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    West Lancashire Masonic Golfing Society


    West Lancashire Masonic Golfing Society

    President: Tony Harrison, Provincial Grand Master
    Deputy President: Steven Reid, Past Deputy Grand Superintendent

    Vice presidents: The Assistant Provincial Grand Masters

    Chairman: David Winder Assistant Provincial Grand Master
    Vice Chairman: Giles Berkley PAGDC

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    The society is well supported at its annual event.
    The finals are held at a different venue each year in the Province and can be requested by one of the groups.

    Anyone interested in further information can contact the society secretary.


    West Lancashire Masonic Charity Bowling Tournament

    Our purpose is to promote a charity bowling tournament open to all members of West Lancashire lodges and chapters, to expand the feeling of goodwill throughout the whole Province and to raise money for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, Friends of the Masonic Homes in West Lancashire and to non-Masonic charities situated and operating within the West Lancashire community.

    It is the wish of the tournament committee that every Masonic group, within the Masonic Province of West Lancashire, will enter a minimum of two competitors to the final held at a different venue each year in July.

    West Lancashire Masonic Charity Bowling Tournament Committee

    Patron – James Anthony Harrison, Provincial Grand Master
    Vice Patron – Philip Gunning, Deputy Provincial Grand Master
    President – The Current Provincial Senior Warden
    Vice President – The Current Provincial Junior Warden
    Chairman – Harry Cox
    Vice chairman – Mark Mathews

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    West Lancashire Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Society

    Since its foundation on 25 June 1986, under the leadership of our popular first chairman, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Frank Cowburn, the West Lancashire Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Society, has provided enjoyment and friendship for many clay pigeon shooters not only within our Province but from neighbouring Provinces by way of an Inter-Provincial Shooting Competition which has always been held on the first Sunday in October each year.
    The society is honored by the support it receives from its president, Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and its vice-president Deputy Provincial Grand Master Howard Jones. The society is also actively supported by its three life vice-presidents: Thomas Blackburn, Brian Jackson and Philip Gunning.
    In 2002 and 2004 the society rose to the challenge of organising The National Inter-Provincial Shooting Competitions for Freemasons at Hoghton Tower, near Preston. In 2006 the competition was held at Leighton Hall, Carnforth, an occasion which was once more, with the support of many other Provinces, a great success.
    In 2009, under the guidance of chairman Assistant Provincial Grand Master Edward Caulfield, the society once again hosted the National Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition, this time at Longton Gun Club, near Preston. Longton Gun Club is the oldest established clay pigeon shooting club in the Province of West Lancashire and consequently served as a perfect venue for the event which attracted more than 100 shooters from all over the country representing 14 Provinces.
    The society is proud that with the generous help of the lodges and chapters of the Province those charities have received to date in excess of £100,000.

    Mission Statement

    The society’s primary objectives are to actively encourage newcomers and established shooters by providing a medium for the sport within a safe and friendly environment and to advance relationships within this and other Provinces whilst never losing sight of the Masonic and non-Masonic charities that it actively seeks to support.
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    West Lancashire Masonic Classic Car Club

    Welcome to the home page for the West Lancashire Masonic Classic Car Club. Since the club was formed in 2004 many events have been held with all our members supporting the events and bringing along friends to have a good time.  Weekends away in the Isle of Man, South Lakes and East Lancashire have been held, as well as pleasurable runs round the Lancashire countryside in the form of ‘Routed Run’s’ navigational tours and meets for lunch and afternoon tea.
    You do not have to own a Red Label Bentley or a Bugatti Type 57 to become a member – just an interest in classic cars will qualify.
    Membership of the club is open to all of the fraternity who have an interest in any kind of classic vehicles. If you wish to become a member, download the membership form by clicking on this link and forward the form to the secretary whose address is on the form.

    Mission Statement

    The society’s primary objectives are to encourage interest in classic vehicles, organize events for the membership and friends. To promote Freemasonry throughout the Province and to raise money for Masonic and non-Masonic charities.
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    Manchester Association for Masonic Research

    mamrlogo In 2009 The Manchester Association for Masonic Research celebrated its centenary.

    The association was born in 1909 from a desire to share knowledge and gain a better understanding of Freemasonry and it was formed to serve Lancashire, East and West, and Cheshire.

    The founders were drawn from each of the three Provinces and amongst them were the Earl of Derby and the Dean of Manchester. Others included Manchester’s Chief Librarian, Henry Sutton and the Boltonian Grand Treasurer of the United Grand Lodge of England Major John Booth along with Roderick Baxter and Fred Broadbent, both trenchant northern commentators and historians.

    These solid foundations have led to a century of published MAMR Transactions and each volume contains at least four talks and there are many gems amongst the collection. Visit our website:

    Meetings are usually held at Freemasons Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BT.  There are local arrangements in place for reduced parking fees in local car parks. For further details contact the Hall direct: Tel 0161 832 6256

    Join the Manchester Association for Masonic Research

    It is the north of England’s foremost Research body, one of which all local Freemasons should be proud and therefore, as a flagship organisation, wish to support and to promote.

    For over a century it has printed a volume of its transactions every year. The speakers chosen are usually leaders in their field. For the past decade a balance has tried to be struck between subjects of local interest and those of wider, international significance. In this respect MAMR comes second only in the UK to the world-famous Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076 in London

    The subscription rates are extremely modest. For these and for information about the programme for the year visit or contact us here.

    Visitors are particularly welcome at all meetings.

    The Installation Meeting is to be held at Freemasons’ Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BT. Subsequent meetings are likely to be held at Hemsley House, The Crescent, Salford, while alterations take place at Bridge Street. All will start at 5.45 pm and be tyled except for the annual Association Meeting in May.

    Officers for 2015 are:

    President John Astbury

    Treasurer Anthony Costello

    General Secretary Richard Johnson

    Membership Secretary Philip Myers

    Programme Secretary John Acaster

    Editor John Astbury

    Librarian Anthony Costello