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Peter (left) with Graham

The District of Cumberland and Westmorland held it’s District meeting at Cleator Moor. Heading to Cumbria was a small delegation from our district including Deputy District head Peter Hegarty, representing Mervyn Wilson, District Secretary Graham Newton and Jack Lyon.

Peter said ‘it was a great meeting’ hosted by the Head of the province Eddie Crosby who also had in attendance the Grand Master’ Thomas Firth Jackson and John Hale, Past Deputy Grand Master. Eddie in his eighth year as the district’s head, also welcomed many other brethren from all around the country. He said it was great to be back to a real meeting, the last one had to be done by zoom due to covid restrictions being in place.

District of London Annual Meeting

On the 20 th . November 2021 early, no very early two West
Lancashire Allied Masonic Degree Masons made their way to
the Capital to attend the District of London annual meeting.
After quite an uneventful journey Worshipful Brother Raymond
Lamb Past Grand Standard Bearer, Deputy District Grand
Director of Ceremony and Worshipful Brother Ernie Gavan Past
Grand Standard Bearer found a coffee house for an intake of
caffeine before making their way Mark Masons Hall in St.
James’s.
On entering they met up with Worshipful Brother Paul Waring
Grand Sword Bearer and Worshipful Brother John Pearson
Past Grand Standard Bearer friends from their neighbouring
District of East Lancashire. As instructed, they made their way
into the Lodge Room to take their seats. At 10.45 am the
District Grand Prefect Right Worshipful Brother Colin Robert
Woodcock M.B.E. entered in processional order.
The District Grand Prefect opened District Grand Council and a
moment of remembrance was observed for those of our
Brethren that had been called to a higher service. When items
of a domestic nature were completed The District Grand
Prefect introduced the Distinguished Guests including
Worshipful Brother Raymond Lamb representing the Right
Worshipful District Grand Prefect for West Lancashire Brother
Paul Snape, and Worshipful Brother Paul Waring representing
the Right Worshipful District Grand Prefect for East Lancashire
Brother Mervyn Wilson.
The Deputy District Grand Prefect Very Worshipful Brother
Steven John Warwick Past Grand Registrar was reappointed
and the other District Officers appointed and invested. The
District Grand Prefect addressed the meeting and after a

collection for charity closed district Grand Council. The District
Grand Prefect then retired from District Grand Council.
After an aperitif, or two, we repaired into the dining room where
a delightful four course luncheon was enjoyed by all. The usual
toasts were well received as were the responses. After a visit to
the bar area and a few drinks with friends, new and old, our
intrepid travelers made their way to the railway station for the
long journey back to Lancashire, getting home at a surprisingly
reasonable hour.

Magnificent Seven at David Lamb

David Lamb Council 197 answered the District Secretaries call to host a ceremony. Not having any of their own members waiting on ceremonies, WBro Marc Goldsworthy, council Director of Ceremonies, worked a flawless ceremony of Grand High Priest for seven candidates from other Councils. The meeting was attended by 26 Allied masons including the DGP and his Deputy, who all had a great evening of masonic fellowship followed by a substantial meal.

The candidates with WBro Marc Goldworthy and Bro Andrew Marsh WM
 The candidates with the DGP

Team Talk At JEG

The first visit of Mervyn Wilson’s new team of District officers took place at Salford on Monday 18th of October with a trip to James Edward Glover No 137.

There are some familiar faces in both the District team and the membership JEG council as Mervyn was also the Master with an installation to perform and Allan Shields, council Secretary, is also the District Senior Warden. The District Treasurer Jeff Huddart, is also the Council money man, so every one was kept busy.

A thorough rehearsal organised by DC Chris Welton meant that the visiting team entered the lodge room in fine style and were made most welcome.

Also in attendance was the Deputy head of the District – Peter Hegarty who was on home soil being the Salford District Chairman. Mike Green another Salford mason was also right at home as the District Junior Warden.

Mervyn (centre) with David Pestel, the District team and members of JEG

With the opening council business concluded Mervyn appointed his installing officers including both District Wardens, with Allan occupied as Senior Warden, Graham Newton, District Secretary kept a watchful eye on the Secretarial duties.

David (left) is congratulated by his installing officer

Master Elect Davis Pestel who has endured a patient wait to take the chair due to covid, as well as a change in succession plans . He was installed in fine style by Mervyn and the Installing Officers then warmly greeted by every one in attendance. He installed his new officers for his term as Master and concluded the Council meeting in order to start the festive board.

In equally spectacular style Mervyn and David paraded out accompanied by the district team with warm acclamation.

Time for refreshment with many people taking the time to enjoy a much needed catch up following the suspension. Plenty to talk about! The good spirits carried on at the dinner where a most excellent meal was served up by the new hall chef and the catering team.

