East Ribble District Latest News
The Travelling Gavel is now held by Limestone Rock Lodge 369 in Clitheroe. See below
On Wednesday 4th December Huncoat Lodge met for the 300th time at Mill House, Clayton Le Moors. The Master WBro Fred Holden PProvGsuptWks, opened the lodge in due form. WBro Andrew Taylor PrGStwd was paraded into the lodge & congratulated on his promotion to Provincial Grand Steward. The Royal Arch DORA, WBro Gordon McMillan PProvGSD then gave a Lecture: ‘Take a Closer Look at the Royal Arch’ giving non Royal Arch Masons an insight into the degree. This interesting talk also provided a daily advancement for brethren already in the order.
One of Huncoat’s founding members was present in the lodge room. WBro Alan C Johnson PAGDC along with 14 other Brethren formed the lodge back in March 1974 and to commemorate this 300th meeting, a lapel badge was commissioned. The brethren then formed a procession around the lodge lead by Alan Johnson, to the Worshipful Master who presented everyone with a badge.
At the festive board Alan Johnson & Fred Holden (whose wife handled the administration when the lodge was formed) spoke about the events leading up to the consecration and a copy of that consecration summons was given to the Brethren.
Huncoat Lodge meet on the first Wednesday of each month & all visitors will be warmly welcomed!
The Lodge of Fidelity & Crusaders No 269 at their December 2013 meeting initiated Brother Mark Clayton aged 32 years into the Lodge. The District Chairman WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW, who was present at the meeting, commented on the progress made throughout the East Ribble District on recruitment, and it is very encouraging to see the age profile of a number of the new initiates.
In addition to Brother Clayton, the Lodge of Perseverance No 345 are to initiate a 25 year old candidate at their next meeting on the 19th December at Blackburn Masonic Hall, and across the District at Mill House Masonic Hall, St Aidans Lodge No 6339 are to ballot for three prospective initiates at their next meeting on Monday 16th December, the age profiles being 28years, 33 years and 46years, with other possible initiates being discussed across the District.
The Chairman added that certainly the ongoing efforts of connecting with the local community with the ”ELMC Community Fund Projects “, Masonic Hall Open Days and other initiatives including the new members visiting group seems to paying off. We must all continue to be proactive and ensure that the junior Brethren enjoy their Freemasonry and build on the hard work being carried out by the Provincial and District Mentoring programme. It is vital to remember that the Junior Brethren are the future of Freemasonry.
The photograph shows the Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Fidelity & Crusaders, WBro Terry Whalley welcoming Brother Mark Clayton into the Lodge accompanied by Bro Rob Dickinson aged 30years of age who was recently raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason, along with Lodge Mentor WBro Richard Surlieffe PProvSGD and the District Chairman WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW.
On Friday 7th December, Old Blackburnian Lodge 7933 celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Lodge, which was consecrated on the 4th November 1963. To mark the occasion, the lodge was delighted to receive the Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Martin Paul Roche PSGD, together with the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, PGSwdB, who were accompanied by a Provincial Deputation including the Provincial Senior Grand Warden, Bro John Porter and our very own Provincial Junior Grand Warden, Bro David Lightbown – East Ribble District Chairman.
The Worshipful Master, Bro William Stanley Bamber MBE offered the Gavel to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, who in turn passed it on the Assistant Provincial Grand Master who attempted to pass it on still further but then decided to retain it and occupied the Master’s Chair. He then went on to introduce the members of the Provincial Delegation.
The Provincial Chaplain delivered an Oration in his own unique style and then the history of the Lodge was given in three parts by the Worshipful Master, Bro William Stanley Bamber MBE; the Senior Warden, Bro David Mottershead, and the Junior Warden, WBro David Sharpe, PProvJGD. After the meeting every member and guest was given a copy of the material presented, which had been most ably prepared by the Secretary of the Lodge, WBro Trevor Procter, JP, PProvGSwdB whose notes incorporated the recollections of WBro Thomas B King, PJGD.
Following the delivery of the short history of the lodge, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master addressed the Lodge, during which he thanked the Lodge Secretary for his hard work. The Worshipful Master then presented the Assistant Provincial Grand Master with a donation to the 2015 Festival.
In a surprise addition to the Business of the evening, The Assistant Provincial Grand Master explained that it is permissible at a Lodge 50th to pay homage to a member of the lodge and that on this occasion the unsuspecting recipient turned out to be WBro James Warner, who was duly promoted to PProvJGW. A stunned WBro Warner suitably replied.
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by the Provincial Deputation, then retired. The lodge was then closed and the room set out for the Social Board which proved to be a most delightful and happy experience. The menu provided was the same as at the Consecration in 1963.
Photos will be added later.
19 East Ribble District Brethren, marshalled the East Lancs Hospice 2013 Santa Dash through Clitheroe Town Centre on Friday 6th December.
Over 150 Santa's took to the street to raise funds for our Local Hospice.
Afterwards, pie and peas was kindly laid on in the Conservative Club/Masonic Rooms, which was enjoyed by the volunteers and the hospice fundraising team.
The Holy Trinity Church in Oswaldtwistle was again host to the East Ribble District Carol Sevice on Sunday the 1st December. Attended by nearly 70 Brethren and their families, the congregation celebrated the beginning of the Festive Season.
Following a welcome by our District Chairman WBro David Lightbown ProvJGW, the Carols began, interspersed by Lessons, this year read by the District Charity Stewards and Festival representatives. The final Lesson was read by the Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals EComp Paul Aspinall PGStB.
After thanks by the District Chairman, Rev Don Johnson gave the closing thoughts and prayers. Mince pies, tea, coffee and cake were kindly provided by the church following the service which were enjoyed and appreciated by all. The grateful thanks of the District go to the Church, the Church Wardens and volunteers, the Choir, Organist WBro Stephen Watson and all who helped organise the service.
The Hyndburn Heritage and Community Group (HHCG) has attracted thousands of people since setting up in Accrington Market Hall last year and has now opened a new exhibit space at the former H Samuel unit in the Accrington Arndale Centre.
