Chairman’s Page Archive


We now look forward to the forthcoming Masonic season.

Light Blues – can I remind brethren, i.e. if you are an entered apprentice, fellow craft, master mason, past master, of the following dates

Friday, 23rd. September, 2016, there will be a Question & Answer Session, with the APrGMs for the Fylde area, David Winder and Harry Cox in attendance.

Venue – Masonic Hall, Adelaide Street, Blackpool, starting at 6.30 p.m (see poster below)

Wednesday, 14th. December, 2016, the Light Blues, together with their wives, partners, and girlfriends are invited to the Fylde Group Lodge of Instruction’s December Meeting, where we will join the members of Lytham Lodge for their Christmas festivities. You could say it will be a “Christmas meeting within a Christmas meeting”

Venue – The Palace, Garden Street, St. Annes on Sea.

Five brethren in the Group will be achieving 50 years devoted service to Craft freemasonry; one Brother celebrates 60 years; and one companion celebrates 50 years in the Royal Arch –


Derek Parsons (50th.), Baines Lodge, on Friday, 14th. October, 2016.

Reg Smith (50th.), Kirkham Lodge, on Wednesday, 26th. October, 2016.

Terry Hudson (50th.), St. Annes Chapter, on Thursday, 17th. November, 2016.

Tom Fare (50th.), Lytham Lodge, on Wednesday, 11th. January, 2017.

Neville Tate (60th.), Fairhaven Lodge, on Friday, 20th. January, 2017.

Ken Cotton (50th.), Quadrant Lodge, on Thursday, 2nd. March, 2017.

Bill Cowburn (50th.), Fairhaven Lodge, on Friday, 17th. March, 2017.

Congratulations to all four seven brethren.

The South Fylde Group looks forward to welcoming the R. W. Provincial Grand Master, Bro. James Anthony Harrison, to the Installation Meeting of Baines Lodge, on Friday, 9th. December, 2016. Also, we look forward to welcoming the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V. W. Bro. Philip Gunning, to the Installation Meeting of St. Annes Lodge, on Monday, 9th. January, 2017

The Fylde Group Lodge of Instruction will be holding their Annual Festival at The Masonic Hall, Poulton, on Thursday, 27th. October, 2016. The Festival President will be R. W. Bro. Sir David Trippier, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Lancashire.

The Group Dinner will be held on Friday, 24th. March, 2017, at Poulton Masonic Hall, where the principal guest will be V. W. Bro. Philip Gunning, Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank David Winder, David Randerson, John Porter, Dave Barr, all the Group Officers, and most importantly, all the brethren and companions from the various lodges and chapters in the South Fylde Group for their unceasing commitment.


I look forward to visiting each lodge and chapter during the Masonic season. If your unlucky, twice or thrice. Ha ha!!


Kindest regards,


Happy New Year !!!

I trust you all had a most enjoyable Festive Season? Of course you did!!!!! Here we are in the new year of 2016. 2015 seemed to come and go all too quickly.

We now look forward to the year ahead. Already we have celebrated one 50th., and two initiations –
Over 60 brethren met at Landmark Lodge to join and congratulate Colin Moxey, who was celebrating 50 years in freemasonry. 50 years of total commitment.
The Lodge of Fidelity welcomed as it’s newest member Slawomir Juszcyk, and Quadrant Lodge welcomed John Tannian. We wish both well, and hope they both enjoy their freemasonry.
Later this month, Fairhaven Lodge will welcome a new member, in the person of Graham Dew. I look forward to being present on that evening.
This month sees five installations, four craft; one royal arch – St. Annes Lodge; Lodge of Triumph; Tithebarn Lodge; Kirkham Lodge and St. Annes Chapter. Those wishing to attend, please see the secretaries for details.
Dates for your diaries –
Into 2016, and we have the first Group event of the year on Saturday, 27th. February, 2016 – MURDER MYSTERY EVENING, at Poulton Masonic Hall. Watch for details dropping into your “inbox”.
• Tom Goodier celebrates 50 years in freemasonry at Lytham Lodge, on Wednesday, 9th. March, 2016, and
• Philip Webb celebrates 50 years in freemasonry at Lytham Lodge, on Wednesday, 13th. April, 2016.
How nice it would be to see both of these celebrations well supported!!!!!
• Arrangements are being made for the Giving Day, on Saturday, 16th. April. 2016, at Poulton Masonic Hall.
• Due to the success of the Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk around the Guild Wheel, Preston, we are repeating the event, in partnership with the Preston Group, on Sunday, 24th. April, 2016.
Continue to enjoy your Freemasonry!!

