Recently Andy Barton the Chairman of the Warrington Group was honoured to be invited to meet Cllr Faisal Rashid the Mayor of Warrington in his parlour at the Town Hall.
Mr Mayor welcomed Andy and an informal discussion followed about numerous topics, including Freemasonry, it’s relevance in modern society in general and the support Freemasonry provides to the local Warrington community, via non-Masonic charity donations in particular. One particular point of discussion was the fact that Freemasonry is open to men of all faiths and all walks of life, they meet as equals whatever their background or social economic position in society. Subjects of religion or politics are not allowed in meetings. Freemasons believe in an ethical approach to life. Our values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount. However, Freemasonry also teaches and practises concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
Discussion also took place about the importance of Warrington in the Masonic society’s history. Records show that the first recorded person to be ‘made a Freemason’ was Elias Ashmole, in the town of Warrington, Lancashire, in May of 1646. The oldest lodge in Warrington is the Lodge of Lights No 148 which celebrated its 250th anniversary in November 2016 and it is still going strong today.
Upon conclusion Andy thanked Cllr Faisal and asked if he would like to pay a similar visit to the Masonic Hall, which he accepted. The meeting then transferred to the Masonic hall. Andy guided Cllr Faisal into the dining areas, the large Temple and through into the Museum where Vic Charlesworth (museum curator) provided a brief introduction to some of the artefacts on display.
Andy thanked Cllr Faisal saying he was honoured to meet him and he had had a really enjoyable day! Cllr Faisal thanked Andy saying he too had enjoyed the meeting and found it very interesting.
Article by John Starkey.