Immediate Past Grand Master's Charity 'Breast Cancer Now '  
 
The Immediate Past Grand Master Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck is proud and delighted to report that her Grand Masters Charity Fund raised during her 4 year term of office as Grand Master collected the marvelous sum of £5400. 
Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyk chose her charity to be 'Breast Cancer Now' and she made the presentation today the 2nd November at their offices in London. 
Below is an acknowledgement from the Charity of the good that the donation can do which was addressed to the Grand Secretary prior to the presentation and images of the presentation are also below. 
Well done Sister Marian with your contribution to a very worthy cause and grateful thanks must go to the many members who contributed at various functions over the 4 years of your office. 
 
Hi Neil 
Thank you so much for getting in touch and letting us know about the amazing success of your fundraising! We’re so grateful that Marian chose us as her charity – do pass on our sincere thanks! It would be great to hear a bit more about what you did to raise this incredible total!? 
As an idea of how £5,400 could help, this is enough to fund all of the following: 
• pay for two working weeks of research. That's two weeks of progress, two weeks closer to breakthroughs and two weeks closer to a world where everyone with breast cancer lives - and is supported to live well. 
• pay for six people with secondary breast cancer to attend our Living with Secondary Breast Cancer group sessions. These sessions support people with incurable secondary breast cancer, giving them expert information and a space to meet others who are going through the same thing as they are. 
• pay for an expert speaker at 10 Living with Secondary Breast Cancer group sessions. These sessions support people with incurable secondary breast cancer, giving them expert information and a space to meet others who are going through the same thing as they are. 
We hope you are so proud of your achievement! 
Best wishes 
Anna 
 
Anna Hadjivassiliou 
Community Fundraising Executive 
 
The images include members of the Breast Cancer Now Team and Sister Marian and officals Sister Christine Wryter and Brother Robert Abbey from the London United Lodge 11636 plus the Senior Director of the Order Brother Martin Gordon. 
 
A communication received from Brother David Hanson Secretary of Woodland Lodge 185 Haworth concerning a lodge member Gill Arnold and her very high profile appointment as Chair of the Magistrates Benches in Keighley, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wakefield and Dewsbury Courts. 
 
 
'Another bit of News from Woodlands, Gillian Arnold Member No.1571, is a Magistrate Colleague of mine, when I was Chairman of Keighley Bench, she was heavily involved in Bradford and joined me in the Charity JAMES, which I chaired up until the COVID period. She reached 65 this year and her two daughters, plus other Bench colleagues are Woodlands Oddfellows. The News is that since those days, Benches have been merged and a West Yorkshire Magistrates Court looks after all the area, which includes Keighley, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wakefield and Dewsbury Courts. Gone has Local Justice, and Gill has just been elected Chairman of the lot. She has a full page in the Monthly 'Magistrate' Magazine, with a beautiful picture. I emailed her my congratulations; sent her the article you published in regard Mason and the Cadets. She gave me permission to use any extract we chose from it, including the picture. Melanie is scanning the page and I will send it along shortly, there is a lovely sub-heading - a quote of Nelson Mandella.' 
 
 
 
GILL ARNOLD - JP DL, WSET YORKSHIRE BENCH CHAIR - WOODLANDS LODGE HAWORTH MEMBER 
 
"Overcoming poverty is not a jesture of charity it is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life" - Nelson Mandela 
 
 
 
