||Manchester Districts (City Derby and City Sykes)
On Thursday 12th November 2015, under the new name of Manchester Hall, the venue on Bridge St, Manchester held the 17th Annual Manchester Masons’ Sportsman’s Dinner in support of the Broken Column Widows’ Dinner.
WBro David Hudson, Derby District Chairman, introduced the proceedings. This included presenting WBro Brian Durkin and WBro Len Hayes with a bottle of something alcoholic to thank them for organising the prior events as they were now standing down and handing the baton over to the new host for the evening, Bro Matt Phillips.
After the final few were dragged out of the Derby Bar, all the guests sat down to a sumptuous meal. A game of that old faithful, ‘Heads & Tails’ ensued, with the lucky winner going home with a bottle of fine malt whisky and a gift card for Selfridges…which I'm sure ‘Mrs Lucky Winner’ appreciated!!
During and after the meal there followed a superb memorabilia auction, which included signed football shirts from the Manchester City squad, the Liverpool player Coutinho and the Manchester United legend Eric Cantona. One luck bidder won a Sunday lunch for 4 at the exclusive James Martin restaurant and the top auction lot of a Barcelona Nou Camp Stadium plaque signed by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr caused a bidding war with the winning bid ending up at over £800. This year’s auction exceeded all expectations and sincere thanks are extended to all the successful bidders.
Our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Chris Welton gave the only Toast of the evening, that to the Queen.
The entertainment for the evening started with the sporting memories of John Lukic, the former Arsenal and Leeds Utd goalkeeper. This included tales from the training ground, butting heads with management and his dislike for Eric Cantona…it’s no surprise that John Lukic didn't bid on the signed shirt!!! There then followed a great comedy act, provided by Tom Binns, who attended last year in his alter ego as Hospital Radio DJ, Ivan Brackenbury. This year he came as Ian D Montfort, the Sunderland Psychic. The room howled with laughter at his ‘psychic’ predictions and acts of mentalism. This was premier league comedy.
WBro Chris Prax, Sykes District Chairman, closed the evening by thanking his team, all of who he mentioned, in no particular order, Chris Wildman, Matt Phillips, Mo Afsa, Steve Thomson, Derek Smith, Roger Bower, Richard Bermitz and Elliot Moss.
Thanks to the great generosity of the many guests, the raffle was bountiful and well received; the evening ended with everyone having enjoyed a great evening, and the Broken Column Dinner Fund benefitting to the tune of over £3000.
Ian D Montfort - The Sunderland Psychic
Mike Starr of Volunteer Lodge comparing goalkeeping techniques with John Lukic
Upstanding Brethren of Zion Menorah Lodge From L-R Alan Glazer, Robert Horwich, Philip Salter, Michael Bartle, Martin Caller
Nearly 120 guests enjoying themselves
On Wednesday October 11th, Bridge Street was the venue for a special evening when the Brethren and guests of Caledonian Lodge No.204 celebrated 60 years in Freemasonry of WBro Bill Walker.
The Lodge having been duly opened by the Worshipful Master, Bro Michael Bilsbury, there was a report, upon which, the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies; WBro Harold Cooper was admitted. He announced that the Deputy Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Lancashire, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, PGSwdB, accompanied by Provincial Delegation were outside the door of the Lodge and that he demanded admission.
After welcoming the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, the Worshipful Master offered VWBro Thornhill the gavel which he was pleased to accept.
He also brought personal greetings from the RW PGM Sir David Trippier who sent his best wishes and personal congratulations to WBro Walker.
The Lodge was then called off to allow the wife of WBro Walker and other ladies to enter the Lodge room.
The Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies was asked to place WBro Bill Walker in the centre of the Lodge room.
As is customary at Lodge celebrations, VWBro Thornhill listed some facts from the year that Bill was Initiated and after some music trivia and a short sing-along, extracts of the minutes from Bill’s Initiation were read out by the Lodge Secretary WBro Fred Walker.
An extract of the minutes, the abridged version can be found below:
“After the minutes of the last regular meeting held 11th May 1955 the Treasurer confirmed that the candidate had signed the Declaration book and had paid the usual fees and Mr William Arthur Walker was admitted into the Lodge and Initiated into Freemasonry by his father WM Bro Charles Walker. The Working Tools being presented and explained by Bro N Barnes, SW and the Antient Charge delivered by Bro H Marsland, JW. Bro Walker retired”
Bill is my blood brother as well as my Masonic brother; our Dad was also our brother but that doesn’t mean our Mum was our sister and our cousin Bob, who is with us tonight, is also our brother.
Caledonian Lodge was founded in 1802, 213 years ago next Tuesday, as a family; Dad, Bill and I have done 149 years of three life sentences in this Lodge but Bill’s tariff is the greater part.
To help our non-Masonic guests I think I should explain a little about freemasonry. A man goes through three ceremonies to become a full member. The first is an initiation where he is taught the value of charity because charity blesses those who give as well as those who receive. The second is a passing ceremony where he learns the value of education, which renders him a fit member of society and the third teaches him how to live and ultimately how to die honourably.
Bill, you were proposed into masonry by Dad, WBro Charles Walker, and seconded by a family friend Bro Tommy Hudson.
Over many years you stepped into the breach and conducted initiation, passing, raising and installation ceremonies.
You’ve been Worshipful Master three times, in 1968, 1989 and 2002 in which year you led the Lodge through its Bi-centenary Celebrations.
