Group Bulletin November 2018

Welcome to the November edition of our group bulletin

  • Chairman’s Message
    Welcome to my second group bulletin of the new Masonic season.

    The season is now well up and running and I have had the opportunity to attend two Installation meetings within the group, Excelsior Lodge and South Liverpool Lodge. Both meetings were very enjoyable with the ritual at both a joy to behold.

    It was nice to see that at each meeting there was a serving Master from another lodge present.

    Since my last bulletin I have held the first group meeting of the year and was somewhat disappointed at the attendance. Not all lodges were represented, however, the meeting was interesting with a number of issues concerning the group being discussed, which are contained in the minutes that have been distributed and are on display at the hall. Please remember that each lodge or chapter has to be represented, secretaries and group representatives are expected to attend but the meeting is open to all.

    On 11 October I attended  the Provincial Grand Chapter meeting at Southport to see a number of members of the group receive appointment and promotion in Provincial rank. (See opposite under Recent Group Postings)

    Regarding the Holy Royal Arch, our group has been invited to host the next meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter at Southport on Wednesday 9 October 2019 and I will be seeking volunteers to assist in the management of the event. More of which will be discussed later in the season.

    Turning to Provincial matters, I recently attended the group chairman’s meeting chaired by the Provincial Grand Master. An update on the Ambassador’s Scheme was given, namely that the implementation and development of the scheme has been delayed due to the retirement of W.Bro Robert Wright PSGD as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master and the resignation of the Provincial Ambassador.

    W.Bro David Randerson PAGDC Assistant Provincial Grand Master has been appointed to take charge of the scheme and will be contacting the Regional Ambassadors in the near future.

    The Provincial Mentor, W.Bro Stewart Cranage was invited to the meeting and gave a very interesting and informative presentation entitled ‘Furthering your Masonic Education Through Mentoring’. The presentation detailed some very exciting developments in the Mentoring Scheme which will be delivered to Group Mentors and cascaded to Lodge Mentors and members in due course.

    United Grand Lodge of England has produced a DVD of the Tercentenary meeting of UGLE and has directed that every Freemason be issued with a free copy.

    I have taken possession of the DVDs for our group and I will be issuing them to each lodge secretary for distribution to their members.

    Returning to matters of a domestic nature, on Thursday 15 November 2019 the next regular meeting of Harthill Lodge No 8443 will take place at 12.00 noon.

    The change of the start time is an experiment to assess the viability of becoming a ‘Daytime Lodge’. The business for the meeting is a Third-Degree ceremony for the hall caterer, Bro Tony Ackroyd, on behalf of the Lodge of Harmony No 220. It would be nice to see a good turnout for this important event in Tony’s masonic journey. Should you wish to attend, please contact the lodge secretary Ken Bullen to book in.

    On Monday 19 November 2019 W.Bro Peter Williams PAGDC, South Liverpool Lodge No 2681 will celebrate his 60th anniversary as a Freemason. This promises to be a great night and I know that should you wish to attend the meeting to support Peter you will be made most welcome, please contact the lodge secretary Eddie Nugent to book in. 

    On Wednesday 21 November 2018, Royal George Chapter No 4119 will hold their Installation Convocation. This promises to be a good night and I urge as many Royal Arch members within the group to attend this meeting. The chapter is small in numbers but huge in their enthusiasm and friendliness. Please contact the Scribe E. Simon Weatherup to book in. 

    All in all, a busy time for our group beckons and I hope you can support each of our lodges by attending meetings and strengthening our fellowship.

    Fraternal regards

    Vice Chairman’s Report

    Dave Atkinson

    Well, we have once again started the season with a number of meetings and the first two installations in the group, which were well supported. Well done to all those concerned.   

    If I could remind you all that we have a number of celebrations this forthcoming season in both the Craft and the Royal Arch. I do hope that as many as possible will try to attend these functions which are listed on the group calendar and are posted on the website (See opposite under Recent Group Postings). The earliest is on Monday 19 November 2018, which is that of W Bro. Peter Williams, who is celebrating 60 years in the Craft with South Liverpool Lodge. Then in Lodge of Allegiance on Friday 1 February 2019 W Bro. Ken Dobie celebrates 50 years in the Craft and later in the month on Wednesday 20 February 2019 E. Comp Alan Johnson is celebrating 50years in the Holy Royal Arch. We have the Provincial Ball at the Macron stadium, Bolton on Friday 15 March 2019, and the following month, on Wednesday 3 April 2019 we have the early Provincial Grand Lodge meeting at Blackpool for those receiving first appointments and promotions in the Craft.  Finally we close the season with Harthill Lodge on Thursday 16 May 2019 and a 50th celebration for W Bro. George Hudson.   

    As the lead in the group regarding the Holy Royal Arch, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate those who recently received a first appointment or promotion at Southport in October. A date for your diary is Wednesday 9 October 2019 for the next meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter at Southport. For the Royal Arch installations this season we have the pleasure of E Comp. Christopher Butterfield, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals attending the Installation of Royal George Chapter on Wednesday 21 November 2018, and our own Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, E Comp. Samuel F Robinson visiting Chapter of Harmony for their installation on Wednesday 6 December 2018. 

    Regarding installation meetings, I hope that we continue to see more and more of the Masters in Office attending and being given the appropriate consideration regarding the dining fee. It is not very often we can have the Masters in office in a season together and seeing more of you would be pleasing at these special times, which I hope will see an increase in visiting each other throughout the season and not just the installations.

    I know most lodges have already agreed to give some form of assistance to the visiting masters which is very much appreciated but some still don’t appear to be giving the matter any attention or consideration. 

    Come on chaps let’s all try and sing from the same hymn sheet it’s not as if you are going to get SEVEN or more Masters in office at the installation. 

    I think that’s it for now but please don’t forget Remembrance Sunday and to book in with Derek Horrocks to attend the wreath laying ceremony and then to dine at the hall. Finally our group Christmas carvery on 22 December, please book your place(s) with Jim Corcoran.     

    See you soon

  • Recent Group Postings

    We will remember them

    Provincial Grand Chapter report

    Garston Group Installations and Celebrations

    South Liverpool Lodge Installation