Amity Crest

Amity Crest

The Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283

Rossendale Forest Crest
Rossendale Forest Crest


Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283....

~~ 2021 ~~
[ Click photos for more details ]

This year has not starting on a good note as the Coronavirus Covid-19 is still with us. All Masonic activity has been suspended by UGLE, which means that we can no longer meet in our Masonic Halls or anywhere else for that matter, we can only meet virtually through video technology.


26 January 2021: INSTALLATION - VLM

The Lodge was unable to meet due to Covid-19. However, a VLM was held by video technology. The Lodge Committee had recommended that the WM and all the Officers should stay in post for the ensuing year as they could not perform their duties for the most part of last year, this was approved at the VLM in December 2020.

The VLM was opened by the WM, WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC welcoming everyone to what would have in normal times been our Installation meeting. There were 16 members and 6 visitors present.

The minutes of the last VLM were approved by a show of hands

The DC asked the WM if he would appoint his officers which he did. All the 2020 Officers will stay in post for a further year and new Officers were appointed as follows:

  • WBro Alan Fielder ProvAGStdB as Mentor.
  • WBro Stuart Rayton PProvGSwdB as Senior Deacon.
  • Bro Vincent Frain as Inner Guard.
  • Bro Peter Chapman and Bro Peter Farrow as Stewards.

The full list of Officers is shown [here].

The Almoner WBro Derek Smith PProvDepGDC and the Charity Steward WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC both gave their reports

The Secretary read the communications and correspondence and visiting Brethren tendered greetings. There being no other business the Lodge was closed by the SW, Bro Ken Lee and the JW Bro Will Atkinson.


There was just time to draw the Installation Raffle before admitting the non-Masonic visitors. The winners were:

  • Number 187 - WBro Greg Casson he opted for the 'Jack Daniels'
  • Number 108 - WBro Dennis Heskett who claimed the set of drinking glasses.
  • Number 194 - WBro Greg Casson having won one prize request that the number be redrawn.
  • Number 30 - The final prize a bottle of wine to WBro Steve Barton.

The raffle raised the fantastic sum of £300 for Charity.


Worshipful Master
WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC



An Artistic Journey through Lockdown

Click image to enlarge

Six non-Masonic visitors were then admitted to the meeting to hear a superb presentation by WBro Steve Crowther entitled 'An Artistic Journey through Lockdown'. The presentation was Steve's own personal journey and was most interesting and well received with a Q and A session afterwards. The WM thanked WBro Crowther for his presentation. The Tyler then gave the Tyler's Toast to end the evening.

Click image to enlarge

09 February 2021 - 283 Coffee Shop

Eleven members dropped in to the 283 Coffee Shop to have a chat and a laugh. Some good discussion evolved covering a multitude of subjects, including the Pathway planning, Covid vaccinations, overseas travel and changes to the Pet Passport scheme.

The Secretary gave a reminder of the Pathway Zoom presentation on Thursday evening and also some zoom meetings for other Lodges in our District.
Another enjoyable get together over a coffee.

Click image to enlarge

23 February 2021 - VLM

Click image to enlarge


The VLM was opened by WBro Michael Rosney PProvSGD in the absence of the WM and the IPM. The minutes of the last VLM were approved by a show of hands. The next business on the agenda was a presentation entitled "Our Lodge Website - a Journey of Discovery" by the Webmaster, WBro Stuart Rayton PProvGSwdB. The walkthrough was well received; WBro Greg Casson PProvGSwdB proposed a vote of thanks and the Brethren responded in the usual Masonic manner.

Click image to enlarge

A report was received from the Almoner WBro Derek Smith PProvDepGDC, with no reports from the CS or Treasurer. In AOB, WBro Alan Fielder ProvAGStdB gave a brief update on the progress of the "Pathway" scheme. The five visiting Brethren tendered greetings and commented on the presentation. There being no further business the VLM was closed and the Tyler proposed the Tyler's toast to end the evening.

23 March 2021 - VLM

Click image to enlarge

The VLM was opened by WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC although WBro Heskett was slightly late joining the meeting the IPM WBro Ray Godwin ProvGStwd pretended to have opened the meeting by declaring 'the meeting is therefore open' just as the WM joined the meeting. The joke was taken light-heartedly by the WM who then proceeded to open the meeting proper. The minutes of the last VLM were approved by a show of hands. The next business on the agenda was a presentation by the WM entitled "The Place & Role of the Master of the Lodge" a paper by WBro Revd Neville Barker Cryer PGChap, Prestonian Lecturer (1974) and Batham Lecturer (1996-1998). The presentation was well received by the Brethren.

Click image to enlarge

A report was received from the Almoner WBro Derek Smith PProvDepGDC, and a report from the CS. Fourteen Members and eight visitors attended the meeting. The visiting Brethren tendered greetings and commented on the presentation. There being no further business the VLM was closed and the Tyler proposed the Tyler's toast to end the evening.

