OSW-Watkins FH – 47a – Loyal Harlech Lodge 16 Sept 1953

Border Counties Advertizer 16 September 1953 page 8

This photograph was in Ann Watkins Family History Collection but without any details, the newspaper article reads;

Peter Foulkes presided over …… Lodge Meeting of the Loyal Harlech Lodge No.6284 (Manchester Unity) held in the Schoolroom Selattyn on Saturday.  He was supported by N.G.C.B. Phillips G.M. H. Williams & Permanent Secretary J W Ellis and other Lodge Members.  The Prov. G. M. of this Oswestry District Bro. F. Owen (Fitzwarine Lodge), Deputy G.M. A. E. Evans, I.P.P.G.M. Evan Evans & Prov. C.S. R. Watkin paid an official visit to the Lodge and were accompanied by several Past G.M.s of the District including Lecture Master Bro. J P Pugh, P.P.G.M.

The Prov. G.M. and others addressed the meeting and outlined the work of the Unity over the past 120 years.  Emphasis was placed on the excellent work the Order had done for its orphans.

During the proceedings presentations were made of  a T.V. table and cheque to Brother J. W. Elis and an electric kettle to his wife (Sister Ellis) being gifts personally subscribed for by members of the Harlech Lodge to mark the esteem in which they held Brother Ellis and to show appreciation for the many years of loyal service to them.

Brother Ellis has been their Permanent Secretary for over 30 years and during this time the Lodge has reached a strong financial state and is now in a position to admit and welcome young members to the Order.

The Rector of Selattyn (the Rev. Smith-Carington) made the presentations.

Brother & Sister Ellis in reply thanked the members for their gifts and Brother Ellis paid a tribute to the Rector for the many kindnesses he has shown to the Harlech Lodge.