Kindest regards,

 As we approach the completion of another Masonic season, may I take this opportunity to thank ALL in the South Fylde Group for your friendship, kindness, and hospitality shown to me and the Group officers, during the past season.
It has been a busy session, and pleasing to note that the Group has welcomed ten initiates. I, together with the Group Officers hope they quickly settle in and enjoy their Freemasonry.
The month of March (2nd.) began with a visit to Semper Fidelis to celebrate 60 years in Freemasonry of a most charming Irishman, George Coulter.
On Wednesday, 4th. March, I visited Leyland Masonic Hall to attend a Group Chairmen’s Meeting. This was followed in the evening by an invitation to attend the installation meeting of Fylde Chapter, which meets at Cleveleys Masonic Hall. All who attended witnessed a first class ceremony conducted by John Lee. The Chapter, I am pleased to say, is going through a “renaissance” with candidates and joining members in the pipeline.
The day after (5th. March), I attended my own Lodge, Quadrant, where the members welcomed Gary Edwards as the newest member of the Lodge. The Worshipful Master, Roger Perry, assisted by his officers, performed a near faultless ceremony. We wish Gary well as he starts his Masonic career.
On 7th. March, I was pleased to receive a letter from the Grand Secretary, asking if I would be pleased to accept the Grand Master’s invitation to be appointed to Grand Rank. I thought about it for a second, and decided to reply in the affirmative. A great honour! Later in the day, I found out that Duncan Smith, Chairman of North Fylde, and Neil MacSymons had also received a similar letter.
On Monday, 9th. March, I, together with our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, David Winder, the Group Officers, members of St. Annes Lodge and numerous visitors, gathered to celebrate 50 years in Freemasonry of Zeke Goodwin. Zeke, being Scottish, was initiated into a lodge in Scotland, namely Captain Spiers Houston Lodge, No. 791. Having settled in the Fylde area, he joined the Lodge of Friendship, No. 4199. Due to the Lodge returning it’s Warrant last year, Zeke recently joined St. Annes Lodge. We look forward to Zeke celebrating 60 years, in ten years time.
On Wednesday, 11th., I attended the Fylde Group Lodge of Instruction, where I hold the office of Senior Preceptor.
The following night (12th. April), the Group Officers and myself, attended the Chapter of Fidelity’s Installation Meeting. The Chapter welcomed, as principal guest, Stanley Oldfield, 3rd. Provincial Grand Principal. We were joined by many guests, who had come to support Antony Hill, and witness him being installed as First Principal of the Chapter. The proudest person in attendance was undoubtedly Antony’s Father, Marcus. All who attended were treated to a very good Ceremony of Installation, led by the outgoing First Principal, Phil Cunningham.
The 18th. March, saw Brian Collins celebrate 50 years in Freemasonry at The Ansdell Lodge. 50 years of total commitment. Brian had originally joined Mount Lodge, No. 6654, meeting in Fleetwood, and joined Ansdell many years later. The surprise of the evening was Brian being awarded Provincial Grand Rank by our APrGM, David Winder. A well deserved honour!!

