Group Chairman’s Report 2013

Brethren and Companions

I trust you have all summered well and are looking forward to the new Masonic season with renewed vigour.

Your Group Executive have been active throughout the summer, although some of us did find time for a short break.

The Group Giving Day in May was another resounding success and we did manage to get some decent press coverage on it in the Lancashire Evening Post and the Chorley & Leyland Guardian.

Provincial Grand Lodge made a welcome return to the Guild Hall, Preston in May and I congratulate those who were honoured at that meeting. The Acting Officers are no doubt looking forward to ‘strutting their stuff’ and I hope they have a happy and fulfilling year.

Looking towards the forthcoming season we have 7 Brethren receiving promotions at the next Provincial meeting at Preston on Tuesday 15th October and I am sure they would be delighted to have your support.

Please remember that ALL MASTER MASONS can attend Provincial Grand Lodge and I am sure that those who have not yet witnessed a Provincial meeting will be impressed with the spectacular, please invite and look after them.

On Monday 18th November we have the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Oklahoma and his Oklahoma Indians Degree Team visiting Leyland when they will put on a most colourful presentation of a third degree ceremony. White Hills Lodge are hosting the event and I would hope the event will be a sell out. All Master Masons can attend and the publicity for the event will be out soon.

The Group Social and Charity Cabaret will be held on Sunday 26th January with Norman Prince (Hoghton Weavers & Radio Lancashire) getting everyone in the mood and the brilliant ‘Ivy League’ Topping the bill.

You are all aware that one of the principal tenets of Freemasonry is Charity and the members of this wonderful organisation ensure that those less fortunate than we benefit greatly from our giving. The West Lancashire Freemasons Charity is constantly reminding us to support it.

The Provincial Grand Master has reinforced that plea on a number of occasions and he has also stated that Masonic Halls, their running and upkeep are very high on his list of priorities.

This Group has and will no doubt continue to play its part in supporting the Charities but I would also ask you to for the time being to support YOUR MASONIC HALL appeal.
Stewart Seddon, Group Chairman