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WBro Brian Durkin PProvJGW
City Starkie District Deputy Chairman, WBro Brian Durkin, recently enjoyed a golfing holiday in Portugal with friends and colleagues from the Province.
His contemporaries, who wish to remain nameless, forwarded the attached picture just to show that it can’t be easy being a Deputy Chairman of a District. Or was it the drink from the night before that caught Brian cat napping at the wheel of a golf buggy? I’m told his golf partner on the day said, “He was more useful sleeping than playing golf”
Those who know Brian well can’t thank him enough for the work he does for the District and the Province. We know along with WBro Len Hayes he organises the annual Sportsman’s Dinner, the Broken Column Dinner for the Widows’ and other numerous events within the Province. As a result of his commitment to Freemasonry in the Province Brian will be promoted to the Grand Rank of PAGDC at the Investiture meeting of Grand Lodge on Wednesday 27th April, a promotion which is well deserved.
Colleagues and Brethren from City Starkie District wish Brian well, along with those other Brethren from the Province who are also receiving Grand Lodge Honours for the first time.
Province of East Lancashire
MINNEHAHA LODGE ACADEMY 2011
The season will soon be on us again – that is the Academy Season – May to August - and this is by way of an early reminder to mark the dates in your diary.
You all know the time, 6.00 pm–ish and the venue – the Nelson Tavern on Hulme Road, Failsworth, Manchester, M35 0PW.
Now for the dates and topics:
23 May: Keith McLeod on the ‘Art of the Tyler’ and don’t forget, as of next year we will all be doing a year as the Lodge Tyler.
27 June: Kai Hughes - the Grand Orator – need we say more. A must!
25 July: A return visit from Tony Costello, this time from his experiences as a Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, on ‘How to conduct yourself around the Lodge’
22 August: Roger Watts, DORA for Starkie District to talk about the completion of the third degree – the connection between the Craft and the Royal Arch.
A very tasty diary, open to all from Senior Warden down, from any Lodge to help foster inter - lodge exchanges, non-masons and anyone else who might be interested. It is a very relaxed evening from which much can be learned.
You will receive a further reminder of each event as its date approaches.
Your contacts are:
Ref: Academy web story (6)
Issued by John A Knowles, PAGDC, Secretary
Arkscroll Lodge No. 6594
A large turnout of Lodge members and visiting Brethren totalling seventy plus, witnessed an excellent Initiation Ceremony of a third generation family member into Arkscroll Lodge.
The Lodge being opened by the Worshipful Master Bro Philip Goldstone, invited
The Lodge closed everyone retired to an excellent and lively Social Board, where the main toast of the evening to new Initiate was given by, WBro Roger Bower. This completed another memorable night in the history of Arkscroll Lodge.
A Celebration of 60 years in Freemasonry
A large turnout of Lodge members and visiting Brethren, which included the RW Provincial Grand Master Jack Price accompanied by a Provincial Deputation, celebrated sixty years in Freemasonry of WBro Jack Griffith PJGD.
The Provincial Grand Master presented WBro Griffith with his illuminated certificate, saying, “It had been a joy, pleasure and a privilege to preside over the ceremony and that Jack was a shining light to all”
During the evening two presentations were made to Jack from the Lodge. The first a cake, presented by Bro Malcolm Hewitt and secondly a piece of glassware presented by Bro Craig Jones, the latest member of the Lodge.
Presentation by Bro Craig Jones
A well earned drink for the Provincial D Cs
Discussing Past Times
Another Excellent Evening: Old Mancunians’ Lodge No. 3140
Under the Universities' Scheme, which was launched by the Assistant Grand Master, RWBro David Kenneth Williamson, in 2005, Old Mancunians’ Lodge, No. 3140 is certainly making a contribution to Freemasonry, especially in our own Province of East Lancashire.
Bro Andrej Arpas, WBro G Creswick, WBro B Maynard, Bro Jordan Donohue, Bro Hassan Gyhas, WBro H Bentwood, WBro P Rose and RW Bro P Rink
On Monday 6th December they Raised a further four brethren in an excellent Third Degree Ceremony, followed by a Second Degree Ceremony where they Passed a further three brethren. Most interesting was the makeup of the brethren, coming from different parts of the globe; Syria, Peru, Argentina, Pakistan and the UK. They all took their obligations on different Volumes of the Sacred Law.
Candidates to be raised to the Third Degree from the left Bro Abdul Bardan, Bro John Sullivan, Bro Haris Iftikhar and Bro Enrique Garland
The four candidates for the Third Degree were Brothers’ Haris Iftikhar, Abdul Bardan, Enrique Garland and John Sullivan and in the Second Degree, Brothers’ Hassan Gyhas, Andrej Arpas and Jordan Donohue. The ceremonies were split, WBro Bill Maynard PProvJGW opened the Lodge and conducted the Third Degree Ceremony, whilst WBro Geoffrey Creswick PProvSGW conducted the Second Degree and closed the Lodge. Both ceremonies were impeccably led and well supported by the Senior and Junior Deacons and other junior brethren. WBro Paul Rose PSGD, PProvAPGM was the Director Ceremonies. The Third Degree Charge was given by the Junior Deacon Bro Tayyab Jawaid, whilst WBro Geoffrey Creswick presented the Third Degree tools. The Senior Deacon Bro Dr Mohammad Apsa presented the Second Degree tools; all three brethren gave a flawless presentation.
WBro Geoffrey Creswick, WBro Paul Rose and WBro Bill Maynard
This was yet again a special evening for Old Mancunians’ Lodge and at the Social Board there were over 30 brethren of which many were in their early twenties. This is really good news and shows that Freemasonry has much to offer younger men, who in turn are able to really enjoy and be grateful of their membership.