The night after, Thursday, 19th. March, I had been invited to St. Annes Chapter, to deliver a “talk” on the Royal Arch to brethren who were contemplating taking the next step in Freemasonry, and joining this delightful Degree. Seven brethren were in attendance.
On Monday, 23rd. March, I was at The Palace, for the final March meeting of the Fylde Group Lodge of Instruction. We chose to work an Installation Ceremony for the benefit of the members of Quadrant Lodge, who’s own Installation Meeting was imminent.
On Wednesday, 25th., I attended Kirkham Lodge, where Dave McKee, the Group Charity Steward, was into his second year as Worshipful Master. Four brethren “worked” the First Section : Third Lecture. No easy task, but very well done by all who took part.
Friday, 27th. I met with a number of brethren to discuss the formation of a “walking and cycling club”. The idea is to hold a series of “walks” and “bike rides” throughout the year for those interested. The first such event will be held on Sunday, 19th. April. Keep your eyes on the South Fylde Website for further events!!!!!!
The last event of the month was the Group Dinner on Monday, 30th. March. Over seventy brethren and companions assembled to welcome Danny Jones, the Deputy Grand Superintendent and his colleagues from the Province. After a warming cup of tea, all took their place in the lodge room to put questions to our Provincial guests. The questions were wide ranging. Afterwards, we all enjoyed a hot pot supper. As a Group, we look forward to the next Dinner in 2017.


Ian responding at the Group Dinner

[nextpage title=”April”]On Thursday, 2nd. April, I attended Landmark Lodge, where I was joined by members and guests, to witness Nigel Ball being passed to the Second Degree. I am sure Nigel enjoyed the evening, and we look forward to him taking his Third.
On Wednesday, 8th. April, I drove round the Ribble Estuary to Southport in order to attend a meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter, and to see those awarded Provincial Honours being invested. A loud cheer to those companions from the South Fylde go to – Peter Weller and Bob Avery, Ramesh Gandhi, John Moss, Tom Sloan and Len Wiseman. Congratulations to all!!!!

Pictured, from left to right, are: Antony Hill, John Robbie Porter, Ian Ward, Len Wiseman, Peter Weller and Clive Gitsham at Provincial Grand Chapter.

Friday, 10th. April, I attended Baines Lodge. A meeting with a difference! After a short business meeting, members and guests were joined by their wives, partners and friends, where we all enjoyed a first class three course meal, prepared by the caterer, Lee Munro. What was special, and different, was that the rest of the evening was devoted to Bingo. We were treated to six games, three either side of the raffle. A good time was had by all, particularly my table, who went home loaded with prizes.

Pictured, from left to right, are: Ian Ward, his mum Wendy and brother Robert.

Saturday, 11th. April, saw the Installation Meeting of my own Lodge, Quadrant. We were pleased to welcome, as principal guest, Mark Dimelow. A very keen Everton supporter!!!!! A true blue!! Fortunately for Mark, Everton’s match was subject to an early kick off. The result being a 1 – 1 draw. All who attended were treated to a near faultless installation, conducted by Roger Perry. The new Master being Simon Walker, son of the late, and much respected, Peter Walker. Simon’s brother, David, had travelled all the way from Aberdeen in order to be present.
The following week (Tuesday, 14th.), I attended a Preceptors Meeting of the Fylde Group Lodge of Instruction, to discuss arrangements for this year’s Festival to be held on 30th. October, at The Palace, St. Annes. This year, we will be honoured to receive as our President, the R. W. Provincial Grand Master, James Anthony Harrison.
Wednesday, 15th. April, I attended Ansdell’s last meeting before the recess. Earlier in the afternoon, I had been asked to stand in as SD, due to the regular SD, John Bradley, being unable to attend. It was a pleasure to take a major role in the Ceremony of Passing. The candidate, Ian Disley, proved to be an excellent candidate. I only hope my performance came up to the usual high standard expected by the DC, John Nicholls??
Thursday, 16th. April, I crossed the border into the North Fylde to attend my own Chapter, Anchorsholme, where we listened to a “paper” delivered by Ted Vollans.
The evening after, 17th., I, together with our APrGM, David Winder, went on a “dummy run”, and to get some much needed practice, around the Guild Wheel, Preston. We were blessed with near perfect cycling conditions.
Sunday, 19th. April, the big day had arrived, the day of the Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk around the Guild Wheel, Preston. A distance of some 21 miles for the cyclists, and 5 – 6 miles for those choosing to walk. A “cloudy bright” day had been forecast, with just a slight breeze, and, thankfully, no rain expected. Some 30 cyclists from the South Fylde and the Preston Groups assembled by the Docks, ready for “take off” at 10 am. The first cyclists arrived back in well under 2 hours. They were Bob Avery, John Parkinson (two very experienced cyclists), our own APrGM, David Winder, Creag Williams and his partner Helen Barratt. I arrived back, battered and bleeding, in well over 2 hours, having fallen off the bike, and suffered a puncture. On reflection the only thing that was hurt, was my pride. A good day was had by all!!! Same again next year? A definite “YES”.

