On Tuesday 19 April 2016, Brierfield Lodge received the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Sir David Trippier, RD, JP, DL, and a Provincial Deputation including WBro John Farrington, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Northern Area, for the purpose of the District’s Annual Hosted Meeting. Also in attendance were a healthy number of District Officers and Provincial Grand Officers of the Year.
After opening the Lodge and conducting the preliminary business, the Worshipful Master, Bro Maurice McGaffin, announced that the next business was to receive the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master accompanied by a Provincial Deputation.
The Provincial Delegation and Brierfield Lodge Members
The Worshipful Master welcomed the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master and to his great delight Sir David accepted the gavel and took his place in the Masters chair. The RWPGM was then saluted in due form.
There followed a presentation entitled “From Junior office to the Masters Chair”. This was given by four Brethren ranging from a Fellow Craft who has taken on the office of Assistant Secretary to a Past Master, relatively recently through the Chair. All related their experiences and the progress they had made whilst moving through their various Offices to date. They also outlined their hopes and expectations for the future and the support and assistance they would need in their development. The topic was introduced by WBro Steve Jansen, the Burnley and Pendle District Mentor who had worked with the Brethren in their preparations.
The Four Brethren involved were:-
Bro Darran Haigh – Pendle Lodge No 4703
Bro Ray Evans – Abbey Lodge No 2529
Bro Chris Swindells – Calder Lodge No 4564
WBro Steve Irving – Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 1504
L-R: WBro Steve Jansen, Bro Ray Evans, WBro Steve Irving, RWBro Sir David Trippier, Bro Maurice McGaffin, WBro John Farrington, Bro Chris Swindells, Bro Darran Haigh
The RWPGM said that in coming to Padiham he knew that it would be a good evening but it had exceeded his expectations; the presentations had been some of the best that he had seen and he thanked WBro Jansen and the four presenters for their efforts. He also commented on some of the issues that had been raised.
The Social Board was well attended but unfortunately the WM was unable to stay and WBro Geoffrey Riley took the Masters’ place.
The usual toasts were proposed and duly honoured. WBro Michael Maunders proposed the toast to the RWPGM commenting that it was a pleasure to welcome him to Padiham for his second visit.
In his response, Sir David thanked everyone for the support that had been given to the 2015 Festival and stated that we should be very proud of our efforts in raising £2.6 million in such a difficult financial climate.
WBro John Farrington then proposed the toast to the WM, in his absence and to Brierfield Lodge. He asked that the best wishes of all present be passed on to Bro McGaffin. He thanked the Brethren who had given the presentation and Brierfield Lodge for hosting the meeting; he wished them all well for the future in their relatively new home at Padiham, commenting on the smooth transition and integration from Nelson following the closure of that Hall. WBro Geoff Riley gave a formal response and at 9.50 pm the Tylers toast concluded an excellent evening.
Brierfield Lodge Members with the RWPGM, APGM & APGP
Photos courtesy of WBro Walter Coupe. Text extracted from PGLEL article.