200 years of Lancashire Masonry

The development of our Province was discussed by the brethren of Rockhaven and Horwich Lodge No 2324 recently when they welcomed Dr Richard Johnson, who presented his paper ‘200 years of Lancashire Freemasonry’.

The Worshipful Master, Allan Shields assisted by his Senior Warden Alan Hurst and acting Junior Warden, Ellis Collier, preceded the talk by opening the lodge to the Third Degree before closing down to the First Degree ‘the long way’. Allan then invited Richard to take the floor of the lodge.

Richard proceeded to test the masonic knowledge of the brethren with questions that related to the formation of the first Grand Lodge in 1717. Any brother who gave the wrong answer was asked to pay £1 for his error.

Left to right: Ellis Collier, Allan Shields and Alan Hurst pay close attention to Richard

Left to right: Ellis Collier, Allan Shields and Alan Hurst pay close attention to Richard

Richard is a well renowned masonic researcher and author and one of the founding members of Brigantes Lodge No 9734 which is a research lodge meeting at Kendal in the province of Cumberland Westmorland.

His well-researched and informative paper took the brethren through a journey from the establishment of the first lodges in the North West of England, the spread into Lancashire and as a result of the huge growth in the number of lodges, the creation of two Lancashire provinces.

On the conclusion of his talk Richard presented the proceeds from his question session to the Treasurer as a donation to charity. He received a warm Rockhaven and Horwich round of applause from all of the brethren. His talk was very informative and enjoyable which was reflected by comments of thanks and appreciation during all of the responses at the close of the meeting.

Richard then joined Allan and the officers and brethren for a superb festive board in true Ridgmont House style. Good food and well served.

The next lodge meeting takes place at Ridgmont House on Tuesday April 10th and is a traditional Old England Night to which the ladies have been invited to join the festive board.

Non-Masons and friends of the lodge are also invited along with their Ladies to join in with the lodge members.

Old England nights are always a fun way to raise money and the ‘Judge’ in the form of Peter Hannis from Lever Park Lodge will be on hand to ensure that profit and pleasure will be the result!

All visitors will be made most welcome.

Left to right: Ellis Collier, Allan Shields, Richard Johnson & Alan Hurst

Left to right: Ellis Collier, Allan Shields, Richard Johnson & Alan Hurst