Ian cycling around the Preston Guild Wheel (before he fell off!).

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The following Tuesday, 21st., the Vice Chairman, Robbie Porter and the Group Secretary, Dave Barr, and myself, attended the installation meeting of Melita Lodge, where we were delighted to see our APrGM, David Winder, being welcomed by the Lodge as principal guest. This was a very special installation, as the Worshipful Master, Tony Alderton, was installing his son, Roland, as Worshipful Master. A very proud Father!! We wish the lodge well, and hope the Lodge prospers under Roland’s leadership.
Saturday, 25th. April, up early and down to The Palace to meet Dave McKee, Group Charity Steward, to help set up for the “South Fylde Giving Day”. Our principal guests were the Deputy Mayor of the Fylde and Consort, Cllr. Karen Henshaw and Cllr. Howard Henshaw. They were joined by representatives from numerous charities and good causes, together with David Winder, David Randerson, and representatives from the various lodges and chapters in the Group. A sum just short of £40,000.00 had been raised during the year by the lodges and chapters. Credit goes to all the brethren and companions of the South Fylde Group for their generosity.

Tuesday, 28th. April, I, together with my guests, John Ogden, Peter Robinson, and my brother Robert, travelled, by train, to London, ready for the following day’s Annual Investiture at Grand Lodge. We were met at Preston Train Station by the DPrGM, Howard Jones, our APrGM, David Winder, and the PrGSec, Peter Taylor.
The following day, we arrived at Great Queen Street, “suited and booted” ready for the occasion. The Pro Grand Master, Peter Lowndes, presided, with many masons travelling from all over the Globe for the meeting. Good to see at the meeting our former Group Chairman, and now AtoPrGPs in chapter, David Randerson, accompanied by Stuart Thornber and Keith Jackson. Being one of many to be invested with a new rank, my 10 seconds of glory came, and went, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!! Wonderful!! Congratulations also to Ian Sanderson, Neil MacSymons, Paul Renton, Colin Rowling, Duncan Smith, David Walmsley, Andrew Whittle, Brian Mayoh, John Hutton, Derek Parkinson, Kevin Poynton, Michael Adams, and Danny Jones, all from the Province, who were either appointed / promoted at the same meeting.
Afterwards, we enjoyed a Banquet in the Grand Connaught Rooms, where we were joined by our Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison, David Winder and other leaders from the Province. At the end of the evening, we all left with many happy memories.

Pictured, from left to right, are: Peter Robinson, Robert Ward and Ian Ward at the Grand Lodge investiture festive board.