You were given Provincial Grand Rank in 1980, PProvJGD
In April 1973 when I was Worshipful Master and you were my ADC, our father, WBro Charles Walker and my Director of Ceremonies, WBro Billy Kirkman, died. You immediately took over as Director of Ceremonies and have remained in that office, both in name and by influence until today.
We know you love your freemasonry but more especially this Lodge and jealously guard its ritualistic integrity by hook or by crook, which instils a great deal of respect and sometimes fear into our Lodge members. But you’ve always used the carrot as well as the stick although usually the carrot is attached to the stick. But the end result is a quality of ritual that is hard to equal and equally hard to maintain.
You were an active participant in the Caledonian Clan gatherings in Scotland. These were annual meetings of all the Caledonian Lodges in the UK and each lodge took its turn as host. Every Worshipful Master occupied an office in an initiation ceremony. You also encouraged the Brethren to make a Masonic tour of the World War 1 cemeteries in France and Belgium. The tour was followed by an invitation to a French Masonic Lodge meeting. On the social side of Caledonian, you and Edith directed the ceremonies at the Ladies Evenings and led dancing after the banquet.
Today we rejoice and celebrate with you 60 years in this venerable Lodge. May the Great Architect of the Universe look down upon you, bless you and keep you safe.”
VWBro Thornhill then performed the pleasant duty that was to read out and present to WBro Walker the illuminated Certificate and accompanying letter from the RW Provincial Grand Master. WBro Walker was escorted around the Lodge room by the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies to the acclamation of the Brethren.
WBro Bill Walker with the Dep PGM, the District Delegation and the Ladies of the Lodge
WBro Bill Walker with the Dep PGM ant the Brethren of Caledonian Lodge
WBro Chris Welton, WBro Bill Walker, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, Bro Michael Bilsbury
VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill with WBro Bill Walker
RWBro Stephen Blank and Lewis Harris, his Son-in-law, the new Initiate.
Bro Russell Rubinstein WM with Bro Lewis Harris and RWBro Stephen Blank
A view from behind RWBro Stephen Blank and DC WBro Joe Glass at the Reception prior to the meeting given to acknowledge and celebrate Stephen’s appointment as Prov GM of Cheshire
The Brethren from Hull with WBro Sam Judah on the right and WBro Eddie Wildman on the left at the head of the table.
The Lodge of Integrity No. 163 will celebrate its 250th anniversary in June 2016 having received its charter in May 1766. It was re focused recently to combine its regular meetings with a round of golf and it has a number of high ranking masons among its members
Prior to each meeting the brethren enjoy a round of golf at different courses and the winner is presented with a trophy.
On Tuesday 8 September it was the turn of Stand Golf Club to host the intrepid golfers who due to time constraints and physical exhaustion only managed to complete 15 holes!
However with a great score of 29 points over the 15 holes WBro Jeremy Isaacson emerged victorious.
He is pictured here receiving the cup from the WM WBro Steve Wallace.
Twenty Four Maccabee Lodge members and guests enjoyed their 22nd Annual Sponsored Walk in Arnside, Cumbria.
Brethren with their families and members of ‘Outreach’ enjoying their Annual Sponsored Walk in the Lake District
It has been announced on Salford Online that WBro ian MacNeill is to be honoured by the Queen with the award of a BEM,(British Empire Medal), for services to Salford. Ian is is Charity Steward and Festival Organiser with the Townley Parker Lodge, who meet at Bridge Street in Manchester. The vast proportion of the fundraising Ian has done has been through his Lodge
A former JP at Manchester and Salford's Magistrates Court, Ian has dedicated his life to seeing justice served.
Outside of the courtroom Ian spends his time as a group scout leader for the 22nd Farnworth Scout Group, based at Christ Church in Little Lever, Bolton. He has helped to raise £5,000 for his scout group to buy new camping equipment and also donates £400 each year to Christ Church Little Lever.
Over the years Ian has thrust himself into fundraising for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, working on the Fundraising Committee, which was based in Pendlebury until 2009. Through 24-hour snooker and darts competitions, sponsored walks and bike rides, and a car boot sale in a double-decker bus, he helped push the total towards £1 million for an MRI scanner for the hospital.
Ian said "I think it's absolutely fantastic to be given this accolade.
"Looking at it, it's a reward for doing work in my local community, which I enjoy doing."
Ian is now waiting to hear when he will meet the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, who will present him with the British Empire Medal on behalf of the Queen.
A large number of masons travelled in eager anticipation of what they all knew was going to be a rare event and special evening for WBros Louis Rapaport PProvSGW and Harold Hyman Solomons PProvJGW who were both celebrating 50 years in Freemasonry.
The Lodge was opened and conducted its normal business and then the APGM for Manchester WBro Christopher Welton PJGD was admitted accompanied by a substantial District Deputation
After taking his seat WBro Welton received salutations from the brethren and he thanked them all and returned his best greetings.
The WM Bro Peter Rapaport welcomed WBro Chris Welton and in offering him the gavel he mentioned that as the son of WBro Louis he was indeed privileged to be the Worshipful Master of the Lodge on such a special evening. The APGM accepted the gavel saying how much he was looking forward to conducting what would be a very special and important evening.