The Hyndburn Heritage and Community Group (HHCG) has attracted thousands of people since setting up in the Market Hall last year and has now opened a new exhibit space at the former H Samuel unit. Volunteers had been given the go-ahead by Arndale Centre bosses after officially registering as a charity and said the exhibition will 'emphasise what's unique about Hyndburn'. Bernard Scully, group vice-chairman, said he is 'delighted' to see the project finally completed and believes it will help boost footfall across the town centre.
“We have been working on this for about four months with a few hours here and there and moving a lot of items over from beneath the Town Hall and inside the Market Hall. It's taken longer than expected but we are there now.” The display area will include sections on the Accrington Pals, Ewbanks Works and Nori brick and the project has been undertaken by around a dozen people. There will also be a World War Two area, examples of lace work and local weaving, a Victorian mangle and different cameras used over the past century.
What makes it particularly interesting for East Ribble Masons is the wonderful window display organised by our new Assistant Secretary, WBro Dennis Heskett, PProvSGD. The photos below give a flavour of what to expect should you visit the new centre.
Following applications made in October and November, five District causes will once again benefit from the generosity of the ELMC Community Fund Committee and the upcoming work of District Freemasons in our area. The successful grants were made and approved for:
Nightsafe, Blackburn - £3,050.00
East Lancashire Hospice - £350
Friends of Darwen Cemetery - £2,650.00
Fit 2XL Amateur Community Boxing Club - £2,900.00
TLC Teddies Appeal - £600.00
Mill House played host to Huncoat Lodge – 8542 Autumn Leaves social evening on Saturday night, November 23rd. 43 lodge members from Huncoat, Albert Edward, St Aidens lodge and guests enjoyed a fun packed evening of food, dancing, bingo & a quiz!
The meal consisted of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Braised Steak with vegetables followed by Fruit Cocktail or a cheese board.
The ‘Retro Rev’ Bro Don Johnson played music from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s against a backdrop of music videos of all the groups of that era performing the songs. The guests tested their brain power during the music & picture quiz, the raffle held raised £242 for good causes.
WBro David Lightbown, the East Ribble District Chairman took great pleasure in presenting WBro David Allan PProvDepGReg with an engraved decanter, as a token of appreciation for over six years contribution as a District Officer.
In 'Any other Business', WBro Lightbown stood and gave an address in which he recognised the extent of the work of WBro Allan, firstly as the Communications Officer in the former Accrington District and secondly as the Assistant Secretary in the East Ribble District.
One of David's responsibilities as Assistant Secretary was making sure that the Furniture and equipment for Provincial Grand Lodge and Chapter was transferred over to and cleared away from King Georges Hall for the benefit of the Province.
WBro Bob Allan, David's younger brother, also the District Secretary and DC of the Lodge took great pleasure in bringing David up for the presentation, then returning him to his rightful place in the Lodge to the acclaim of the Brethren in attendance, including the Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals EComp Paul Aspinall PGStB.
12 volunteers from across the East Ribble District came together to once again assist East Lancashire Hospice at their annual Christmas Fayre. Marshalling the car park and lugging boxes was the order of the day, all to help our local Hospice raise funds for their essential services.
Volunteers came from every Hall in the District to lend a hand, they were:
Some of our volunteers helping at the 2013 Christmas Fayre
On Thursday 14th November, Lime-stone Rock Lodge was delighted to receive the RW Provincial Grand Master, Sir David Trippier RD, JP, DL accompanied by a Provincial Deputation for the Installation of WBro Bruce Pollard as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year by WBro Nicholas Baldwin assisted by WBro E Smillie.
The Installation then went ahead in what can only be described as the manner peculiar to Lime-stone Rock!! After the Officers had been appointed and the addresses very ably given to the WM and Warden, the RW Provincial Grand Master then delighted the brethren by delivering the address. The WM then presented the RWPGM with a donation to the 2105 Festival.
At our Regular meeting in November after the business of the evening was completed, the Burnley and Pendle Ancient Ritual Demonstration Team presented an authentic 1759 Initiation Ceremony. The demonstration lasted for an hour, and the participants on this occasion numbering 14, and as can be seen from the photo,they were all dressed in the costume of the time.
The Worshipful Master WBro Tom Pearson, his wife Enid and the brethren of Albert Edward Lodge hosted a wonderful social evening at Mill House on Saturday evening 9 November. The theme was a ‘Black & White Candle light Dinner’ so all the guests, brethren & ladies were asked to wear something black and white. 79 guests enjoyed a sumptuous 5 course feast of Melons& Prawns, Vegetable soup, Chicken Chasseur, apple crumble & custard. A cheese board followed with tea or coffee.
Following the meal entertainment was provided by New Faces winner Julie A Scott. All the way from Liverpool, this songstress treated the guests to some wonderful singing from the charts, classical and 70’s classics! With a touch of witty humour between songs every one enjoyed the show and the dance floor was packed following the break!
A raffle was held which raised £241 for good causes. The ladies were also given the chance to win the beautiful table decorations. Following the raffle flowers were presented to the ladies of the lodge who had worked hard to help make the evening a success and a basket of flowers was presented to Tom & Enid. Tom went on to thank everyone who had helped organise the evening and wished the guests well.
The Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals EComp Paul Aspinall PGStB & DORA EComp Gordon McMillan PProvGSoj hosted the inaugural East Ribble District Royal Arch Dinner on Friday 1st of November in the Adelaide Suite at Accrington Masonic Hall.
The evening then continued back downstairs with vocal entertainment provided by Johnny Mack, a Prize Raffle Draw and further singing and a disco late into the night.
Our very own APGM WBro Martin Roache organised a fantastic evening of Classical music along with some opera and rousing patriotic singing taken straight from the last night at the proms! Around 400 hundred attended the event with the principle guests being Sir David & Lady Ruth Trippier.
The aim of the evening was to raise money for the RMBI festival, and Martin made every one aware of the huge benefits that the RMBI brings to our Brethren who need care later in life. He went on to thank the generosity of a local mason and the performers who made the whole evening possible.