A message received from David Hanson, Secretary of Woodlands Haworth Lodge 185 the lodge wishes to share with all Oddfellows: 
'We have a small contingent of Sea Cadets, along with their parents, Members of Woodlands Lodge. In fact, the former Drill Hall, paid for by Public Subscription sits across from our properties in Prospect Street. Well one of these a nineteen-year-old Mason Myers Roberts, was involved in the gun carriage, bearing the coffin of our late Queen. Described by the commentators as Ratings / Cadets, Mason is Irene's Great Nephew, her sisters Grandson, only quite recently sent to Portsmouth Naval College, he was in the front-row Brake, second from the right.' 
A very proud day for this young man who will ,hopefully, be able to tell his children and grandchildren that ' he was there doing his duty' for a very special Queen and lady. 
Congratulations! Mason and all your 'Oddfellows Family' are proud of your involvement. 
A message from the new Grand Master Sister Sally R Whitehouse who wishes to thank all those who attended her GM Reception and has added the following from her speech on the night: 
'Anybody who attended conference will remember my jigsaw (image attached). For those who weren’t there, my reminder to the delegates and visitors in May was this; none of us are perfect or the same; we all have our quirks, oddities, lumps, bumps, and battle scares. 
Which, I have to say, happens to be one of the main things I love about being an Oddfellow. 
However, together, united, we can change things for the better. Together we have strength and can see the bigger picture. Forget politics, grudges, bickering and historical issues. Not one of us is of full use to our lodges or this order without the others. 
I left the delegates to work together and build the full picture using the jigsaw pieces left on their chairs and tables. 
Not every piece was returned, however, I take away from the experience, with great satisfaction, our core, our structure, our Oddfellows family strength is 97% secure. For this I am grateful. I look forward to building our membership and people’s interest in our Order, therefore working towards our future. 
We are a Friendly society, let us act fraternally and work for the good and future of the order. I warmly welcome our guests this evening and I am proud to show them what our friendly society is all about. Just imagine if every member here brought 1 person into the order or sold a policy in the next 12 months. Holding out the hand of Friendship, Love and Truth; The Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society welcomes all mankind to its fold. 
I will finish with a short poem by John Donne: 
No man is an island 
Entire of itself 
Everyman is a piece of the continent 
A part of the main 
If a clod be washed away by the sea 
Europe is the less 
As well as of a promontory were 
As well if a manor of thy friend’s 
Or of thine own were 
Any man’s death diminishes me 
Because I am involved in mankind 
And therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; 
It tolls for thee' 
In Friendship, Love and Truth (FLT) 
Amicitia, Amor, et Veritas 
 
Some initial images from the Grand Master Sally Whitehouse's Reception Saturday 10th September 2022 
 
The Dennis Orton Huddersfield Lodge 94 held the new Grand Master's Reception, Sister Sally Whitehouse, at the Gomersal Park Hotel Cleckheaton on Saturday 10th September 2022. 
Members of the Board, Past Grand Masters, Lodge Secretaries, Lodge Members and Distinguished Guests were all invited and celebrated with the Grand Master and the event was a great success. Because of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, all Civic duties were cancelled and the Mayor, Councillor Masood Ahmed had to provide his apologies. 
 
At the apppointment of a new Grand Master every 2 years, he or she will decide to plan any forthcoming events with the object in mind to raise funds for their chosen Charity. 
Sister Sally has chosen 'The Brain Tumour Charity' which is very close to her heart after experiencing personal heartbreak in her own very close family and so the first event in her period as Grand Master, a raffle was held raising the grand total of £505. 
 
Congratulations from the Order to the Committee of Management of the Lodge for the splendid arrangements in making the evening perfect! 
 
Some images of the evening will follow in due course. 
 
 
 
 
The SADDEST of days as all members of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth and the world mourn the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who served our nation and the Commonwealth for 70 glorious years and throughout her rein, the longest of any Monarch in British History, she continued to rule with dignity and devotion to her calling as a girl of 26 in 1952. 
She met leaders from all around the world who held her in the highest of esteem and she will forever be remembered in the decades and centuries to come as the greatest of our Monarchs. 
 
Rest in Peace 
Your Majesty 
You have earned that! 
Queen Elizabeth II 
1926-2022 
 
 
 
The Order are sad to announce the death of Past Grand Master Bro. David E Carr who passed away peacefully on 13th June 2022. Burial will take place on 5th July 2022. Bro Carr served as Grand Master for one year in 1986 held that year at Southport. 
Funeral and Burial arrangements are as follows: 
Funeral Service at 
Ponders End Methodist Church 
378 High Road 
Enfield EN3 4DG 
Time : 10 am 
Burial at 
Enfield Cemetery 
Great Cambridge Road 
EN1 4DS 
Rest in Peace Brother! 
 
 
 
Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society 
 
Installations of the new Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Immediate Past Grand Master and Members of the Board of Directors held at the Annual Moveable Conference The Village Hotel Blackpool on Sunday 29th May 2022
 
Message from Sister Sally Whitehouse – Grand Master 
 
Brethren, many thanks to all who attended our 159th AMC and for all the best wishes and gifts I received. 
Thanks also to those who helped contribute £101 to the Grand Master’s Charity, The Brain Tumour Charity, by giving my little bear a name. Brainy Brian (BB) has settled in well at Huddersfield and looks forward to his adventures over the next 2 years. 
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The Grand Master & Members of the Board were delighted to see all delegates and Observers at their Blackpool Conference over the week-end just gone and would like to ask that if any attendee would check that they do not have a missing piece of the Jigsaw that was on display and is nearly complete 
"would they the please return anonymously to HO if found in luggage etc so that it may be completed - only 4 pieces missing" 
More images and recollections of the Conference will follow over the coming days and weeks for all members to view 
 
Grand United Order of Oddfellows 
 
The 159th Annual Moveable Conference is to be held at the Village Hotel East Park Drive Blackpool on the 28th & 29th May 2022 
 
This will be the first 'face to face' meeting since 2019 after the intervening period when the Covid Pandemic hit the world and changed all our lives. 
 
