The picture below has been sent in to our Head Office from our Sisters & Brethren in our Grand United Order of Oddfellows District in Ghana and Jurisdiction.
The image is showing a donation of 25000 Ghanian Cedis which is £3500 Sterling to the Covid -19 National Trust Fund in Ghana.
Congratulations to all our Sisters & Brethren in Ghana for contributing to this wonderful gesture
In Friendship,Love and Truth
The Secretariat at the Head Office of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows in Manchester UK have received, by text , the following message via the Grand Secretary from the Ghana & Jurisidiction Territory of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows Worldwide :
Kindly send the condolences of the Order in Ghana at the sad loss of Brother Michael Nsiah-Buadi, from the members of the Committee of Management, Past and Present and the entire membership, that they may reach the Order in Manchester and the bereaved family and the members of his lodge in London 11636.
RIP Worthy Brother !
The Order are very sad to announce the death of Past Grand Master Brother Michael Nsiah-Buadi.
There are no further details at this point.
All our sympathies and prayers at this time are with Michael's wife, Sister Emma and all the family along with all the members of his lodge at London United 11636.
Rest in Peace Brother - A True Gentleman and Grand Master who will be sadly missed by all his fellow Oddfellows both in the UK and in Ghana.
The 2020 Annual Move-able Conference being cancelled, has resulted in there being no elections to the Board of Directors for 2020.
The current number of Board Directors totalling five, ( Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and 3 Directors) just allows for a quorum of five attendees at future Board Meetings ( normally seven).
The Past Grand Master, prior to Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck Brother Richard Penn, was unable to take up the office of Immediate Past Grand Master on his retirement as Grand Master due to his personal circumstances at the time.
The office of Immediate Past Grand Master is also a position on the Board of Directors which increases the voting strength of the Board.
We are delighted to announce that Brother Richard Penn has come forward, of his own volition, to offer his service on the Board for the next twelve months as Immediate Past Grand Master to ensure the strength of the Board.
The remaining members of the Board would like to record their thanks and appreciation to Brother Richard for his very kind gesture and his consideration for the future of our Society and Order.
We look forward to joining him at our August Board Meeting when, hopefully, the current crisis will have abated.
A MESSAGE FROM THE GRAND MASTER SISTER MARIAN BLANKSON-VANDYCK
(who is marooned in Ghana unable to get a flight back to the UK)
I take this opportunity to speak with you on a matter which is affecting not only our Order but all other organisations in the world. The Coronavirus, – COVID -19.
Just a few weeks ago, we were in the process of making final preparations towards the Annual Movable Conference due to take place over the Spring Bank holiday weekend. This being an election year, everyone was looking forward to it with eagerness and enthusiasm.
Sadly, this Conference had had to be cancelled due to this Corona Virus pandemic.
The speed with which this deadly virus is spreading around the globe, coupled with lack of any effective vaccine has led to various Governments imposing unprecedented measures deemed to combat the spread and impact of this COVID-19 outbreak.
We are advised to observe social distancing with emphasis on “STAY AT HOME!” Go out only when it is necessary to do so. These measures may appear to be harsh, difficult or draconian in some respects but lives could be saved in so doing.
We must understand that we are at a difficult, uncertain and critical period in our lives. Our normal way of living is changing, our social lives are being altered and the whole world is turned upside down.
But if we all stick to the government advice, adhere to the measures imposed and play our part, there’s hope we can together defeat this virus.
At this juncture we salute, applaud and thank all our healthcare, emergency and essential services staff for working tirelessly on our behalf on the frontline despite the risks it poses to them and their families.
My brethren Oddfellows, the fact that we are unable to hold Lodge meetings, as usual, does not mean closure of shop. In fact this is the time to call to mind the teachings and principles of Odd Fellowship. By this, we are now called upon and expected to be our brothers / sisters keepers, extend the hand of friendship to one another and to give help and support to all.
We should endeavour to maintain regular contact with each other either by phone, text or any other technological means and bear in mind that the All-Seeing-Eye is in control.