Those who gave their time to sing & play, included The Ramsbottom Choral Society, Jill Taylor, Fiona Clucas and Phil Wilcox. Martin himself sang a fantastic rendition of 'Some Enchanted Evening 'from South Pacific. The singers were backed up by Paul Bowen on organ and Louise Brennan on Piano. Dawn Bowen played pieces from Mozart on the clarinet with Marlyn Blank on piano. Marilyn is of course the wife of APBM WBro Martin Blank.
During the interval the guests enjoyed refreshments in the bar and the evening was closed with the classic Land of Hope and Glory with the audience joining in meant the evening ended in full song!
King Oswald Lodge No.3306 and Accrington Masonic Hall, received our Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master on Thursday the 9th of October, for what was a highly anticipated and most appreciated visit from Sir David Trippier and his Provincial Deputation. including our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche PSGD.
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, his Provincial Deputation, Lodge members and guests enjoyed a wonderful night at King Oswald Lodge No.3306
With the formation of the East Ribble District the Masonic fellowships from Blackburn, Accrington & Clitheroe came together under the one umbrella. The District Chairman WBro David Lightbown thought it would be a nice idea to hold a joint event for all 3 of the fellowships.
Over 70 Fellowship members came together in the hall at lunchtime and were greeted by WBro Bristol. Around them the tables were set for lunch and a display of the 'Freemasonry Cares' initiative had been arranged. Amongst the guests was the Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Martin Roache
WBro Barry Whitehead PPGstB from the Province of Yorkshire West Riding also spoke about the good work that his province perform to support the charities who care for freemasons and indeed many of the Clitheroe Fellowship members have connections to Lodges in Yorkshire West Riding.
There then followed a delicious two course meal and on the menu were mouth watering pies and seasonal vegetables followed by a choice of cheese cakes. This meal had been prepared by Denise Atherton and Wendy Marsden. Bros Lightbown, Carter, Bristol, Allen, Shields & Smith acted as stewards and served the meals to the guests.
WBro David Bristol then called a game of bingo with good prizes on offer! Also, some spectacular entertainment was provided by the 'Golden Oldies' or 'GOs on tour', as they are affectionately known. This group of volunteers where formed in the Thwaite's Empire Theatre Blackburn. They give performances at residential care homes around the county. The ELMC recently made a £500 donation to this group who used the money to purchase the sound equipment they use. They recently performed at the ELMC residential home - Hewlett Court, which was attended by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Sir David Tripier.
The guests were treated to a spectacle of song and dance with the entertainers dressed in costumes to represent the music and dance in each performance.
The day was enjoyed by all who went home having been well fed and royally entertained and WBro Lightbown is hoping to organise similar events in the future.
Thursday the 3rd of October 2013 was another special day in the history of this old lodge. Though a 225th is not an "official" anniversary it is still worthy of celebration and that is what happened at Richmond Terrace, Blackburn.
After the lodge was opened and the initial business was completed, WBro John Griffin, ProvDepGDC, was admitted to announce that The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, PGSwdB, was without and demanded admission. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master was then admitted, accompanied by our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche PSGD and our Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, EComp Paul Aspinall, PGStB.
Bro Terry Whalley, WM, offered the gavel to VWBro Thornhill, who, on this occasion, was pleased to accept it, whereupon he occupied the WM's chair. VWBro Thornhill and WBro Roche were then saluted and responded accordingly.
VWBro Thornhill spoke of the events of 1788. The King was George III and the Prime Minister was William Pitt the Younger. That year saw the first edition of the Times and the arrival of 11 ships in Australia to form Sydney! The MCC published the revised rules of cricket. Robert Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne, Robert Peel was born and New York became the first Capital City of America. On the 30th September 1788 Fidelity was consecrated.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master then spoke with great affection about some of the Past Masters of Fidelity and Crusaders. This proved an excellent lead into a report by WBro Richard J Sutlieff, PProvSGD, regarding the early days of The Lodge Of Fidelity No 269.
Interestingly, the lodge was formed in Burnley. It was well received and 21 brethren joined in the first 12 months. By 1801 the Leeds Liverpool canal was completed. In 1830, the nucleus of members were from Blackburn so the lodge moved to the Masons Arms on Northgate. For the next 100 years the lodge met in various hostelries around Northgate. Around a hundred years ago, lodges in the area decided they needed a new home and Fidelity was at the forefront of moving into what is now the Blackburn Masonic Hall in 1924. Richard pointed out that all the furniture in the main lodge room was from Fidelity.
Manor Lodge was the first daughter lodge of Fidelity in 1908. Verity followed in 1918 and then came Billinge, Crusaders, Old Blackburnian and Huncoat. Of the ten founder members of Fidelity, three sent in the petition to Grand Lodge and are named on the Warrant. They were the first three principal officers. Two were from Silent Temple and one from Royal Lancashire.
50 Years in Freemasonry - WBro John Stephenson
On Wednesday 2nd October 2013, WBro John Stephenson PProvGStdB, celebrated his 50 years in Masonry along with members of the Lodge of Confidence 4295 and the District Delgation at the Accrington Masonic Hall. This was followed by a superb meal in the newly refurbished Adelaide Suite.
The open day at Darwen was well supported by masons along with their families and non masons looking for more information about our order. The local Mayor also attended.
At 2PM WBro Chad Antony Northcott PJGD, the APGM for the Salford District, delivered a presentation that described the development of freemasonry from its earliest beginnings to the modern day. He explained the reason behind our ritual and referred to the symbols, tools and signs used by the early operative masons and their significance in modern day masonry.
He went on to explain the structure of our district and the important contribution freemasons make to charity.This presentation was warmly applauded and everyone took refreshments in the Hawkshaw suite. On display there were examples of craft regalia, information for potential candidates along with presentations showing the success of the charitable work done by East Ribble Masons.
The visitors then were invited into the lodge room and after taking their seats WBro David Bristol lead in a procession consisting of officers from Harmony & Industry Lodge No 381 and Sunnyhurst Lodge No. 4631. The WM took the chair & the officers their respective positions. The parade was accompanied by WBro Stephen Watson who played the organ.
There then followed a presentation from WBro Martin Roach, the APGM for East Ribble District. He described it as a 'whistle stop tour' of a craft lodge room in which he gave a brief explanation of the development of the lodge room, furniture and ornaments. Again the presentation was warmly applauded and the visitors were free to ask questions and look around the lodge room.