On Tuesday, 5th. May, the last of the seasons 50th celebrations took place at Semper Fidelis Lodge. Herbert (Bert) John Waddington being the subject of the celebration. Bert, now in his 80’s, has been recovering from numerous “fractures”, having fallen from a ladder at his home in St. Annes. As David Winder commented, “the lengths some brethren will go to in order to escape attending their own 50th.?”
The following night, 6th. May, I was at Poulton to attended the first demonstration of the Enhanced Exaltation Ceremony, which had been organised by our AtoPrGPs, David Randerson, and the three Group Vice Chairmen from South and North Fylde, and Blackpool. The enhancements certainly add more drama to the ceremony and would recommend all R A masons to attend the remaining demonstrations at Cleveleys and Adelaide Street.
Thursday, 7th. May, was the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, with over a 1000 Freemasons from around the Province, and beyond, attending. The pageantry of the occasion is well worth seeing, and is a credit to the PrGDC, Keith Kemp, and his team of Deputies. Was good to see brethren from the South Fylde receiving much deserved appointments and promotions. This year we have three brethren with “acting” ranks, Godfrey Hirst, PrGChaplain; Brian Horrocks, PrDGSuptWks, and David Thomas, PrDGDC, who was also promoted to PPrJGW. Congratulations to all, and enjoy your new ranks! Celebrations continued at the banquet held at the Hilton Hotel.
Friday, 8th. May, I was at Poulton to attend an initiation at Baines Lodge. Nearly fifty brethren from around the Fylde area assembled to welcome Paul Duffy as Baines’s newest member. David Thomas conducted a “first class” First Degree Ceremony, under the watchful eye of the lodge DC, John Lee. David was ably assisted by the officers of the Lodge, in particular, Ryan Modlin, who gave the Charge after Initiation. We wish Paul well, as he starts his Masonic career. All in all, a good night was had, by all!!!!
Tuesday, 12th. May, the Group Officers and myself, were at Tithebarn Chapter Installation. The principal guest was the DGSupt, Danny Jones. He was accompanied by the 2ndPrGP, Peter Elmore, and our AtoPrGPs, David Randerson. The outgoing MEZ, Clive Gitsham, led the installation ceremony by installing his successor, Roger Buckley. Michael Rogers and Mike Heed were installed as Second Principal and Third Principal, respectively. I hope the Chapter has a busy year, and hope Peter Weller is kept busy as he begins his tenure as Provincial Grand Standard Bearer.
Wednesday, 13th. May, I was at Fylde Chapter, Cleveleys on the invitation of John Lee, to witness Paul Darlington being exalted. Paul is a member of the Fylde Group Lodge of Instruction, and I have to say, one of the finest ritualists I have heard. Fylde Chapter are very lucky to have him. An asset, he will be!!

Pictured, from left to right, are: Ian Ward, Paul Darlington, Arthur Lea and Glenn O’ Brien (LOI members at Paul’s exaltation into Fylde Chapter).

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The following week began with a visit to Foxhall Lodge (18th. May), to listen to Derek Abbott deliver a “paper”, written by Neville Barker Cryer, entitled “Commentary on the Sections of the First Degree”. The lecture was well received by all.

Wednesday, 20th. May, I had been invited by the Worshipful Master, Len Wiseman, to deliver a short talk on Fremasonry at a “Ladies and Gents to Dine Evening”. After a short business meeting, the ladies and gentlemen were invited into the Lodge, where yours truly delivered the Talk. I hope the assembled audience found it of interest? Speaking to one lady afterwards, she hadn’t realised that so much of our work is devoted to raising money for charitable and good causes.
Thursday, 21st. May, was the second of the Group’s Representatives Meeting, where lodge and chapter representatives meet with the Group Officers to discuss matters that may have arisen during the past session, and events for the forthcoming session. We were delighted to welcome to the meeting, Stephen Wadsworth, Secretary of Poulton Masonic Hall, who gave a report on Poulton Masonic Hall.
Looking forward to the future, we have on the horizon, Thursday, 28th. May, the Installation Meeting of Senatores Lodge, where Stuart Sager, a member of Tithebarn Lodge, will be installed as Worshipful Master in the presence of the DPrGM, Philip Gunning.
Tuesday, 2nd. June, is the Installation Meeting of Senatores Chapter, where David Randerson, Peter Bentham and myself will be installed as First, Second and Third Principals, respectively, and in the presence of the Grand Superintendent, Tony Harrison.
Sunday, 7th. June, is the Cycle Ride and Walk. Cycle Ride is from Glasson Dock to Lancaster; around the Heysham and Morecambe area; back to Lancaster; then from Lancaster, back to Glasson. 30 miles approximately. The Walk will be from Glasson Dock to Lancaster Millenium Bridge, and back to Glasson. 10 miles approximately. Further details can be obtained from Dave McKee, (email –
Later in the month, Saturday, 13th. June, is the 150th. Anniversary of the Lodge of Triumph. Those wishing to attend, please contact the Secretary, Brian Horrocks, (email –
In closing, may I take this opportunity to thank all the Group Officers for their hard work during the year, and can I wish you all a glorious Summer, and come back refreshed in September.

Kindest regards,