Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283....
Two Lodges, the Lodge of Amity No.283 and Rossendale Forest Lodge No.4138 combined in 2012 to form one great Lodge for the future.... dedicated to carrying on the good works of Freemasonry and became the Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283 in January 2012.[ Past Masters of the New Lodge ]. The obvious choice was to combine the Lodge names but to keep the number 283 as this is a very old number, first issued in 1755 to the Lodge of Friendship, Norfolk.
~~ 2020 ~~
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07 January 2020: INSTALLATION
The Lodge was opened in due form by the WM, Bro R Godwin at 3:00pm after which the WM asked the Brethren to stand to order in respect of departed merit for WBro Eric Corbridge, PProvDepGReg, he lived respected and died regretted on the 28th Dec 2019, aged 82. †
Upon a report, WBro J Curry ProvDepGDC was admitted, who then announced that VWBro John Richard Farrington PGSwdB, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Lancashire was without and he demanded admission. The WM confirmed that we would receive him with pleasure and VWBro Farrington was admitted, accompanied by several Grand Lodge Officers and the District Chairman WBro D McGurty JP PProvJGW. The WM welcomed VWBro Farrington, who is also an honorary member of the Lodge and offered the gavel saying, "I've been told that I should dare you to take the Gavel". VWBro Farrington thanked the WM but declined his offer saying that he "wouldn't want to be responsible for Installing Dennis into that Chair"
Salutations were given to VWBro Farrington who responded with Fraternal salutations, greeting us all well.
For the purpose of Installation, the WM invited WBro A Shaw PProvSGD to occupy the SW's Chair, WBro P Spann occupy the JW's chair, WBro D Smith PProvDepGDC to act as IG and WBro G Casson PProvDepGDC to remain as Tyler. The WM then requested all Brethren below the rank of a FC to retire for a short time and the Lodge was opened in the 2nd Degree.
The main business of the meeting was to install WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC, WME into the Chair of this old Lodge. WBro M Rosney ProvSGD, DC, presented WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC, SW, WME to the WM who explained the criteria of a Master and asked the necessary questions. Being a Past Master of the Lodge, WBro Heskett reaffirmed his agreement to the Ancient Charges and Regulations before advanced to the pedestal where he then reaffirmed his obligation.
After all those below the rank of an Installed Master had retired from the Lodge, a Board of IM's was opened by ritual and the WME, WBro Heskett was installed into the Chair of King Solomon by the WM, who performed the Ceremony of Installation in an excellent manner. The WT of an IM were presented and explained in an excellent manner by WBro C Harris a past member of the Lodge, now the Secretary of Lodge St. Medans 1335 (SC). WBro Harris was self-critical of his rendition saying, "Well that's how it's done in Scotland", prompting a smile from VWBro Farrington. The WM then invested WBro Godwin as IPM and the Lodge was called off for a comfort break.
The Lodge was called on and WBro Rosney closed the B of IM by ritual. Work resumed in the various Degrees with:
- Bro P Moore presenting and explaining the WT's of a MM.
- Bro K Lee, JW, presenting and explaining the WT's of a FC.
- WBro Casson, Tyler, presenting and explaining the WT's of an EA.
All performed their work in an excellent manner, to the usual high standard and with sincerity.
22 December 2020: Celebration of 50 years of Freemasonry for WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC.