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Sunday 17th July 2016 saw the annual Bowling Competition between Brethren representing Middleton and Shaw Masonic Halls at Coalshaw Green Park in Chadderton, organised by WBro Eddie Baines.
It was a closely fought contest but eventually WBro Colin Heywood and WBro Alf Shaw triumphed over WBro Peter Clegg and WBro Keith Buckley and retained the cup for Middleton
WBro Campbell Wallace of Werneth Lodge No 6163 appeared on the BBC morning news on Thursday 7th April to talk about organ donation. He received two lungs 3 years ago after being diagnosed with end stage emphysema. He seemed in fine form as he raised awareness of the need to consider registering as an organ donor. Being a registered donor is not automatic, unlike in Wales where it is assumed you will be a donor unless you opt out.
2016 Maundy Service
This year’s Maundy ceremony was held at St Georges Chapel, Windsor on the 24th March 2016. The last time that the Maundy Service was held at St Georges Chapel was in 1959.
The red purse contained a £5 coin commemorating the Queens's 90th birthday and a 50p coin marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, while the white purse contained uniquely minted Maundy coins equating in pence to the Monarch’s age
The Eastern Area APGM, WBro Peter Hewitt and APGP, EComp Len Hayes visited Marlene and Alan at their home to congratulate them and reflect on a moving ceremony held on Maundy Thursday.
For Community work I have been a School Governor in the same school for 42 years this coming June, and its chairman for 14 years. I was appointed a Magistrate for the Oldham Bench and served in that position for 31 years. During that time I was appointed to the Greater Manchester Courts Committee for a period of 6 years, which is the longest time anyone could serve.”
The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday.
Let’s Talk Masonry Conference, 2016
The PGM Opens The Conference
The time is 8-30am on Saturday the 19th March. The Education and Development Committee members are arriving at Salford Masonic Hall to prepare for the 8th “Let’s Talk Masonry Conference”. By 9-15 the delegates are completing their registration and, with their morning coffee in hand, set about meeting old and new friends.
The first speaker was WBro. John Acaster, also a Past Master of the Manchester Lodge of Masonic Research, who delivered his views of Masonry - The Past and, as with all the conference talks, finished with Q & A allowing everyone a chance to air their opinions.
Following lunch, the delegate were divided into five groups and given a short set of questions based on the topics’ of the day, where they could communicate their views and suggestions. They elected a group representative who had the task of collating their ideas and would deliver their answers to the whole delegation as the day was nearing its closure.
There were many interesting questions asked and suggestions as to how Freemasonry could change to suit the needs of its present members without losing its traditions in the process.
Link to the Education & Development Committee Web Site HERE
7th December 2015
Freemasons donate £600,000 to support hospices’
Chairman: WBro Peter Clegg
Secretary Marlene distributed copies of the 2016/2017 Programme of Activities and announced that the Annual Trip this year will hopefully be to the Beamish Museum near Durham on the Friday 13th May 2013. Anyone wishing more information can contact secretary Marlene on 0161 284 0319.
The next meeting of the Oldham District Masonic Fellowship will take place on Thursday 11th March at Shaw Masonic Hall.
Widows from 29 Lodges across the Oldham District some 180 ladies in total enjoyed a full traditional Christmas meal with crackers, party poppers and plant table prizes. Afternoon tea started at 5.00pm followed by a meal and finished at 9.45pm
The Top Table was supposed to include W Bro David Dunn Chairman, but unfortunately he was incapacitated with a bad back so was unable to attend for the first time in 19 years. Mrs Janice Dunn was present with other members of the team including :-
W Bro Les Taylor -Oldham District Deputy Chairman
Mrs Janice Jones
W Bro David Clayton Secretary
Mrs Gillian Clayton
W Bro John Dixon Treasurer
Mrs Gillian Dixon
W Bro Jack Ball Assistant to the committee
Wine and Brandy for the Ladies (Widows only), was provided by Werneth Lodge which was so gratefully appreciated
Thank you to Mrs Christine Callan for responding on behalf of all the Ladies
Thank you to all the Stewards in fancy dress
Thank you to the Almoners and Brethren for getting the Ladies to the Party
Thank you to the Lodges for their continued financial support, without which these parties could not go ahead
Thank you to Middleton Masonic Hall Committee and Staff
The Widows Christmas Party Committee thank you all so much!!