On Saturday morning 28th September 2013 a special event took place at Verity Lodge 3949, Blackburn. It was the occasion of a celebration of 50 years in Freemasonry for WBro Michael Thompson, PProvSGW.
After the Lodge was opened , WBro Harold Cooper, PProvJGW, APDC was admitted to announce that the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, PGSwdB, The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Northern Area, WBro Martin Roche PSGD, together with a Provincial Deputation demanded admission. WBro Edward G. Penny, WM, offered the gavel to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master who very adroitly passed it on to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master who accepted it with pleasure and then occupied the chair.
The APGM then set the scene by reflecting on the events of 50 years ago. My, how times change! WBro Thompson was then placed in the centre of the Lodge while his very good friend, WBro Joe Lamb, PProvSGW, then delivered a most sincere tribute to Michael.
The APGM commented on the wonderful tribute and complimented Michael on his lifetime of service to Freemasonry, his commitment and dedication over the last 50 years. He then read out the letter and certificate, both signed by the Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Sir David Trippier, RD, JP, DL.
Michael was then escorted around the lodge to prolonged applause. Afterwards he very kindly presented two deacons wands and two collection plates to the Lodge which had belonged to Hawkshaw Lodge.
Keep Lodge`s hold of the travelling gavel was finally ended when the Worshipful master and 8 brethren from Limestone Rock attended their September meeting. To prove it really happened we enclose this picture of the event showing the worshipful master of Keep Lodge David Punchard reluctantly handing the travelling gavel to the Worshipful master of Limestone Rock Nick Baldwin and some of their members.
Both these lodges meet at Clitheroe so my challenge to Lodges in Accrington, Blackburn, Clayton and Darwen is can you take it away from Clitheroe?
District Meeting held on Wednesday 25th September 2013 at 7:30pm at Mill House
A talk was given by WBro Dennis Heskett, PProvSGD on the work of the Young People's Committee - see notes
Take a look at the East Lancashire Hospice Autumn Newsletter - issue no.8. It contains a full page article about Warren Wolstencroft who died in July after celebrating his 39th Birthday in May. The Hospice was a charity close to Warren's heart. To see the newsletter, click here.
Alongside the article about Warren is a piece regarding the help we gave on this years Starlight Walk.
East Ribble District Charity Stewards Walk 2013
East Ribble District held their annual Charity stewards walk this year. around Turton & Entwisle and Wayoh reservoirs
Continuing around Wayoh, the weather was unusually warm and dry for a Charity stewards walk! Perhaps the change of organiser brought a change of luck!
Finishing just after 1.30, the 7 mile walk was enjoyed by all who took part in our effort to raise money for the District Charity Stewards Fund.
Along with a number of other historic buildings in and around the outskirts of Blackburn, Blackburn Masonic opened its doors to the Public on Sunday 15th September 2013 as part of the British Heritage Open Days programme of events. The East Ribble District Chairman David Lightbown along with Chris Oversby, Jim Abbott, John Rimmer and Philip Beumont acted as tour guides throughout the day between 10am and 4pm, showing groups of people the Masonic Hall Building.
The hall was built at a cost of £2500.00, with a foundation stoned being laid in 1889 by Councillor Thompson JP and opened as the Orange Hall on March 22nd 1890. The Orange Hall remained open until 1915 and later became Blackburn Masonic Hall , the hall encountered bad fire damage during 1974 and reopened after refurbishment in 1975 which was recognized with an inscription on the original foundation stone, which can still be seen today adjacent to the front door.
In addition to the history of the building the numerous visitors were very interested in the various displays and power point presentations displayed throughout the hall, both on Freemasonry in general and the local partnerships and work within the local community. The response, as usual, was the public still don't recognise the large amount of work and charitable donations to non Masonic Charities that are made by Freemasonry.
One lady visitor along with her two young children visited the building enquiring about her father, who was a local business man and former Freemason in Blackburn who died some twenty seven years ago , she was quite emotional on looking around the building and finding out more about Freemasonry . When along with her children she saw the presentation regarding the" Teddies with Loving Care "initiative she acknowledged that both her children had received teddies during unwelcomed visits to the A&E department at Blackburn Hospital. And now that the connection had been made with Freemasonry the teddies will be taken out of the cupboard and given pride of place in the home.
Another nostalgic journey was encountered by a Lady accompanied by her son who visited on the day and stated that she worked as a waitress in the Hall some sixty five years ago , and this was her first return to the building after all this time and told a few interesting tales.
The day was a big success and the foot flow certainly exceeding expectations with the first party being on the Masonic Hall door step at 9.50 am, and the doors being finally closed at 4.20pm, the event certainly kept the tour guides on their toes throughout the day, although they did have time for one cup of coffee each.
Over 300 people visited the Lodge rooms at Clitheroe on Saturday the 10th of August when the two Clitheroe Lodges hosted an open day which coincided with the food festival being held in Clitheroe.
On Saturday 17th August 2013, and for the second year in succession Freemasonry had an attendance at the annual Darwen Gala. This was primarily organised by Brethren from Lodges meeting at Darwen Masonic Hall along with their friends and families.
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.
Other items on the Hewlett Court Wish list include:-
Dining Room redecoration, including curtains etc and serving facilities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
122 East Ribble District Freemasons, friends and family attended the East Ribble District Summer Grand Draw and Barbecue on Saturday the 6th July.
Glorious sunshine, great food and a family atmosphere made the day one to remember for all who came to Mill House at Clayton Le Moors, including our Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Martin Roche PSGD who offered his support.
One particular highlight was the ducking stool, provided by WBro David Bristol, Deputy Chairman, especially when the District Mentor WBro Brian Derbyshire who raked in a small fortune by being the first willing victim, eventually plunging into tank after a good half hour unmoved! WBro Bristol also took a turn later in the event.
The day had stalls which included plant sales, jewellery, Cakes, The Fellowship books and Ice creams. A bouncy castle, free ice lollies and face painting was provided for the Children on the day.