WBro Welton stated that “we are here tonight to witness a most unusual event, the celebration of not one, but two Brethren from the same Lodge achieving the golden milestone of 50 years in Freemasonry. WBro Harold Hyman Solomons who was Initiated on 29th March 1965 and WBro.Louis Rapaport who was Initiated on 12th April 1965”
He then introduced the District and Area Officers individually which included
David Basger APGP
Chris Prax District Chairman-City Sykes
Plus the Grand Officers in the Lodge
He also introduced the two Provincial Deputy Grand Directors of Ceremonies WBro Nigel Pickering and WBro Harold Cooper
The Brethren then showed their appreciation.
The APGM then asked that the Tyler be admitted so that he could enjoy the proceedings. He informed the Brethren that he brought greetings from the RW PGM Sir David Trippier and VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, Dep PGM both of whom sent their best wishes to everyone assembled and personal congratulations to Harold and Louis.
The Provincial Deputy Grand Directors of Ceremonies then placed WBros Solomons and Rapaport on the Centre.
Before inviting Tributes for Harold from WBro Anthony Leon and for Louis from WBro Paul Rose, WBro Chris Welton set the scene around the life and times of Harold and Louis
WBro Solomons was born on 5th April 1936, a momentous year for the Royal Family; King George V died and was succeeded by his eldest Son who became King Edward VIII.
Louis was born on 16th December 1932, another dramatic year in history.
WBro Chris mentioned how both Harold and Louis have worked hard for their Lodges, both achieving very high Provincial Rank; Harold carrying the office of PProv JGW and Louis PProvSGW as well as PProvGStdBr in Chapter.
Turning to their initiation 1965 this proved to be quite historic year. There was the death and funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, one of the great men of the last Century. Harold Wilson was P.M. and our current Queen, Elizabeth II, was on the Throne. The USA first got involved in the Vietnam situation. Mary Whitehouse founded the National Viewers and Listeners Association. It was the time of Beatlemania, the emergence of the Rolling Stones, the Who, Cilla Black, Tom Jones and many others. Top of the Pops was broadcast from a studio in Dickenson Road Manchester
The Abridged Minutes of the meetings when Harold and Louis were Initiated where then read by WBro Jeremy Martin the Ass. Secretary as follows:
Minutes of Old Mancunians Lodge 3140 held at Bridge Street Manchester 12th April 1965
The Lodge was opened in due form by the Master Bro G K Moss at 6 45
The Master referred to the recent death of W Bro B H Rothband a former
A ballot was taken to elect as joining members W Bro Fredrick William Towns PGD and WBro Jo Green PProv GW
The Secretary reported that the candidate Mr Louis Rapaport was in
Mr Louis Rapaport was duly initiated into Ancient Freemasonry by the
The explanation of the working tools was delivered by Bro Farrelly.
The Charge after Initiation was delivered by W Bro W Brady
The Lodge was closed in peace and harmony at 8pm.
Minutes of Menorah Lodge 4849 Held at Bridge Street Manchester on 29th
The Lodge was opened in due form by the Master Bro M L Alexander at 6.30
The Secretary reported that the candidate Mr Harold Solomons was in
The Master invited W Bro David Blank the candidate’s father in law to
The Junior Deacon Bro Harry Kershaw presented the working tools of an
The Master resumed the Chair and the Lodge was then closed in peace and
WBros Leon and Rose where then invited to say a few words in tribute to the celebrants.
Paul Rose spoke about Louis a man he has known for most of his life and in the most affectionate and sincere manner. He told the brethren there are very few people in the world of whom you can say no one has ever had a bad word to say about them but of those very few people how many of them are purveyors of horseless carriages to the nobility and impoverished of South Manchester --none of them and in that he said “Louis you re indeed unique.”
Continuing Paul Rose explained that 1965 was an important year for both himself and Alan Dean who is still in the Lodge and attended Manchester Grammar, being the 450th anniversary of the School meaning this year now marked its 500th. However WBro Ashley Hayman chipped in to say he was there too to everyone’s amusement!
He continued recalling that Louis attended the School from 1943 to 1949, leaving having obtained his School Colours. Louis then gained his City and Guild in motor vehicle technology. He then did his National Service in Korea afterwards joining the family business, Rapaport and Tonge.
Paul explained that 1965 was not only the year that Louis was introduced into the mysteries and secrets of Freemasonry but that he was introduced into the mysteries and secrets of buying a car from Rapaport and Tonge!! It was 1956 Morris Minor Convertible, the one with the split wind screen. Like pretty well every car Louis ever sold it had one lady owner, only ever used for shopping, only this car created a unique link between the School and the Lodge in that it was owned by the wife of Tommy Smith, a much feared maths teacher and Master of this Lodge in 1943.
Paul told the brethren that G K Moss who initiated Louis became an APGM. At the same meeting Fred Towns was admitted as a Joining member - he of course went on to be the PGM and Louis you deserved to be mentioned with such a pantheon of Freemasonry.
Paul told the brethren that Louis served as Master twice, been the long serving Almoner, Chaplain and eternal substitute Inner Guard. He was appointed to Provincial Rank by the late Lord Hewlett as soon as he came out of the Chair ultimately becoming PProvSGW, a rank which in many ways is harder to achieve than Grand Rank itself.
Outside Freemasonry Louis has had many interests, fishing and the Old Mancunians Association and particularly Lacrosse, supporting Manchester United and of course selling cars which Paul was sure he would continue to do until time with you shall be no more.
Paul explained that if you ‘Google’ Louis Rapaport you don’t get Rapaport and Tonge but Louis Rapaport interfaith leader. He has represented the Jewish Community at local and National level in a variety of different areas too numerous to mention here, which is further evidence of the service he has given and the respect with which he is held in the community.
