The brethren have been saddened by the recent passing of two of our brethren, WBro Alan Chapman and WBro Gordon Fielding. Both brethren had joined us over the past few years from other Lodges and had made significant contribution to our meetings. They will be greatly missed and our condolences are extended to their families.
LADIES TO DINE 2019
We held a very enjoyable ‘Ladies to Dine’ Social Board after our December Meeting. We were pleased to be joined by 15 ladies which included Mrs Ann France and Mrs Margaret Higham. The usual Turkey with all the trimmings was followed by Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce. Our Worshipful Master delighted in adding a full bottle of Rum to the sauce.
After the meal our Honorary Organist, Stuart Ashworth, played the piano for the singing of Christmas Carols to put everyone into the mood for Christmas.
The members of the Lodge contributed to an envelope collection which raised £150 which has since been donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
THE 60th CELEBRATION FOR WBRO TOM KEENAN – Friday November 15th 2019
The Lodge had the pleasure of a visit from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro John Farrington, together with a Provincial Delegation, to help us celebrate 60 years as a freemason of WBro Tom Keenan.
This was a fabulous evening where we made a rare departure from the norm by inviting Tom’s daughter Julie and Son-in-Law David to witness the ceremony in the Lodge. They were accompanied by several ladies and widows of the Lodge. A superb social board followed with presentations from the Lodge and others who could not attend.
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You can see a full report on the Provincial Website at https://www.pglel.co.uk/to-celebrate-60-years-in-freemasonry-wbro-thomas-h-m-keenan-pprovagswdb/
OLD ENGLISH NIGHT MARCH 2019
As is now the norm the Lodge invited non – masons to join them at their social board after a very brief Lodge Meeting. The usual Old English Night Fayre was on offer – Pea & Ham Soup, Black Pudding,Steak & Ale Pie and Trifle. It was good to see a good turn out of 33 dining.
Entertainment after dinner was provided by ‘The Dodgers’ folk group who were ably assisted by our own Bro Craig Harrison.
On Saturday February 23rd our Worshipful Master, Bro Ray Keenan, together with his lady, Clare Matacinuas, hosted our annual Ladies Evening. Once again this was held in the Elizabethan Suite at Bury Town Hall. Just over 100 guests, including Lodge members, family and friends enjoyed a very successful evening. An excellent meal was served by the Elizabethan Suite staff with music during dinner being played by the Wabash Jazz Trio.
Our envelope raffle raised a wonderful sum of almost £500 for our charity fund.
The Toast to the Ladies was given in an excellent manner by WBro Tony Wainwright to which Clare was pleased to respond.
We once again had Mr John Kearns to sing the Song to the Ladies, accompanied at the piano by Mr Chris Wormald. Further songs from shows such as Les Miserables followed and a couple of ‘hankies’ did appear to dry an eye.
Our Director of Ceremonies, WBro Peter Bailey, managed to pull the whole evening together and kept us running ‘on time’. Immediate Past Master, WBro John O’Brien, had pleasure in presenting a gift from the lodge members to Clare Matacinuas.
All the Ladies present received a gift from the Worshipful Master and the table floral decorations were presented to the ladies by means of a draw.
When the formalities of the evening were complete the stage was handed over to ‘Coverbox’, a five piece band who did a superb job of entertaining our guests and keeping the dance floor full. John Kearns plays keyboard with the band, as well as vocals, and it was through John that we got to know about them.
Thanks to the Management & Staff of the Elizabethan Suite and to David Kitt who once again managed to have microphones where needed and had the task of opening 100 raffle envelopes.
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GRANT TO RED LANE PRIMARY SCHOOL
When our Charity Steward, WBro Gordon Fielding, heard about the devastating arson attack at Red Lane Primary School he immediately enquired if any help was required. On finding that much equipment that could not be insured had been lost Gordon applied to the East Lancs Masonic Charity for a grant. His application was successful with the award of £3,500. The brethren of the lodge topped this up with a further £500. Due to illness Gordon could not attend the school when the cheque was presented by Bury District Charity Steward, WBro Chis Eccles, at a morning assembly. At the presentation the headteacher, Rhian Driver, and the executive head teacher, Lisa Whittaker, expressed their most sincere thanks to Gordon and Freemasons for their generosity.
LADIES TO DINE 2018
We held a very enjoyable ‘Ladies to Dine’ Social Board after our December Meeting. We were pleased to be joined by 16 ladies which included Mrs Ann France and Mrs Margaret Higham. The usual Turkey with all the trimmings was followed by Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce. Our Worshipful Master delighted in adding a full bottle of Rum to the sauce.
After the meal WBro Ian Wilson and his wife Jan lead the singing of Christmas Carols to put everyone into the mood for Christmas.