Wakey Wakey Shuttleworth!

Saturday September 20th saw the re awakening or ‘restoration’ of Shuttleworth Council No.50 at Salford Masonic Hall.

The council surrendered its warrant to the Head of the order in East Lancashire, Mervyn Wilson, in December 2020, as numbers had dwindled in the main due to an aging membership. Mervyn however was determined not to let the council fade away and our District Secretary, Graham Newton had a great idea to ensure the council could be restored.

It was to become a ‘special interest’ council – all of its members are, or have been involved in the administration of the Districts in our Order in some way. The membership is drawn from all around the country.

WM Tom Auber (centre) with Mervyn along with the members of Shuttleworth Council

Mervyn opened the council with the assistance of his District Senior Warden, Allan Shields and Junior Warden Mike Green, under the watchful eye of District Deputy DC Martin Murray.

He then installed Thomas Auber as the first master following the Re awakening of the council. Tom then invested his new officers who took their rightful places.

All the business conducted the council was closed allowing everyone to retire to the bar. They were greeted by canapes served by the new catering team at Salford. This was followed by a most delicious meal. The brethren were getting to know each other and enjoying the harmony and conversation. Tom was flush with gifts and presented Mervyn with a rather fine bottle of gin.

The brethren enjoying fine food and good company

It is hoped that others who hold or have held the office of District Grand Secretary or Assistant District Grand Secretary will join in the future and share their unique perspective on our wonderful order. Meetings will be held around the country, the next takes place in June when Dan Heath, the Assistant Grand Secretary will be presenting a paper.

The day was enjoyed by members and visitors alike – Shuttleworth is now awake and faces a bright new future.

2021 District Meeting

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

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

2021 District Meeting

This years meeting will take place at 11 am on Saturday 11th of September at Rochdale Masonic Hall.

A copy of the summons and the East Lancashire member’s dining / booking form can be downloaded from the ‘summons ‘ area of the website.

We are back!

Our District Grand prefect is pleased to resume our meetings, his letter confirming a resumption of Allied Masonic business can be read here:

Save the Date of the 11th of September 2021 for our District meeting which will take place at Rochdale. Summons now available on our summons section.

Also pop back for some information regarding Shuttleworth Council which will be holding a special meeting on Saturday 25th of September. The summons is now available in the summons section.

East Lancashire District Meeting 2020

Due to the current pandemic this year’s district meeting took place on the now familiar zoom format where the brethren can join in on line. Indeed a total of 55 members of East Lancashire district tuned in at 11 am to attend the meeting.

The meeting room had opened some 15 minutes before which gave the brethren a chance to greet one another and engage in some entertaining banter.

Mervyn delivering his address via zoom

Every one was glad of the chance to catch up with one another following this very long and continued period of suspension of normal meetings.

With every one now on mute, The District Grand Prefect Mervin Wilson opened the meeting with a welcome and thanks for attending. You can listen to a portion of his address by clicking on this link:

The meeting took the same format as it would have done in the lodge room which included the re appointment of the District team.

Further documentation (the Minutes of last year’s meeting, the District accounts, the Permission letter from Grand Council, the List of District appointments/promotions) relating to this meeting can be found on the pass word protected page.

Click here to visit the documents page

(please contact your Council Secretary for the pass word or web.amdel@gmail stating your credentials.)

He also thanked John Crawford who retired as District Treasurer after 11 years of service to the District of East Lancashire.

It was then announced that the District would be making a donation of £1500 pounds which has been raised by the Allied members in favour of the 2021 East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund. Its worth pointing out that members of the Allied Degrees are also members of the Mark Degree and the head of East Lancashire Mark Masons, Alex Mclaren was on hand to thank the brethren for donating this significant sum of money.

Mervyn then gave his address to the brethren following which he closed the meeting with his best wishes to one and all!

You can read the address here:

Appointment of the Deputy District Grand Prefect

The District Grand Prefect 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.

Peter Hegarty

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.

Out and about 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.

Team Visit to Shuttleworth Council

The District Team have been out in force again, recently! Visiting Shuttleworth Council in Colne. Thanks to Bob Summers for the photo.

New Deputy District Grand Prefect

Mervyn Wilson, District Grand Prefect, has with great pleasure announced that Peter Hegarty will invested as his deputy at the meeting of Constitution Council No 183 on the 19th of May at Accrington.

Southampton sojourners

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

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

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

Our DPG out and about again!

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.

Flying the flag for East Lancashire!

The Dist Grand Prefect RWBro Mervyn Wilson on his travels around the country flying the flag for East Lancs. This time in Croydon for the Dist of Surrey annual meeting.

At Last – Wayne makes it into 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

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

Allied merchandise now available!

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