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Clayton Park Rangers receive donation from ELMC and the District

David Cross the Chairman of Clayton Park Rangers F.C. receives a cheque for £1,500 from Ray Tattersall the Accrington District Charity Steward, a successful petition had been made to E.L.M.C.for £750 and a further donation of £750 was made by the Accrington District Charity Stewards to fund the background checks on people assisting in the running of the club and to help towards the cost of coaching courses and other associated expenses.


Keep Lodge No.6538

At the end of his wonderful year in office as the Worshipful Master of the lodge WBro Peter Walker decided that his personal choice donation this year should go to the East Lancashire Hospice.

WBro Peter Walker is shown here along with other lodge members presenting a cheque for £250.00 to Mrs Rachael Pallister from the Hospice. In her remarks Mrs Pallister thanked Keep Lodge for their magnificent and continued support.


Keep Lodge No 6538 support the North West Air Ambulance

On Friday 1st February 2008 Keep Lodge No.6538 celebrated their Ladies Evening at the Shireburn Hotel, Hurst Green, Clitheroe. Eighty members and guests enjoyed a memorable evening of excellent food and service. This was followed by a musical evening of dancing.

At the beginning of the evening Mrs. Hazel Walker, pictured second from the right, along with other members of the ladies committee presented a cheque for £500 to the 'North West Air Ambulance' which was gratefully accepted by Mrs Violet Leach, second from the left on behalf of the charity.

The toast to the ladies was given by WBro S J McLeod and in her response to the toast Hazel thanked all the members of the committee for their tremendous help and support throughout the year when they had raised over £1,300 she then presented a cheque for £800 from the ladies committee to the Worshipful Master WBro Peter Walker towards masonic charities.

Charity Stewards Annual Draw

The Adeaide Suite in Accrington was the venue for this years Annual Charity Stewards Draw which took place on Saturday 12th January 2008.

The guests enjoyed a very relaxed atmosphere at the start of the evening before they were served a most wonderful and extensive buffet dinner by the head caterer Barbara Peters. After this the excitement began to rise as the time for the draw came ever closer.

The winner of the £150 - 1st prize was Bro.John Hacking of Bank Terrace Lodge No.462 and the photograph shows the District Charity Steward W.Bro.Ray Tattersall P.Prov.S.G.D. presenting the £75 – 2nd prize to the winner, the DORA E.Comp. Fred Holden P.Prov.G.Soj. accompanied by his wife.

There were many prizes to be won as the photograph, below, shows and the winning numbers are available from your lodge Charity Steward.



APGM and Accrington District Team visit the Manor Lodge No. 3322

Some number of months ago the A.P.G.M. W.Bro.Derek N.Thornhill requested a lodge to hold a meeting where it was possible for him and the District team to attend and for them all to be allowed to give a short analysis of their work and the office they hold along with its responsibilities. The Manor Lodge No.3322 readily agreed, so on Thursday 10 th January 2008 a short business meeting was held then the APGM took the chair and 14 junior brethren had their G.L.Certificates described to them by W.Bro.Dennis Heskett Prov.Grand Steward the APGM then congratulated each brother individually and again presented them with their certificate.

Before the brethren sat down to a most enjoyable buffet supper W.Bro.Derek Thornhill lead the District Team in an explanation of their work. The representatives of the Accrington & District Masonic Fellowship and the Clitheroe & District Masonic Fellowship also accompanied them and informed all present about the wonderful times enjoyed at their monthly meetings.

W.Bro. Fred Sumner Smith the District Communications Officer shown addressing the meeting whilst explaining his work, after all the District Officers had spoken they answered questions and discussed their work in a relaxed manner over supper and he was delighted to find that the junior brethren found it to be a most enjoyable and informative meeting and they suggested that they would be delighted to see this form of meeting take place on a more regular basis.


Mark Masons

Saturday 8th December saw the first Joint Mark Freemasons Ladies Evening at the Adelaide Suite, Accrington. 90 Freemasons and their friends sat down to an impressive five- course meal laid on by head chef Barbara Peters. A superb vocalist Wayne Farrow provided entertainment for the evening. The three Lodges, Loyalty, Starkie and Adoniram raised in excess of £700 for local charities.

Loyalty Mark Lodge, Worshipful Master W.Bro.Jack Threlfall and his wife Margaret,
Starkie Mark Lodge Worshipful Master W.Bro.Brian Maden and his wife Helen,
Adoniram Mark Lodge Worshipful Master Peter Hughes with his wife Christine.

