Craft Masonry of East Lancashire
Craft Masonry of East Lancashire

Let’s Talk Masonry – The Conference 2015

‘Lets Talk Masonry’ Conference – A Success again

 

The seventh annual ‘Lets Talk Masonry’ Northern Conference took place at Salford Masonic Hall last weekend.

Such has the reputation of this event grown during the past seven years that this latest conference attracted delegates not just from the local provinces of East and West Lancashire and Cheshire but from much further afield such as Yorkshire West Riding, Derbyshire and Warwickshire and more surprisingly from Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle Wight and even Somerset.

With excellent keynote speakers such as two Masonic scholars, John Acaster, an East Lancashire Mason and Tony Baker from Bristol, incidentally both members of Quatuor Coronati Lodge of Masonic Research No 2076, the leading lodge of Masonic research in the world, it is little wonder that the audience was enthralled by their input on the day.

The PGM, RWBro. Sir David Trippier opens the Conference

 

The conference was opened by Sir David Trippier, Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire and the theme was ‘Symbolism in Freemasonry’, so well delivered by the workshop leaders – Hugh O’Neill who explained in fine detail the symbolism in the 1st and 2nd Degrees. The 3rd degree by Peter Mason a Lancashire Mason, but also a very senior officer in the Royal Arch in Cumbria and Westmorland. Peter’s Power Point very clear explanation was thoroughly enjoyed by all the delegates. The third workshop was led by Edward Patnick from Sheffield, a senior Royal Arch Mason, he was in his element explaining the intricate symbols of that Masonic Order.

WBro John Acaster

 

With excellent keynote speakers such as two Masonic scholars, John Acaster, an East Lancashire Mason and Tony Baker from Bristol, incidentally both members of Quatuor Coronati Lodge of Masonic Research No 2076, the leading lodge of Masonic research in the world, it is little wonder that the audience was enthralled by their input on the day.

WBro Tony Baker (Left) & WBro Chris Powell (Right)

John received a rousing reception for his talk as did Tony Baker, our second keynote speaker for his talk ‘Parables of Freemasonry’ Tony gave a very amusing power point presentation. Starting by reminding us with a little demonstration of some words which learned as children growing up:

 

Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such fun and
the dish ran away with the spoon

 

You see you all know the words – you learned them when you were a little child; they’ve been stored in your brain for years and years and they sound just great, don’t they? But have you ever stopped and thought what they might mean? Or even if they mean anything at all? My point is that, for many of us, it’s exactly the same with Masonry, its ritual and ceremonies. Needless to say the reception from the delegates to Tony’s presentation needs no elaboration.

Finally, we had Chris Powell, to sum up. This was the first time he had tackled this not easy task, but in his own inimitable style he took us through the day’s events and some of his views of ‘symbolism’, pointing out to the delegates that some of them used by Freemasons are not exclusive to us and are used in many other fields. His summary more than adequately rounded off the day.

Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Chad Northcott thanked everyone for attending on behalf of the Province, with the usual ‘have a safe journey home and we’ll see you next year’..

Look out on the Provincial website for details later in the year for the eighth annual conference likely to be in March 2016. Enjoy your Masonry.

Fred Lomax


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