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Bury District Fellowship

 

Trip to Saltaire

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Annual General Meeting

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Christmas Lunch - December 9th 2013

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Salford Fellowship visits Manchester College's Moston Campus

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Burnley Masonic Fellowship

What's On in November & December

 

Coffee Morning

On Saturday 6th April Burnley Masonic Fellowship held its annual Fund Raising coffee morning at Nelson House.
The attendance was not as large as had been hoped for but the ones who did venture in where quite happy to part with their hard earned cash in order to enable the Fellowship to raise sufficient funds for the ensuing year.
Monies raised from the coffee mornings go to help paying for speakers throughout the year.

 


 

Salford Fellowship Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee

Wet and miserable weather didn’t stop the members of the Salford fellowship from celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday 5th June. Originally planned to be held in the garden of Jim and Muriel Ward, the poor weather led to it being hastily rearranged and held in the local church hall, decked out in bunting and flags.

A summer collation had been laid on for all participants with homemade cakes and desserts to follow with a selection of drinks available for all those present along with plenty of tea.

Following the lunch Geoff Clubbe proposed the Loyal Toast to the assembled guests who then followed by singing the National Anthem.

The Fellowships next meeting is t Hemsley House on the 19th June, with a talk by Mr Les Hardy on the subject of ‘Tea, its origins and sampling’. If you are interested in attending then please contact WBro Brian Ince.

 


 

AUDENSHAW FELLOWSHIP CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The Stanley House Masonic Fellowship has once again arranges a Christmas Lunch for its members. All of the 80 diners, both men and ladies, received a small present.
The Committee are unsung heroes who work tirelessly to keep their successful membership provided with a varied and interesting programme of activities. The Fellowship relies on donations from the Orders meeting at Stanley House. It is an organisation for Senior Citizens with connections with Stanley House This includes wives, widows, close relatives, close friends and all those who have taken early retirement.
The meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday from September to May commencing at 2pm. Further information may be obtained from the Lodge Almoners, Charity Stewards or from any of the Fellowship Officers.
Donations for this splendid organisation, from Lodges of any Order would be most welcome and faithfully applied.
On a sad note we must pass our most sincere condolences to WBro Eric Hankinson on the loss of his wife Dorothy. They have both devoted much time and energy for the benefit of the Fellowship.

 


 

Rossendale Masonic Fellowship

 

Saturday the 22nd October 2011, was Autumn Fair morning for the Rossendale Masonic Fellowship, at Ashday Lea. Members had worked hard to set up the stalls on the Friday evening.
This year we were unable to hold a Spring Fair, because it clashed with a Lodge function, so it was decided to make it an Autumn Fair with a Christmas theme. Unfortunately we were unable to have a Book Stall, because our Secretary, Jack Hallows, who holds all the books and mans the stall is in Hospital having had a serious operation; we wish him a speedy recovery.  Saturday arrived with a nice autumn morning, a promising start and the stalls all filled.

Members of Fellowship

 

The Chairman, WBro Peter Cheetham, welcomed every one present and a special welcome for WBro. Martin Roche, Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Mrs Roche Snr.. At 10o-clock prompt WBro Martin Roche, opened the Fair, and he expressed his support in the Fellowship and would continue to give his support. WBro Roche said the changes in the district would not change the standing of Rossendale District Fellowship, in that we would still be allied to the Valley Lodges, and continue as we have in the past. The Chairman then presented Mrs Roche Snr. with a bouquet of flowers from Members of the Fellowship.

Food Hamper

The Fair got into full swing with Tombola, Cake & Jam’s Stand, Christmas Stand, Bottle and Food Hamper Raffles and all manned by members of the Fellowship.
At the close  WBro Martin Roche drew the raffle and many left with smiling faces. WBro Roche said how much he and Mrs Roche Snr. had enjoyed the morning and looked forward to being with us again.
I can report that it looks like our takings on the Stalls and the Raffles will be a success.
Thank you all who attended for making the morning a success.  

Raffle Prizes

 

The attendance by Masonic Brethren was most disappointing to say the least; we should remember that the Fellowship is for older Brethren and Widows, and we as Freemasons are here to look after them. The moneys from the Autumn Fair go to paying the speakers etc.

