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.

Our District Grand Prefect is out and about

Mervyn Wilson (front second from the left) has been out and about on his travels again.

This time in Burton-on-Trent visiting the District of West Midlands.

If you haven’t spotted our DGP in the photo, he is the one with the “glow in the dark” socks.

He is joined by colleagues of East Lancashire as well as Paul Snape, DGP West Lancashire (Centre) with some of his own district officers.

Looking to complete all your degrees?

Herbert Barrington Slater Council No.234 will be working The Knights of Constantinople as well as Grand High Priest at the February meeting:

Saturday 22nd February at Salford Masonic Hall. All brethren who are looking to take either or both of the degrees mentioned will be made most welcome. The summons will appear in the ‘Summons ‘ section. or Email web.amdel@gmail.com for more information and book in.





At last – Wayne makes the chair of HBS!

Wayne Kilford had waited two years to become the Master of Herbert Barrington Slater Council No 234. Having served his year as Master, Allan Shields was all set to place Wayne into the chair at the Installation meeting last December, however Wayne was overseas in the Faroe Islands with his work.

Wayne (left) being Congratulated by Allan

A second year as Master was not a problem for Allan however he did greet Wayne with open arms on the cold Saturday morning at Salford this time around. Allan welcomed the members and visitors present which included the head of the order in East Lancashire, District Grand Prefect Mervyn Wilson as the distinguished guest.

Allan then proceeded to install Wayne following which he immediately was appointed in the role of Council Secretary.

Wayne thanked everyone for a most enjoyable ceremony and concluded the council business.

Then it was down to the bar area where hot soup and sandwiches were served. Good food and conversation followed. Mervyn thanked the council for putting on a good meeting and said how much he had enjoyed the meeting and festive board.

The new master was suitably toasted and Wayne responded by thanking everyone as well as how much he is looking forward to the year ahead.

If Saturday Masonry is for you the HBS is the place to be!

Wayne (centre) With Mervyn (left) and the members of HBS and their visitors

Michael Edward Herbert installation

The Installation meeting of Michael Edward Herbert Council 160 took place on Fri 29th November at Chorley Masonic Hall. There were 41 Allied masons present to witness RWBro Paul Snape DGP (WL) being installed into the chair of this prestigious Council. The ceremony was carried out in an exemplary style by WBro Tony Alderton. With the added honour of a visit from the Grand Master, MWBro Tom Jackson.

Membership of this Council is open to Grand Officers from any District and moves it’s meetings around both East and West Lancs. The next meeting is at Middleton Masonic Hall on 29th May 2020 when it is hoped to stage a Red Cross of Babylon Ceremony, to which any Allied Mason is entitled to attend.

from left to right, RWBro Mervyn F Wilson District Grand Prefect, MWBro Thomas F. Jackson Grand Master, RWBro G. Paul Snape District Grand Prefect (West Lancs) Worshipful Master, WBro Tony Alderton Installing Master.

Grand Council visit by East Lancashire Allied Masons

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Tuesday 22nd October saw 25 Allied members from East Lancashire travel to London and attend the annual Grand Council meeting in support our District Grand Prefect, Mervyn Wilson and the Most Worshipful Grand Master Thomas Firth Jackson.

Grand Stewards

The day started off in the first class lounge at Piccadilly Station, Manchester where WBro Trevor Parvin , Assistant Secretary tried his best to herd us on to the 10.15 train to London.

East Lancashire was honoured with four appointments or promotions; WBro Ivan Millington appointed as Grand Steward, WBro Peter Hegarty promoted to Past Grand Junior Deacon, WBro Gareth Jones appointed as Past Grand Standard Bearer and WBro Stephen Bolton appointed as Past Grand Inner Guard.

Mervyn (centre) with brethren appointed or promoted
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The meeting was, as expected, organised in a very professional manner and followed by a very nice meal and wine in the Connaught rooms next door.

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The meeting was, as expected, organised in a very professional manner and followed by a very nice meal and wine in the Connaught rooms next door. Just time for a drink in a local hostelry over the road then a train back home.

The District Grand Prefect was delighted with the amount of support from the members of East Lancashire and would encourage anyone who has not been before to put the 27th Oct 2020 in your diaries and give it a go. It is definitely a Grand day out.