Keep Lodge

Keep Lodge held its December meeting and Annual Festive Social Board on Friday 28th December 2007. This event has been held since December 1996 when non-masons, wives and partners are invited to attend the social board in the lodge rooms. Since 2000 it has become the usual practice to invite the presiding Mayor of the Ribble Valley. This year councillor Mrs Doreen Taylor and consort Mr. Gordon Taylor attended.

The worshipful master W.Bro.P.Walker. P.P.S.G.W. presented a cheque from the lodge for £200 to the Mayors fund. Since 2000 the lodge has now donated £1200 to the Mayors fund.

This year sixty seven members and guests attended and enjoyed an excellent evening with a meal, carol singing and entertainment provided by Bro.Tom Pearson of Albert Edward lodge.

Keep Lodge ladies committee has this year raised over £1000 by various social events, and it was announced at the social board that a large proportion of this is to be donated to 'North West Air Ambulance' before the end of the lodges year.  

Father Christmas came to the Lodge of Confidence Christmas Lunch

The Lodge of Confidence Ladies Committee has traditionally celebrated the end of the Masonic year with a Christmas Lunch at The Adelaide Suite Accrington on the last Sunday in November. This year the Ladies Committee, led by Mrs Anne Marshall, the wife of the outgoing Worshipful Master, W.Bro.Jeff Marshall, held their event on Sunday November 25th. Over 100 people including 29 children and the Guest of Honour, Father Christmas (arranged again by W.Bro.Derek Shaw of Rhyddings Lodge), enjoyed the event.

The Turkey Hunt ended with it being found in Adlington, the knitted Christmas Puddings and the magic Christmas Dust all sold; the Christmas Hamper value, the Christmas Cake weight and the Jelly Bean numbers were guessed near enough to produce winners. The Tombola and Lucky Dip sold out, the Find the Wine table proved a success, as did the Stand Up Bingo and all the Raffle prizes were claimed, resulting in a £744 clear profit for the day.

After a superb buffet lunch and some entertainment from the Human Fruit Machine, the children clapped in Father Christmas who duly presented each of them with a Christmas present. The children (and probably some of the adults) sang Father Christmas on his way and the afternoon ended with The Lodge of Confidence Choir leading the entire gathering in singing some popular Christmas Carols.


This ended a series of events for the Ladies Committee including a Band Concert, a dance and a party which resulted in a total of £1614 from the Ladies being available for distribution to charity.


At the Installation on December 1st the following amounts were distributed:
Ladies Committee
East Lancashire Masonic Charity £200
Accrington Masonic Association £540
Non –Masonic Charities £860

Lodge of Confidence
East Lancashire Masonic Charity £200
Accrington Masonic Association £200
Lodge Almoner's A/C £300
Lodge Samaritan Fund £ 86
Accrington Pals Appeal £150
Cancer Research UK £ 50

WBro D S Bristol Prov DepGDC

The Director of Ceremonies of Keep Lodge No.6538 has been promoted at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting held in Blackburn on Thursday 29th November 2007.

WBro David Stephen Bristol PDGDC, feels it is a great honour to be promoted to Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

David was initiated into Keep Lodge No.6538 in 1981 and he served as Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1990.

After a brief rest David's career continued to gather pace and in 1994 he was appointed Accrington and District Charity Steward a position he held for over five years.

In Provincial Grand Lodge he was appointed Provincial Grand Steward in 1995, promoted to PPSGD in 1998 and further promoted to 2006.

David has been the lodge Director of Ceremonies for over nine years taking on the role in 1998.

David followed a distinguished line of Lodge D.C.s, having taken over from W.Bro.P.Walker PPSGW, the present Worshipful Master, who held the post for nine years.

Prior to that W.Bro. Geoffrey Mitchell, J.P. PJGD, held the office for eighteen years, Geoff was of course well known throughout the Province for his work in many of the side degrees.

Prior to Geoffrey it was W.Bro.Sidney Hardman who took over from the original Lodge DC, W.Bro.T.G.Brown who died in office in 1959.

David is also a member of;-
1. No.369 Limestone Rock Chapter.
2. No.8408 Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter.
3. No.364 Accrington Chapter Rose Croix.