The Prize raffle draw was announced by the District Chairman WBro David Lightbown PProvJGW where over thirty prizes were on offer, with the 1st prize of £150 going to WBro Eric Bullock of the Lodge of Confidence No.4295.
WBro Lightbown thanked all who bought tickets, donated prizes, the Mill House management, those who shared the day and those who worked to put the event on.
On Sunday 30th June, The Lodge of Perseverance held its annual Summer BBQ at the home of WBro David Bedford. As can be seen from the photos it was well attended and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The 2013 East Lancashire Hospice Starlight Walk, a late night ladies circular walk through Blackburn, will raise nearly £50,000 this year for essential Hospice funds.
Post Curry, all made their way back to the Soccerdome where traffic management duties began, the Marshalling station was manned and those eshewing the curry, came and received their highly desirous East Ribble Hi-Vis vests.
During the post walk warm up, a few Freemasons, including one Grand Lodge officer, joined in with the Police, dancing to YMCA with the Ladies, a very unusual but amusing sight!
On Saturday the 15th June, North West Blood Bikes led the Annual Carnival through Accrington and to the College grounds for the community Lions Gala.
On Sunday the 16th June, Child Action North West held their Family Fun Day at Oswaldtwistle Mills. This was partly Funded by the ELMC Community Fund and supported by volunteers from the District, who gave up their time on Saturday afternoon and Fathers Day on Sunday to set up, marshal, bucket collect, assist and help ensure that the hugely popular event went as well as could be hoped for.
The day itself received fantastic support from around the area, with thousands of people coming to enjoy the funfair, stalls, big top circus and many other attractions. It truly was a day of fun for all of the family, with the profile of Child action North West, who assist families and children in crisis, being given a huge boost and perhaps providing a connection for some of those who came to the day.
East Ribble District had their own manned information area once again opening up the profile of Freemasonry to the wider community. Harriet Roberts, Creative Partnerships Manager for CANW, couldn't thank our volunteers enough for their help, who along with Child Action North West Staff and Volunteers, made the day a great success.
Press coverage of the day from a Masonic point of view has been fantastic. We have had three articles in the Lancashire Telegraph, constant Twitter and Facebook feeds from the Charity on the lead up to the day, huge posters at the Orphanage and around the day itself with our logo and a mailshot with an article about our assistance delivered through the Local Herald to over 48000 homes.
A big thank you to all of those who came and gave up their time on Fathers day, promoting Freemasonry and doing yourselves proud.
WBro Tom Pearson WM and Mrs Enid Pearson would like to thank all members and friend's who supported their Bowls Night at " The Grange " Bowling Club, Clayton Le Moors. on 07-06-13. 20 Bowlers, the Rose Bowl for best gent went to WBro John Watson and best lady prize to Mrs. Jean Watson ( King Oswald Lodge ) A number of 33 attended a supper at Mill House to round off the night and a raffle raised £100. Many Thanks to WBro Steve Dowber and WBro Bill Thompson for organizing the evening. ( And the weather ! )
WBro John and Mrs Jean Watson
On Saturday the 18th May, Darwen Masonic Hall hosted a Fundraising evening in aid of the EL2015 Festival. The evening was put together by Jenny Porteous, Bar Manager at the Hall. Jenny had good reason for wanting to support Masonic Charities, having benefited from Masonic support when she sadly lost her Mother at a young age and subsequently a few years later when her father passed away. This was Jenny's way of saying Thank you.
The evenings entertainment was provided by excellent Vocalist and DJ Andy Tierney. A prize raffle draw in which there were over 25 prizes available was well supported and the evening raised the grand sum of £593.00! Jenny has also recently raised £285 in sponsorship donation for the recent East Ribble District Walk the Province 2013.
The evening was enjoyed by all, including our Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Martin Roche PSGD and Mrs Jan Roche, and along with Jenny, thanks must also go to the staff and management of Darwen Masonic Hall and WBro Terry Kakoullis for their generous support of the event.
On Wednesday 15th May, WBro Ian B Nicholson, IPM of Sunnyhurst Lodge 4631, Darwen, presented a cheque to the Coxswain, of Lytham St. Annes Lifeboat, Martin Jaggs.
The photo shows Martin (left) receiving the cheque from Ian (right) while standing in the stern of the lifeboat
On Wednesday 15th May 2013 Marcus Avci and Ian Johnston presented a cheque for £200 from the East Ribble District Charity Stewards Committee to Hilary Wood from Crossroads in Clitheroe.
Crossroads is a caring charity who have been supplying quality assured services for carers, individuals and families with care needs across the Ribble Valley in towns, villages and isolated rural areas for over 20 years.
The photo shows Ian (left) and Marcus (right) presenting the cheque to Hilary Wood, a Development Worker for the charity.
The website for more information about the charity is http://www.crossroadscareribblevalley.co.uk/
East Ribble District Freemason, Bro Warren Wolstencroft, took the greatest of pleasure in presenting East Lancashire hospice with a £350 cheque, which will continue to fund the Hospice patients Drinks trolley.
The half yearly donation was particularly poignant this time, as Warren is currently residing at the Hospice under their care.
Warren, the Junior Warden of King Oswald Lodge No.3306 in Accrington, having been up and down of late due to receiving treatment from different areas, is controlling his illness by bringing all of his medical care under one managed system, whilst also getting some much needed respite, the downside being he is away from his much loved wife Michelle and their children.
For anyone who knows Warren, they will know that he is someone who epitomises positivity and strength of mind, and we all wish him a quick return to stability and a return home as soon as possible.
Bro Warren Wolstencroft presents the £350 Cheque to Denise Gee of East Lancashire Hospice
David was initiated into Harmony and Industry Lodge, 381, on the 9th of May 1963, having celebrated his 25th birthday 4 days previously. He was following not only in his father Jim’s footsteps but also his grandfathers. David was installed as WM in February 1976.
Scouting has played a major part in David’s life, starting at the age of 8 as a cub scout in 1946 until retiring in 1997 as Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts in West Lancashire. He has been awarded The Medal of Merit, and The Silver Acorn for services to scouting. David still retains his interest in the movement and is currently a member of the group executive in Grange.