Let us have faith and keep the candle of hope burning.
I hope and pray that you and your families are keeping well.
Please remember to stay at home, go out only when necessary and stay safe.
Thank you all in Friendship, Love and Truth.
Worthy Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck
Grand Master of the Order
It was inevitable that during the current Coronavirus crisis and all hotels, pubs and restaurants being closed, that holding the 2020 Annual Move-able Conference at the Jury's Inn Hotel Brighton on the 23/24th May 2020 would be impossible.
We have been informed that the Jury's Inn is now closed and no date for re-opening can be determined.
The Board unanimously decided, by corresponding via e-mail, that all Lodge Secretaries,delegates and members be informed of the decision, regretfully taken.
It is hoped that we will be able to hold the 2021 AMC at the same venue on the 30/31st May 2021.
The 2020 AMC being an Election Conference and unable to be held, will mean that the current Grand Master, Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck will continue in office for a further one year due to necessity and the Deputy Grand Master Sister Sally Whitehouse will be elected and installed as the new Grand Master in 2021.
The precedent to this decision was during the Second World War when the Grand Master at the time Brother R H Hartley continued to serve for a period of four years from 1939 to 1942 instead of the usual one year.
From the Board of Directors and Staff at the Head Office in the UK, we hope all our members in the UK and Overseas are staying safe during this World Crisis and that your isolation is not causing you distress.
Please view and listen to the posted video below for Comfort and Hope during this troubled time.
From the Board of Directors and Staff at the Head Office in the UK, we wish all our members in the UK and Overseas a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year in 2020.
Peace and Goodwill to all men and women of all Nationalities and Religions
Due to issues beyond his control our Board Director Chris Hemming has reluctantly decided to stand down from his position as a Director of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows with immediate effect.
This will mean that there now are two positions requiring to be filled on the Board due to the fact that the previous Grand Master was unable to take up the position on the Board of Immediate Past Grand Master.
All lodges able to put forward members from their lodges eligible and willing to commit to becoming a Board Member should complete signed sealed Nomination Forms available from Head Office and should be completed and returned by 20th February 2020 in accordance with General Rule 10 of the Order Rules.
Lodge Secretaries should do their utmost to put member nominations forward for Board representation to ensure the continuation and future of the Order.
The Dennis Orton Lodge 94 Huddersfield will be holding their Inter Lodge Social on Saturday 16th November at the Hudderfield Irish Centre 86 Fitzwilliam Street Huddersfield HD1 5BB.
There will be cracking entertainment on offer, and of course a sumptuous buffet, so all members please let your lodge secretary know who can then provide numbers to the Huddersfield Secretary for catering purposes.
Please e-mail Belinda Gale at email@example.com with any numbers of attendees.
The funeral of Sister Ruth Robinson, mother of the Grand Secretary Brother Neil Robinson, will take place at Howbridge Crematorium Lovers Lane Atherton Manchester M46 0PZ at 11-30am on Tuesday 29th October followed by a gathering at the Gardeners Arms Atherton M46 0PG.
Anyone wishing to attend the funeral and gathering, please e-mail Brother Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0161 872 3356 to speak to him for the purposes of establishing numbers of attendees.
The Order are sad to announce the death of Sister Ruth Robinson aged 82, the former wife of the now deceased past Grand Secretary Brother Harry Robinson and mother of the current Grand Secretary Brother Neil Robinson and his brother Andrew.
Over the last twelve months, Sister Ruth was suffering with Esophagus Cancer and died peacfully in Wigan Hospital on Tuesday 15th October.
Our condolences go out to the family and further details will be posted when funeral arrangements are known
The 2019 Family Fun Day took take place on Sunday 25th August at Cauldon Lowe Village Hall Leek Staffs ST10 3EX.
The event was reasonably well attended although it would have been nice to see more members from lodges the next time it is held - so come on you lodges!