Before finishing his tribute Paul presented Louis with an email from an old lacrosse colleague Geoff Fox who had asked to be remembered and who also bought his first car from him.
In concluding Paul made special mention of one of the numerous cars he has bought from Louis over the last 50 years, being the 1999 Peugeot 30 something was still going strong until very recently when it suddenly expired. Paul said that he would content himself by reflecting that ‘all your cars had two distinguishing characteristics’. He made everyone laugh when explaining that firstly the cars never ever resembled the specifications he asked for and the secondly is that despite the best efforts of himself and his family members to drive them into the ground they all, like you, gave sterling and reliable service over many years.
He ended by saying “Louis we always described the cars provided by you as Louis Specials and Louis to us you are very special”
Anthony Leon then delivered his tribute recalling that 1965 were the halcyon days of Freemasonry with Lodges having waiting lists. He mentioned that he had a 4 year period to wait until joining the Lodge. So he explained that when young solicitor Harold Solomons, the son in law of a Past Master, David Blank, applied to join the Lodge few eyebrows were raised. Legend tells me Antony continued that when Harold asked for David Blank’s daughter’s hand in marriage a form P was quickly presented for signing!
Harold joined a Lodge which had amongst its members Knights of the Realm, Judges, Barristers, Solicitors, Lord Mayors of Manchester, Ministers of Religion, Captains of Industry and even the occasional Chartered Accountant! Harold had a scintillating masonic career climbing the ladder with effortless ease being installed as WM in November 1978, 13 years after joining the Lodge. He had occupied the offices of Secretary, ADC, and then D of C for 4 years, where he was superb, both in the Lodge and the Social Board. His calm and dignified manner gained the respect and the admiration of all those present.
Anthony said that Harold’s rank of PProvJGW recognised the years of work that Harold had devoted to the Lodge.
Turning to his life outside of the craft, Anthony drew on his family connection as he and Harold share 3 grandchildren, as their children Eric, who was present in the Lodge, and Emma, Anthony’s elder daughter, were married a number of years ago. Harold met his wife to be Frances, affectionately known as Frankie in 1957 when they were both students and they married in 1959. Anthony explained that they were all members of the West Didsbury Youth Club enjoying a simple and unsophisticated childhood in the post war years.
Anthony explained that Harold was born on 5th April 1936 at Crumpsall Hospital meaning that in 2016 he will reach his 80th year and a fine example of a modern near octogenarian whom his parents Jack and Annie would be rightly proud of. He has been a trusted advisor and mentor to his many clients, a fine family man and a leader of the community.
Continuing the brethren heard that he had been a Manchester City supporter and this had contributed to his lifelong pessimistic outlook in life! However he is now enjoying the good times and long may they continue!
In closing Anthony said what a privilege it was to have delivered the tribute and he wished Harold continued good health with his wife Frankie and he thanked him for his 50 years of dedicated service Freemasonry.
WBro Chris Welton thanked Paul and Anthony and he continued by saying that WBros Solomons and Rapaport have been constant and profound supporters of Life, Freemasonry and their Lodges. 50 years, supporting their Lodges within this tremendous organisation of ours, is a fabulous milestone.
He told the brethren that Louis and Harold represented the very best in Freemasonry and everything the movement stood for and built on for many years thanking them for their service. They stand for and represent the integrity, honesty, kindness and fairness that we should all hope and try to attain as Freemasons.
WBro Welton then read out and presented them with a special Illuminated Certificate and an accompanying letter from the RW PGM Sir David Trippier.
The ‘birthday boys’ were then escorted around the Lodge to a standing ovation.
To conclude the proceedings WBro Chris Prax presented a Lapel Pin from the District to each of them asking them to wear them with pride.
The WM Peter Rapaport then presented the APGM with a cheque for £500 for the 2015 RMBI Festival. WBro Welton thanked the Lodge for its continuing generosity and promptly handed it onto WBro Chris Wildman the Festival Manager.
The APGM accompanied by Louis and Harold along with the District Deputation then retired to quickly re convene for photographs and then to enjoy a fabulous social board.
WBro Christopher Welton, APGM between WBro Louis Rapaport & WBro Harold Solomons and the WM of the Lodge Bro Peter Rapaport.
A special evening for “father and son Rapaport”, WM Bro Peter with WBro Louis.
WBro Christopher Welton with Louis and Harold after the meeting with his District Team.
All the brethren of Old Mancunians with Mount Sinai Lodge No.3140, including WBros Louis Rapaport PProv SGW and Harold Solomons PProv JGW proudly holding their Illuminated 50th Anniversary Certificates in the Derby Lodge room surrounding WBro Christopher Welton, APGM.
On Thursday 4 June, 27 Manchester Masons competed at the 51st Annual Merton Davis Masonic Golf Competition held in glorious weather at Whitefield Golf Club.
Merton Davis was a member of Ark Lodge who had the idea of an Inter Lodge Golf Competition but sadly passed away before he could get it organised. The Brethren of all the sister Lodges ensured that his dream came true and named the competition in his honour
This year the first prize was won by David Shalom with 36 points which was presented by two of Merton’s sons Anthony, who is the current Captain of Dunham Forest Golf Club, and his brother Jonathan.
