Meetings: 4th Tuesday – October, November, January, February, March, April.
Installation: 4th Tuesday – September
Secretary: David Stewart : L7391@westlancsfreemasons.org.
With a present membership of about 40 and due to an upturn in recruitment, Leyland St Andrew’s Lodge is steadily gaining strength. The Lodge was founded in 1955 by 16 members of Carnarvon Lodge No 2376 and was awarded its Warrant on 2 February 1955.
Meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month from September through to April, excluding the month of December. Annual membership fees currently stand at £226.00 exclusive of meals. Regular get-togethers take place on a Friday evening for practicing our ceremonies and a time of fellowship.
In 2002 The Lodge commissioned a Banner as depicted in the letterhead. It is a striking facsimile of the Parish Church of St. Andrew which is within a few hundred yards of the Masonic Hall. The Banner was dedicated on 22 October 2002.
On 14 March 2007 Leyland St. Andrew’s Lodge amalgamated with Coppull Lodge No 4232 and gained 12 new members. Care has been taken to retain Coppull’s identity on lodge stationery and circulars. A small lapel badge has been produced depicting the blue cross of St. Andrew surmounted by a beehive, which is a prominent feature in the design of the Coppull Lodge Banner.
In common with many voluntary organisations Freemasonry has, in recent years, struggled to attract new members but in Leyland St Andrew’s Lodge we appear to have reversed the trend and our membership is growing. Freemasons are now very open minded about new ideas and accept that changes to the organisation are inevitable.
The mentoring of new members is of paramount importance to us, questions as to: How Masonry works? Our lodge ritual, charitable giving, commitments to the Craft and our support of non-masonic good causes will all be answered and explained. There is also an active social side to Freemasonry that very much includes our wives and partners.
We also have an active Ladies Committee, formed back in 2007. It is not only involved in the social side of the Lodge but has become organisers of many fund raising activities, supporting local charities and giving the Lodge more prominence in the local community.
Within the wider orbit of the Leyland Group of Masonic Lodges there are opportunities to enjoy golf, bowling and clay pigeon shooting. The Masonic Hall also promotes a wide variety of entertainment and has a self-contained bistro & wine bar which is open to non-members.
In conclusion, we consider Leyland St. Andrew’s to be a well-adjusted and friendly Lodge, comfortable in its current form yet always willing to embrace new ideas.