~~ 2019 ~~
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Prior to the opening of the Lodge, Bro V Frain agreed to remain in the bar area with two of our prospective candidates. A gesture that was appreciated by the Brethren of the Lodge and our prospective candidates.
Due to Bro R Godwin WM, being away on business WBro M Rosney ProvSGD IPM occupied the Chair. WBro Donald Bright PProvGSwdB was acting IPM and DC for the evening.
The Officers did not parade in but prior to opening the Lodge WBro D Bright PProvGSwdB acting DC announced that WBro Rosney and WBro R Harwood Sec, had both received promotions at the recent Provincial Grand Lodge, WBro Rosney to the acting rank of ProvSGD and WBro Harwood to PProvGSwdB. Both were acclaimed with warm applause by the brethren after which WBro Rosney thanked them on his and WBro Harwood's behalf.
The main business of the evening was to elect the Worshipful Master and Treasurer for the ensuing year.
- There being no other nominations WBro. Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC (SW) was declared WME for 2020
- There being no other nominations WBro Graham Grishakow PProvGStB was declared Treasurer for 2020
- As there were no other nominations, WBro D Bury, PProvGSuptWks and Bro W Atkinson were declared as the Accounts Examination Committee for 2020.
- Bro Will Atkinson (SD) proposed and Bro Steve Thompson (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 Treasurer proposed a revised Fee for Initiation / Joining in 2020. This was approved by the Brethren.
The Charity Steward proposed certain sums of money to be donated to charity. Donations to Masonic and non-Masonic charity and local good causes totalling almost £3,000 were approved by the Brethren. All of which will be distributed in the next few weeks.
The first of three candidates for Inititation in 2020 was approved by ballot, the candidate was proposed by Bro Will Atkinson and seconded by Bro Ray Godwin, WM last month. The candidate will be Initiated into Freemasonry and the Lodge early in 2020.
The Almoner, WBro Derek H Smith PProvDepGDC gave his report, the Charity Steward WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC gave his report. The District Rep. Bro Ken Lee JW, gave his report.
The minutes recorded apologies from members, however, 19 members 0 visitors were present.
The Lodge was then closed in due form. The Festive Board was held at the Sparth House Hotel where our Ladies and guest joined us for a Christmas Meal.
Another excellent, happy and productive year at the Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest comes to a close. May we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.