Meetings: 2nd Wednesday – October, November, January, February, March, April.
Installation: 2nd Wednesday – May
Secretary: Colin Mills : L7871@westlancsfreemasons.org.
Tarleton Lodge No 7871
Tarleton Lodge No 7871, was formed at a meeting at the De Trafford Arms Hotel in Croston, held on Tuesday 15 May 1962 under the Chairmanship of WBro T Caunce PAGDC who was Chairman of the Ormskirk Group. There were 20 present from Tarleton and District who represented nine lodges. At a subsequent meeting two more names were added to the Founders list, Reverend Bro W Riley, who was Rector of Tarleton and J Guy a local farmer. Also, the name of R Goodyear appears in the minutes. Both WBro Rev Canon W Riley PAGChap and WBro R Goodyear PPrGSup of Wks are alive today and attended the recent celebration of the Lodge Golden Jubilee.
The process of forming the Lodge progressed; three names were chosen Tarleton being the first choice, Asland the second choice and Douglas the third choice. The petition for the new Lodge was read to and signed by all those present at a meeting held on Friday 30 November 1962.
Various venues were proposed for the Consecration of the Lodge, and it was decreed that Southport Masonic Hall was to be used. The Consecration took place on Thursday 2 May 1963.
The first initiation Ceremony took place on Wednesday 2 October 1963 at the De Trafford Arms, Croston. One of the original initiates Bro Keith Garlick is the Lodge’s longest serving member, still active today and was Treasurer of the lodge for a period of no less than thirty years.
The lodge continued to meet at the De Trafford Arms until 1973. Offers of accommodation were received from both Ormskirk and Leyland Masonic Halls, a vote was taken and Ormskirk was the hall chosen for a trial period. Due to various domestic issues the lodge decided to approach Leyland Masonic Hall and terms and conditions sought. It was decided at a meeting on 11 March 1974 that the Lodge would move to Leyland Masonic Hall, and this has been the lodge’s home to the present day, and was one of the original shareholder lodges. Up until the move the Installation ceremonies were held at Southport Masonic Hall.
As can be seen from the lodge Banner and Crest it has strong connections with Holy Trinity Church, Tarleton and two of the recent clerics have been members of the lodge, namely WBro Rev.Canon W Riley PAGChap’n, who was Rector for some thirty years and the other was WBro Rev A Jeynes APrGChap’n who resigned in 2004 when he moved to Cyprus. The Lodge has assisted the Church financially with the refurbishment of the bells and in 1980 at a Masonic Service it presented a Processional Cross to the Church. Numerous members of the Lodge are regular attendees at the Church.
The lodge’ Banner was proposed at a meeting in 1993 and due to lack of funds this was shelved, the matter was again raised 1994 and after gaining permission from Grand Lodge in 1995 a suitable firm to manufacture the banner was chosen. It was collected in January 1996 and it was Dedicated at a special Lodge meeting on 9 October 1996 with WBro WS Huck PSGD, APrGM in attendance. He was so impressed by the address given by WBro Rev Canon W Riley that he requested a copy be included in the Lodge minutes.
The lodge celebrated its Silver Jubilee on the 11 May 1988 at the old Masonic Hall in Leyland, with each Brother that attended being given a commemorative plate, the celebration also coincided with the Installation of WBro David Greenwood who is still an active member of the Lodge.
The lodge celebrated its Golden Jubilee on Wednesday 29 May 2013 at an extra meeting; this was attended by WBro SR Martland PSGD, APrGM and other distinguished Brethren. Each Brother received an inscribed paper knife and pen
The lodge now has 26 members and one Honorary Member and meets on the second Wednesday of the months of October, November, January, February, March, April and May (Installation).