Liscard Lodge 2657 Closes its Books & Returns its Warrant

WBro Philip D Letford, PProvGSwdBr reports as follows:

Friday 14th December 2018, was a very sad day for the members of Liscard Lodge No 2657.  In the long history of what was once a highly respected and thriving Wallasey Lodge, Liscard Lodge No 2657 sadly closed its VSL and doors after 121 years of devoted service to Freemasonry and The Province of Cheshire.

Falling numbers of Membership had begun to make the Lodge unsustainable and finally in August 2018 an emergency meeting was called of all members to discuss the Lodges future and sadly the decision was made to close.

WBro Jeffrey Cunningham, PProvJGW, APGM with special responsibility for Area One attended together with VW Bro Alan Glazier PDepProvGM, PGSwdBr, and the DepPGDC WBro Stuart Jones, accompanied by a retinue of Grand Lodge Officers and Acting Provincial Officers.

The very solemn and sad ceremony was duly undertaken with WBro Cunningham assuming the Chair of the Lodge from the WM, WBro Mike Ireland, PProvGStwd.

He explained the proceedings and formality of the closure ceremony and then called upon the Father of the Lodge WBro. Philip D. Letford PProvGSwdBr to deliver a History of Liscard Lodge No 2657.

After the business of the closure of the Lodge and before retiring the WM informed WBro Cunningham that the Lodge had agree to divide the proceeds of its large Charity account between eight local Charities, including – The West Kirby Branch RNLI; Guide Dogs For The Blind, Chester; Wirral Food Bank; Wirral Narrowboat Trust;  Stanley Special School and The Samaritans Chester.

Then followed the very sad closure of the Lodge and the procession out of the Lodge for the last time.

Not a dry eye was to be seen.

It is good to know that the members have now found new homes with Lodges within the Province as well as in The Provinces of North Wales, Shropshire and Cumberland and Westmorland.

If anyone would like a copy of the Lodge’s history, please contact WBro Philip D Letford at: letford3297@gmail.com

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