Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283....
~~ 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.
The WM was requested to appoint and invest his officers with his first duty being the presentation of a breast jewel to WBro Godwin in recognition of his work throughout his year in office. After a short struggle by the WM trying to unfold the presentation case and slot it into the IPM's breast pocket, WBro Godwin said, "It's probably still stitched up", causing laughter around the room.
Officers who were unable to attend the Installation and will be invested at some future date.
The address to the WM as given by WBro S Barton PAGDC, the address to the Wardens by WBro Casson and the address to the Brethren by VWBro Farrington.
The Lodge Officers appointed and invested are recorded on the Officers Page of this website.
Following notice of motion, the CS proposed a donation of £300 from our investment account to Mil House. This was seconded by Bro Lee SW and approved by the Brethren. The WM requested that the Sec write to WBro Barton, requesting that the funds be transferred from the investment account to the current account.
Congratulations: Provincial Honours announced
Congratulations to all those who will receive Provincial Honours this year, especially Brethren of 283.
- First Appointment:
- WBro Ray Godwin to Provincial Grand Steward (Acting Rank - ProvGStwd)
- WBro Alan Fielder to Provincial Assistant Grand Standard Bearer (Acting Rank - ProvAGStdB)
- WBro Greg Casson to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer. (PProvGSwdB)
29 September 2020: Virtual Lodge Meeting
District Congratulations to WBro Derek Henry Smith PProvDepGDC
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions the celebration of 50 years in Freemasonry for WBro Derek Henry Smith PProvDepGDC, has been postponed. However, this milestone has been recognised by the East Ribble District. WBro Russell Harwood PProvGSwdB (Deputy District Chairman) presented Derek at his home with a 50 Years in Freemasonry lapel badge, a congratulations card and a bottle of "Champers". Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions he will have to drink it all on his own (shame). Cheers Derek and good health from all your friends in the East Ribble District.
10 November 2020:
Another light-hearted get-together at the 283 Coffee Shop this evening, with nine members and one candidate dropping in for a catch-up and a chat. The group can be seen enjoying a joke.
Congratulations: Provincial Honours
Congratulations to all those receiving Provincial Honours this year, especially Brethren of 283.
The Provincial Grand Lodge meeting was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Brethren Appointed and Promoted today can now wear the new Regalia.
8th December 2020
Another enjoyable 283 Coffee Shop this evening with 10 members and one candidate dropping in for a coffee. It was good to see everyone well and in good spirits, especially Steve Barton who joined us from his residence in Spain.
Several topical issues were discussed including the Covid-19 vaccinations just started to be rolled out in Lancashire. Will Atkinson gave a brief update on the situation regarding Mill House and outlined some of the improvements under consideration. Derek Smith gave an overview of possible changes regarding practice nights in order to reduce the running costs of the Hall.
Russell Harwood, as Deputy District Chairman, reported that this pandemic had hurt all the Lodges and Masonic Halls in the District and Province.
19 December 2020:
However, the Lodge has taken much pleasure in making a small presentation to another of our worthy 2020 50th anniversary celebrants. Dennis Heskett achieved his 50 years in Freemasonry on the 16th December and was due to celebrate this milestone on the 22nd December.
Unfortunately, due to our ongoing Level 3 status this will be deferred to a future date. Dennis has been an active member of the Lodge for many years and is about to start his second consecutive year as Worshipful Master.
The Lodge Secretary, Russell Harwood, presented the gift from the Lodge members on Saturday 19th December, which was an aptly named bottled of Masons Gin. The socially distanced doorstep presentation observed all current guidance and gave an opportunity for a 'face to face' catch-up for a few minutes. Albeit from behind masks! Dennis is the second recipient in the Lodge this year, following a similar presentation made to Derek Smith in September.
We look forward to celebrating their achievements fully as soon as circumstances allow.
The District presented a bottle of champagne, lapel pin, card and flowers for Kay, Dennis's wife.
22 December 2020
Due to the current Covid-19 restriction the celebration of 50 years in Freemasonry for WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC, has been postponed. However, the Lodge did hold a Virtual Lodge Meeting.
The WM, WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC opened by greeting everyone attending the meeting. WM then asked the Brethren to come to order in respect of departed merit for WBro Harry Frost PProvDepGSuptWks, he lived respected and died regretted on the 11th Dec 2020. †
Before the WM was able to continue with the items on the agenda, WBro R Harwood, PProvGSwdB, Sec advised that WBro D Heskett, WM had recently achieved 50 years in Freemasonry. Before he continued WBro G Casson, PProvGSwdB was admitted to the meeting. The Sec then admitted a surprise special guest for the evening, the WM's brother, WBro Bryan Heskett PJGD, Ennerdale Lodge 4216 (Cumberland and Westmorland). WBro B Heskett gave an interesting insight into many aspects of our WM's personal and Masonic life. The full transcript of his presentation is attached. The WM thanked his brother for his presentation and the Sec for making the arrangements, he also mentioned that WBro Alan Kirwilliam, PSGD, Northern Area APGM had called him with his personal congratulations.
The WM then continued with the agenda, announcing that due to our inability to hold regular meetings all officers will remain in office for 2021 with the following exceptions: WBro Rayton to SD; Bro V Frain to IG; Bro P Farrow to Steward; WBro A Fielder ProvAGStB to Mentor. The WM thanked WBro A Shaw PProvSGD for the work he had done as Lodge Mentor.
On behalf of the WBro G Grishakow PProvGStB, Treasurer, the Sec proposed that the Lodge dues for 2021 be reduced by £20, the reduction would be for 2021 only, Bro Frain seconded the proposition and the Brethren approved.
The Almoner, Charity Steward and District Rep. all gave their reports.
In AOB, WBro Rayton gave a brief summary of how the Lodge has now been granted the new Charter Mark from UGLE denoting that we have an Accredited Lodge Website
Communications from UGLE and PGLEL and correspondence relating to the Lodge were received.
There were 10 members at the VLM together with 4 visitors, there were 12 apologies received from members.
Bro Lee, SW closed the meeting by command of the WM at 7:54pm. WBro Casson, Tyler then gave the Tyler's toast, for which most Brethren were suitably prepared with wine, beer, tea and coffee.