Entertainer Gary Daniels (gave two slots)
They say the sun shines on the righteous and this was certainly the case today as around 100+ Masons Friends and Families joined the District Team and APGM Mike Gibbons and his wife Carole, The APGP Len Haynes and his wife at Middleton Masonic Halls Annual Garden Party.
The afternoon began by Ken Turner welcoming everyone to the event and explaining the days Programe of events.
He first started by saying that the original band they had booked couldn’t make it and that a last minute change had been made to the programme and we now had the pleasure of the GMP Dixieland band to set the mood for the first part of the afternoons entertainment.
It wasn’t long before the barbecue was in full swing prepared by members of the lodges and assisted by the District team.
Ken again explained the scheduling of events introducing the second part of the entertainment team the Rochdale Community Wind Band who he said “ this group had been undertaking these events since 2007 and he hoped would continue in the future”.
The band started by a melody of Abba greats to get everyone in the mood.
Before playing classics from the Great Escape, Broadway and theatre classics, only stopping for a short break to accommodate the raffle.
The raffle was drawn by APGM Mike Gibbons with the assistance from the AGPM and runners consisting of masonic brethren.
Before the band restarted our APGM Mike Gibbons, thanked everyone for the support the event had been given by everyone and stated that even though he had visited Middleton on a few occasions he was pleasantly surprised by the grounds and looked forward to returning next year (without his shirt)
Ken thanked Mike for his kind words but had said it was a team effort which had helped to raise in excess of £700.
Bro David Jones was installed as the new Master of Richmond lodge 1011. The installation ceremony took place at Middleton Masonic Hall on the 16th of June 2015.
This was the first time in 8 yrs. that a new Master had been Installed into the chair of king Solomon, and to make the evening even more memorable, he appointed myself (Bro Philip Howarth) as his Senior Warden and Bro Carl Robinson as his Junior Warden. Both of us are new to the posts and were also originally proposed by Bro Jones as Candidates into Richmond lodge.
The Representative of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master was WBro Phillip Price PAGDC, and the meeting was conducted by the Worshipful Master, WBro L. Hamer PProvGSuptWks. The evening was further supported by members of their daughter Lodge, Arthur Sullivan Lodge, Imperial George Lodge and a good number of members of the District Committee.
WBro Phillip Price PAGDC gave his respects from the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, and stated that he always looked forward to coming to Richmond and was pleased to see the numbers have grown since his last visit.
The ceremony was very well presented by all concerned including the Address to the Senior Warden given by W.Bro D. Moorhouse PProvJGD and Address to the Junior Warden given by W.Bro. P. Jones. We also had W.Bro Barry Sugden PPrGOr as organist for the evening, which gave that added quality that is missed so often when there is no music in the Lodge.
The evening was a great success and a privilege to be part of; albeit Carl and I had to leave the Lodge for a short while during the Board of Installed Masters. The ceremony was followed by a lively festive board to celebrate the occasion, where stories of David’s childhood were recounted by WBro David Halford PAGChap who was his teacher when he was 7.
The Worshipful Master commented that, “of all the Grand and Provincial Officers that could have been present, he was most looking forward to his old teacher being in attendance. My Installation Ceremony and dinner following have been unforgettable and I intend to continue the good work of the Masters before me.” Bro Jones continued “ I have two main objectives as Master. Firstly promoting and increasing our charitable fund. It’s an area very close to my heart. I have been actively fund raising for different charities for over thirty years. Secondly, to make all the Past Masters and members of Richmond Lodge 1011 proud of me and to try to fill the enormous footsteps of W. Bro L. Hamer who has been a great inspiration and great mentor whilst progressing through the ranks?”
Report courtesy of Bro Philip Howarth
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