Winner David Shalom with Anthony Davis (left) & Jonathan Davis receiving the impressive Cup
Steven Loofe (WM Arkscroll) with Peter Kay the Runner Up, David Shalom the Winner and Richard Zoltie who finished third and also Russell Rubinstein (WM Zion Menorah)
The evening of Wednesday 27th May was a very special one at Manchester Shofar Lodge 7441. It was the installation of their Master Elect, WBro Henry ‘Nigel’ Pickering PProvJGW
In attendance were several Grand Officers including WBro Warwick R Davenport PSGD PAPGM who was there as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master. There was also a collection of Provincial DC’s.
The Lodge was opened and in due course WBro Pickering was installed into the Chair of King Solomon by WBro David Bannister PProvSGD. WBro Davenport gave the address to the Master, his ritual being word perfect and delivered with much gravitas. All the officers were invested including WBro Michael Goodman PProv AGDC as Director of Ceremonies. He commented that this was a difficult job following in the footsteps of WBro Pickering and the late WBro Jack Levene but he assured the members of Manchester Shofar Lodge he would not let them down.
As ever, the food at the social board was of an extremely high quality with two ribs of beef being paraded around the room to great applause. All the members of Manchester Shofar Lodge and the multitude of guests left Bridge St after a very enjoyable evening. One guest was heard saying that he thinks that although Shofar is a Past Masters/Dining Lodge, it is so welcoming that it should be classified as a ‘Family Lodge’.
Newly Installed WM of Manchester Shofar Lodge Nigel Pickering at the Social Board with WBro Warwick Davenport PSGD PAPGM; WBro David Bannister PProvSGD
Thursday 7th May, Bridge St was the venue for a special evening marking the Personal 50th of WBro Barry Nield PAGDC
The lodge was opened by the Worshipful Master, WBro Colin Firth, there was a report, upon which WBro David Cowan, the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, was admitted. WBro Cowan announced that the APGM for the Manchester Area, WBro Christopher Welton, PJGD, accompanied by a District Delegation were outside the door of the Lodge and demanded admission.
After welcoming the APGM, the Worshipful Master offered WBro Welton the gavel which he was pleased to accept, he then introduced the Deputation; which included WBro David Basger APGP. From the City Sykes District, WBro Chris Prax - District Chairman & WBro David Hudson- District Chairman City Derby
WBro Welton also introduced a ‘galaxy’ of Grand Officers and then the Acting Junior Warden of the Province, WBro Gerry Hodson not forgetting the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro David Cowan.
He also brought greetings from the RW PGM Sir David Trippier and VW. Bro. Derek Nelson Thornhill, Dep. PGM both of whom sent their best wishes to everyone and personal congratulations to WBro Nield.
The Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies then seated WBro Barry Nield in front of the APGM.
As is customary at a Personal 50th, WBro Welton listed some facts from the year that Barry was born such as King George V being the reigning monarch and Ramsey Mc Donald presiding over a National Coalition Government. The average house price was £590, interesting because two years earlier it was £600, an indication of the effect of the Great Depression that had set in by then. There were several notable events that occurred in 1933, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party had taken over Germany and there were some horrible things going on including the construction of the first Concentration Camp at Dachau. It was also the year that the great Wally Hammond set a test match record of 336 runs in a match against New Zealand. Staying with cricket, England won the Ashes that year partly by using the now famous “Bodyline” tactic.
We had the first modern sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, the first synthetic detergent went on sale, branded “Dreft”. The Board Game Monopoly was invented as was polythene. Well-known names born in 1931 included David Bellamy, Michael Caine, Joan Bakewell, Joan Collins, Yoko Ono and the Kray Twins.
1965, the year of Barry’s Initiation, proved to be quite a very momentous year, not just because Barry joined Freemasonry but in that year we had the death and funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, Harold Wilson was P.M. and our current Queen, Elizabeth II, was on the Throne. Edward Heath became Leader of the Conservative Party. The 70 mile an hour speed limit was introduced. Mary Quant introduced the Mini Skirt and Stanley Matthews was knighted for his services to football. The USA first got involved in the Vietnam situation. It was the time of Beatlemania, the emergence of the Rolling Stones, the Who, Cilla Black, Tom Jones and many others but which record was the best seller in 1965…..Ken Dodd’s ‘Tears’!
Having ‘set the scene’ Chris turning to the celebrant continued.
An extract of the minutes was then read by the Lodge Secretary and some interesting points where as follows:
The Regular Meeting of the Lodge of Friendship was held in the Goulburn Lodge Room in the Masonic
WBro Bill Elliot was then invited to pay tribute to his friend Barry and he repeated the amazing contribution that he had made to Freemasonry in general and to the Lodges and Chapters he has been a member of which also includes Mark, RAM and Rose Croix holding most offices and he is currently the Chaplain in this his Mother Lodge and he was WM for a two year period between 1982 and 1983. Bill gave a background to his personal life which after leaving school saw him join his father in business for 3 years before spending 3 years in the RAF. He then opened his own business and married Ann in 1958. They have two children, Sarah and Michael and they have been blessed with 4 grandchildren and whom they are justifiably very proud.
WBro Welton then read out and presented Barry with an illuminated certificate recognising his 50 years in
WBro Welton then performed a very pleasant task in presenting the WM WBro Colin Firth with a Certificate to acknowledge and mark that fact that all of the Brethren of Friendship Lodge hade made a personal contribution to the 2015 Festival. This makes the Lodge one of a select number in the Province to have achieved this impressive and important milestone.
Alms were then collected following which WBro Welton, together with WBro Barry Nield and the Provincial Deputation, then withdrew from the lodge in Masonic order. The Worshipful Master WBro Colin Firth closed the lodge and all the Brethren retired to the social board.
WBro Colin Firth, WM of Lodge of Friendship with WBro Barry Nield and WBro Chris Welton, APGM
The District Delegation with WBro Barry Nield and the Brethren of the Lodge of Friendship
WBro Barry Nield seated alongside WBro Chris Welton, APGM with the WM WBro Colin Firth and the Brethren of the Lodge of Friendship.
WBro Chris Welton pictured with the ‘birthday boy’ WBro Barry Nield and his illuminated certificate.
WBro Chris Welton, APGM presents the certificate to acknowledge that all the brethren of the Lodge of Friendship have made a personal donation to the RMBI 2015 Festival.
Freemasons Hall, Manchester played host to a gathering of widows and their Chaperones for the annual Broken Column event which this year was a luncheon at Freemasons Hall, Manchester.
The ladies were greeted by various District Officers and enjoyed a wine reception before moving through for lunch. They were welcomed by WBro Chris Prax, Chairman, City Sykes District. WBro Roger Bower said Grace and then everyone enjoyed a 3 course meal.
The Loyal Toast was proposed by WBro Roger Bower, Deputy Chairman City Derby District followed by WBro Chris Welton, APGM delivering his first speech at this event since taking over the duties for Manchester. He explained how important this annual gathering was and explained how much hard work went into its organisation. He was sure that all the ladies would have an enjoyable afternoon and in closing he proposed their health.
WBro Chris Prax, who acted as MC then invited Simon Roscoe to take to the stage. He sang a number of songs varying from swing standards by Frank Sinatra to modern classics from Josh Groban which proved to be excellent entertainment and enjoyed by everyone.
WBro David Hudson, Chairman Derby District gave the closing address to the Widows.
All the ladies left the hall with a floral gift and in a happy mood having had a lovely afternoon and looking forward to next year’s event.
WBro Roger Bower Proposed the Loyal Toast
‘Crooner’ Simon Roscoe entertaining the Ladies
WBro Chris Welton delivering his speech
The gifts for the Ladies
On Tuesday April 7th, Bridge St was the venue for a special evening when the Brethren and guests got together at Mellor Lodge 1774 to celebrate the 50 years in Freemasonry of WBro Rodney Evans.
After the lodge had been duly opened by the Worshipful Master, WBro David Green, there was a report, upon which WBro Nigel Pickering, the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, was admitted. WBro Pickering announced that the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Manchester Area, WBro Christopher Welton, PJGD, accompanied by a District Delegation were outside the door of the Lodge and demanded admission.
After welcoming the Assistant Provincial Grand Master the Worshipful Master offered WBro Welton the gavel which he was pleased to accept, he then introduced the Deputation; WBro David Basger APGP, WBro Chris Prax-District Chairman, City Sykes, WBro David Hudson- District Chairman, City Derby, WBro Derek Smith- District Deputy Chairman, City Sykes, WBro Chris Wildman–District Secretary, City Sykes, WBro Paul O’Carroll-Area Almoner, WBro Stephen Pilling-DORA, Bro Matt Phillips—Assist. Communications Officer.
WBro Welton also introduced two Grand Officers, WBro Gerry Young and WBro Len Hayes, being sure not to leave out the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro Henry ‘Nigel’ Pickering.
He also brought greetings from the RW PGM Sir David Trippier and VWBro. Derek Nelson Thornhill, Dep PGM both of whom sent their best wishes to everyone and personal congratulations to WBro Evans.
The Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies was asked to please place WBro Rodney Evans on the Centre.
As is customary at Lodge celebrations, WBro Welton listed some facts from the year that Rodney was born such as King George VI was the reigning monarch and Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister. A pint of beer cost 5p and the average house price was £600. In sport, Len Hutton scored 364 runs in a Test Match against Australia, a record at the time. In football Manchester City created a first, they were relegated from the first Division after being Champions the year before, much to the dismay of WBro Hayes!!…the first time such a thing had happened. The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth was launched. Overshadowing everything however was Adolf Hitler, voted Man of the Year by Time Magazine. Germany had started to occupy neighboring countries, the persecution of the Jews commenced and Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Agreement with Hitler.
There were a lot of interesting people born in 1938 as well as Rodney, Arthur Scargill, John Prescott, Ian Brady, Rudolph Nureyev, Diana Rigg, David Dimbleby and Terry Wogan amongst others.
Rodney was initiated into Mellor Lodge on 7th January1964 and this year proved to be quite a momentous year, not just because Rodney joined Freemasonry but in that year Harold Wilson became P.M. and then went on to win an election later that year. On 6th February 1964 the British and French Governments signed a deal to build the Channel Tunnel, it was expected to take 5 years to build!! The British Government also announced plans to build 3 new towns around London one being in the vicinity of a sleepy village called Milton Keynes. The trial of the Great Train Robbers started and during that year 2 children went missing in the Manchester area Keith Bennett and Lesley Ann Downey.
Whilst all this was going on Rodney was quietly going about his Freemasonry and doing sterling service in his Lodge and Chapter. His talents were first recognised in 1990 when he was appointed PProvAGDC, and then in 2002 he was promoted to PProvGSuptWorks and last year to the very high rank of PProvJGW. Honours in the Royal Arch started when he was appointed ProvGStwd in 1996 he was then promoted to PProvGSoj in 1998 and then to PProvGSwdB. another very high Rank.
