The Lodge News Page
This is a feature of the Minerva Website which will bring you up to date on news, events and Charity work the Lodge is supporting.
December 2018 – Merry Xmas!
Minerva Lodge wishes peace and goodwill to everyone during the Festive Season.
October/November 2018 – You say Goodbye and I say Hello – Litherland Masonic Hall
Minerva Lodge has a new Home at Litherland Masonic Hall. An excellent venue dedicated to Freemasonry with incredible facilities, including Car Parking and great disability access.
We look forward to many years of practising our freemasonry at Litherland Masonic Hall.
April 2018 – Time to say goodbye….
Due to a new agenda by ‘new owners/management’ of Masonic Hall Hope St to further commercialise the building, Minerva Lodge held its last meeting at Hope St, after previously voting to relocate its home to Litherland Masonic Hall, which sadly meant leaving the Liverpool Group of Lodges also.
February 2018 – Installation time
W.Bro Jack Poller was installed as Master of Minerva Loge in a Superb Ceremony by Installing Past Master W.Bro Justin Lewis, due to the incumbent Master being unable to complete his year in office.
January 2018 – Minerva elections & UGLE setting the record straight!
Minerva chose its Master Elect for the ensuing year to be W.bro. Jack Poller, successor to W.bro Alan Ritchie. W.bro Jack has often stepped in to different offices within the lodge at very short notice. We look forward to his upcoming installation in February.
In national news, the conspiracy theorists have been at it again and as usual such nonsense grabs the headlines. However, this time the United Grand Lodge of England took steps to put the record straight with the following open letter to National Newspapers;
Letter to the Editor – National Newspapers
Wednesday, 03 January 2018
FOLLOWING THE NEWS COVERAGE IN THE GUARDIAN, TIMES, SUN, MAIL ONLINE AND INDEPENDENT ONLINE RELATING TO FREEMASONRY AND POLICE FEDERATION REFORMS, DR DAVID STAPLES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE UNITED GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND, HAS SENT THIS LETTER (TAILORED) TO EACH OF THESE NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS
I write in response to your articles Freemasons are blocking reform, says police chair and Why the secret handshake between police and Freemasons should worry us in The Guardian on 1st and 2nd January.
The articles show a complete and disappointing misrepresentation of Freemasonry. Furthermore, we understand, having spoken to the outgoing Chairman of the Police Federation, that recent media coverage does not accurately reflect his views.
We are quietly proud that, throughout history, when people have suffered discrimination both in public and social life, Freemasonry has welcomed them into our Lodges as equals. It is a shame that Freemasons are now quite openly discriminated against and that too many of our members, therefore, feel the need to keep their membership to themselves.
The idea that reform within the Police Federation or anywhere else is being actively thwarted by an organised body of Freemasons is laughable and suggests an unbelievable element of will and influence from an organisation which is non-political, non-religious, values integrity and upholds the law.
In 2001 and again in 2007 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Freemasonry was not a secret or unlawful organisation.
There is absolutely no reason why police officers, or anyone from any other walk of life, should not be a Freemason and we highlight our shared organisational values of integrity and service to the community.
Dr David Staples
Chief Executive Officer
United Grand Lodge of England