P.G.M. visits Clitheroe

The R.W.Provincial Grand Master Paul James Ernest Rink O.B.E. paid a visit to the Limestone Rock Lodge No.369 on the 8th October and was accompanied by a Provincial Deputation.

They attended the Installation of Bro.Lee Yates as Worshipful Master of the lodge and afterwards everyone moved to the Swan and Royal to enjoy a very happy festive board.

WBro Frank Edwards

A group of founder members of St Michael in Castro Lodge No.8838 made a presentation to W.Bro.Frank Edwards to commemorate his recent 90th birthday. Frank was originally initiated into Blackburn Temperance Lodge No.7489 Then he moved into St.Michael in Castro Lodge No.8838 as a founder member in December 1978 and he was installed as Worshipful Master in 1980, Harry was made an Honorary Member in 2003 with the rank of P.P.Dept.G.Supt.Wks. and he still lives with his wife Ethel in West Bradford

Keep Lodge No 6538 Bible Dedication

On Friday 26th October 2007, Keep Lodge No 6538 at Clitheroe celebrated a Bible Dedication ceremony. The new Bible being purchased by all the members of the Lodge to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of its consecration.

A large deputation from Province and District were in attendance headed by WBro DN Thornhill JP, PSGD, APGM and WBro P Hargreaves PAGDC. The Dedication ceremony was conducted by WBro DN Thornhill assisted by WBro Revd JG Winstanley, Prov Asst Grand Chaplain and WBro D M Ferguson Prov Dep GDC, along with WBro BS Bristol Prov DepDC elect.

WBro Bryan Bristol PAGSuptWks, represented the members of the Lodge as Bible donor and Bro TA Harling was the Bible bearer. WBro P Walker, PPSGW presided at the meeting and presented a cheque for £500 to the APGM for the benefit of the ELMC.

Eighty four members and guests were in attendance at the Lodge and seventy six of those retired to the 'Moorcock' Inn , at Waddington, where a splendid meal and evening of Masonic friendship and fraternity was enjoyed by all. Commemorative inscribed pens were presented to all present.

The Lodge has a long association with Lodge Gleniffer No 1219 from Paisley , Scotland , and six of their members who attended made presentations to the Worshipful Master and the APGM to mark the occasion.

Lodge of Confidence No 4295 and its Bible

The first meeting of the new Masonic season in September '07 was a very pleasant evening for the Lodge of Confidence No 4295.

They were honoured to entertain the APGM WBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, PSGD along with the District Chairman, WBro Peter Hargreaves, PAGDC and the District Team.

The occasion was the Dedication of the Lodge Bible and the Lodge presented a cheque for £250 to WBro Thornhill for the benefit of the East Lancashire Masonic Charity to mark the occasion.



History of the Bible of the Lodge of Confidence

The Bible was presented to Elizabeth Yates of Darwen on the occasion of her marriage to John Waddicor, also of Darwen, in 1829.

Elizabeth died in 1868 leaving children Alice, Elizabeth, James, Mary, John, Suzannah, Esther and Edmund. John and Suzannah may have been twins, both being born in 1856 and it is possible that Elizabeth died shortly after giving birth to Edmund in 1886.

John Waddicor Senior was married again to Margaret Briggs and they had Phoebe (b 1871), Betsy (b 1874), Jane (also b 1874 – twins?), Thurston Briggs Waddicor (b 1880) and Nancy (b 1881). All the above lived at various addresses in Tunnel Street , Sough, Darwen.

Nancy Waddicor married John Crook from Edgeworth in Bolton , and they produced Alice, Lily and Jack.

Jack Crook (1916-1992) married Nellie Howard (1917-2007) from Pot House in Darwen in 1939, their daughter Anne was born in 1939 at Queens Park Hospital , Blackburn . In 1942 the Crook family moved to Accrington .

There Anne met Robert Jeffrey Marshall, also of Accrington , and they married in 1960. Jeff Marshall was initiated into the Lodge of Confidence No 4295 on 1 st May 1974 having been proposed by Anne's former headmaster, WBro Leslie Dean.

At his Installation in December 1986 Anne & Jeff presented the Bible to the Lodge, which had been refurbished by a Mr Barron of Countess Street , Accrington . During his second term as Worshipful Master in 2006/ 07, this time Cyril Formby of Ramsbottom again renovated the Bible.