The activities commenced at 11-00.o'clock and included:
Scooters, Skipping Arts & Crafts
"The Stocks" - £1 for 3 sponges to throw at victims - volunteers to bring a change of clothes please
Disco and games by resident DJ
London Lodge versus the World Football Match
The image below showing the new 'Order Gazebo' which will be used at forthcoming events such as Agricultural and Trade Shows around the country as a meet and greet point to distribute leaflets and other pamphlets and Marketing Material to spread the word of the value of 'Grand United Oddfellowship' and what it means to be a member.
The 2019 Ghana & Jurisdiction Fraternal Annual Moveable Conference
A video showing the proceedings of the 66th Fraternal Annual Moveable Conference held 1st to the 4th clickAugust attended by the Order Grand Master Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck
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The 2019 Family Fun Day is due to take place on Sunday 25th August to be held at Cauldon Lowe Village Hall Leek Staffs ST10 3EX.
The activities commencing at 10-00.o'clock will include:
Scooters, Skipping Arts & Crafts
"The Stocks" - £1 for 3 sponges to throw at victims - volunteers to bring a change of clothes please
Disco and games by resident DJ
London Lodge versus the World Football Match
All are welcome, Oddfellows or Guests so come along and HAVE FUN!
A meeting of the Board of Directors was held on Saturday 10th August 2019 in accordance with the Order General Rules but due to a combination of family and work commitments, the absence of two directors meant there was no quorum.
A full and frank discussion was held and as result of there being no quorum, there will be no minutes issued for this meeting and there are no plans for another meeting before the next scheduled meeting on Saturday 9th November 2019.
Images below from the Flowers of May Lodge 617 Bradford Social held on Saturday the 27th October.
The Grand Master, Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck, presenting two Devoted Service Jewels to the lodge Trustees Brother David Bailes and Brother David Stamp for their long service to the lodge.
Those present enjoyed a great evening of entertainment and a fabulous Buffet and thanks go to the Committee of Management and the lodge secretary Brother John Dyche for putting on a splendid 'do'.
Also the Grand Master Sister Marian receiving a bouquet from the lodge for attending the Social all the way from London to present the awards.
Finally, a group shot showing the enjoyment of all who attended in Friendship, Love and Truth
Th e Order is pleased to announce that the HUDDERSFIELD RON PRYOR LODGE 94 has now changed the lodge name to the HUDDERSFIELD DENNIS ORTON LODGE 94 ( Past Noble Grand and Lodge Secretary) in loving memory of Dennis Orton who sadly passed away in Ferbruary 2017.
The name change has officially been approved by the Prudential Regulatory Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority as at October 2018.
All future correspondence should be addressed as the new name.
Welcome to our T.I.S.
Following on from the initiative introduced by the Huddersfield Lodge 94 whereby Juveniles are encouraged but given the free choice to continue membership after the age of 16 into Adult Membership, the Oldham Lodge 12221 have introduced the T.I.S. ( Transfer Initiative Scheme) with a slight difference.
Under this scheme, Juveniles will be given the opportunity and encouraged by the lodge to transfer into Adult Membership with the lodge agreeing to subsidise each Juvenile's contribution up to the age of 21 after which it is hoped they will see the benefits of retaining membership as they grow older.
The first member to take advantage of this scheme is Lewis Rogers who is seen accepting his Juvenile IAS pay-out cheque from the Oldham Lodge Secretary Hazel Cahill.
Lewis intends putting the proceeds towards some new IT equipment he is saving for and was impressed by all the benefits that future membership can bring. Lewis's mother Sharon is also an adult member.
Lodge secretary Hazel Cahill said "it's important to do all that we can to retain young members into Adult Membership if we are to strengthen our total Order Membership and the Oldham Committee of Management agreed that this was an initiative we should try as the annual cost to the lodge will not be that excessive and new members are definitely needed if we are to survive".
The Flowers of May Lodge 617 Bradford
The Committe of Management of the Bradford Lodge are holding an Inter Lodge Social on the 27th October 2018 at the Field Sports & Social Club Chelsea Road ,Off Hollingwood Lane, Bradford BD7 4AY commencing at 7-00 onwards and ALL Oddfellows locally and nationally are welcome.
