A Christmas message from our District Grand Prefect.

R.W.Bro. Mervyn F. Wilson
R.W.Bro. Mervyn F. Wilson

Dear Brethren,
Who would have thought last Christmas that we would only meet for two and a half months
in our respective Councils this year… and who could have envisaged the lockdowns, social
distancing and isolation we have all had to endure? Yet, despite all this, we have kept in
touch by telephone and virtual meetings – and the word ‘Zoom’ has become part of our
Masonic vocabulary!
I would like to thank you, the Allied Brethren of East Lancashire for your tenacity and
determination in facing up to these tremendous challenges in a time of uncertainty and
unprecedented change.
Please continue to keep in touch – particularly with those who may be alone at Christmas –
and do maintain regular contact with your fellow members by meeting virtually on the same
dates as your normal Councils meetings.
Thankfully we now have the knowledge and reassurance that effective vaccines are now
available and are being administered to the key workers and those at high risk. Let us pray
that it will not be long before we can replace these virtual meetings with actual ‘physical’
meetings and once again enjoy the camaraderie of Freemasonry that we all love and
cherish so much.
Finally, Margaret and I extend to you, your families and friends, a very happy Christmas and
a peaceful, healthy but mainly safe 2021.
Sincerely and Fraternally
Mervyn F Wilson

Stay safe with an Allied face covering

Stay safe with an Allied face covering with the AMD logo made from a high quality washable material including a replaceable carbon filter only £10 with all profits going to the District good causes fund.

General merchandise:

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The History of the Mark Province of East Lancashire – 150 years anniversary

To mark the 15oth anniversary, The Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province, RW Bro. Alexander Sillars McLaren has worked with WBro Craig Wood to produce a booklet to celebrate the event, using information provided by VWBro David Brown. All three brethren are also very much part of the Allied District of East Lancashire and have produced this most informative and interesting history.
The booklet covers the years before the Province was constituted and gives information on Lodges that worked under the Scottish Constitution, the First Six Lancashire Lodges, William Romaine Callender, PGM, The Provinces of East and West Lancashire and The Provincial Grand Masters of the Province.
They cost £6.00 including postage and all profits from the sales will go to the 2021 Festival.

See the news section for more information on how to obtain your copy!

Beyond The Craft

Mark Mason’s Hall present a series of most interesting lectures and presentations ‘

You will no doubt have seen the various releases of episodes of the “Brother. Beyond the Craft” series of Podcasts, produced in association with Mark Masons’ Hall. These are proving very popular as an interactive introduction to our Orders. A great way for potential Candidates to find out more; a good source of additional information for new members; and there’s even some useful nuggets for those of greater experience.

We have curated this collection of all the episodes which you can share with you members, by email or social media, either as a whole or pick out the items relating to your Order.

We hope you find these a useful addition to your recruitment and retention programme.’ Read the full document here

Mervyn zooms in!

This years East Lancashire District meeting took place in the ‘virtual surroundings of zoom

District Gran Prefect – Mervyn Wilson conducted the meeting on line due to the current virus lock down situation we find our selves in. Read more here

Appointment of the Deputy District Grand Prefect

The District Grand Prefect, RWBro Mervyn Frank Wilson has been pleased to appoint WBro Peter Hegarty PGJD as the new Deputy District Grand Prefect for East Lancs. This ceremony should have taken place at the regular meeting of Constitution Council, Tue 19th May. Due to the general suspension of all Masonic activity, this meeting has been cancelled.

WBro Peter Hegarty PGJD, Dep. DGP

The Office is, however, effective from that date and the investiture will be marked at a future meeting when it is deemed safe to go out again and sit amongst our friends and Brothers as we used to do. 

I am sure we would wish to congratulate Peter on his preferment and offer him our very best wishes in his new role.

Peter is looking forward to visiting all our Councils, when the general suspension has been lifted and Allied meetings resume.

Up in the North East

Brethren from both East and West Lancashire accompany Mervyn Wilson (DGP East Lancs) & Paul Snape (DGP West Lancs)on a visit to Durham & Northumberland.

Sojourners to Southampton

The heads of both Lancashire districts headed down south to Southampton to attend the investiture of a new District Grand Prefect.

Mervyn Wilson (East Lancs DPG, left)) and Paul Snape (DPG West Lancs, right of centre) and the brethren board a train.

At the end of their travels and in need of refreshment they, in true Allied style entered a hostelry. Well a hotel in any way! The next day they attended the meeting along with the Grand Master who performed the investiture in fine style.

The heads of both East and West Lancashire, centre flanked by brethren from both districts attending the meeting.