The Lodge of Confidence Bible was then dedicated on September 5 th 2007 by WBro Rev David J Halford Provincial Deputy Grand Chaplain in the presence of the APGM, WBro Derek N Thornhill PSGD and the District Chairman, WBro Peter Hargreaves PAGDC, other District Officers, visiting brethren together with brethren of the Lodge of Confidence including their Honorary Member, WBro Derek Jones Day PSGD.

Clitheroe Open Day

The Clitheroe Lodges Held an “Open Day” on Saturday 18th August '07 and were honoured by the attendance of the Ribble Valley Mayor and her Consort. They were given a guided tour of the Lodge Rooms complete with a tour around a magnificent display of masonic regalia.

The Chairman of the organising Committee WBro Miles Leadbeater was delighted with the response from the public on the day and said that the Mayor and her Consort had shown a keen interest in all that she had seen.

The Chairman said that there was a constant stream of people all day, some showed more interest than others but everyone was positive and very impressed with all that they were told and shown. One gentleman came as a result of the advert that he had seen.

The Mayor and her Consort talked to many of the visitors over morning coffee and many expressed an interest in freemasonry and were delighted to hear about some of the things that freemasons get involved in..

The Worshipful Master, WBroPeter Walker is accompanied by the Mayor of Ribble Valley Cllr. Doreen Taylor and her Consort, Gordon Taylor with Violet Leach of the Air Ambulance and Christina Cope of Pendleside Hospice, attended by Bob Cleeve, Ray Tattersall, Derek Thornhill, Bryan Bristol and Keith Hall.


Whilst the Open Day was something a little different for our visitors, it was something a little special for some of the organisations and charities who attended to receive a further cheque to those that they have already received which made a total of £700 each.



Violet Leach for The Air Ambulance, Christina Cope for Pendleside Hospice, Cllr Doreen Taylor Mayor of the Ribble Valley for Friends of Clitheroe Castle, and Ray Tattersall District Charity Steward for ELMC, each received a cheque for £700 for their organisation. They were accompanied by WBro's Edward Smillie, Dev Ramsingh, Derek Thornhill PSGD APGM, Keith Hall and Tony Hill.




Charity Stewards working for Christies Grafters

The District Charity Stewards have been working hard again on behalf of all of us this summer, the Lodges close down for a summer break around about May but that doesn't apply to the Charity Stewards

Accrington and District Freemasons have made a donation of £1,000 to the Christie Grafters the Rishton based organisation that hold events of all sorts to raise cash for the Christie Hospital in Manchester. The cheque was presented at Mill House Masonic Hall, Clayton-le-Moors. W.Bro Ray Tattersall the District Charity Steward is seen presenting the cheque to Lorraine Wallace Chair person of the Grafters.

The Christie Grafters are a local group of around a dozen or so people who hold various fund raising events to raise money for the Christie Hospital in Manchester. The money goes straight to where it is needed in purchasing or funding equipment or services, which contribute to the health and welfare of people who attend the Christie Hospital.


In addition to providing financial support several masonic brethren and family members assisted the Grafters with bag packing at Tescos Blackburn store in the summer and managed to realize the magnificent sum of £765 for which the Grafters were over the moon not only with the sum but also with the support they received from Accrington Masons.

£10,000 for the Scouts at Bowley International Camp Site - August 9th 2007

A most memorable event took place, at Bowley Scout Camp when a cheque for £10,000.00 from :- The Masonic Province of East Lancashire Community Fund, was presented by :- The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W/Bro Derek N. Thornhill, J.P.,    P.S.G.D.,   to the Chairperson of the Bowley Camp Site Management Board, Janet Frost. Also in attendance on this special evening was the District Charity Steward of Accrington Masonic District, W/Bro Raymond Tattersall, and the District Communications Officer W/Bro Fred Sumner-Smith, Deputy Chairman of Blackburn and Darwen Masonic District, W/Bro Paul Aspinall, the District Charity Steward, W/Bro David Lightbown, the District Communications Officer, W/Bro Ian Ashton, and members of The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance No 6384, W/Bro Roger Flitcroft, W/Bro Chris Creelman, (who is the Regional Commissioner for Northern England and the Isle of Man), W/Bro David Thornton, (who is the County Secretary for West Lancashire),   W/Bro Clive Carroll, Bro Howard Alderson-Perkins and members of the East Lancashire Scout Association, Mrs Joyce Flitcroft and two Explorer Scouts who have just returned from the 21st World Jamboree in Essex.

