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Installation meeting of Michael Edward Herbert Council

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 2019

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.

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.

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.

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 is delighted with the amount of support from the members of our District 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.

More information, photos and the Grand Master’s address to the brethren can be found on the Grand Allied web site. Click here

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Details of Team visits – 2019/20

The District Grand Prefect will be visiting the following councils accompanied by his team of acting provincial officers:

Goulburn Council 36 (Bolton) Sat 19th Oct 2019

Shuttleworth Council 50 (Colne) Monday 2nd March 2020

HBS Council 234 (Salford) Sat 11th July 2020

District Meeting 2019

Rochdale masonic hall was the venue for the 2019 District meeting, which saw over 100 brethren in attendance. Many had traveled along way to join Mervyn Wilson, the head of the East Lancashire district and many of its members. Brethren had travelled from Kent, London, and Surrey in the south as well as Yorkshire, the midlands as well as a suitably large raid from neighbouring West Lancashire with their head, Paul Snape.

Mervyn (centre) flanked by his officers of the year – 2020

Mervyn welcomed everyone to Rochdale and then proceed to appoint and invest his officers for the year. Trevor Jewitt unfolded and delivered his final report before retiring after six years as District Secretary with thanks from Mervyn fo all his hard work. The ceremony and processions was perfect and wonderful to see all done under the watchful eye of District Director of Ceremonies Chris Welton.

Paul Snape (centre) with the West Lancashire visitors

Following a successful and enjoyable meeting the brethren retired to the lovely surroundings of the dining room to enjoy a drink and a tasty meal.

Dine with me at David Lamb

David Lamb Council No 197 inducted a TV star at the August Council meeting!

Come Dine with me has recently featured Matt Phillips from Manchester, many will know him to be a very good Mason, but in the show he was given the opportunity to show off his skills in the kitchen.

Matt was inducted during a fine ceremony by Council Master Duncan Ferguson , assisted by his officers and visitors seconded into office for the meeting. One of those taking part was Dennis Schiff who had proposed Matt into the Allied Masonic Degrees.

Following the meeting Matt could enjoy the meal without having to cook it on this occasion, that task had been suitably performed by the catering staff at Asdale Lea, Rawtenstall. He was made most welcome into his new surroundings and is looking forward to completing the other degrees the order has to offer.

Left to Right, Matt Phillips, Duncan Ferguson and Dennis Schiff

Travel arrangements to travel to Grand Council – October 22nd

Please see the itinerary posted in the ‘Summons’ section . Train travel is being arranged for the brethren who wish to visit. Click here.

9 Grand High Priests

Herbert Barrington Slater council, No234 held its July meeting at Salford and the main business was to work the degree of Grand High Priest with a staggering nine candidates.

Council master Allan Shields welcomed the visitors and swiftly dealt with the regular council business before inviting John Green to take over and work the ceremony.

The candidates were asked to leave the room while the members prepared the lodge with the appropriate fixtures and fittings suitable for use during the ceremony.

John, who was assisted by Shaun Higson and HBS members , delivered a fine ceremony word perfect which concluded with a fantastic rendition of the lecture by Fraser McCord.

Following the meeting the brethren retired for soup and sandwiches at the festive board. It is hoped that this ceremony will become a regular fixture and a warm welcome from HBS No 234 awaits any brother who is looking to take this particular degree in the future.

John Green (center wearing a collar) is flanked by the candidates taking the degree of Grand High Priest

Rochdale enjoys a first class ceremony

Thursday 19th June 2019. Rochdale St Lawrence Council 122 held their Installation meeting with Dist Secretary WBro Trevor Jewitt, representing the District Grand Prefect. 24 members and visitors enjoyed a first class ceremony conducted by the WM Tony Gillard, who had travelled all the way from Bedfordshire to install Bro  Bernard Percy into the chair.

Tony (Right) with Bernard

The meeting was followed by a most delightful summer meal produced by chef Lesley at Rochdale Masonic Hall, where the festive board was enjoyed by all present in a most convivial manner.

Top, Trevor Jewitt congratulates Bernard and (lower) with all of the members of Rochdale St Lawrence Council

JEG Installs our District Grand Prefect as its master

Not every council can boast that ‘The Chief’ is their Master but the June meeting of James Edward Glover No 137 saw RWBro Mervyn Wilson installed into the chair of the council.

Installing Master George Turner (right) congratulates Mervyn

The council travels throughout East Lancashire and other local Districts to hold its meetings and this installation was held at Middleton Masonic Hall in Manchester where the members and visitors were made most welcome.

Out going master George Turner was at the end of a two year spell in the master’s chair which concluded by him installing his successor in fine style and with sincerity.

The meeting was well attended by the council members which also included the Past District Grand Prefect, Alex Mclaren. Following the meeting they retired to the plush dinning room and enjoyed good harmony and excellent food.

The next meeting of JEG takes place in October and will be an opportunity to see our District Grand Prefect work the Degree of St Lawrence as a new candidate is waiting in the wings!

Mervyn (centre) enjoying the festive board with the members and visitors

A New Council is consecrated

The Grand Master MWBro. Thomas Firth Jackson and a delegation of Grand Officers were present for this very special occasion .He was accompanied by a galaxy of District officers including RWBro. David Malcolm Cordell, District Grand Prefect Yorkshire District and RWBro. Mervyn Wilson who is the District Grand Prefect for East Lancashire but also the first Master of the new council – Saddleworth Council No 281

Thomas Jackson The Grand Master flanked by the consecrating team

The Council was consecrated in fine style by Thomas Jackson and the team following which Mervyn was installed as it’s very first Master by David Cordell. Mervyn then proceed to invest his officers for the first year.

On the conclusion of the ceremony the Grand Officers formed a procession and were joined at the festive board by all of the members and officers of the new council.

The Grand Master (centre) with David Cordell (left) and Mervyn Wilson (right) flanked by the members of Saddleworth Council