 
 
Grand United Order of Oddfellows 
 
PAST ORDER GRAND MASTER/GRAND TRUSTEE SISTER JUNE CALVERLEY-HEY 
 
The funeral of Sister June will be held on Friday 27th May 2022 at 10-45 at Huddersfield Crematorium 64 Fixby Rd, Huddersfield HD2 2JF followed by a wake at  
Lindley Liberal club, 36,Occupation Rd, Huddersfield,HD3 3EQ 
 
Grand United Order of Oddfellows  
 
PAST ORDER GRAND MASTER/GRAND TRUSTEE SISTER JUNE CALVERLEY-HEY 
 
The Order are sad to announce the death on the 18th April of Past Grand Master and Past Grand Trustee June Calverley-Hey aged 72 from the Dennis Orton Lodge 94 Huddersfield. 
She will be sadly missed as a dear Sister who was always keen to be involved at our Annual Conference and her work on the Board/Trustee until poor health restricted her attendance during the recent years. Further details will be posted when known 
 
May she rest in Perfect Peace. 
 
RIP Worthy Sister June 
 
The Board of Directors had intended to hold the Bi-Annual Family Funday event in August this year ,but as a result of the uncertainty connected to Covid there seemed insufficient interest from individual lodges to make the event worthwhile due to natural concerns about social distancing. 
 
It is hoped that we can re-commence the 'get-together' sometime in future years. 
 
 
 
Cawdry Lodge No. 138 are sad to announce the death of their long serving Trustee Brother Robert Poyser. 
 
He died on the 25th April 2021 aged 81 years. 
 
Brother Poyser was appointed a Trustee in December 1993 and remained a Trustee until his death. 
 
He will be sadly missed!. 
 
R.I.P. Brother 
 
 
 
 
The Board of Directors, Staff and all members of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society in the UK would like to convey their sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all her family at the very sad news of the death of Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, her long devoted husband and longest serving Consort in British history. 
He will be long remembered for the diligent service he gave to the Crown and the peoples of the UK and Commonwealth countries. 
God rest his soul and God save our Queen in her troubled times ahead! 
 
Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society 
Accross the Uk, Commonwealth and the World 
 
 
 
 
Message by the Grand Master 
 
Dear Brethren, 
 
I hope you and your families are keeping well and safe. 
 
As the year now draws to a close, I take the opportunity to send you this message. 
 
Christmas, as we know it, is a time of relaxation, a time of peace and joy. It is a festive season of goodwill and a time for families to get together. 
 
However, Christmas this year will feel different. It will be a time to look back on a year when so much has changed. A time to reflect on the impact Corona Virus or Covid-19 pandemic has had on our lives. How we had been in locked downs since March and are now facing the chances of yet more restrictions. 
 
As a result of this Covid-19 pandemic, many families have lost loved ones. Businesses and Associations have faced and suffered many difficult and challenging situations. For the first time in history, our Order, the Grand United Order of Oddfellows was forced to cancel the Annual Movable Conference that was scheduled to take place in May 2020 due to this pandemic. 
 
This virus has impacted seriously on our way of life. Although we may not now be able to go about our normal business as usual, or have the freedom to choose where or how to spend this Christmas, we are hopeful things will start getting better with the prospect of the Covid-19 vaccine. 
 
In the meantime, it is advisable and sensible that we all adhere to the government guidelines, obey and follow the rules and maintain safety. 
 
As Oddfellows and members, it is incumbent upon us to put into practice the principles of Oddfellowship, to be each other’s keeper, support one another and extend the hand of friendship to all and sundry. 
 
It is my fervent wish and hope that things come back to normal sooner so we can resume our face to face activities, meetings and family fun days. 
 
I would now like to extend season’s greetings and best wishes to all brethren including those suffering ill health or any adversity. I wish you all a very peaceful and Prosperous New Year. 
 
Please take care of yourselves, stay at home, go out only when necessary and stay safe. 
Thank you all in Friendship, Love and Truth. 
 
Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck 
Grand Master of the Order 
Grand United Order of Oddfellows Ghana & Jurisdiction. 
 