Peter Cheetham, Chairman, Rossendale Masonic Fellowship

 

 


Rochdale Fellowship Annual Outing – 5th July 2011

This year the Rochdale Masonic Fellowship went to Castle Howard in Yorkshire and what a super day, the sun shone on us all despite forecasts of heavy rain.
Leaving at just after 9am we arrived in time for late morning coffee and scones in the restaurant or for many of us outside on the lawn.
A tour of the magnificent house followed and superb guides recognised our real interest in the House and went the extra mile to give us the benefit of their expertise.
In the Long Hall one of our party was invited to play the magnificent grand piano, much to the delight of other tourists.
A stroll through the walled garden with its superb displays tested the senses to the full, colour, aroma, and sound abounded at every turn.
Late afternoon tea on the lawn and a super coach ride home rounded off a memorable day.
Especial thanks go to Bro Peter Miller for his organisation and to the Fellowship Chairman and his committee for a truly memorable outing

 

 


Salford Fellowship New Year Lunch 2011

 

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The Salford Fellowship New year Lunch was attended this year by James Sutcliffe, APGM and his wife Maureen and Malcolm Worsley, Past APGM and his wife Norma.
About ten residents from Ecclesholme joined us for the luncheon and a jolly good time and meal, was had by all!

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Each table had a plate of petit fours made by Muriel Ward.

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The Fellowship presented a cheque for £200 to Salford Masonic Hall

 


BURY FELLOWSHIP ANNUAL TRIP JUNE 2011

Monday 13th June 2011

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BURY FELLOWSHIP AGM MAY 2011

Annual General Meeting of Bury Fellowship

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BURY FELLOWSHIP FEBRUARY 2011

45 members and guests attended the Bury District 'Afternoon Teas' on February 28th
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WIGAN GROUP FELLOWSHIP NEWS (added 22.2.11)

 

FEBRUARY 2011

We were thoroughly entertained by the Rev. Paul Martin who spoke of what some may find a surprising subject, because Paul is a Methodist Minister from Platt Bridge.  He told us of his passion for his collection and the history of Saucy Postcards, the kind that you find principally at the seaside.
His talk on the evolution and development of this media was well illustrated by many numerous examples which had the audiences in fits of laughter.

JANUARY 2011

Helping us celebrate the Birthday of the Fellowship was Marjorie Holt who thoroughly entertained the members with her amusing and surprising tales of her career as a policeman and store detective. We were very surprised by the lengths even the very elderly will go to steal items from shops, even those things for which they have no use. Marjorie is pictured with our Speakers Secretary Dilys.

Pauline Short and Marjorie Holt


The birthday cake, which was enjoyed by all, was made by member Pauline Short, to whom we are very grateful.

24th October 2010
Over a hundred brethren and their partners gathered at Wigan Parish Church on Sunday 12th December to enjoy themselves at the Annual Carol Service. Pictured are some of the congregation outside the church after the service.


A splendid afternoon set in one of the finest churches in the Province, by kind permission of the Rector of Wigan, Revd Ray Hutchinson.
The service of nine lessons and carols were appreciated by everyone and was followed by refreshments.

 


 

ACCRINGTON NEWS NOVEMBER 2010

Barbara Gee completed 25 years' service as Secretary of the Accrington Masonic Fellowship at the AGM in November 2010

 

 


 

SALFORD FELLOWSHIP NEWS JUNE 2010

 

 

On the 17th May 2010, we celebrated our 30th Anniversary, with the members enjoying a Ploughman’s Lunch followed by some delicious cakes made by our Treasurer, Muriel Ward.  The APGM, who is also our Patron, WBro Jim Sutcliffe, and Mrs Maureen Sutcliffe joined us together with our Vice Patron, Rod Ward.  The entertainment that afternoon was provided by Mrs jean Forrester, who sang a wide selection of songs which were enjoyed by all present.
WBro Sutcliffe said he and Maureen  were delighted to be with us,  they had enjoyed the afternoon, and thanked the Fellowship on behalf of himself and WBro Ward.

The Fellowship meeting on the 1st June should have been entertainment by Albert Hurstfield, but regrettably, this was not to be, so some of the members said they would put something together for the members. So, today, we were extremely well entertained by Dennis Roscoe and Tom Renshaw on the piano, Muriel Ward read a couple of suitable poems, and Ralph Etherington gave us a good laugh with his jokes. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all. We all had a good sing and a good laugh, so what more could we want! Dennis and Tom used to play piano duets years ago at Salford Central Mission, so it was good that they resurrected the partnership, although the electric piano at Salford couldn’t compete with the two grand pianos they were used to at the mission! There was only room for three hands not four!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

BURY FELLOWSHIP MAY 2010

50 members and guests attended the Bury District AGM in May 2010
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