Welcome back HBS. A New Master, 3 candidates and 2 joining members!

Herbert Barrington Slater Council No 234 had not met for close on two years due to the pandemic, but what a come back meeting took place Saturday at Salford Masonic Hall.

Lets start with an installation. Acting Master and District Secretary, Graham Newton opened the lodge and welcomed its distinguished guest, the head of the order in East Lancashire; Mervyn Wilson.

Craig (left) with installing WM Graham

It was now time to start adding some members to the council as Ivan Millington and Nigel Bramley Howarth were welcomed aboard.

With the all the council business now out of the way Peter Hegarty, the Deputy Head presented Craig Wood as Master Elected ready to be installed. However Craig was on crutches having torn ligaments an injury so things were just a little bit different, he had waited two years for this and very determined to get in the chair.

Mervyn greets Craig following his installation

A fabulous ceremony ensued conducted by Graham and Craig was pleased to appoint his new team of officers for his year in the chair.

It was now time to once again swell the numbers with some new members, three candidates this time – Nigel Dunlop, Paul Joynson and Steven Graham who were all admitted in a fantastic ceremony of The Degree of St Lawrence The Martyr delivered by Craig as his first duty as new master.

Left to right, Nigel, Paul, Craig and Steve

As the end of a first and eventful meeting back neared, Mervyn congratulated both Graham and Craig for the work done and welcomed the new members to the order by presenting them with a grid iron lapel badge.

The newly admitted brethren are greeted by Mervyn
Mervyn & Craig share a toast

Council business complete the brethren enjoyed a hearty meal downstairs at the festive board which gave the chance for the new members to really get to know their new lodge mates and enjoy the harmony and conversations.

Visiting ‘Down South’

The heads of both Lancashire Districts – East and West, Mervyn Wilson and Paul Snape accompanied by their Deputies and a good delegation of Lancashire brethren made the long trip down to Croydon for the Surrey District meeting.

Croydon Masonic Hall
Lancashire delegation With Paul and Mervyn in the centre
Paul Waring attempts to get properly clothed!

Paul Snape begs the question which comes first – your tie or collarette? The meeting was enjoyable and following which the Lancashire contingent were made very welcome at the festive board.

Thanks to Paul Snape for the photos and article.

A Trip To Cumbria

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.

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 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.