Festival walks and an open door

The Leyland Group once more took to the streets of Leyland and Penwortham joining in with their local communities. The intent was to show their continued support in and around the local communities and their charities from across the district. A variety of charities had been supported this year by the Leyland Group from some well-known charities like St Catherine’s Hospice and The Space Centre Preston to the lesser known ones of The Lewis Balyckyi Trust and Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative.

Pictured from left to right, are: Graham Miller, Brandon Preston, Andy Sumner, Wayne Haslam, Phil Kavanagh, John Anderson and Dick Griffiths at Leyland.

Pictured from left to right, are: Graham Miller, Brandon Preston, Andy Sumner, Wayne Haslam, Phil Kavanagh, John Anderson and Dick Griffiths at Leyland.

Despite the previous year’s inclement weather at the Penwortham Gala, the brethren turned out to show their support and they were rewarded with fair weather from their starting point of Hill Road South, around to Cop Lane and on to the gala field at Hurst Grange Park. Here the Provincial membership trailer was awaiting everyone’s arrival along with ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ joining in with the festival spirit, sharing a pitch at the gala field.

The Leyland Festival too was well attended, by not only a good number of floats and other organisations but also the community of Leyland itself. The streets were lined with local folks cheering and waving to their friends and family members in the procession. The parade assembled at King Street car park and gathered momentum via Turpin Green, Hough Lane and around to Worden Park where the festival was hosted.

There were a good number of visitors to the membership stand at both locations with more than a few enquirers taking away a better understanding of what Freemasonry is about. Over both of the festivals the group members turned out in support of their local community with the ones feeling comfortable wearing their regalia doing so with heads held high and showing it off with pride.

Pictured from left to right, are: Bill Bruce (member of Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association), Dave Coulson, Wayne Haslam and John Anderson ready to go at Penwortham.

Pictured from left to right, are: Bill Bruce (member of Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association), Dave Coulson, Wayne Haslam and John Anderson ready to go at Penwortham.

Following on from the involvement in the community festivities of Penwortham and Leyland the group also opened its Masonic hall doors to the general public with the aim of promoting Freemasonry. Showing how Freemasonry contributes to charities both locally and nationally. It was also a great opportunity to endorse their affiliation to one of the largest fraternal organisations in the world.

The open day was an invitation to visitors and their wives, partners and children, giving everyone the opportunity to gain an insight into Freemasonry. All were made welcome and given an informal tour of the building by members of the group. This proved to be an ideal opportunity allowing conversation with the group members where all lodge rooms, library and small museum were available for viewing.

If you would like to know more about Freemasonry in the Leyland district please contact the group membership officer Neil Ward via the following email address: leygroupmembership@gmail.com Alternatively, follow the Leyland Group of Freemasons on social media via Twitter: @LeylandMasonic or Facebook: Leyland Freemasons or simply visit the group website of: www.leyland.westlancsfreemasons.org.uk

Pictured top: Teddies for Loving Care and the Provincial membership trailer ready for the Gala to start in Penwortham. Pictured bottom: In with the community on Hough Lane, Leyland.

Pictured top: Teddies for Loving Care and the Provincial membership trailer ready for the Gala to start in Penwortham. Pictured bottom: In with the community on Hough Lane, Leyland.