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Lancaster & District Group of Lodges and Chapters Volume 5 Issue 7 NEWSLETTER February 2009 NEW BANNER FOR IN THIS ISSUE New Lodge Banner Dedicated PILLING LODGE Pages 1 & 2 Chairman’s Message ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12, Pilling Lodge held a Ceremony of Banner Page 3 dedication in the presence of Worshipful Brother F.P.Gardner PAGDC, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, at Wyrebank, Garstang. Freemasons In The After conducting the Regular business of the Lodge, The Worshipful Master, Br. Don Atkinson, opened Community the Lodge in the Third Degree. The Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies was admitted and Page 5 announced the arrival of the Assistant Provincial Grand Master. After entering in procession with his officers, the APGM accepted the gavel from the Master of the Wyreside Panto Lodge and occupied the Chair, before appointing Provincial Grand Officers to assist in the ceremony. Story & Pics Salutations were given under the direction of the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Page 5 Ceremonies before labour was resumed in the First Degree. 18th Century The Assistant PGM then gave a most Initiation interesting and stimulating address to the Demonstration brethren regarding the purpose of the Page 6 ceremony and some history on the use of banners through the ages. Poulton-le-Sands Following an anthem sung by the Provincial Installation Choir, the APGM called upon the PDGDC to form a deputation to carry the Banner into Page 6 the Lodge and as the Banner was collected and processed around the Lodge the Prostate Cancer Provincial Choir sang the Opening Hymn. Research Whilst the Banner was held on display to the Campaign brethren assembled the Provincial Grand Page 7 Chaplain delivered the Dedication Prayer after which it was carried to the East by Provincial command of the APGM. Grand Draw The APGM then delivered the Banner into the keeping of the Master who accepted the Results Banner on behalf of the Lodge and requested Page 7 permission to have it placed in the East. The Provincial Choir sang a psalm, followed A special 50 by an oration by the Provincial Grand Year event Chaplain. This was extremely interesting and Page 8 expanded upon the theme of Banner history previously touched upon by the APGM. The closing hymn was sung and the Provin- City of cial Grand Chaplain pronounced the Lancaster Patriarchal Benediction before the APGM From left: W.Bro F. Philip Gardner P.A.G.D.C., Installation invited the Master to reoccupy the Chair. Bro Don Atkinson W.M. Pilling Lodge, Page 8 More on Page Two W.Bro James Wilson P.A.G,D.C. Group Chairman Page 2 Lancaster and District Group of Lodges and Chapters. Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7. February 2009 PILLING BANNER DEDICATION Continued from Page One: THE PILLING LODGE BANNER W.Bro R R Kippax, PPrJGW, a well-known local farmer was initiated into Pilling Lodge on February 13, 1964, and held many offices until he was called to the Grand Lodge Above on May 9, 2002. In his will he bequeathed money to the Lodge and it was decided that a Lodge Banner be commissioned for display in the newly-built Garstang Masonic Hall. Bro. T Moss, a member of Pilling’s Mother Lodge, Scorton, and art teacher at Garstang High School, skillfully designed the Banner and Mrs J Files of Grimsargh, a member of the Guild of Quilters exquisitely crafted it. The main feature of the Banner is the local landmark, Pilling Mill, though now, sadly it is without its sails. Above the mill can be seen the ‘Pilling Pig’, the engine of an ancient Pilling Railway. On either side of the mill scene are the two great pillars supporting the celestial and terrestrial globes. These serve to remind us of our Masonic Principles. Above all these items are the square and compasses, whilst below them is the red Lancashire Rose. All these items are surrounded by a deep blue frame which in turn is mounted on a pale blue background. The Banner is trimmed on all four edges with gold braid and a tasseled trimming along the lower edge. DEDICATION BANQUET Some 100 members and guests enjoyed the Dedication Festive Board when the Charity Steward reported that a magnificent total of £562.42 had been raised for Charity. The APGM gave the toast to The Lodge which was