East Lancashire Masonic Charity provides care for needy Freemasons, their widows and dependant relatives, whilst also reaching out to others in local and national communities who are deserving of charitable support

Bowley Scout Campsite at Great Harwood is the home of East Lancashire Scouts and a popular Scout campsite, which provides camping and outdoor facilities for East Lancs Scouts and Guides as well as youth groups nationally and internationally.  

There are many parallels between Scouting and Freemasonry.   Many Scouters are Freemasons, and the Aims, Objectives and Beliefs etc are very similar.   The Scouting Founder, Baden Powell, whilst not himself a Mason, was aware of its values.   Rudyard Kipling who's Jungle Book was a great inspiration to Baden Powell, was a Mason.

The Kindred Lodges Association has an aim of fostering relationship amongst Freemasons who are or have been involved in youth work.   There are 38 UK Lodges attached to this Association, which bear scouting names, and with a membership largely comprised of Scouting Masons.    The East Lancashire Masonic Charity donation of £10.000 has been promoted particularly by members of The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance No.6384, which holds its meetings in Darwen and West Lancashire.  

Masonry provides many donations of varying amounts to many worthy causes.   The Environmental Building Project at Bowley caught the interest of the Charity administrators who willing made this donation.   It is of particular interest in view of its environmental/conservation of energy attributes, and the benefits that will be gained by many young people and other regular users of the Bowley Scout Camp Site facilities.   

Scouting in general is undergoing a remarkable uplift at the present time during this 100th Anniversary Year, which has been so widely publicised - particularly during the International Jamboree in Essex , which has been attended by 40,000 young people from over 200 Countries.   It is therefore a fitting time for this wonderful Masonic Donation.

East Lancashire Scouts were delighted to receive this donation towards their environmental project to build an amazing new facility at Bowley Camp Site and Activity Centre near Great Harwood. The East Lancashire Masonic Charity in making this donation of £10,000 to Bowley was sharing a joint venture with the East Lancashire Institute of Education at Blackburn College .

The ‘House of Straw' is a single story building, covering approximately 4,800 sq.ft . and will be built on an available site at Bowley Camp Site. It will be a unique, environmentally friendly building comprising meeting rooms, teachers' facilities, training rooms, sleeping accommodation and a separate toilet and shower area. It will also have wheelchair access and facilities for the disabled. When completed it will be the largest straw building in Lancashire and is being seen as the ultimate ‘craft project', an ongoing experiment testing out new building technologies and utilising the latest in low cost, low energy solar and wind powered eco systems.

The venture will be built largely by the young people themselves with the college providing funds for the primary construction as well as the technical expertise for the project. The Scouts are providing the land for the project as well as utilising the building after the construction for a wide variety of applications.

Janet Frost Chair of the Management Board at Bowley Camp Site, commented, ‘Scouting has always been at the forefront of environmental awareness and we are very grateful to the Masonic Charity for providing a substantial injection of funds' W.Bro. Derek Thornhill APGM said on behalf of the East Lancashire Masonic Charity, we are delighted to be involved in this exiting project, to work with the Scouts and help provide facilities for the young people of Lancashire . This is a truly exciting and innovative project and that this donation is given, to fulfill the need to help young persons, to become worthy citizens in future years, and we look forward to seeing the building in action and are delighted to be able to give our support at a time when the Scout Movement is celebrating its Centenary.


Further information is available from:- Fred Sumner Smith

Accrington District Communications Officer



Charity Summer Ball

The joint Clitheroe Lodges have had a very busy and productive year so far, they have had one of the brethren climbing Everest, took part in a two day “Hobbies Exhibition” at Clitheroe Grammar School and on Friday the 1 st June the four Clitheroe Lodges held a joint Charity Summer Ball at the Mytton Fold Hotel. The event was a huge success and was attended by VWBro Nigel Graham Bramley-Howarth, WBro Derek N Thornhill and WBro Peter Hargreaves accompanied by their wives.

There were 156 Masons attending an event with an expressed aim of fun, entertainment, openness, charity and publicity for the forthcoming Open Day to be held on Saturday 18 th August 2007, between 11am. and 3pm to which all visitors will be welcome.

We were delighted that Barclays Bank supported the event and donated £1,500. The raffle realised almost £750, and an auction of Sport Memorabilia raised approximately £650. Whilst there is still some accounting to be completed the event has raised a magnificent sum in the region of £2,900.

