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  • Sweet, sweet the memories for Freemasons’ widows

    Fans of the 1960s are dusting down their psychedelic-coloured miniskirts and hot-pants, sprucing up their go-go boots and resurrecting their Beatles hairstyles. The care-free gaiety of the ‘Swinging 60s’ is back for 2020. As the fashion and styles are celebrated once again, the sounds and atmosphere of that vivacious era are also being brought back […]

  • Kevin’s a major asset

    Kevin Porter is a retired major of the Royal Engineers and his leadership qualities were clear to see as he was installed as master of Semper Fidelis Lodge No 4428 at St Annes Palace, with nearly 70 members and visitors in attendance. The principal guest was Provincial Deputy Grand Master Philip Gunning, who was supported […]

  • Alan enjoying retirement

    Alan Mitchell hardly looks old enough to be retired but amazing as it seems his paramedic days are over. Not one to let the grass grow beneath his feet, however, Alan is filling his time by enjoying more Masonic activity. That includes his second term as master of Tithebarn Lodge No 8446 which meets at […]


    Wyrebank Masonic Hall, proved once more, to be the perfect “Masonic  home”, as Baines Lodge hosted a Valentines meal of the highest quality.  The facilities, as expected, were first class. From easy access and parking, to spotless toilets, a beautiful dining hall and an extremely comfortable bar area, the occasion had all the makings for […]

  • Burns Night with Fidelity

    Beginning with a welcome by the worshipful master, John Wright, then Selkirk Grace led by Ronnie Mapple, chaplain of the Lodge of Fidelity No 1256, a grand evening commenced at the Lytham Green Drive Golf Club. A fine mingling of golfers and Freemasons gathered to celebrate the anniversary of Scotland’s principal poet. Repeating the highly […]

  • A touch of poignancy

    Peter Rowan the worshipful master of St Annes Lodge No 2457 was born on 22nd June 1959 and was master of the lodge in the year 2017. In January 2018 he installed his good friend Paul Cowan into the chair and again in 2019. However, Paul was not destined to complete his second year, being […]

  • When can we do it again?

    “When can we do it again?”  was the question asked by the ladies who attended the South Fylde Group afternoon tea events held at the Booths Supermarket restaurants in Poulton-le-Fylde and St Anne’s on consecutive days. At the beginning of the Masonic year the West Lancashire Freemason’s Charity announced that they would give a grant […]

  • South Fylde Celebrate Burns Night

    The South Fylde Group celebrated Robbie Burns’ day in great style. A full house of ladies, gentlemen and brethren gathered together at the Palace Masonic Hall, Lytham St Annes to be welcomed and entertained by Piper, Gwen Dage. Gwen was the North West and North East solo Piper Champion in 2017. John Robbie Porter receives […]

  • Mike reigns for the third time

    A visitation from Todmorden arrived to see one of their elder sons installed as the 152nd master of the Lodge of Triumph No 1061. That elder son was Mike Boxall, who had been the master of the Lodge of Harmony No 288 in the Province of East Lancashire in 1992 and 2012. Also visiting was […]

  • South Fylde Winter Walk

    A bright, chilly day saw a dozen Brethren and their families as well as their dogs gathered at Poulton Mason Hall to take part in the now annual post Christmas Walk. The route took them out of Poulton to Skipool Creek and then along the footpath besides the River Wyre. It was nearly high tide […]

  • A first for a third

    Neil Curtis the worshipful master of Fairhaven Lodge No 5067 was born on 27th August 1954 and attended Ansdell secondary modern school between 1963 and1969. He is the managing director of The Bean Street Shellfish Company, running three seafood outlets at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. He is married to Patricia and they have two children. Neil […]

  • A family affair

    Lost sons from Berkshire, emails from Provincial grand masters, sons-in-law who are also cousins and a great evening to remember. The installation meeting at Poulton-le-Fylde Lodge No 4040 had these and more. New master, Ray Boardman, couldn’t help but enjoy being installed after being presented for installation by son-in-law Simon Gartside, who had travelled from […]