responded to by the Worshipful Master before presenting W.Bro Gardner with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Mrs Gardner. THE DEDICATING OFFICERS Worshipful Brother F. P. Gardner, P.A.G.D.C., Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of West Lancashire Assisted by: W.Bro G.R. Jones, Provincial Senior Grand Warden W.Bro D. J. Winder, Provincial Junior Grand Warden W.Bro Rev. G Halsall, Provincial Grand Chaplain W.Bro J. R. Clipsham, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies W.Bro K. S. Kemp, P.Pr. J.G.W., Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies W.Bro A. Jenkinson, P.Pr.J.G.W., Provincial Grand Deacon (Acting) W.Bro A. Stafford P.Pr.J.G.W., Provincial Grand Deacon (Acting) W. Bro D. K. Tattersall, Pr.G.Org., Organist W.Bro S. Lawrenson, P.Pr.D.G.Supt.Wks., Inner Guard W.Bro D. Wearden, P.Pr.G.Supt.Wks., Banner Bearer W.Bro W.G. Bullough, P.A.G.D.C., Provincial Chorister W.Bro A. Ford-Giltrap, P.A.G.D.C., Provincial Chorister W.Bro J. Hindle, P.Pr.S.G.W., Provincial Chorister W.Bro C. J. Knowles, P.Pr.D.G.Supt.Wks., Provincial Chorister W.Bro T.J.B. Whiteley, P.Pr.J.G.W., Provincial Chorister LODGE OFFICERS Bro R. J. Bradshaw, Senior Warden W.Bro J. E.A. Barclay, Junior Warden W.Bro L.A. Robinson, P.Pr.A.G.Swd.B., Director of Ceremonies Bro P. Pemberton, Senior Deacon Bro J. D. Eccles, Junior Deacon W.Bro W.B. Bamber, Assistant Director of Ceremonies Bro B. W. Armistead, Inner Guard Bro G. Kirkham, Tyler Lancaster and District Group of Lodges and Chapters. Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7. February 2009 Page 3 MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIRMAN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH I attended Pilling Lodge to support our Assistant Provincial Grand Master as he conducted his first Banner Dedication Ceremony assisted by the Provincial Senior and Junior Wardens and the Provincial Choir and Chaplain. And what a splendid evening it was! The proceedings were conducted with great dignity and professionalism by our Assistant who gave the Brethren an accomplished explanation as to the purpose of the meeting and then went on to dedicate the Banner, followed by a marvellous oration by the Provincial Grand Chaplain the Rev. Graham Halsall. Rev Graham is a member of Lodge Amounderness - the Lodge recently transferred into our Group and who will shortly be meeting at Garstang. It really was a joy to listen to. The Banner was in memory of W.Bro Raymond Kippax whose bequest to the Lodge enabled it to be purchased and it was indeed a fitting memorial for the long and distinguished service he gave to Pilling Lodge. This year’s Royal Arch Forum was held at the Meeting of Scorton Chapter where an Exaltation Ceremony was carried out followed by an overview by Ex.Comp.Peter Mason and a question and answer session by our Assistant to the P.G.Principals, Ex.Comp. Michael Davies. This proved to be an interesting and informative night but unfortunately the attendance by Companions Exalted in the last 5 years who these meetings are aimed at was disappointing. Perhaps those companions could discuss with our Vice Chair- man what type of evening they would like so that in future these meetings might be better attended. Our Provincial and Group Web Master W.Bro Chris Butterfield held a computer workshop which covered a variety of topics and explained to Secretaries how to convert their precepts to P.D.F. files so other Secretaries would have no problem in receiving them. Any Secretary who did not take advantage of this meeting, however computer literate they may be, missed a golden opportunity of finding out from an expert how a computer can make a Secretary’s life much easier. I think it is fair to say that we all learnt some- thing from this meeting. Chris certainly knows his stuff and a booklet was issued to enable us to work on things at home. Chris hopes to hold another meeting in the future to work through any problems we have found. I would recommend this meeting to all Secretaries and Scribes as I am sure they will find it time well spent. As I visit round the Group I am starting to see the badges being worn in support of the Prostate Cancer Research Campaign sponsored by Bro.Peter Pemberton, the S.W. of St.Michaels Lodge, and who now assists Jim Hamilton in the preparation of the Group Newsletter. Peter has