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 every one 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.

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.