JEG No 137

October 18th is the installation meeting of James Edward Glover when our DGP installs his successor! It’s also an outing for the District Officers, contact and summons available from the website.

District Meeting 2021

District Grand Prefect Mervyn Wilson greeted over 70 Allied masons from his own district as well as visitors from all over the country when he opened the District meeting.

Its better than zoom he said, as he greeted one and all to the first full meeting back since the pandemic.

Many careful steps had been taken to ensure the safety of all those attending but these were subtle and did not spoil the day in any way.

Attendance was good with all 11 councils represented and the officers of the year present were invested by Mervyn.

Left to Right: Peter Hegarty (Deputy) Allan Shields (SW) Mervyn, Mike Green (JW) and DC Chris Welton.

It was also a chance for Mervyn to congratulate Peter Hegarty on becoming his Deputy.

Mervyn addressing the festive board

Following the post meeting refreshment the brethren enjoyed a meal of Rag Pudding and Lancashire Caviar. (That’s mushy peas by the way!). It was a great chance to catch up and enjoy the company after the long suspensions to our meetings due to the pandemic. Mervyn was warmly toasted and his response was well received. He mentioned some exciting meetings on the way, with the return of Shuttleworth Council in two weeks time as well as team visits to James Edward Glover in October and HBS next year.

The brethren departed with memories of a great meetings and lots of great and exiting things to come!

Mervyn (centre) with distinguished guests – District Grand Prefects from around the country

Details of Our Next Meetings

September and October are busy months and the summons for the District Meeting (Sept11th), the Restoration meeting of Shuttleworth Council No 50 (Sept 25th ) and Matier ‘B TI (Oct 2nd) are all available to down load from the summons section of our website.

AMD On Tour

East and West Lancashire District teams are back out on the road. ‘On Tramp’ visiting the East Midlands District meeting being held at Derby.

Pictured are (centre) Mervyn Wilson and Paul Snape who head up the order in East and West Lancashire respectively accompanied by their Deputies and members of the District teams.

Allied is back in East Lancashire with three

Allied masonry resumed with the first meeting of Constitution Council No. 183 at Accrington with three very important ceremonies: an induction, and an installation as well as the confirmation on post of the new Deputy District Grand Prefect.

Council Master Richard Frazer-Bastable was the man to start things going by opening the council and welcoming the head of the order, District Grand Prefect Mervyn Wilson as the principal guest.

Left – Right: Graham, Richard, Mark, Mervyn & Peter

12 members were joined by six visitors some of whom were the acting officers of the year, all of whom were greeted warmly.  Richard then handed the proceedings over to Graham Newton, District Secretary to induct our latest recruit Mark Rowe in fine style and blowing away lock down cobwebs to deliver a great ceremony assisted by Bill Pickup who explained the St Lawrence Lecture to Mark perfectly.

Graham with one of the ‘pop ups’

Graham has acquired some pretty impressive ‘pull up’ banners which illustrate perfectly the history of the Order, the degree of St Lawrence as well as the other four making up the order. The banner was proudly on display as the brethren entered the festive board room and bar.

One down two to go as Richard resumed his rightful place in the chair to install his successor as master, David Sharpe. David is an experienced mason who enjoyed this very special ceremony which was well worked most sincerely by Richard.

David Centre with (right) Mervyn & Peter with the members and visitors
Mervyn congratulates Peter

And finally….  Part three commenced when Mervyn rose and requested that Peter Hegarty was presented to him for this long awaited chance to invest him with his collaret as his Deputy.

Peter has been in office since May 2020 however the suspension due to covid had prevented his confirmation taking place until now. Peter received a round of applause following his confirmation and warm welcome to the team by Mervyn

New WM David with his team of officers receives congratulations from Mervyn

Jobs done David Sharpe closed the council and it was off to the bar for a catch up and a superb buffet festive board.

Mervyn addresses the festive board

During the meal Mervyn updated every one with all the good news surrounding the Allied Masonic degrees in East Lancashire which include the District meeting Saturday 11th September and the re launch of Shuttleworth Council later that month on the 25th, this website will contain all the details needed to book in to the  great events coming soon.

Marks response brings a smile

It also gave the latest recruit Mark a chance to meet and chat with the members of his new lodge and following a toast made to welcome him, he thanked everyone for a warm introduction to our most interesting order.

New Master Dave also received a welcoming toast from his installing officer Richard, following which he thanked every one for attending and looked forward to his year in office.

New WM Dave responds to his toast

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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.