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.
~~ 2018 ~~
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The Lodge was opened in due form by the WM, WBro Michael Rosney PProvAGDC. WBro Stuart Rayton PProvGSwdB was acting JW.
The main business of the evening was to elect the Worshipful Master and Treasurer for the ensuing year.
- There being no other nominations Bro Ray Godwin was declared WME for 2019
- There being no other nominations WBro Graham Grishakow PProvGStdB was declared Treasurer for 2019
- As there were no other nominations the WM declared WBro D Bury, PProvGSuptWks and Bro W Atkinson to remain as the Accounts Examination Committee for 2019.
- Bro Peter Moore (SD) proposed and Bro Will Atkinson (JD) seconded that the WM be empowered to appoint a Tyler for the ensuing year from amongst the subscribing members of the Lodge, without emolument. The Brethren present approved the proposition.
The Almoner, WBro Derek H Smith PProvDepGDC gave his report. In the absence of the Charity Steward the CS report was deferred until the next meeting.
WBro Derek Smith PProvDepGDC, Almoner proposed and WBro Stuart Rayton PProvGSwdB seconded that the cost of the Widows Christmas Presents and their Christmas Meal be covered by the Lodge, the Brethren approved the proposition.
The Secretary, WBro Russell Harwood PProvDepGDC reported that he had received a letter of resignation from Bro John Hargreaves who had been finding it difficult to attend the Lodge for some time.
The minutes recorded apologies from members and some regular visitors, however, 21 members and 1 visitor were present.
The Lodge was then closed in due form. The WM wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Festive Board was held at the Sparth House Hotel where our Ladies and guest joined us for a Christmas Meal.