The nominated beneficiaries of the event are The Lancashire Air Ambulance, Pendleside Hospice, The Clitheroe Castle Development Fund and the East Lancs Masonic Charities. Each Charity stands to receive approximately £725 each.

The Clitheroe Advertiser, The Lancashire Evening Telegraph and The Lancashire Magazine carried the event. The Clitheroe Advertiser also ran an interesting story outlining the history of Freemasonry in Clitheroe and detailed the development of the four Lodges as well as noting the forthcoming Open Day.

Freemasonry in Clitheroe

The Service Clubs in Clitheroe (Rotary, Round Table and Lions) held a Hobbies exhibition in Clitheroe over the last weekend of April, and the Joint Lodges in Clitheroe decided that we should have a stand at this event to publicize Freemasonry and our presence in the Town.

With the support of the individual Lodges and the District Communications Officer W.Bro.Fred Sumner Smith, the stand was manned for the duration of the event. There was a great deal of interest from the visitors to the exhibition, and we gave a good number of leaflets to many people.

As always we are hopefully that we have kindled an interest in Freemasonry, not only among potential members, but also the general public, and that our openness will reap benefits for Freemasonry and the wider public through our charitable giving.

Accrington District Officers Mess

The past and present officers of the District met at the District and Union Club in Blackburn on the 9th March for evening dinner, many stories and yarns were told and as you can imagine a happy time was had by all.

The Accrington District Officers Mess came into being some number of years ago, the Secretary is W.Bro.Alan C Johnson P.G.Std.B. he is seated third on the right and has held the post for many years, the Mess was formed in 2001 by the District Officers in that year, it was to have the sole aim of providing a social base on which Past and Present District Officers would be able to keep in touch.

They meet twice each year at various venues to dine together, the early event is an all male affair the second in mid summer is enjoyed with wives or partners, the latter has been held at the Dog and Partridge Hotel near Chipping since 2001 and has proved to be a very enjoyable evening. W.Bro.Eric Riley the President of the Mess is the longest surviving and the first District Chairman, and he will remain as such until he decides to retire, when the next longest surviving Chairman would take over as the President.

The A.P.G.M.s for the Area past and present have always been regarded as members of the Mess, in 2005 all the Grand Offers in the District were also invited to join in the events.

May the future events of the Mess continue to be as enjoyable as those of the past.

Following in Father's Footsteps

The Installation of Bro.Stephen Richard Watson as Worshipful Master of Huncoat Lodge No 8542 took place at the Masonic Hall, Mill House, Clayton Le Moors, on Wednesday 4 th April 2007. In attendance were, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro.Dr.Nigel G.Bramley-Haworth, PGSwdB, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro.Derek. N. Thornhill, PSGD, The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W. Bro.Norman Cope, PAGDC, the Chairman of the Accrington District, W. Bro. Peter Hargreaves, PAGDC, and members of the District team.

The Installing Master W.Bro.Geoffrey Watson was assisted by W.Bro.Alan C. Johnson.PGStdB.and Past Masters of and in the Lodge. The V.W.Deputy Provincial Grand Master presented the Master Elect to the Installing Master and also gave the Address to the Brethren, the other Addresses were given by W.Bro.Alan Johnson the Worshipful Master and W.Bro.William Morris PPAGDC. to the Wardens. W.Bro.Geoffrey Watson IPM presented a cheque for £1000 for the East Lancs Masonic Charity to the VW Deputy Provincial Grand Master who thanked the Brethren for their generous donation.

Almost 60 Brethren were in attendance to witness a Father, Install his Son in the Chair of King Solomon an exemplary ceremony took over the early part of the day, then to be followed by a festive board with humour and decorum, that was enjoyed by all.

The picture shows the Father and Son accompanied by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro.Dr. Nigel G.Bramley-Haworth, PGSwdB, and W.Bro.Derek. N. Thornhill, PSGD the Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

WBro Tom Holden achieves 50 years in Freemasonry

The Worshipful Master, Officers and brethren of Castle Lodge No.4482 entertained the Assistant Provincial Grand Master along with many friends and visitors to celebrate the occasion of 50 years in Free Masonry achieved by W.Bro.Tom Holden.