In 2003 he was one of twelve masons who had a vision of forming a scouting lodge. The Lodge of Allegiance was prepared to support their cause and the twelve became joining members in 2005. This lodge became the Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance and was rededicated in 2006.
David’s education began in this very building, then Hollins Grove primary school, he followed on to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar school, leaving in 1955 to attend Blackburn Technical College and the Institute of Science and Technology in Manchester where he gained a qualification in pharmacy. Later in his career, he studied in Preston and Manchester for diplomas in Marketing and Sales Management.
David married Kathleen in 1961. They have three children, a boy and twin girls, and now have 6 grandchildren. David and Kathleen celebrated their Golden Wedding in 2011.
Caravanning , walking and climbing are also very much a part of David’s life. A member of the caravan club for 40 years, David and Kathleen have enjoyed a great many caravan holidays, travelling not only in this country, but for the past 30 years all over Europe. And they are still doing it, off a week on Monday for two months, travelling through Holland, before continuing into Germany following the course of the Rhine.
David has walked and climbed in many parts of the country. He is a past member of The Ambleside and Langdale rescue team, and, along with John Hemmingway is a member of the Yorkshire Ramblers and Potholing Club.
The following photos show David being presented with his certificate by our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche PSGD. Being toasted at the frestive board by the APGM amd the WM of 381, Bro Paul A Birchenough. with his scouting friends and finally all members of Harmony and Industry Lodge.
Worshipful Brother Alan Kirwilliam, Provincial Grand Mentor presented his Mentoring Roll Out to members of the East Ribble District at Mill House, Clayton-le-Moors on the 7th May. The presentation was very well attended by Lodge Mentors, DCs and WMs and was very well received. The evening was supported by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Martin Paul Roche, the District Chairman Worshipful Broither David Lightbown and most of the district team.
At the annual United Grand Lodge investiture this year, our Provincial Almoner and East Ribble District stalwart WBro Brian Carter, received his first promotion to PAGDC at the hands of the Pro Grand Master.
Guided by his Masonic 'Dad' WBro Alan Johnson PAGDC and supported by other East Ribble District Brethren, it was a wonderful couple of days in the company of other deserving Brethren and Companions of our District and Province. Our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche was also working on the floor of Grand Lodge in his capacity as a Senior Grand Deacon.
Following the investiture, WBro Carter, along with fellow colleagues of United Grand Lodge enjoyed what was a wonderful and memorable meal at the Grand Connaught Rooms.
The remainder of the East Lancashire Province members enjoyed a fantastic meal, organised by the Provincial Director of Ceremonies WBro Wesley Marchant PAGDC, at Pierre Victoire in Soho, both parties coming back together afterwards at the Tavistock Hotel.
The following day saw our Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals EComp Paul Aspinall receive his first Supreme Grand Rank, supported by District Chairman WBro David Lightbown. Our Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Martin Roche also received his first Supreme Grand Rank whilst our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill was duly promoted.
All in all, a Grand couple of days out!
Top Left, From L to R, WBro Brian Carter, WBro Alan Johnson, WBro Bob Allan, about to make their way in to United Grand Lodge
The District Chairman WBro David Lightbown PProvJGW, along with WBro Raymond Tattersall PProvDepGReg took great pleasure in presenting an ELMC Grant of £4615 to Child Action North West.
WBro Lightbown and WBro Tattersall will the Victorian themed Characters and Family Fun day poster
Following an Application, agreed and submitted by the East Ribble District Charity Stewards, our ELMC Community Fund Committee awarded a grant of £4175.00 to North West Blood Bikes.
NWBB Lancs & Lakes are an organisation of volunteers who give up their time to react quickly and move urgent blood supplies, breast Milk, surgical equipment and other essential medical necessities between Hospital and Hospices etc. The NWBB riders, trustees & management make NO charge for this service, relying on voluntary donations from outside organisations and a fully voluntary team, from operators to riders.
The ELMC Comm Fund Donation will be used to purchase another emergency Motorbike, complete with livery, allowing the expansion of their services throughout The Lancs & Lakes. A full press and cheque presentation will be arranged when the Bike purchase and kit out have been completed.
Bro Scott Miller, East Ribble District Freemason & Trustee of North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes, with the cheque & Bike
On Sunday 21st of April, 40 willing walkers, volunteered their afternoons to support the East Ribble District Walk the Province 2013, a canal walk from Mill House, Clayton Le Moors to Blackburn Masonic Hall. Kindly assisted by Gordon Fletcher and the Mill House management, the event began with Tea/Coffee/Cakes & Biscuits with a St Georges Day Theme, in lieu of small donations to our Festival.
The Walk, supported by our Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Martin Roche SGD, Mrs Jan Roche and our District Chairman WBro Daveid Lightbown PProvJGW, officially began at 1.30pm, but some walkers took advantage of the weather report and made an early dash for it. For the main group, the nine mile walk remained generally dry with the rain unfortunately making an appearance towards the end of the Walk. WBro Ian Johnson, acting as the ferry for the walk, set up the tea and cakes etc at Blackburn Masonic Hall, which again, kindly hosted the walkers at the finish line.
This years walk was particularly pleasing, not least for the number of participants, but also that the majority of the District Lodges and Chapters offered their support,financially and voluntarily.
Thanks must go to all who took part and assisted. A quick mention for Phil Brownrigg who back marked the Walk and Nick Bellas leading the walk, who judging by his speed, perhaps rode on the back of his dog most of the way!
On Thursday 18th April 2013, WBro Tom Gallaher, the new Master, presented WBro Stephen Crowther with his imediate past master`s jewel.But this was a rather special Past Masters Jewel. As is the practice in most Lodges, if a previous PM’s jewel is available it is often re-used. The Lodge Secretary, WBro Jack Yates, was very much “on the ball” when he looked a little more closely at the jewel he had available on this occasion. The first thing he noticed was that De Lacey was spelled with an “e”. He then looked further and felt that this was a founders jewel.
The jewel is in a leather bound box with gold lettering, as can be seen below. It was originally presented to Worshipful Brother Joseph Chambers, De Lacey Lodge, No 4591. Joseph was a founding member of the Lodge. In fact, De Lacy Lodge was founded in 1924 in Rishton. There were 12 founder members, still listed on the Lodge Summons. But 15 founders Jewels were actually purchased as there were 3 consecrating officers. Each was presented with a founders jewel.
