St Lawrence Council Had A Busy Night

The June meeting of Rochdale St Lawrence Council No 122 was another busy night of Allied Freemasonry and the second Council that had met at Rochdale in the same week.

Not only was it the installation but the induction ceremony for Bro Stan Bibby. This was all to take place under the watchful eyes of our head, Mervyn Wilson, accompanied by his Deputy and a deputation of his Acting District Officers of the year.

Stan (left) with Graham

Master of the Council Graham Rawlinson was the man with lots of work to do. Having opened the council he then received Mervyn and the team who processed into the lodge room in fine style and made most welcome.

First task to induct Stan Bibby with the help of his officers. In a most sincere ceremony capped off by perfect delivery of the lecture by the Junior Warden Roger Fielding.

Stan was greeted and welcomed by Mervyn at the end of the ceremony and presented with a grid iron lapel pin.

David Ogden

Next David Ogden, Master Elect was presented and installed by Graham as the new Master of the Council. Again another great ceremony conducted by the council for David who then proceeded to invest his team for the next year.

With all the business done and dusted everyone was ready for refreshment at the festive board where good food and friendly company was enjoyed by the members of the council and the visiting team.

Mervyn (centre) with Peter Hegarty (far left) and his team of District Acting Officers for 2022

The next outing for Mervyn and his team of officers takes place Saturday 9th of July at HBS Council – Salford. This promises to be equally busy with the ceremony of Grand High Priest taking place. The summons for this meeting will appear very soon.

A New Master And Member at JEG with a bit of a Mark theme.

James Edward Glover Council’s June Installation meeting was a busy one!

Not only was a brand new Master to be Installed but they had a candidate. So lots to do. The council travels around and meets twice per year, the installation is in East Lancashire and the outgoing Master David Pestell had chosen Rochdale to host the meeting. The second meeting is held at a West Lancashire venue.

Left to Right – Barry Heal, Brendan Harte, Mervyn Wilson

His first task was to invite the Director of Ceremonies, Adrian Hunter to take the chair to introduce Barry Heal to the order and the Council in particular. On hand was Mervyn Wilson, the head of the East Lancashire District and Immediate Past Master of this Council along with Alexander Sillars McLaren, his predecessor.

Barry was inducted as a Brother of St Lawrence in fine style and made most welcome. He mentioned later that night he had been keen to join the order and was among familiar faces as Barry is the East Lancashire Provincial Almoner in The Mark Degree.

Following the ceremony it was David Pestell’s job to resume the Master’s chair and install Brendan Harte as his successor, Brendan is another hard working Mark Provincial Officer as he holds the office of Charity Steward.

He was presented by our current Head Mervyn, with our Past Head Alex acting as Senior Warden and David Thompson, APGM in The Mark Degree as the Junior Warden. Alex of course is a Past PGM in East Lancashire Mark. So a very ‘Mark’ feeling to the ceremony.

Following a full ceremony Brendan appointed and invested his team for the year and concluded the council business then it was off to the festive board where the members, distinguished guests and visitors enjoyed a fantastic meal and great harmony.

JEG Members & Visitors enjoy good food and great company

East & West Travel to Leeds

Left, Mervyn Wilson with Paul Snape

Brethren from both Lancashire districts headed over to Leeds to see The Most Worthy Grand Master Tom Jackson install Brian Butterfield as the head of the order in Yorkshire.

Castle Grove Masonic Hall was the splendid venue for this occasion with its wood paneled lodge room and magnificent dining area, the scene was set for an enjoyable day.

Left, Peter Hegarty with Mike Barton

Mervyn Wilson, District Grand Prefect for East Lancashire was with his counterpart Paul Snape from West Lancashire as well as both Deputies, Peter Hegarty from East and newly appointed Mark Barton from West. Other acting officers and visitors made up a good number from both districts.

Brethren from East & West Lancashire on the steps of Castle Grove Hall

The lodge room was as expected packed with Allied Masons eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Grand Master, at the head of the procession was another East Lancashire member, Paul Waring, with the Grand sword.

