Furness and South Lakeland Group of Masonic Lodges – Annual Visits into Lancaster & District Group

Our initiative in the F&SL Group, to pay fraternal and social visits to lodges that make up our neighbouring Group is going from strength to strength. Our first arranged visit was on 8th February 2017, which took us to the Wyre View Masonic Hall at Garstang and the Great Eccleston Lodge 8839 which has been reported on the web site. Since then we have had two more very successful visits.
The second visit was to the City of Lancaster Lodge 281 on 19th October 2017 which was very well supported with 18 masons representing 6 F&SL Group lodges and then to the Carnforth Lodge 4951 on 21st February 2018 which was also well supported with 11 masons from 6 lodges.
We have tried to visit a lodge at each of the masonic halls in the Lancaster and District Group and the next planned visit sees us going to Morecambe and the Poulton-Le-Sands Lodge. The details are shown below. Next Year we hope to complete a visit to each masonic hall by going to Silverdale but that has yet to be decided.
Everyone is welcome to join these visits especially the newer masons in the group. We will avoid visiting a lodge when it is holding its Installation meeting thus not taking any of the special merit this holds for a lodge. We also ensure we do not arrange a visit away from our own group whenever any of our own lodges has its Installation, to maximise the support we should give to our own. Occasionally a visit will clash with a normal lodge meeting in our own group but this is inevitable. What we do ensure is that we don’t arrange a visit to clash with the same lodge again for the next few years at least.
Visiting friends and making new friends is a special in integral part of masonry and spreading our friendship outside our own region makes it even more special.
Our neighbours in the Lancaster and district group now have selected a ‘volunteer’ to arrange return visits into F&SL Group so if your lodge is keen to host such a visit please let me know and we can start making some plans.

DETAILS and INVITATIONS to JOIN US on the NEXT PLANNED VISIT
Brethren, for your information the next visit from members of the Furness and South Lakeland Group into our neighbouring Group of Lancaster and District has now been agreed. The visit will be on Wednesday 24th October 2018 and our host lodge will be Poulson-Le-Sands Lodge No1051 who meet at the Morecambe Masonic Hall. If any brother is interested in joining in this visit, please give your name to W Bro John Houlding as soon as you have checked your diaries and confirmed your availability. The lodge ‘tiles’ at 7pm so transport should depart Fairfield at about 5pm. Seats on the minibus are however limited at this stage so be quick.
If any brothers prefer to make their own way, please still pass your names to John so he can keep our hosts advised of total numbers.
Fraternal Best Wishes to all.

W Bro John Houlding P Pr G Std B
Johnhoulding46@outlook.com