Members gathered at Salford masonic hall Wednesday September 26th to hear John Acaster deliver his paper “The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lancashire 1734 – 1826 ” Members were joined by visitors who had travelled from Birmingham, Cumbria as well as the Provinces of Cheshire and East Lancashire.
The weather was warm, as was the greeting from Secretary, Ivan Eastwood in the relaxed surroundings ‘out of the Lodge’ The first business was the serving of an excellent buffet supper.
Fed and watered the brethren gathered were all ears as John delivered his paper which took a look at the development of Provincial Grand Lodges in both Lancashire and neighbouring Cheshire.
We learnt that the earliest moves to forming organised Provincial Lodges where made in the early 1700’s to organise the management of existing lodges and create and warrant new ones. As provincial Grand Lodges were established so did the rulers and leaders in the now familiar role of Provincial Grand Masters. They in turn appointed deputies and wardens to assist in the ruling and governing of the provinces they created.
The full paper will be published in the 2018 transactions publications which all members will receive next year. One of the benefits of membership of MAMR is the receipt of the yearly publication, so if you are not a member it’s a good reason to join!