PLease inform the lodge secretary Brother John Dyche if you intend to come with the relevant numbers on 01274 - 573349 tel/fax or mobile 07957 - 148234 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 2018 AFTER CONFERENCE TOAST AND CELEBRATION TO THE NEW GRAND MASTER SISTER MARIAN BLANKSON-VANDYCK
Board members, delegates , lodge members, friends and family at the toast and gifts presentation after the Installation of the new Grand Master Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck.
Sister Marian will serve the next two years as Grand Master before handing over the honour to her current Deputy Grand Master Sister Sally Whitehouse
Brother Chris Hemming from the Lily of the Valley Lodge 358 Derby appointed as a new director of the Order at the 2018 Annual Moveable Conference held at Llandudno in May 2018
CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER CHRIS AND WELCOME TO THIS GREAT ORDERS' BOARD!
The Installation of the new Grand Master Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck from the London United Lodge 11636 at the 2018 Annual Moveable Conference of the Order held at the Imperial Hotel Llandudno on Sunday and Monday the 27th and 28th May.
Sister Marian, invested by the outgoing Grand Master Brother Richard Penn, becomes the first ever lady Ghanian Grand Master of the Order in it's long history and will serve for the next two years.
CONGRATULATIONS SISTER MARIAN !
Also below, is the investiture of the new Deputy Grand Master Sister Sally Whitehouse from the Ron Pryor Lodge 94 Huddersfield who will also serve as deputy to the Grand Master for the next two years.
CONGRATULATIONS SISTER SALLY!
First pictures from the 2018 AMC held at Llandudno - images from the Church Service held at Holy Trinity on the Sunday morning before commencement of Conference business.
Party Time !! at the London Installations May 2018 at the Dinner & Dance See Facebook for more Videos
The Order has just been informed of the death of Brother Malcolm Phillips of Cawdry Lodge Leek 138.
Brother Phillips was a long standing committee member of the lodge holding various positions over many years.
His funeral is to be held at 11-30am on Saturday the 5th of May at St Bartholomews Church Broadway Lane Waterfall, Stoke -on-Trent ST10 3JB.
All enquiries to Brother Alan Simpson Secretary of Cawdry Lodge on 07922 163717
Ron Pryor Lodge 94 – News!!
A group of Huddersfield Lodge 94 members set off on Saturday 21st April for a canal walk from Marsden to Milnsbridge.
It was a day filled with sunshine, exercise, good company, conversation , and of course a few light refreshments on the way.
However, do not let it be said that Oddfellows from Lodge 94 did this solely for their own benefit as £45 was raised for Crohn's and Colitis UK !!.
Ron Pryor Lodge 94 – News!!
Alice Whitehouse, daughter of Deputy Grand Master Elect, Sister Sally Whitehouse and Brother Graham Whitehouse, celebrated her 16th birthday on 12th April 2018. Brother David Whittaker P.G.M and current Nobile Grand of Ron Pryor Lodge 94 presented Alice with her juvenile membership cheque and collected her completed application form to join the adult lodge. Alice had celebrated her birthday earlier in the day with Sister June Calverley- Hey P.G.M, her God-Mother.
Alice is the first juvenile member from Lodge 94 to move into the adult lodge taking advantage of the newly agreed scheme the lodge has set in place to encourage juveniles to join the adult lodge when reaching 16 - No membership fees for 2 years.
Concerned about the ratio of juvenile to adult lodge conversions, members of Lodge 94 recently took the decision that the Lodge will pay the first 2 years IAS membership for their juveniles when joining the adult lodge. Taking the view that ‘every little helps’ the initiative is hoped to encourage applications to the adult lodge where all new members will be warmly welcomed.
Alice hopes to carry on in the Order to follow in her mum’s footsteps.