Tom was born on the 16 th July 1919 at Blackburn, as a young person Tom proved to be bright and he attended Blackburn Grammar School. On leaving school he trained as an Accountant serving his articles with Crowshaw, Watts and Pedday later to become Crowshaw, Watts and Moss During his career Tom was asked what was the difference between an Accountant and a Bookmaker, to which he replied that he had no idea, only to find sometime later that one takes your money to gamble with, whilst the other gambles with your money so that he can take it.

In 1939 Tom was conscripted into the Army where he entered the Infantry and served his country in the Middle East and Far East before being demobbed in 1946. Once he was back home again he set up his own company in partnership with Fred Macnab, the next big step was marriage to his wife Eileen and they have two sons David and John who both have successful business careers.

Tom was proposed in freemasonry by his father-in-law W.Bro. T H Cook, also a past master of Castle Lodge, being the Worshipful Master in 1965. He went on to become a member of Limestone Rock Chapter No.369 and a founder member of Royal Forest Chapter No.401. It is plain to see that Tom has been a very active freemason, in 1966 Tom joined Keep Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.911 and he was also a member of Royal Arc Mariner.

The APGM is seen presenting a memorial certificate from the PGM to W.Bro.Holden supported by the Worshipful Master and the Senior and Junior Wardens.

Everest Here We Come

Several years ago the Provincial Grand Master went with his daughter on an expedition to Everest Base Camp. Falling victim to AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) he was unable to complete the journey. I am not sure if any other East Lancs Masons have made the trip, however two of us are just back from Nepal.

On Monday 19 th March two East Lancs Freemasons reached Everest Base Camp as part of a team of 38 taking part in a fund raising expedition, which raised over 140,000 pounds for the British Heart Foundation.

Worshipful Brother Chris Wood PProvAGDC of Castle Lodge No.4482 and Worshipful Brother Mark Davis PProvSGD of Saint Thomas Lodge No.992 met during the expedition and shared the hardship of extreme cold, cutting winds and high altitude as they climbed to 5545 metres to the foot of the brutal ice fall which is protecting the final approach to Mount Everest. During the trek one participant suffered a major cardiac incident, which resulted in an emergency evacuation, involving being carried off the mountain by a relay of Sherpas, the altitude preventing access by a helicopter.

The photograph show the two tired but proud Masons before the ice fall. W.Bro Wood (red fleece with moustache) and W.Bro Davis are shown in front of the icefall in the attached photograph.

Ladies of the Lodge of Confidence

The Lodge of Confidence No.4295, which meets in Accrington in the Province of East Lancashire, has a Ladies Committee consisting of the wives of the Lodge Members, this is traditionally chaired by the wife of the Worshipful Master.

The committee meets each month, usually on Lodge practice nights, and has its own constitution and organises its own social functions, the aims are simply to enjoy life at all times whilst endeavouring to raise funds for Masonic and non-Masonic Charities.

One such function, the Christmas Sunday Lunch, held at the beginning of December, has become a legendary event in the Accrington Masonic calendar, and is the flagship event of the Ladies' year.

This Committee has been in existence for many years, and has grown in strength over those years so that it now could be said to form the major Charity fund raising section of the Lodge.

As well as its charitable activities, the committee aims to further fellowship amongst the wives and widows of Lodge members. A unique example of this was shown when Mrs Sylvia Eastwood, whose husband David sadly died during his year as Worshipful Master in 2005, she was asked to chair the committee for a further year, continuing her association with the Lodge and her work on the committee.

Now for the amazing facts and figures.

In 1987 Worshipful Brother Jeff Marshall was in the chair of the Lodge for the first time, he is now back in the chair for the second time in 2006/2007. The Worshipful Master along with every member of the Lodge are justifiably proud of their ladies and this has led me to investigate this period of time within the Lodge of Confidence Ladies Committee, an inclusive total of £16,284 has been raised by the Committee, an average of £824 each year.

These funds have been distributed as follows:-

Donations to the Lodge for Regalia and Furniture etc. £1,714

Donations to the Accrington Masonic Association £2,775
(For improvements and refurbishments to the Accrington Masonic Hall)

Donations to Masonic Charities £3,740
(Including Festivals, ELMBI, Royal Masonic Hospital, New Masonic Samaritan Fund, Lodge Samaritan Fund)

Donations to Non-Masonic Charities £8,055
(To countless national and local Charities, such as Cancer Relief, Hospices, Macmillan Nurses, Diabetic Association, NSPCC, Girl Guides, etc. etc. etc.)

This is a unique set of figures achieved by a superbly organised committee. Everyone connected with the Accrington Masonic Hall are extremely proud of this committee; long may its good work continue.