The members of the Lodge contributed to an envelope collection which raised £145 which has been donated to the Residents Amenity Fund at Hewlett Court.
MASTERS DINNER 2018
Ninety four guests attended a Masters Dinner on December 1st at Dunscar Golf Club hosted by our new Worshipful Master, Bro Ray Keenan and his partner Clare Mataciunas. Once again this turned out to be a very successful event with the usual high standard of food being served by Dunscar Catering Services led by Sarah Wood and her team. Thanks also to Harry on the bar with his staff who did an excellent job in ensuring that the alcohol flowed freely.
The star of the evening was no doubt our entertainer, Gary Ryan, who did two sets of songs. The first set was a tribute to Neil Diamond which was very well received but the second set definitely scored a hit. Gary filled the dance floor and was certainly extremely popular, having, of course, to do an encore.
Some 25 raffle prizes had been generously donated which allowed us to raise £568 for our charity fund. We were pleased that former members, John Power, Tim Ashwin and Ken Davies who, with their wives, were able to join us for the evening. Ken and Barbara had travelled from Lincoln to be with us and the contingent from West Lancashire included guests from Birmingham! Concord Lodge events are certainly becoming the place to be.
You can see the photos from the evening in our Gallery
OLD ENGLISH NIGHT
On Thursday 15th March a Second Degree Ceremony was conducted by the Worshipful Master and the Lodge Officers.
Following this ceremony a total of sixty one masons and non-masons enjoyed an excellent Old English Night . Fines Master WBro Jeremy Aston was in great form, managing to raise £300 in fines – all for good causes!
After a traditional meal of Pea & Ham Soup, Black Pudding, Steak & Ale Pie, Apple Strudel and completed with Cheese & Biscuits, the entertainment started. Worshipful Master John O’Brien had booked the Vogue Duo for a 45 minute spot. After an hour, and because the bar was closing, we had to stop them as they would probably gone on all night! They did an excellent mix of music, with something for everyones taste, including a Rod Stewart tribute.
It was a pleasure to see 24 visitors in the lodge who were joined by 12 non-masons to enjoy our social board. Certainly an evening to remember.
At a recent meeting the brethren of the Lodge decided to donate £500 each to three local good causes. These were the Strikers FC Junior Football Club, Park United Football Club and Walmsley C E Primary School. All of these obviously to the benefit of young people.
We have received a couple of letters of thanks. You can read the letter from Park United HERE.
From Strikers FC we received this email
We have received permission to show this photo of Strikers Stingrays U8s in their new kit.
LODGE SOCIAL EVENTS
Our Worshipful Master, John O’Brien, installed into the Chair of the Lodge in October, was determined from the outset that he and Sue were going to have fantastic social events during his year in office.
We booked Dunscar Golf Club for the Masters Dinner on November 25th and what a night it was. Ninety eight guests eat a superb meal provided by Sarah and the Dunscar Catering team. We had the usual raffle where many prizes had been generously donated but the highlight of the evening was the appearance of Elvis! Our Elvis was absolutely brilliant covering many Elvis favourites and getting a large number of guests up onto their feet, both applauding and dancing. A night not to be forgotten which incidentally raised a magnificent sum of £510 for our charity fund
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To go one better on this John had decided that the traditional Ladies Evening would be resurrected and opted to hold this at the Elizabethan Suite in Bury Town Hall. Somehow we managed a guest list of 177 which these days is virtually unheard of.
The staff of the Elizabethan Suite pulled out every stop to make a splendid evening, enjoyed by all. We had the Wabash Jazz Trio playing from the balcony during dinner, who received great acclamation at the end of their set. Once again we had the superb John Kearns to sing the Ladies Song together with a couple more songs, including ‘Bring Him Home’ from ‘Les Miserables’. I am sure I saw a few tears in the eyes of some of the ladies during that song. As usual John was accompanied by Chris Wormald, of Smithills School Band fame.
The Lodge Director of Ceremonies, WBro Peter Bailey, kept the whole evening running to schedule; WBro Phillip Ashwin proposed the Toast to the Ladies, to which Sue O’Brien gave a very confident poetic response. WBro Andy Pilkington presented Sue with a gift from the Lodge while David Kitt was invaluable in making sure that the microphone was where it was needed! David also had the task of opening over 170 envelopes and counting a large pile of £5 notes
Again our raffle was again supported by the generous donation of many prizes, which included a £250 First Prize! The raffle raised a terrific £814 for our charity fund.
John had booked ‘The Tonics’, a six piece band who were nothing but first class, keeping the dance floor full for most of their two sets.
Many asked how we could provide such an evening for just £30 a head. The answer is that the event was heavily subsidised by the generosity of our Worshipful Master.
With excellent food, good company and a fantastic atmosphere this proved to be a night not to be forgotten.
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Gerry Russell, Secretary and Social Secretary