27TH & 28TH MAY 2018 FORTHCOMING EVENT - ANNUAL MOVEABLE CONFERENCE
The Order are holding the 155th Annual Moveable Conference once again at the Imperial Hotel Llandudno under the final year of the Grand Master Brother Richard Penn's Presidency.
He will be succeeded by the current Deputy Grand Master Sister Marian Blankson-Van Dyck, who will become the very first Lady Ghanian Grand Master in the history of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society.
We wish her well over the forthcoming two years of her office.
In Friendship, Love and Truth.
5TH MAY 2018 FORTHCOMING EVENT - LONDON UNITED LODGE INSTALLATIONS.
The Installations of London United Lodge 11636 and the Household of Ruth London are due to take place at the Imperial Hotel Russel Square London at approximately 3-00pm on Saturday 5th May when the new Noble Grand of the Lodge and the Most Worthy Governor of the Household will be installed for the forthcoming year to May 2019.
The traditional ceremony will be attended by a full lodge compliment plus the Deputy Grand Master and Grand Master Elect Sister Marian Blankson -VanDyck plus members of the Board and representatives from other lodges throughouit the country to witness this marvelous event!.
20TH AUGUST 2017 FORTHCOMING EVENT - FAMILY FUN DAY
The Order are holding a Family Fun Day open to all members, members children, grandchildren and all family members and friends of every lodge.
This will be held at Cauldon Lowe Village Hall on Sunday 20th August commencing at 10-00am.
Cauldon Lowe Village Hall is located on the A52, it is highly accessible and nestled in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands.It is positioned centrally between the historic towns of Leek, Ashbourne and Cheadle and is a stones throw from Alton Towers.
The Order wish to thank the Committee of Management of Cawdry Lodge No 138 Leek for their involvement in the arrangements for this Fun Day. Should the weather be inclement then activities will be held inside the Hall and a wonderful day will be expected.
20TH MAY 2017
The Society will be holding the 154th Annual Moveable Conference at the Imperial Hotel Llandudno commencing at 1:00pm followed by a dinner and social in the evening See a few photos below
6TH MAY 2017
The London United Lodge 11636 held it's Annual Installation Ceremony appointing Worthy Brother Paul Hagan as the new Noble Grand and Worthy Sister Constance Gyamera as the new Most Noble Governor - both for the ensuing twelve months.
18TH MARCH 2017
Huddersfield Ron Pryor Lodge 94 are holding a Social at the PPG Canalside 509 Leeds Road Huddersfield HD2 1YJ at 7-30pm open to all lodge members and other lodges as well!.
20TH FEBRUARY 2017
The Order are sad to announce the death on Monday 20 February 2017 of Brother Dennis Orton from the Ron Pryor Lodge 94Huddersfield aged 65 who has been a Committee Member for many years and has held all positions within the lodge.
Brother Dennis regularly attended Conferences over the years and he will be sadly missed by family, friends and all Oddfellows throughout the movement.
The funeral will be held on Friday 3rd March at Parkwood Crematorium in Elland HX5 9HZ at 3pm followed by the gathering at the Marsh Conservative Club HD! 4PB; an establishment very close to Brother Dennis' heart. Family flowers only - any donations please to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
6TH JANUARY 2017
The funeral of Past Grand Secretary Brother Harry Robinson will be held at St Johns Church Mosley Common Road Mosley Common Manchester M28 1AN on Friday 6th January 2017 at 11-30 followed by cremation at Howe Bridge Crematorium Lovers Lane Atherton M46 0PZ.
29/30TH MAY 2016
The 153rd Annual Moveable Conference takes place at the Blackpool Village Hotel under the stewardship of the Grand Master Brother David Whittaker before handing over to the new Grand Master Brother RichardPenn who will serve for the next two years.
7TH MAY 2016
The 2016 London Installations took place at the Croydon District & Masonic Hall when Brother A K Mensah was elected as the Noble Grand of the London United Lodge for the coming year.
Sister Gloria Otu-Simon was also installed as the Most Noble Governor of the Naomi Household of Ruth London for the coming year.