designed and commissioned the badges and has included in this issue of the Newsletter an explanation about the campaign. I hope you will all give it your full support as I am sure we all know someone who has been touched by this terrible disease and none of us know what the future holds for us. Whilst attending Lune Installation I had a conversation with their new Worshipful Master Gary Wright about a sponsored walk he and two other Brethren from Lune Lodge will be undertaking between Friday May 1 and Monday May 4, also in support of Prostate Cancer. The walk is 58.5 miles from Preston to Kendal following the route of the canal. Whilst Gary is only seeking sponsorship from his own Lodge members, I am sure he would appreciate support from any Brother in the Group and can be contacted through his Lodge Secretary, David Roberts. This years Group Ball is to take place on Saturday May 16, in the new banqueting suite at the University of Cumbria - formally St. Martin’s College in Lancaster. There is ample free parking on site and the function room has fantastic views over the City of Lancaster. Lodges should now have received full details from our Group Social Secretary, W.Bro Alan Procter, and I hope Masters, Brethren and their Ladies will, as in the past, give this event their full support. Brethren I wish you all well for the future. WITH 7:30pm Tickets £12.50 From Keith Lamb - Jim Hamilton - Neil McGill - Barry Robinson - Alan Robinson Page 4 Lancaster and District Group of Lodges and Chapters. Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7. February 2009 FREEMASONS IN THE COMMUNITY IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE WAY - ASK A RANGER! BROTHER PETER PEMBERTON of St Michael’s-on-Wyre Lodge 8348 can be found out and about every other weekend as a Volunteer Countryside Ranger with the Lancashire Countryside Service. Within the Lancashire Countryside Service it is the Ranger Service that manages the Country Parks, picnic sites, long distance foot- paths and access areas. Volunteer Rangers form an integral part of this work by: safeguarding the countryside sites and access areas by encouraging good behavior and reporting on the need for remedial actions; offering information and guidance to visitors; and dealing with, or assisting with, any emergency that might arise. ‘Having been a keen fell-walker for many years, the Volunteer Ranger Service gave me an opportunity to use my love of the outdoors to the benefit of others once I had retired from full-time work,’ said Peter. Lancashire County Council’s Countryside Service is intensely proud of the professionalism of its Volunteer Ranger Service and puts great store by the comprehensive training given to its volunteers. This training includes such items as: navigation, radio procedures, countryside law, visitor management and emergency procedures; together with first aid and rescue and emergency care. Trainees must achieve a minimum pass mark in all areas in order to be ac- cepted into the Service. Volunteers can also request training in Advanced Navigation techniques. Sometimes referred to as micro-navigation, this involves being trained in, and proving competence in, the ability to navigate to an EIGHT figure grid reference (ie to within 10 metres) using map and compass only. This aspect of training is conducted on Clougha Fell over six consecutive Sundays in the depth of winter with competence being proven by a full day practical examination in the field. Peter said: ‘There is no doubt that the advanced navigation course is both challenging and gruelling, but also very satisfying. The qualification is essential for all Rangers who wish to work on upland areas or lead guided walks.’ Peter can be found out on patrol on Beacon Fell every other Saturday and on and around Pendle Hill on Sundays. In addition to his duties as a Volunteer Ranger, Peter is also a Magistrate on South Ribble Bench sitting at Leyland and Chorley. Bro Peter in his role as Volunteer Countryside Ranger Lancaster and District Group of Lodges and Chapters. Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7. February 2009 Page 5 HE’S BEHIND YOU . . . THE BRETHREN OF WYRESIDE LODGE with the help of one or two outsiders have again staged their annual panto. On Friday January 30 and the following Saturday they per- formed “Babes in The Wood” and they did so to a full house on both occasions. The panto was again written by W.Bro Frank Hodgkinson and produced by his brother W.Bro. Tom Hodgkinson. The audience in Cabus Vilage Hall was treated to hilarious performances on both evenings, and showed their appre- ciation throughout. Above: The Panto Cast Below: Two Lovely Black Eyes! Peter & Jim somewhat worse for wear. Some ideas for new regalia? Together the two evening performances raised well over £2,000 for charity, and a full list of the Lodge’s charitable giving is listed in the report on the Lodge’s Installation which is also in this issue, and represents a remarkable achievement by the Lodge and its master Andrew Cookson. In addition to the brethren of Wyreside the cast also included W.Bro Harry Parker of Scorton Lodge who is in his third year as a fairy, though this year he was in green and not pink. There was also a special guest performance by W.Bro Peter Mason and W.Bro Jim Hamilton. They appeared at the end of each act and as the pictures show seemed to fall out, with both ending up the worse for wear. Page 6 Lancaster and District Group of Lodges and Chapters. Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7. February 2009 EIGHTEENTH CENTURY INITIATION DEMONSTRATION AT VALE LODGE VALE LODGE No. 5256 continued with its resurgence this month. They held an Old English Lunch on the February 28. It could not be an Old English Night as they meet on Saturday lunch time! The WM. Graham Liddy welcomed W.Bro. F.P. Gardner PAGDC PrGM to the Lodge together with the members of Brigantes Lodge No 9734 Demonstration Team. The team consisted of: W.Bro. Richard Johnson, W.Bro. Douglas Lowe, W.Bro. Philip Cragg, W.Bro. Bob Thompson, W.Bro Dennis Whicker, W.Bro. Geoff Waters, W.Bro. Ron Thexton, W.Bro. Philip Rampling, W.Bro. Paul Johnson, W.Bro. B. Erett, and W.Bro. B. Hampson. The ceremony was entertaining, educational and full of humour showing an Initiation Ceremony and Charge for an Entered Appren- tice in 1777. With almost 75 Masons dining, the Fines Master W.Bro. Norman Mitchell raked in a considerable amount of cash and the raffle raised £340. As previously agreed this was given to the team from Brigantes Lodge. Above: Members of Brigantes Lodge watched by Vale members & guests They then promptly donated half of it back to Vale to give to the 2010 Festival. The afternoon’s entertainment was provided by W.Bro. G. Waters and Bro. Nigel Above: Fines Master W.Bro Norman Parrish. Poulton-le-Sands Installation ON WEDNESDAY February 25, close to 120 Masons attended Poulton-le-Sands Lodge Installation. The representative of the RW Provincial Grand Master was W.Bro. David Winder, the Junior Warden of The Province and he was accompanied by a veritable galaxy of Grand Officers. Poulton le Sands Lodge is the mother Lodge of the Past Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Colin Penty Wright who was also in attendance. It is also the mother lodge of the Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro Phil Gardner and due to a change in the guideline on protocol he was also able to attend. This and the attendance of others of high rank made for an interesting afternoon for the Lodge Director of Ceremonies W.Bro Keith Lamb, one which he coped with very well. The ceremony itself was a match for the occasion and saw W.Bro Norman Howarth install his successor Bro Ken Maunder into the Masters Chair. It has been a long wait for Brother Ken to reach the chair as a career in the Merchant Navy has kept him at sea and away from the Lodge for many years. His return to land a few years back has allowed him to resume his interest in Masonry and in Rotary and he was recently the president of Lancaster Loyne Rotary Club. The festive board was at the Lothersdale Hotel which coped superbly with the large attendance. Lancaster and District Group of Lodges and Chapters. Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7. February 2009 Page 7 Freemason Bob’s call could be a lifesaver IN 2003 BOB MONKHOUSE (himself a Freemason) died from Prostate Cancer, a disease which is now killing one man every hour in the UK. Shockingly, although it is almost as common as breast cancer, it gets just a fraction of the funding. Over 30,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK last year - a figure which is increasing each year. Bro. Peter Pemberton is endeavouring to both raise awareness of the disease amongst our members and funds for research into treatments. He has commissioned a special badge incorporating the colours of Craft and Royal Arch together with the square and compasses and will be selling these as he visits Lodges throughout the Group - and indeed further afield. So - Give A Few Bob. You might save someone’s life. Prostate Cancer Research Campaign Sponsored by Bro. Peter Pemberton St Michael’s-on-Wyre Lodge 8348 Please buy our badge - wear it with pride - and help find better treatments for the disease killing one man every hour in the UK The badge costs £5.00 (£5.50 by mail order) and now comes with a special ‘Haynes Workshop Manual’ guide to Prostate Cancer. Proceeds will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation Please contact: Peter Pemberton, Bushells Cottage, Mill Lane, Goosnargh, Preston PR3 2BJ. Tel: 01772 865057 E-mail: email@example.com Bob Monkhouse image reproduced by kind permission of Prostate Cancer Research Foundation Registered Charity 1117399 www.giveafewbob.org PROVINCIAL GRAND DRAW RESULTS IN SUPPORT OF 2010 FESTIVAL Held at Wellington Park Leyland, Friday, February 27, 2009 Winners 1st Prize £1,000: I Hammond (Eccles Group) Ticket No 18931 nd 2 Prize £500: A Bartley (Wellington Group) Ticket No 16516 3rd Prize “Deans” Masonic Bear: M W Cotterrall (Sandon Group) Ticket No 15533 th 4 Prize Gallon of Whiskey: G B Lee (South Fylde Group) Ticket No 04308 5th Prize 6 Bottles Champagne: R Shuttleworth (Furness & South Lakeland Group) Ticket No 18151 6th Prize 6 Bottles Wine: M Wiggins (Preston Group) Ticket No 16699 The Draw raised £15,547.00 for the 2010 Festival Thank you to all those who took part W. Bro B. Jameson PPrSGD (Promoter) Page 8 Lancaster and District Group of Lodges and Chapters. Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7. February 2009 A SPECIAL 50 YEAR EVENT IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR W.Bro Roy Domville P.Pr.G.Swd.B (C&W), the organist of The City of Lancaster Lodge, became Master of his Mother Lodge, Linacre No 4823 in the Bootle Group at Liverpool. W.Bro. Roy was initiated by his father in December 1957 and it has taken him 51 years to become Master of this Lodge, although he has been Master of other Lodges. Could this be a record? It would be difficult to find out. W.Bro Roy has been Master of a Lodge on four previous occasions, his job as an engineer with British Telecom saw him move around the county, but wherever he went the took his Masonry with him, always joining a local Lodge where possible. As a result he has been Master of Lodges in Aylesbury in 1975, Carlisle in 2004, Lancaster in 2004 and 2005 and now in Linacre in 2009. W.Bro. Roy’s grandfather was a founder member of Linacre Lodge in 1926 and Master in 1930. His first initiate was Roy’s father in 1930, and then Roy’s father became Master in 1953. The Master’s collar which Roy can be seen wearing was worn by both his Father and his Grandfather. Could this be a record too? CITY OF LANCASTER INSTALLATION ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9, The City of Lancaster Lodge held its Installation. The Lodge, which was formed in 2006, welcomed W.Bro. Chris Butterfield into the chair. W.Bro. Chris is in the chair for the fourth time, having initially been Master of Fraternity Lodge No 4072 in the Preston Group, of which he is still secretary. He then occupied the chair of John’O Gaunt Lodge for two years in succession in 2002 and 2003. The John’O Gaunt Lodge amalgamated with The Lodge of Fortutude to become The City of Lancaster Lodge in 2006, and W.Bro Chris has become its fourth master, in his fourth year as a Master. The representative of the P.G.M. was W.Bro Stuart Thornber who was on his second visit to the Lancaster & District Group in three days having represented at Wyreside Installation on the previous Tuesday. W.Bro Thornber, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, received a cheque for the 2010 Festival for £1,100. This took the total donated by the Lodge to the Festival so far to £5,100. W.Bro Thornber must have been impressed by the way the new Master was installed by W.Bro. Jack Baxter. W.Bro Jack placed his successor in the Master’s chair, and presided over an ex- cellent ceremony that was attended by over 90 masons.
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