On examining the Lodge Minute Book of the time, WBro Yates discovered that Worshipful Bro Smith (The Founding Master) was commissioned to purchase single jewels on an annual basis. WBro Yates therefore reasonably assumes that this jewel was not necessarily a founders jewel but was purchased in 1929 from J.G. BARNES, JEWELLER, OSWALDTWISTLE. Unfortunately no evidence of cost has yet been found.
Returning to the original owner, Joseph Chambers, he was invested and presented with the Jewel having completed 12 months as Master on 17th April 1930. This was recorded in the lodge minutes of DELACEY Lodge. To his credit, as Master, Joseph worked 12 ceremonies. He attended 12 Rishton Masonic Association meetings and 6 special committee meetings. He organised a lodge picnic, a Christmas party, he bought a safe and was responsible for organising repairs to boilers. Not without controversy, he increased Rishton Masonic Association fees from five shilling to thirty shillings per
Returning to the present day, WBro Yates set obout one final task. He wanted to know the value of the jewel as it was evident it was worth a bob or two! Well, here it is!
The WM and nine other brethren from Keep Lodge visited Sunnyhurst Lodge on Tuesday 16th of April to claim the Travelling Gavel which as been at Sunnyhurst Lodge far to long.
To claim the gavel you will need to bring your WM and 4 other brethren, one of them a senior member. If you are coming to claim the gavel you must contact the Lodge prior to attending to inform the Lodge of your intention. Contact number for the April meeting is David Bristol Tel 01200 426272. He looks forward to hearing from you.
East Ribble District Charity Stewards recently passed a number of donations for local causes, that fall outside of the ELMC Community Fund criteria. One of these was for the Accrington & District Blind Society.
They are currently celebrating their 100th anniversary at the centre in Accrington. The society provides a number of services such as a resource centre, social clubs, braille classes as well as the Hyndburn Talking Newspaper for the blind and visually impaired people of the District.
WBro Raymond Tattersall, PProvDepGReg, a former District Charity Steward & the Charity Steward & Festival Representaive of Leopold Chapter No.1775, took great pleasure in handing the cheque over at the centre.
WBro William Lancaster Fishwick (Bill to the rest of us) of Manor Lodge no.3322, had his 70th birthday recently and held a 'do' at Mill House Clayton Le Moors.
The following donations were approved at the East Ribble District Charity Stewards & Festival Representatives Meeting held Wednesday March 27th 2013
£200 – Local Sea Cadets (Clayton Le Moors) - Financial assistance due to the service being under notice of
imminent eviction from their current premises.
Joint Convocation at Hutchinson Chapter 381
On Wednesday 6th March 2013, Hutchinson Chapter hosted a joint convocation at Darwen Masonic Hall. The occasion was graced by the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendent - EComp William John Porter, PGSwdB, Second Provincial Grand Principal, EComp David H Thompson, PGStB and Third Provincial Grand Principal, EComp the Rev’d Donald Keith Pryce, PGStB along with a goodly number of distinguished guests.
The high-light of the evening was to receive a presentation of "The Ceremony of the Veils" by the East Lancashire Royal Arch Demonstration Team - ELRADT, a group of Royal Arch Masons who have performed throughout the Province and beyond over several years. The team is led by EComp John Cavanagh who acted as narrator and concisely explained what was happenning throughout the demonstration which was most ably delivered by the members of the team, and which was most warmly appreciated by the assembled Companions.
A very enjoyable social board followed the Convocation. An excellent meal was provided by Darwen Masonic Hall and the Deputy Grand Superintendent rounded the evening off with a most engaging speech.
Keep lodge annual weekend away
Keep lodge have organised a lodge weekend away in February for over 40 years. It all started in the early seventies when the cheap holidays to Spain arrived on the scene. WBro Keith Hall and Mary have organised the weekends away for quite a number of years and the Lodge goes to different places within about a 2 hours car journey from Clitheroe.
One of keep lodge`s most Senior members. WBro Peter Walker and his wife Hazel were on that first weekend away to Spain and are still enjoying these annual weekends away.
The following photos were taken by Keep Lodge's Charity steward and Junior Deacon, Bro Marcus Avci. They certainly capture the excellent spirit of the weekend.
Sounds Of The Sixties
‘Jeepers, Creepers, where d’you get those speakers?’
Back in November 2012, the GOs On Tour were delighted to accept a £500 cheque kindly donated by the East Lancashire Masonic Charity Community Fund. The money has since been spent on state-of-the art speakers to enhance the sound quality of the touring shows. In appreciation of the generous donation, the GOs road-tested the new equipment with a show at Hewlett Court, Ramsbottom, the prestigious sheltered accommodation run by the Freemasons.
The fast-moving performance packed music, fun, laughter and variety into an hour’s showcase. Blackburn’s musical maestro Michael Berry opened and closed the show with ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and ‘Sweet Caroline’ respectively. In between Michael shared the singing slots with Kathy, Rene, Ruth and Ken – the latter pair doubling up as talented dancers alongside Mandy, Gwen, Glynis and Susan. Meanwhile, our comedian Keith kept the whole show moving and the audience in stitches with his quirky humour.
The enthusiastic audience for the afternoon included as special guest Sir David Trippier, Provincial Grand Master of the Province of East Lancashire, shown here with the Go's (Golden Oldies!!)
Afterwards, Sir David, a former MP and High Sheriff of Lancashire, commented: “Congratulations to you all on a fantastic show, I really enjoyed it. You certainly looked as though you were working hard but having fun at the same time.” Sid Jenkinson, Communications Officer East Ribble District, added: “We are delighted to support you, it’s good to see how the grant has been applied in practice. You have put on a great show, keep up the good work.”
The Hewlett Court show was originally scheduled for January 14, but postponed due to heavy snow in the Bury area.
Victory Lodge Race Night
Victory Lodge sponsored a Race Night on behalf of the Blackburn Masonic Hall on Saturday 2nd February.