Fred Sumner Smith
District Communications officer

Remembrance Day Report

After discussions at the Provincial Communications Committee in May 2006 it was reported back to the Accrington District Committee by the Communications Officer who asked for it to be reported back to the Lodges, the baton was taken up by the Lodge of Confidence No.4295 who decided that a wreath should be laid at the 2006 Remembrance Day service on behalf of the Freemasons of the Accrington District.

This was carried out at Oakhill Park , Accrington , on Saturday, 11 th November at 11-00a.m.

The wreath was laid by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Confidence, W.Bro.David Allen, who was accompanied by fellow Lodge members W.Bro.Duncan Holmes and W.Bro.Jack Threlfall, along with W.Bro.Derek Ratcliffe of Manor Lodge, attending both as a Freemason and as a prominent member of the Royal British Legion.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Hyndburn also laid wreaths, along with other local dignitaries and citizens, after a Service of Remembrance and the customary two minutes silence.

It is proposed to repeat this presentation each year, any Lodge wishing to do this on behalf of the Accrington District Freemasons should inform the District Communications Officer.

Keep Lodge present Cheque to Air Ambulance Executive

Members of Keep Lodge 6538 meeting at Clitheroe presented a cheque for £1000-00p to North West Air Ambulance. Assistant chief executive Mrs Jackie Northover stated "it will be greatly appreciated by the members of the air crew and future patients".


The picture shows from left to right;  W/Bro. D.S.Bristol PPGSWDB. W/Bro. S.J.McLoed Worshipful master. W/Bro. L.Timmins. J.P.  PPSGD.  Mrs J.Northover.  W/Bro. D.Harwood. PPDep.GSWDB.



Accrington Fellowship Donation to ELMC

WBro Derek N Thornhill, JP, PSGD, AProvGM receiving a donation to the ELMC from the Treasurer of the Accrington Fellowship, Mrs Margaret Rawcliffe on the occasion of the Fellowship's Christmas dinner.






Lodge of Confidence No.4295 - White Table Meeting

 On Wednesday, 7th June 2006, the Lodge of Confidence held a ‘White Table' Meeting. This event had been anticipated for some time and was planned in detail using guidelines supplied by UGL and PGL, through our Communications Officer W.Bro. Fred Sumner Smith. The Lodge was opened and a short business meeting held. The Lodge was then closed.

With the Officers and Brethren remaining in their positions in the Lodge Room and in full regalia, Ladies and non-Masonic Gentlemen Guests were admitted and seated. There were 31 Masons and 59 Guests present, an excellent turnout. The Worshipful Master, David Allen, welcomed the Guests and explained some of the basic principles and aims of Freemasonry along with the structure of the District and Provincial system. He gave an account of our Charity aims and efforts, leading to an explanation of the workings of Grand Charity and its non-Masonic donations at National and International level.

He then proceeded to introduce the Officers and Brethren of the Lodge, along with their situations in the Lodge and their duties. He also gave a ‘pen picture' of each Member to demonstrate the variety of backgrounds of our membership. Questions were then invited from the Guests, this part of the meeting seeming extremely popular. The questions covered a huge variety of topics on Freemasonry, time restraints provoking disappointment amongst the Guests. Many of those present asked if they could take photographs of the Lodge Room, the Brethren gave permission.

Having been assured that further questions could still be dealt with by their hosts, all Guests were invited to a suitably modified Festive Board, which continued in an excellent atmosphere, enjoyed by all present. The Worshipful Master and Brethren were thanked sincerely by many of the Guests for their efforts throughout the evening, confirming the success of the meeting. The Lodge Members agreed that the meeting was a most satisfactory one, achieving the objects of openness and Masonic education. There may also follow an add-on advantage of increased membership, some of the Guests being prospective Candidates.

The APGM WBro Derek Thornhill wrote to the Worshipful Master to congratulate all concerned for their foresight.

Accrington Fellowship Presentation

WBro Harry Hesmondhalgh , PSGD, PProvAGM, retiring President of the Accrington Fellowship making a presentation to Mrs Barbara Gee on the completion of 21 years as the secretary of the Fellowship.  Looking on is Mrs Margaret Rawcliffe who has served as Treasurer for the past 16 years.

For further Information please contact the District Communications Officer - W Bro David J Allan
Email address - - Tel: (01254) 385584

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