Mrs Jenny Collier reached the wonderful age of 100 on 20th October 2018.
Attending the celebrations on behalf of the Mark Degree were the Provincial Grand Master and his wife Leslie. The Chairman of the ELMBF Howard Nuttall and his wife Carole. The Provincial Almoner Barry Heal and my wife Eva and I and 75 guests in total.
Jenny was born in 1918 and spent all her life in Great Lever, Bolton until moving to Barlow House. Canon’s Close in 2005.
At 11 Jenny gained a scholarship to The County Grammar School, matriculated with distinctions and at age 16 started working in the Civil Service in Manchester. She recalls travelling by train into the City during the blackout.
She married Horace in 1942 who was a lecturer in textiles and worked at the then Bolton Institute until he retired.
Jenny returned to work in 1960 after her 2 daughters were born and worked until she retired at 65.
Jenny and Horace celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1992. Unfortunately, Horace died of a heart attack in 1995. They both felt blessed with having six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
When she moved into Barlow House, she carried on doing charity work and attending groups at St Peter’s Halliwell and is still going strong.
Over my time as chairman of the Management Committee it has been a pleasure and a privilege to get to know Jenny, a lovely lady whom I am proud to call a friend. Hence it was an honour for me, on this special day, to be able to propose a toast to her continued health.
No1. Her cake and a card from the Queen.
No 2 Guests arriving. Leslie McLaren, Howard Nuttall, Carole Nuttall,
Alex McLaren and behind him Barry Heal.
No3 Me with Jenny after the toast
No4 Jenny with a sparkly candle
No5 Jenny cutting the cake
No6 The PGM and Leslie with Jenny
No7 Howard and Carole with Jenny
No8 Barry Heal
The PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren recently attended Starkie Royal Ark Mariners No 159 to hear a lecture given by VWBro David Anderson.
He was offered the gavel on entry but declined. He stayed throughout the meeting and joined us at the Festive Board, where we were then joined by Mrs Barbara Peters and her husband WBro John Peters.
After the meal and the first toast to Her Majesty had been given, the PGM RWBro Alex Sillars Maclaren rose and gave a synopsis of the achievements of Mrs Peters who was already in possession of a Gold Award.
He congratulated her on exceeding the target for the Diamond Award by raising in excess of £3000 and made a formal presentation of the Pendant and accompanying certificate for her outstanding achievement. Mrs Peters then retired from the Festive Board and the rest of the toasts were completed in harmony.
We all then joined Mrs. Peters in the bar to thank her and wish her well.
Ron Wadeson – Turton RAM 1300
John Welsby – F.W.Broadbent RAM 1132
Colin Bodimeade = Manchester Keystone 745
Peter Faulkner – Friendship 1459
Eddie Barton – Union 171
Bernard Percy – Fabric 939
Tony Cleworth – Temperance 56
Congratulations to all and good luck to all other entrants in the main draw next May !
Double Chance Draw Cards available from your Fellowship Representative.
After fourteen years of excellent service, Dennis Scowcroft has decided to retire from the Canon’s Close Managements Committee as Site Manager. It was impossible to persuade, blackmail or tempt him in any way to continue.
Dennis will be a big loss to the Committee since he brought such knowledge and expertise to the job. Organising and planning the work and ensuring costs were always scrutinised to give us the most competitive price for a quality job.
Both the Committee and the ELMBF are grateful for all his efforts on their behalf.
We wish him a long and happy, well earned retirement.
I have asked John Welsby if he will take over the responsibility. He will have a hard act to follow but coming from a similar background to Dennis, with a good knowledge of all the trades and with an initial helping hand from Dennis, I am sure we will survive.
William Romaine Callender Lodge No.136 had yet another Advancement at our meeting on Tues 2nd October at Bury Masonic Hall.
This year we have been lucky as this was No.3. Sadly our WM was not in attendance due to a family issue, but our faithful DC, WBro Tony Cleworth ProvGStB stepped in and the Ceremony went without a hitch.
Watching the proceedings was our Provincial Grand Master RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren accompanied by his Provincial Team – a fine body of men !
The evening concluded with a 4 course meal during which the Bury “Fiddly Raffle” was conducted by yours truly and a grand total of £130 was raised from the 34 Brethren present.
It’s now exactly 3 years since I launched this initiative by selling off the old Craft 2015 Festival Ties, the original idea was to raise a couple of hundred quid for the Mark 2021 Festival.
It therefore gives me great pleasure to say a massive –
for all the support I’ve had since then from throughout the Province. I am very pleased to report that, thanks to on-going donations of all types of unwanted regalia, the total raised for the Mark 2021 Festival in 3 years now stands at over £17000 (incl.Gift Aid) !!
Substantial Regalia Donations have been made in the last few months by Roberts 24 TI (Rochdale), Super Moras 1042 (Bolton), Constitution 949 (Manchester) and University of Manchester RAM 1001 (Audenshaw) and I would like to thank these Lodges in particular who have boosted sales by over £2500 !
Forty six members’ wives and friends spent a wonderful weekend at the Clifton Park Hotel.
Having a lazy lunch on Friday and spending the afternoon chilling out we had dinner at 7pm.
followed by entertainment and dancing.
It was a special occasion for two of our ladies Mrs Audrey Fair who was celebrating her 89th birthday and Mrs Elsie Whiteside (life & soul of the party) celebrating her 96th birthday.
Elsie was up and dancing at every opportunity.
After a hearty breakfast on Saturday some of the more energetic made use of the indoor heated pool and gym whilst the rest of us dispersed between Blackpool and Lytham arriving back for our usual “Black Tie” evening of dinner and our “WORLD FAMOUS” Tombola. This was followed by entertainment and dancing provided by Liam James. A super evening.
The wine for each table was provided by the Worshipful Master, Derek Bennet and his wife Sheelagh.
Sunday we had a free morning after breakfast. Lunch was at 1pm and afterwards we all reluctantly said goodbye.
Our thanks go to Alan Nelson and his wife Eileen who organised and ran the whole weekend, together with his helpers and as usual we all had an excellent time. Over the last 11 years that Alan has been organizing this event the weather has been dry and sunny. This year we had some rain. I think he forgot to place the order.
Thanks Alan for everything. What a fantastic way to spent a weekend and to raise £400.00 for our Charities.