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.
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26 May 2015: The Lodge was opened in due form by W.Bro Derek H Smith PProvSGD who took the Chair in the absence of the WM.
WBro John R Farrington PSGD APGM along with a deputation from the District were admitted.
W Bro Farrington PSGD APGM was given due salutations, and this being the first occasion that the District Chairman had attended the Lodge after being appointed PAGDC salutations were given to the GL officers present. The PM in the Chair offered the APGM the Gavel, which on this occasion he gratefully accepted. He then introduced the members of the delegation, including WBros Heskett and Harwood who are assistants to the District. He then continued to conduct the Lodge for the celebration of WBro David Thomas Bury PProvGSuptWks 50 years in Freemasonry.
WBro G Casson PProvDepGReg acting JW read the minutes of his initiation; WBro C Harris read the minutes of his Installation in 1977 and WBro D H Smith PProvSGD, PM in the Chair, delivered a tribute to WBro Bury. The APGM gave an address and stated that he was particularly pleased to be able to attend the Lodge as both the Lodges prior to the amalgamation had been in the Rossendale District when he was the District Chairman. He presented an Illuminated Certificate to WBro Bury and a letter from the PGM. WBro Lightbown then presented a Certificate from the Lodge (produced by WBro S Rayton PProvGSuptWks) and a lapel badge for 50 years service. The PM in the Chair then presented a cheque for £500 for the Festival from the Lodge.
The junior Brethren of the Lodge also distinguished themselves in various acting offices, Bro. Will Atkinson (FC) as IG, Bro. Peter Moore (MM) as JD and Bro. Paul Spann (MM) as SD.