||Manchester Districts (City Derby and City Sykes)
50th Anniversary of WBro Alan W Callagan PProvSGW
The Brethren of Felicity Lodge, guests and a large District Delegation assembled at Freemasons Hall, Manchester, in anticipation of the Personal Golden Jubilee of a much loved and respected Mason, WBro Alan Callagan, PProvSGW.
WBro Alan Callagan seated next to the WM Bro Paul S Y Lee who is next to VWBro Stephen Blank APGM.
WBro Alan Callagan seated next to the WM Bro Paul S Y Lee who is next to VWBro Stephen Blank APGM and the Brethren of Felicity Lodge.
I have taken a selection of the minutes relevant to Alan’s Initiation and one or two other points of interest.
Before the Opening of the Lodge the WM Bro Ronald Johnstone Crawford, accompanied by his Wardens, Deacons and his DC, made processional entry into the Lodge Room at 5.30pm. The Lodge was opened in due form after solemn Prayer by the WM.
Visiting Brethren were admitted and welcomed by the WM.
IPM WBro J Gardner
The visiting Brethren came from 11 Lodges, including Felicity’s Mother Lodge, Constitution Lodge No.3392, Felicity’s Grandmother Lodge, Wolseley Lodge No.1993 and also Felicity’s Daughter Lodge, The Lodge of Veneration No.5686. Of particular note is the Brother attending from the Lodge of Veneration was one Brother Leslie Sargent, who is now, of course, an Honorary Member of Felicity.
The Ballot proved favourable to the Candidate and the WM declared Mr Callagan a candidate for Initiation.
High Twelve was called at 6.20pm, whilst the Lodge dined, with labour being resumed at 7.35pm.
Mr Alan Wilfred Callaghan was then admitted to the Lodge and Initiated into Freemasonry by the WM.
The Charity collection raised the sum of £3-14-0
Brethren, if you divide this sum by the number of attendees it works out at almost exactly 2/- per member. It makes you wonder if it was then the norm to put a two bob bit in the collection.
There were a couple of interesting items mentioned during the Risings.
On the Second Rising the Secretary reported receipt of a letter from the Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary informing the Lodge that the Masonic Calendar for 1964 was being pressed, the price being 2/- each. It would seem that even in 1963 Lodges couldn’t escape communications from the Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary.
Extending Greetings on behalf of the visiting Brethren was WBro Gordon Davis a Past Master of Gorton Lodge No.7657, who is still an active Freemason in the Southern Area and is currently the DC of Gorton Lodge.
There being no further business the Lodge was closed by the SW, at the Command of the WM after Solemn Prayer in Peace and Harmony at 8.55pm”
After the minutes the APGM invited WBro Stan Bibby PJGD to deliver a personal tribute and he addressed the meeting with some memorable points as follows;
Having joined the lodge in November 1963 we all I am sure wish him well in celebrating his 50th anniversary as a valued member of our Lodge
Alan became the ADC and for several years he supported me personally (especially with Masonic ritual for which I thank you). His dealing with Brethren whilst he was in that office was always considerate and encouraging, indeed he was carrying out the office of 'Lodge Mentor' even in those days!
When Alan was appointed by the Lodge as secretary some 32 years ago he took on the role with an unassuming gusto, bearing in mind that everything was either hand written or produced by his permanent assistant at home his wife Flora on the 'Olympus' typewriter, at this stage I feel that a further mention of Flora ought to me made and recorded because as you are all aware that behind every great man there is a great woman, When Alan was laid up after his accident Flora used to type out the summons's and take the copy to the printers and then collect and post out to lodge members etc., never missing a meeting or communication, perhaps knowing as much about Felicity as the members did, our grateful thanks go out to her for the continuing support that she gives to Alan and the Lodge and sincerely hope that her health improves.
Although Alan is now computer literate which I am sure is part to his son David he still continues to give things his personal touch.
At each and every past masters dinner Alan presents to the master a copy of all the summons's for his year in office, in a pristine condition, this is the kind and considerate person that he is.
Alan I am proud to extend to you the best wishes of all your friends in Freemasonry as we all wish you improving health and a continuance in serving this lodge.”
VWBro Stephen Blank then asked the District Chairman WBro Brian Durkin to read out what's on the illuminated Certificate.
VWBro Stephen Blank left the Chair of King Solomon to join WBro Callagan to read out the letter of congratulations from the RW ProvGM, Sir David Trippier and he then presented him with the illuminated Certificate. He also gave the key dates of WBro Callagan’s Masonic career as follows;
VWBro Stephen Blank shakes hands with WBro Alan Callagan who is holding his Illuminated Certificate accompanied by WM of Felicity Lodge Bro Paul S Y Lee
VWBro Stephen Blank congratulates WBro Alan Callagan.
WBro Callagan spontaneously responded and thanked VWBro Stephen Blank and all his friends in Felicity Lodge for the kindness shown to him during the evening. He said that he was a ‘little sad that there weren’t too many of the old faces present’ but glad that a few of his oldest Masonic friends were still able to join him on this special night.
The APGM then invited WBro Brian Durkin the District Chairman to present WBro Callagan with a 50th Lapel Badge on achieving 50 years in Masonry on behalf of the District. In making the presentation WBro Durkin told him to wear it with pride at all times.
When he took his seat WBro Callagan then presented VWBro Blank with two cheques for the EL2015 Festival. One being a personal donation of £50 and the other for £250 from the Lodge and the APGM thanked WBro Callagan and the Brethren of Felicity Lodge for their generosity.
After the collection of Alms the APGM accompanied by the Delegation and including WBro Callagan retired.
Special friends of WBro Callagan, Geoffrey Miller on the right who has also celebrated 50 years
During the Social Board special presentations of gifts were made to WBro Callagan from the Lodge to him and his wife although as he wasn’t allowed to open them until he arrived home!
WM Bro Paul S Y Lee presenting gifts to WBro Callagan and for his wife from the Lodge
Cover of Special Toast List produced for the meeting.