Brian was installed in a most sincere manner by the Grand Master following which he then installed and invested his Deputy and officers of the year.

Tom Jackson, Grand Master receives a warm welcome from his District Grand Prefects

Following the conclusion of the meeting the brethren enjoyed good company and fine food in the dining room. The Grand Master was in good form and in an entertaining mood as he presented Brian with a baby’s dummy suspended from a green ribbon to remind him he is the newest of all of the District Grand Prefects!

The superb dining room at Castle Grove Hall

Under Starter’s Orders!

Monday 23rd May, was the date chosen by the Master, RWBro Thomas Auber and the venue was his hometown of Newmarket in Suffolk (or is it Cambridgeshire, there was some discussion about that at the dining table).

Tom Auber (left) with Tom Jackson Grand Master

This was the first midyear meeting of Shuttleworth Council, which is open to anyone who has held the office of Dist.G.Sec. or Dist.Assist.G.Sec. The aim is to foster and develop good relations with Districts around the country. Judging by the attendance and the general buzz of conversation throughout the evening the Council is off to a flying start. There were 47 brethren there, including some distinguished guests, including our Dist.G.Pref. RWBro Mervyn Wilson, looking very dapper in his new suit as you can see the photos, to witness the Assistant Grand Secretary, WBro Dan Heath who gave an interesting and fact filled talk about the work done on our behalf at Mark Masons’ Hall. The Council also balloted for four joining members and two Honorary members and is now composed of brethren from 13 different Districts.

Dan Heath, Front row Right with the distinguished guests and the Grand Master – Centre

This was followed by a regular meeting of Icknield Council 209, who hosted our meeting, where they admitted two new members to the Order. The ceremony was carried out in fine style much to the delight of the Grand Master.

We were then treated to a very enjoyable festive board. The Director of Ceremonies gave us the traditional Newmarket start of “we are under starters orders, and we’re off!” . Any Allied Masonic Degrees brother is entitled and very welcome to attend Shuttleworth Council .

Details of future meetings will be on the website including the next meeting which will be the installation at Rochdale Masonic Hall on Friday 9th September 2022.

14 New Knights at MEH

  The April meeting of MEH (Grand Officers) Council 160, at Bryn Masonic Hall saw a fabulous Red Cross of Babylon ceremony by the members of MEH including the DGPs of East Lancashire and West Lancashire and a few invited guest ritualists. Every office was filled and 14 Knights were admitted to the Degree in fine style. The high number due to a roll over from Covid times.

There were 45 in attendance and the meeting was followed by a wonderful meal and fraternal fellowship. Sadly three of the candidates escaped before the group photo was taken.

District Junior Warden installs his Brother District Senior Warden

(L-R) Allan Shields WM , Peter Hegarty and Installing Master Mike Green

Both of the current District Wardens are members of the same craft lodge – Robert Burns No 999 which meets at Salford Masonic Hall in the province of East Lancashire.

District Grand Junior Warden, Mike Green had been master of Robert Burns for three years owing to the suspension during the covid outbreak. So he was very keen to install his successor who just happens to be the District Senior Warden, Allan Shields.

All of this happened in front of our Deputy District Grand Prefect, Peter Hegarty who was in attendance at the meeting in his capacity as Salford District Chairman.

Allan was installed in fine style , the Allied theme extends further as the District Grand Treasurer, Jeff Huddart is also a member of the lodge and was invested as the lodge Junior Deacon later in the ceremony.

Plenty of work to do – Allan will have a candidate to initiate in October!

East to West

A delegation from our district paid a visit to the district meeting of our neighbours – West Lancashire.

The meeting was held at Preston, our District Grand Prefect, Mervyn Wilson was accompanied by his Deputy , Peter Hegarty and acting officers.

This meeting was well attended by brethren from all around the country as well as also having The Most Worthy, The Grand Master of the order Tom Jackson in attendance.

West Lancashire’s District Grand Prefect made every one most welcome and his team put on a great show which was followed up by a most memorable festive board.

Mervyn (left) with the delegation from East Lancashire

A New ‘Internet’ Council

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