An extract of the minutes was then read by the Lodge Secretary and the abridged version can be found below:
The Regular Meeting of Mellor Lodge No. 1774 was held in the Lodge Room, Griffin Hotel, Lower Broughton Road, Salford on Tuesday the seventh day of January 1964.
WBro Rodney Evans seated proudly holding his illuminated Certificate flanked by WBro Chris Welton, APGM and WBro David Green, WM
Members of Mellor Lodge and APGM, Chris Welton with the ‘Birthday Boy’
The ‘Three Wise Men’ WBro Chris Welton, APGM; WBro Rodney Evans and WM of Mellor Lodge, WBro David Green.
The Installation meeting at the East Lancashire Provincial Officers Lodge was a very special evening. The Worshipful Master Derek Thornhill DepPGM installed as his successor the RWPGM Sir David Trippier for what will be the Lodge’s Centenary Year.
Sir David Trippier RWPGM, the newly installed WM, with the DepPGM Derek Thornhill and the APGMs for East Lancashire,
left to right: John Farrington; John Pearson; Stephen Blank; Chad Northcott; Christopher Welton; Norman Cope
A challenge was put out to Manchester Lodges & Chapters to compete with each other in entering a Quiz with all the proceeds raised going to the 2015 Festival. David Hudson and Chris Prax the District Chairmen along with John Scott the Festival Chairman were present as well as Derby Deputy District Chairman Roger Bower who had arranged the event and acted as Quiz Master, ably assisted by Elliot Moss.
Taking part were Arkscroll, Maccabee, Volunteer , Mellor, Zion Menorah, Old Mancunians with Mount Sinai & Ark and Menorah Chapter.
The evening was enjoyed by all and a great success with ‘friendly rivalry’ between the participants and the clear winner by some distance was Zion Menorah.
In addition to the fun and ‘Bon Ami’ £750 was raised for the Festival making the evening a double success.
The Victorious Brethren from Zion Menorah
Ark & Menorah Chapter
VWBro Stephen Blank PGSwdB with Bro Russell Rubinstein, WM receiving a gift of a cut glass decanter and glasses to mark his impending retirement as APGM. Stephen was attending his Mother Lodge for the last time in his capacity as an APGM and shortly before he is to be invested as the Deputy Grand Superintendent in the Royal Arch at the meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter on 19th March.
The Decanter & Glasses sitting proudly in Stephen’s home and ready for action!
A grant of £35,000 has recently been awarded to the Rainbow Trust from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.
Nina Markham-Bew the Regional Fundraising & Development Manager for the Rainbow Trust for the Manchester Area said “We are delighted to have received such an incredible amount from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and would like to thank them for their generous donation. We offer emotional and practical support to families when they need it most and this money will go towards funding a Family Support Worker in our Manchester team. Support like this will ultimately help us reach our aim that one day every family who needs our help has access to a Rainbow Trust carer.”
WBro Chris Welton presents the Cheque from the Grand Charity for £35,000 to Linda Thomson with Mum Robina holding Zerina in her arms.
WBro Chris Welton, APGM with Robina and Wayne Whyte and their children Zerina (3 yrs old), Hazeeq (11 yrs old) and Aqueel (6 yrs old)
Brother Srinivasan Chellappa who is the current JW of his Lodge Perfect Unanimity visited Caledonian Lodge No.150 recently.
Srini, as he is known, contacted the Province looking for a Lodge to visit whilst in Manchester on business. WBros Len Hayes, District Chairman and a member of the Lodge and WBro David Hudson, District Chairman arranged for Srini to visit Caledonian as it fitted in with his itinerary whilst in Manchester and, as they were having a 3rd Degree ceremony, an ideal opportunity. Srini, a business analyst with the Royal Bank of Scotland, was met by David in the afternoon who gave him a guided tour of some of the highlights of Manchester. They visited St Anne’s Church to see the stained glass window of King Solomon which had been presented by the Province. Srini had a great evening and was made most welcome by the Brethren of the Lodge. Srini is a Manchester United supporter and so he received a combination of congratulations on his taste in football and plenty of ribbing from brethren who prefer the light blue!
Srinivasan is the third generation of his family to be a member of his Lodge. His father Madhavan Chellappa is the Grand Supreme Ruler of the Secret Monitor and Grand Master of the AMD orders in India and he is also a member of the Lodge.
Michael Holland, a Manchester Mason and a member of Alexandra Lodge and Chapter No. 993, is very much involved in Freemasonry in India being the President of the Board of General Purposes for the District of Bombay. His Lodge in India is St. George No. 549 in the DGL of Bombay. He would have been happy to meet Srini but wasn’t available and they have arranged to meet either on the next occasion Srini is in town or in India.
Caledonian Lodge welcomed a visitor from Madras, India, Brother Srinivasan Chellappa who is the current JW of his Lodge Perfect Unanimity No.150. He is pictured next to WBro Fred Walker and also in the picture is WBro Graham Alexandra who acted as WM and WBro Len Hayes.
Fred Walker PProvSGW of Caledonian Lodge No. 204 who has raised over £23,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK is named a ‘Champion’
Fred Walker decided to start fundraising after losing his wife, Joan, to dementia in 2010 - two weeks before their 46th wedding anniversary.
The Sponsored Climb of Snowdon
The Sponsored Skydive
Fred said: “They phoned out of the blue and said I was getting the title because I’d raised so much money and that I gave a power point presentations about dementia”.
