Visit to Provincial Grand Lodge

There was a good representation from the Furness and South Lakeland group at the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Alan Tomlinson WM of Semper Sursum Lodge No 5622 and Steve McKellar WM of Baldwin Lodge No 1398 were amongst those who had made the journey.

The recession with Steve McKellar and Alan Tomlinson in the aisle seats on the right of the PGM.

The recession with Steve McKellar and Alan Tomlinson in the aisle seats on the right of the PGM, Also in the picture and to the recessions left (right as viewed) on the front row is Alan Jones and Jim Wilson, second row HR Saunders and Les Preston.

David Cole and Terry Ridal had been called upon to assist with the administrative part of the day and were lending a hand in tasks such as distributing the yearbooks.

Pictured from left to right, are; David Cole, Terry Ridal, Alan Jones, Phil Renney and Stephen Renney.

Pictured from left to right, are; David Cole, Terry Ridal, Alan Jones, Phil Renney and Stephen Renney.

The meeting saw Peter Schofield take over as group chairman from Alan Jones with Gary Rogerson stepping into the role of vice chairman. It also marked the end of Peter’s year as a very active Provincial Grand Junior Warden. Following the usual custom Peter was then promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden.

There were several appointments to acting rank as follows:-

Richard Wilcock – Prov. Grand Superintendent of Works.

Andrew Ridal – Prov. Dep. Grand Secretary.

Pictured from left to right, are; Peter Schofield and Alan Jones.

Pictured from left to right, are; Peter Schofield and Alan Jones.

Barry Fitzgerald – Prov. Dep. Grand D.C.

Phil Preston – Prov. Grand Charity Steward.

Ian Thompson – Prov. Asst. Grand Standard Bearer.

Chris Gray – Prov. Grand Steward.

Receiving first appointments were Brian Benn, Terry Pearson, Bryan Blackburn, Stuart Collins and Ian May.

In addition to Peter 13 other Brethren from the group were promoted.

Following on from the meeting many of those attending made their way to the Hilton Hotel for the banquet where newly appointed Deputy DC Barry Fitzgerald had the honour of escorting the RW PGM into the dining room.

Pictured from left to right, are David Cole and Terry Ridal.

Pictured from left to right, are David Cole and Terry Ridal.

 

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Newly appointed Pr.G.Sec. Andrew Ridal dealing is given a poser by the secretary of Baldwin Lodge!

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Pictured from left to right, are; Phil and Stephen Renney

 

Pictured from left to right, are; Graham Benson, Chris Gray, Les Preston and Bryan Blackburn.

Pictured from left to right, are; Graham Benson, Chris Gray, Les Preston and Bryan Blackburn.

 

Pictured from left to right, are; Bob Stafford, Harry Kilgour, David Kellet and David Cole.

Pictured from left to right, are; Bob Stafford, Harry Kilgour, David Kellet and David Cole.

 

Pictured from left to right are; standing Richard Wilcock, Geoff Biddulph and Dennis Laird, seated Phil Preston, Reg Wilkinson, Phil Burrow and Terry Pearson.

Pictured from left to right are; standing Richard Wilcock, Geoff Biddulph and Dennis Laird, seated Phil Preston, Reg Wilkinson, Phil Burrow and Terry Pearson.

 

Pictured are Andrew Ridal in conversation with his predecessor Arend van Duyvenbode whilst Peter Schofield and Alan Jones talk with Mrs Diana Sumner from the provincial office.

Pictured are Andrew Ridal in conversation with his predecessor Arend van Duyvenbode whilst Peter Schofield and Alan Jones talk with Mrs Diana Sumner from the provincial office.