A good night was had by all including the APGM WBro Martin Roche and his Good Lady who graced us with their presence.
The evening was a great success and £600 was raised for the Masonic Hall.
On the left is WBro Philip Beaumont and on the right, gleefully clutching his Champagne, is WBro Peter Book. Both brethren of Victory Lodge.
Donation for the East Lancashire Hospice Drinks Trolley
The half yearly donation from East Ribble District Charity Stewards towards the East Lancashire Hospice Drinks Trolley, totalling £350.00 was presented by District Chairman David Lightbown in January. This was alongside the Grand Charity Cheque presentation of £2419.00, part of the annual national Hospice Support programme, totalling over £600,000 pa
Nine brethren went abroad - A West Lancs Persepective!
Towards the back end of 2012 someone had a bright idea, “let’s go visiting a lodge, in January, where most of us haven’t been before”. “Where shall we go?” was the answer. Another said “great idea, let’s see how they do it over there”. Some thought great, the sun and in January too. At last warmth! Little did the majority of us know that a plan had just been hatched to go on a visit over to ‘the East’. Most thought that the East was a bit of an odd destination for January and a long way to go for a Masonic visit until we found out that, the East was actually the Province of East Lancashire and not the land where the sun rises to enliven the day.
So, a party of nine Leyland Group Freemasons, representing six lodges, met up on the car park at Wellington Park, Leyland to make a pilgrimage to St Aidan Lodge No 6339. This lodge meets at Mill House, Clayton-le-Moors within the East Ribble District - this district comprises Accrington, Blackburn, Clitheroe, Darwen and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School which totals thirty craft lodges.
We braved the snowy conditions on a very Wintery evening (Monday 21st Jan 2013) and upon arrival at Mill House, were made very welcome by a friendly bar steward who very obligingly served us with our favourite tipples – a very refreshing lemonade all round. The lodge tyled at 7pm and the normal business of the lodge was conducted with ease. There followed an initiation ceremony which, of course, has slight variations from our own; one such difference was that of the Charge being split between the Senior and Junior Wardens and one other past master of the lodge. Following greetings from each of us to the Worshipful Master, he thanked us for visiting his lodge and jokingly referred to us as foreigners. This was despite the fact that he comes from Southern Ireland albeit, he has lived in East Lancashire for approximately 46 years.
They don’t stand on ceremony over there either, as brethren and even visitors, stand up and make comments at any time during the proceedings. One such visiting past master stood up and altered the angle of the tracing board as he was worried it was going to fall away from the Junior Warden’s pedestal.
The festive board followed and we dined at approximately 8.45pm. The lodge stewards served an ample two course meal (starter and main course) with the offer of second helpings. These were gratefully received by a number of our party who have particularly healthy appetites. There was no wine-taking but a full toast list and the Tyler’s toast came around at just before 10.30pm.
Once the meeting was over we thanked the lodge secretary for allowing us to visit and we were on our way back to Leyland where we arrived around 11pm having had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
The travellers, on their return journey, thanked the organisers for the evening out and everyone reflected on how good a time we had, and that the friendship and welcome in the East was second to none.
No doubt, the nine went home dreaming of just what The East would have been like at this time of year.
Further visits to East Lancashire are due in the coming months. Anyone interested in joining us please contact Jeff Lucas of Leyland St Andrew’s Lodge No 7391 or Stephen Lunt of Cuerden Lodge No 6018 via the email@example.com
The nine Leyland brethren in convivial surroundings at Mill House
East Ribble District Chadwick Weekend
The annual weekend away at the Chadwick Hotel Lytham St Annes was held between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th January 2013 , this year’s theme being the 60s flower power , and seeing all the outfits certainly rolled back the years as though it was yesterday, as can been seen from the photographs below , kindly provided by Paul Aspinall.
The highlight of the weekend , for the seventy guests, being the seven course gala dinner held on the Saturday Evening, this was followed by the Winter Draw and dancing until late to a fantastic Beatles tribute Act. All of the prizes for the raffle being donated throughout the year by Brethren within the District, and once again thanks must go to Joe and Doris Lamb for all their hard work and effort in organising the event (see thank you poster), and with the support and hard work from the District and lodge Charity stewards in collecting prizes and ticket sales ,the event raised the wonderful sum of £1,745.
The monies raised will be donated to support the 2015 Festival, ELMC and local charities and again is a wonderful testimony to the generosity of the Brethren, families and friends across the District who has once again supported this very enjoyable event. This was the second year that Mrs Dorothy Price had attended the event, and having won a session of aqua diving lessons in last year’s raffle, she was most relieved to win a more practical prize in this year’s raffle in the form of a clutch handbag.
Naafi Night 19th Jan 2013
The Lodge of Fidelity and Crusaders, No. 269, organised a trip back in time at Blackburn Masonic Hall.
The scene was set, a US Army Jeep was parked outside the Masonic Barracks at Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, to greet the guests as they arrived. The Festive Board Room had been transformed into a 40's scene with Union Jacks, portraits of King George VI, Lancaster Bomber, a genuine Royal Navy Ensign from active service, posters from the era, camouflage netting and even an air raid shelter.
Guests arrived, some in appropriate costumes, the WM as Capt Mainwaring, the ladies entered into the spirit of the occasion having raided vintage wardrobes, Phil Brownrigg in full Army dress uniform, a Chef, Us Air Corp.
The Entertainer was Katie Spitfire who enthralled the audience with her varied and memorable period songs. There was an audible gasp when the meal ended and all the lights went out to herald searchlights, air raid sirens, sounds of bombing and Churchill vowing to fight them on the beaches.
A Fun Raffle was held which raised £305, where everyone got a prize ranging from a stone hot water bottle, an original chamber pot, to a cabbage and a tin of Spam. The meal was themed and Sharon and her team prepared a great wartime meal which was enjoyed by all and the overall event raised £528 for the designated Charity, 'Help for Heroes'.
It was intended to be a Fun Night, grateful thanks to all who supported the event and raised such a generous donation.
Keep Lodge Christmas lunch
Keep Lodge had their Christmas lunch at the Swan and Royal in December. The following photos, taken by Bro Marcus Avci, give a flavour of the very successful occasion.
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