Lancashire Hospice received a cheque for £350, awarded by the East Lancashire Masonic Charity Community Fund Committee towards sponsorship of the participants medals at the Sunday January 19th 2014, 10k run in Great Harwood.
East Ribble District Freemasons will also be marshalling at the 10k Run, continuing our community partnerships programme.

East Ribble District Chairman WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW presented the cheque to Kimberley Hall of the Hospice Fundraising team.


East Ribble District Chairman makes Grand Charity Hospice Cheque Presentation

East Lancashire Hospice received a cheque today from the Freemasons Grand Charity totalling £2443.00.
This was part of the annual £600,000 donated to Hospices across England and Wales.
Since 1984, the Grand Charity has donated over £10 million pounds to our Hospices.

East Ribble District Chairman WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW, gladly presented the cheque to the East Lancashire Hospice patients, staff and Chief Executive Lyn Stevenson

 


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