06 April 2021 - 283 Coffee Shop

Eight of the Brethren dropped in for a social catch up on Tuesday evening. A diverse range of topics were discussed, including the feedback that had been collated from the Lodge Planning survey. The members explored ideas that could help attract more people into the craft, including potentially making Freemasonry meetings and ritual more accessible, organising Lodge room tours and generally raising the profile of Lodges within their communities. All agreed that the maintenance of traditions remains an especially important aspect of Freemasonry.

Click image to enlarge

The sad story of Brother Gabriel Bullock who fell in the Great War was talked about and there was a great deal of enthusiasm shown for a potential Lodge trip to tour the battlefields of Northern France and to lay a tribute on his grave in the Somme.

Reminders of upcoming online events were shared and the Brethren looked forward to the time when they could again meet and socialise in person.

27 April 2021


Click image to view Film

The Worshipful Master, WBro D Heskett, PProvDepGDC was unable to attend the meeting and had recorded his apologies. In his absence WBro M Rosney, PProvSGD, DC chaired the meeting. The meeting was opened at 7:10pm by WBro Rosney, who welcomed all those present, including ten visitors, to the meeting. We had 9 members and 10 visitors in attendance at this meeting.

The main business of the evening was to receive a presentation by WBro Godwin, entitled "Bro Gabriel Bullock - Wherever Right and Glory Leads". WBro Godwin thanked WBro Rosney and gave a short preamble to a film he had produced using previously researched material in addition to plenty of newly discovered information gathered during his own very recent research.

WBro Godwin explored the history of Bro Bullock and his family, the times in which they lived and the Haslingden area. He moved on to look at the progression of the first world war, the transition to conscripted service personnel and Bro Bullock as a gunner in France where he met his untimely death on the 15th of September 1918, just 57 days before armistice. The film was outstanding in content and production and all those present were thoroughly gripped by the poignant content.

WBro Rosney thanked WBro Godwin for his excellent presentation and acknowledged the effort and research that must have gone into such a fine piece of production.

The Brethren showed their appreciation with a silent round of applause as they were all muted. WBro Godwin reminded the Brethren that the Lodge members have agreed to display a photo of Bro Bullock and make mention of him at our September meetings on the anniversary of his death. WBro S Rayton, PProvGSwdB, SD has procured two replica medals and WBro Godwin a cap badge from Bro Bullock's regiment which will all be displayed in the photo frame along with Bro Bullock's image. The members have also agreed to lay a wreath in his memory at Haslingden war memorial on Armistice Day in November each year.

The Almoner, Charity Steward and Accounts and Financial reports were received.

The visitors tendered greetings and the meeting was closed in peace and harmony at 7:58pm.

25 May 2021

This was the first face to face Lodge meeting since March 2020, although it was held under the 'Rule of SIX' plus the Tyler, all were wearing face masks and socially distanced. Several Brethren were multi-tasking with various Offices of the Lodge. The Masonic Hall had provided additional Face Masks and sanitation stations throughout the Hall.

The Brethren present were:

  • WBo Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC WM,
  • WBro Ray Godwin ProvGStwd IPM,
  • Bro Ken Lee SW,
  • Bro Will Atkinson JW,
  • WBro Russ Harwood PProvGSwdB Sec,
  • WBro Mike Rosney PProvSGD DC and
  • WBro Greg Casson PProvGSwdB Tyler.
Click image to enlarge
Image shared on Facebook - Twitter - Instagram
This image also appeared in the First Rising #18


All in all, the meeting went very well, the WM and the brethren present successfully worked through the Summons and Balloted for our Candidate for Initiation Mr Bogdan Manoliu which proved successful and he will be Initiated in September, rules permitting.

The Brethren agreed it was good to meet face to face after such a long time away from the Masonic Hall.

01 July 2021 - 283 Coffee Shop

Our District Chairman Dave McGurty, our prospective candidate, a joining member and 10 members dropped into the Coffee Shop for a chat and a catch-up. A minute of reflexion was observed in respect of departed merit of Bro. Vincent Frain who died 26 June 2021. A wide range of topics were discussed including the latest fishing trip of Andy and Ray into Morecambe Bay, to view their story click here. Andy is planning a 3-4 day fishing trip to Oban in Scotland later this year, if anyone is interested in joining him, please let him know as soon as possible. The banter was again lively and jovial, a good night all round.

Click image to enlarge

14 September 2021

The Lodge was opened in due form by WBro Ray Godwin ProvGStwd, IPM in the absence of the WM, WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC who is still recovering from Covid -19.
Bro Peter Moore was acting IG due to the death of Bro Vinny Frain.