The proceedings were followed by a dinner and dance videos of which can be seen by accessing the 'Contact Us' button above and logging onto the Order Facebook icon.
13-16 AUGUST 2015
The Ghana Fraternal Annual Moveable Conference held in Takoradi attended by more than 300 members and observers. A pdf file report below and pictures of the proceedings.
2ND MAY 2015
London United Lodge 11636 held the Annual Installation of Officers as per the Order Rituals on Saturday 2 May 2015 attended by the Grand Master Bro. David Whittaker, Order Director Sister Sally Whitehouse, Deputy Grand Secretary Bro. David Oakes and their Consorts, plus Past Grand Master Bro.Emmanuel Ackah and Past Grand Master of Ghana Bro. Fifi Bartels.
The Nobel Grand of London United Bro Robert K Abbey., who was installed in 2014, was re-installed for a further one year unitl May 2016 .
The ougoing Most Noble Governor of the Naomi Household of Ruth, Sister Irene Johnson, was succeeded by Sister Nada B. Quainoo elected to office for the coming year to May 2016.
The day's proceedings were followed by a dinner and dance attended by some 150 people who enjoyed good food, beverages and dancing till late in the evening.
6 SEPTEMBER 2014
The Ron Pryor 94 Lodge Huddersfield held a reception for the newly installed Grand Master, Brother David Whittaker, who is a member and Trustee of that lodge and who has been a member of the Board for the past eight years until reaching the highest office in our worldwide Order.
The venue for the reception was the wonderful 4*Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield and the lodge committee,who organised the event, should take great pride in putting on a splendid function in an excellent setting.
Brother David is seen below in pictures with the Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees Council,the Board of Directors and a sample of the guests who attended on the evening.
He will serve the Order over the next two years at the Annual Moveable Conference in Daventry in 2015 and in 2016 at Blackpool when he will hand over the Chain of Office.
Thanks to the Organising Committee of the Huddersfield Lodge and also to the photographer from whom individual photos are available - contact www.jezphotos.co.uk
24/25th May 2020
Annual Moveable Conference Brighton -
2nd April 2020
Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus, both the April Trustee Meeting and Board Meeting are cancelled.
4th April 2020
Due to the Easter 2020 Saturday being the second Saturday in April, the Central Lodge 11917 Annual General Meeting will instead be held on Saturday the 4th April at 2-00pm
Saturday 16th November 2019
Huddersfield Inter Lodge Social - for details see across the page.
Sunday 25th August 2019 -
Family Fun Day -see the activities scheduled across the page
Huddersfield new name change to the HUDDERSFIELD DENNIS ORTON LODGE 94
Check out the videos on Youtube of the Grand Master's Reception Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck held at the Hilton Hotel Kensington London
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Bradford Inter-Lodge Social - see the notice across the page
15 th September
Our New Lady Ghanian Grand Master's Reception - Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck
Annual Moveable Conference - Held at the Imperial Hotel Llandudno
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5th May 2018
London Lodge 11636 Installations.
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20 August 2017
Family Fun Day held at Cauldon Lowe Village Hall Leek
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20 May 2017
The Society held its 154th Annual Moveable Conference at the Imperial Hotel Llandudno which is also the venue for the 2018 AMC
The Grand Master's Reception Brother Richard Penn.
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14th August 2016
Service of Dedication for the Cawdry Lodge no 138 to be held at Onecote Chapel Leeks Staffs ST13 7R6
29th/30th May 2016
Annual Moveable Conference Blackpool
7th May 2016
London United Lodge 11636 Annual Installation Ceremony
13-16 August 2015
Ghana Fraternal Moveable Conference in Takoradi Ghana
16 May 2015
Annual Moveable Conference Daventry
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2 May 2015
London United Lodge 11636 Annual Installation Ceremony.
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4 October 2014
Cawdry Lodge Leek no 138 Annual Dinner Dance
6 September 2014
Grand Master's Reception at the Cedar Court Hotel Huddersfield