Craft Masonry of East Lancashire
Craft Masonry of East Lancashire

Masonic Fellowships News

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On the 21st September 2015, Farnworth Masonic Fellowship celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a lunch at Farnworth Masonic Hall. 46 attended which included WBro Peter Faulkner, Past Chairman of Bolton District, together with his wife, and representatives from Bolton and Bury Masonic Fellowships. We were served an excellent 3 course meal by the caterers and afterwards, the Treasurer, WBro Arnold Miller, thanked Ken Tyler for pursuing the vision he had 40 years ago in forming the Fellowship, saying it must not have been easy.  He then presented him with a bottle of his favourite tipple, from the members of Farnworth Fellowship and flowers to Gwen.

WBro Peter Faulkner then proposed a toast to Ken and the Farnworth Masonic Fellowship congratulating them on being the first Fellowship and surviving these 40 years.  Ken responded telling the story we have all heard many times….. it still strikes a chord with everyone, …. That, after trying for 2 years,   “by devious and unscrupulous ways”, {Ken’s words!}  to try to form a retired Masons/Widows club, he went to Lord Hewlett who told him to ‘go and plant his tree’….{I still love that phrase}… and the rest is history! Ken said he had been asked why didn’t he wait until the 50th anniversary to celebrate, to which he replied that as he is already 93, he didn’t want to chance that he might not be here in 2025, but he hoped he would be! Gwen and Ken then presented each lady with a rose.

Afterwards, Jean Forrester, the Association Secretary and Secretary of Salford Masonic Fellowship, entertained with some songs with which those present were able to join in. A huge raffle concluded a very pleasant lunch and afternoon, with thanks to Ken and Gwen for organising the event.

Chislehurst Masonic Fellowship

Although not from our Province here is an item, submitted by Mrs Jean Forrester,  Hon Secretary of the Association of Masonic Fellowships, which fellowship members may find interesting.

Apparently, the PGM in the Province of Kent, in this instance RW Bro Jonathan Stewart Winpenny, is able to make an award, called “West Kent Invicta Award” , to a brother who has done outstanding service to the Province. In June 2014 WBro Cadwaladr Wally Roberts PPSGW, was given this award for his services to the Fellowship. After being invited to present WBro Roberts with his award in his Lodge, St Paulinus Lodge No 7992, RW Bro Winpenny wrote to WBro Roberts:

‘Dear Wally,

I am so sorry circumstances prevent me from being with you to present you with your Invicta Award, which I announced at Provincial Grand Lodge in May. This Award is my personal acknowledgement to a Brother who has given outstanding service to the Province and which has been conducted in a discrete fashion, but to the great advantage of the membership.

Your service to the Chislehurst Masonic Fellowship over so many years has been a fine example to us all. The Fellowship gives so much pleasure to many brethren, their wives and partners and frequently to their widows, as it enables them to maintain friendships which were so important to them in happier circumstances. Your work over 25 years has been outstanding and the number that have benefited from your selfless activity is enormous.

Brother Wally, tonight is special one for you. I am sorry I cannot be with you. You have the distinction of being a PPSGW of West Kent, – a rank held by very few, — and you now so richly deserve the Invicta Award which the APGM is to present to you. I look forward to seeing you wearing it with pride for many years to come as an acknowledgement of a Brother who has done so much to further the enjoyment and benefit the lives of so many in this Province.
Many congratulations and thank you.’

Burnley Masonic Fellowship

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.


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

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!

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

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


Monday 13th June 2011

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Annual General Meeting of Bury Fellowship

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45 members and guests attended the Bury District ‘Afternoon Teas’ on February 28th

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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.


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.


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


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

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