† WBro Godwin welcomed Brethren to our meeting and then requested the Brethren to stand to order in respect of departed merit of Bro Vinny Frain IG. A eulogy was then given by WBro Alan Fielder ProvAGStB, Mentor, JD. †

† WBro Godwin then agave an oration regarding the death of Bro Gabriel Bullock who was killed close to the end of WW1. After the oration the Brethren stood to order in respect of departed merit. †

The next business was to read the summons convening the meeting and to approve the minutes of the last regular Lodge meeting. Which were approved and signed by the IPM, SW and JW.

Officers who were not present at the May meeting due to Covid restrictions were invested by WBro Godwin. These were:

  • Chaplain - WBro Ian Haworth PProvJGD
  • Almoner - WBro Derek Smith PProvDepGDC
  • Mentor - WBro Alan Fielder ProvAStdB
  • Senior Deacon - WBro Stuart Rayton PProvGSwdB
  • Junior Deacon - WBro Alan Fielder ProvAStdB
  • Inner Guard - No IG invested

The main item of business was to Initiate Mr. Bogdan Manoliu into Freemasonry and this Lodge. WBro Raymond Godwin, IPM invited WBro Michael Rosney PProvSGD, DC to occupy the Chair to work the Initiation ceremony. The Candidate was escorted on his progress around the Lodge by WBro Alan Fielder JD in an excellent manner assisted by WBro Stuart Rayton SD. WBro Rosney worked the ceremony in a most excellent manner, ably assisted by the Officers of the Lodge. WBro Rosney gave the Address to the NE Corner and WBro Steve Barton PAGDC presented and explained the Working Tools in an excellent manner. Bro Peter Moore gave the Charge after Initiation in an exemplary manner and with great feeling. Indeed, all worked the ceremony to the highest standard and the best traditions of the Lodge. Mr. Manoliu was well and truly initiated into Freemasonry and welcomed into the Lodge by all the Brethren.
WBro Godwin presented Bro Manoliu with the Lodge Initiate Certificate to mark the occasion.

Reports were received from the following: The Almoner.

The minutes recorded apologies from members and some frequent visitors, however, 17 members and 9 visitors were present.

Greetings from Grand Lodge were given by WBro Steve Barton PAGDC. Greetings from Provincial Grand Lodge were given by WBro Dave McGurty JP PAGDC ProvJGW.
Visiting Brethren tendered greetings WBro B Pollard PProvDepGDC of Limestone Rock, 369; WBro A Ashton (PProvDepGDC West Lancs) of Harmony and Industry, 381 and WBro G Cornthwaite PProvSGD of Rhyddings, 5205.

The Lodge was closed, and the Brethren retired to the Festive Board to enjoy an excellent meal of:

  • Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper soup
  • Pork with mushroom sauce, honey glazed carrots, green beans and baby potatoes or
  • Salmon fillet with honey glazed carrots, green beans and baby potatoes.

After Bro Manoliu had responded to the toast to his health, the Secretary sprang a surprise on him by projecting a video onto the large screen. It was a personal message of congratulations from WBro Florian Birlea the Deputy Grand Secretary of the National Grand Lodge of Romania, a personal and close Masonic friend of Bro Bogdan back in Bucharest, which made the evening even more special for Bro Bogdan and the Lodge. Unfortunately, WBro Birlea's planned visit was cancelled at the last minute due to Covid complications.

WBro Alan Fielder, Mentor presented Bro Manoliu with the EA booklet.

A great evening enjoyed by all, a great ceremony and a fantasic festive board, glad to be back.

Gabriel Bullock

WBro Godwin presenting the Lodge Initiate Certificate to Bro Manoliu with WBro Rosney.
[Click on image above for more photos]


Watching the personal video message to Bro Bogdan


WBro Florian Birea [Click image to watch the video]

19 October 2021

The Lodge was opened in due form by the Worshipful Master, WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC

WBro Michael Rosney PPovSGD, DC was acting IPM and Bro Jason Fitzgerald was acting IG.

The Secretary WBro Russell Harwood PProvGSwdB read the Lodge Bylaws.

The WM invited WBro Rayton PProvGSwdB, SD to present an explanation of the First-Degree Tracing Board. WBro Rayton invited Bro Bogdan Manoliu, EA to join him on the mosaic pavement to receive the explanation. After the presentation Bro Manoliu resumed his seat and the WM thanked WBro Rayton for the most excellent manner in which the Tracing Board had been delivered, the Brethren then responded in the usual Masonic manner and WBro Rayton resumed his seat.

WBro Harwood gave a Notice of Motion that at out next regular meeting he would propose Bro Jason Fitzgerald as a joining member of the Lodge.

Reports were received from the Almoner and Charity Steward.

After other items of business had been concluded the Lodge was closed in peace and harmony. 15 Lodge members and 4 visitors were in attendance.

Photo taken by WBro Derek Smith PProvDepGDC, Almoner
[Click image to enlarge]

16 November 2021

14 December 2021

Copyright © 2012 - The Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283 - All rights reserved.

Accredited Lodge website
Website design & maintenance by raytononline