Fred and Joan
WBro Fred Walker at his 50th Celebration in Freemasonry.
At the most recent meeting of Caledonian Lodge, Fred was surprised by WBro Len Hayes, District Chairman and also a member of the Lodge. Secret discussions had taken place and a donation to ARUK was made from Manchester Masons for £200 in recognition of Fred’s sterling efforts for the cause.
Fred Walker receiving a cheque for £200 from WBro Len Hayes from Manchester Masons
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Charity has received a £125,000 donation from the Freemasons. Made up of a major donation from East Lancashire Freemasons and supplemented by a grant from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, the funds will be going towards the Hospital’s Eye Bicentenary Charity Appeal to improve treatment, research and care at the Children’s Outpatient Clinic.
The substantial donation will contribute to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment called a DNA Sequencer. The DNA Sequencer together with sequencing agents will not only be able to improve diagnosis for inherited eye diseases, but will also provide a vital tool to enable researchers to better understand the genetic basis of eye disease.
Currently, a diagnosis for inherited eye diseases can involve repeated and invasive testing. However, using the latest sequencing technology, the cause of the disease in 75% of patients will be detected with a single blood sample. This will mean that the Hospital will be able to treat more eye-patients than ever before while greatly reducing the trauma that they might experience.
DNA sequencing helps to identify new gene variants that cause disease in the eye. It will enable researchers at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital to better understand how such eye problems develop and open up enhanced treatment possibilities.
The donation will also enable the post of ‘Children’s Eye Clinic Liaison Officer’ to be created. The post will provide much needed support to patients and their families at a critical time – when a child is diagnosed with a serious eye condition. From specific counselling, working with social services, schools and the wider community, the Children’s Eye Clinic Liaison Officer will enhance patient care beyond diagnosis.
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital recently marked its bicentenary by raising funds to improve treatment, research and care at the Children’s Outpatient Clinic. The success of the Appeal will enable the Hospital to provide the best possible treatment using the best possible equipment in the best possible environment for children.
Tanya Hamid, Legacies and Trusts Fundraising Manager, said:
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of The East Lancashire Freemasons and The Freemasons Grand Charity. The support we have received really will make a significant difference to the lives of children who suffer from a range of eye conditions.
“Being diagnosed with a serious eye condition can be a scary time a child and their family. With the funds raised by the Freemasons we are a step closer to being able to provide the most specialist care and support for those who need it the most.”
Sir David Trippier, Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire, said:
Left to right: Professor Graeme Black (of MREH), Mr Grahame Elliot (representing the Freemason’s Grand Charity), Sir David Trippier (Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire),
A large gathering of over 100 Brethren attended the Hosted Meeting in the presence of the RWPGM Sir David Trippier at Freemasons Hall, Manchester.
RW PGM with V WBro Stephen Blank, APGM flanking WM Bro John Bissett with the
The main part of the evening was to be a presentation of ‘Light Blue Entertainment’ which was introduced by the WM John Bissett who started it with his own talking briefly about his masonic family history which is extensive and the reason for his early interest in becoming a Freemason. He explained that his father, WBro Stephen John Bissett PProv SGD, the current Lodge DC, Initiated-Passed and Raised him.
RW PGM Sir David Trippier with the WM Bro John Bissett of Minnehaha Lodge and the Brethren who gave the ‘Light Blue Presentation’
The Senior Warden of Minnehaha Lodge Ed Rowan delivered his presentation.
A special night for ‘Father & Son’ Colin and Scott Bagshaw with the RW PGM as
The next presentation was given by the Junior Warden Luther John Williams
I will be forever grateful for the positive changes it has inspired in me and in my life.”
RW PGM Sir David Trippier congratulates WM Bro John Bissett
The next brother to speak was another Steward-Ionut Vamanu
For many years, he was attracted and impressed by this society, so he decided to go ahead and “knock at its doors and ask for admission.” He made his first step in Freemasonry 6 months ago, in this building, very curious and with a lot of hope. However, he didn’t expected Monday of 28th of April to become a day that he would never forget and his first “left foot step” into the Lodge to be one that would change him into a better person, and that has “opened him a unique path towards light.”
Ionut told the brethren that during his first rituals and meetings, he had tremendous support from “my brothers, and there are no words to describe my gratitude for their help.” They managed to help him understand Freemasonry and motivate him to gain knowledge, grow and respect the true values of this sacred society. He commented “It’s no wonder why this Lodge is 125 years old.”
He concluded by explaining that 6 months ago, the reasons he’d entered Freemasonry were to develop himself, learn and become a better person. Now he can say he has an additional one and he wants to make sure that as long as he is a Freemason, together with his brothers, he will transmit to all new candidates or generations the same passion and values that he felt and received from Minnehaha Lodge this year.
The Brethren then heard from two brethren from other Lodges. Bro George Deer from Ark Scroll had been introduced to Freemasonry through a work connection and thoroughly enjoyed attending meetings and meeting such diverse people. He said that the charitable element was of particular interest to him and he thanked his Lodge Mentor, Laurence Rickless, for the help and guidance he had afforded him since becoming a mason. Bro Domingos Mamede from Virtue Lodge who was a recent initiate said that he felt he had started an “amazing journey” and once that he was sure would help him improve himself in his private and professional life.
The WM John Bissett then presented a cheque for £600 for the RMBI Festival which was gratefully received by the RW PGM.