PAST ORDER GRAND MASTER BRO MICHAEL NSIAH-BUADI INTERNMENT 
 
The Ghanaian Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Directors, representatives from Past Grand Masters, Grand Household, Grand Patriarchy and Grand Matriarchy attending the funeral of the Order Past Grand Master Brother Michael Nsiah-Buadi held on 26th September 2020 at his hometown in Ghana 
 
RIP Worthy Brother Mike 
The following reports are available for Members to view when entering the correct username and password on our 'Members Page' at guoofs@.com 
1) The August 2020 Board Meeting Minutes held via Zoom. 
2) The August 2020 Annual General Meeting Minutes held via Zoom. 
3) The Order Accounts dated 31st December 2019. 
4) The Order Statistics for Membership & Funds for the previous years of 2019 & 2018. 
The Order are pleased to announce that the Grand Master Sister Marian Blankson -VanDyck has safely returned from her enforced stay in Ghana from March this year due to the Covid 19 restrictions. 
She will immediately re-commence her duties as Grand Master of the Order until the Annual Moveable Conference to be held from 29th May to the 31st May 2021 at the Jury's Inn Brighton. 
A communication received below from the Grand Master Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck who is still marooned in Ghana after her initial visit in March of this year when the Covid 19 restrictions were implemented - 
 
"The President of Ghana stated in his 15th address to the nation that Ghana's air border is likely to be opened to international passengers by 1st September. I have secured a seat on the BA flight so if it opens on 1st, I shall leave that day. 
 
He also announced the easing of restrictions on conferences so I will forward the banner for Ghana and Jurisdiction FAMC which was due to take place on Thursday 20th August until Sunday 23rd August " 
 
"Yours In Friendship, Love and Truth 
Grand Master Marian Blankson-VanDyck" 
 
A NOTICE FOR LODGES SECRETARIES 
 
The August 2020 Board Meeting, held via Zoom, gave consideration to current reporting requirements and agreed all Branches be informed to hold an Annual General Meeting by the 30th September this year and if held online, that is perfectly acceptable but to comply with regulations an AGM must be held. 
 
 
As already reported, the 2020 Society's Annual General Meeting was due take place via Video Conferencing on Saturday 8th August at 2-00pm. 
The Order is pleased to report that we have now adapted successfully to the current Pandemic by first of all holding the August Board meeting at 9-30am on Saturday 8th August where all the current Board Members were present and secondly successfully hosting the 2020 AGM in the afternoon. 
 
Delegates and Board present at the AGM numbered 28, although 7 delegates from Derby and 2 Directors congregated together at the Derby District Head Office and two sets of delegates numbering 4 gathered together on two different computers/laptop. Others who did not join the video conferencing sent notification of their Proxy Votes prior to the meeting. 
 
Images of the attendees are attached and the meeting went smoothly. Some questions were put before the Board for consideration and were duly answered. 
 
A full transcript verbatim report will follow in due course to be sent out to the board/delegates for reporting back to their own individual lodges. 
 
The image below is the full AGM Meeting. 
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 : 
 
Worthy Brothers 
 
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) 
 
Dear Brethren, 
 
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 hudds94@outlook.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 guoofs@aol.com 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 
Hedgehog Racing 
Limbo Dancing  
"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 
 
copy and paste onto you tube to view the following: 
 
youtube.com/watch?u=jAz9tiyNH7I 
 
 
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 
Hedgehog Racing 
Limbo Dancing  
"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! 
No Admittance 
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 jrdyche13@gmail.com or jrdyche@sky.com 
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 

 
SAD NEWS 
 
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 
DATE 
REPORT  
Saturday 12th November 
2022 
The second Board Meeting chaired by the Grand Master Sister Sally Whitehouse will take place at the Old Trafford Manchester Head Office on Saturday 12th November when Rememberance Day will be observed with a 2 minute silence of the Board and Officers 
2nd November 
2022 
Immediate Past Grand Master Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck presented a cheque to her chosen Charity - Breast Cancer Now for £5400 - Story and Images across the page 
10th September 2022 
The Denis Orton Huddersfield Lodge 94 held their lodge reception for the recently installed new Grand Master Sister Sally Whitehouse who is also an official of the Lodge Committee of Management. The event was held at the Gomersal Park Hotel Cleckheaton 
13th August 2022 
Board Meeting to be held at Head Office Manchester at 9-30am 
28th & 29th May 2022 
Annual Moveable Conference to be held at the Village Hotel East Park Drive Blackpool 
8th February & 12th February 2022 
The Board and the Grand Trustees are to hold their next meetings 'face to face' after 2 years of 'Zoom' meetings and very welcome it will be too. 
14th August 2021 
Zoom Board Meeting held on Saturday 14th August 2021 
5th June 2021 
Zoom Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 5th June at 10-30am 
10th April 2021 
Zoom Board Meeting held on Saturday 10th April 2021 
13th February 2021 
Zoom Board Meeting held on Saturday 13th February 2021 
14th November 2020 
Zoom Board Meeting held on Saturday 14th November 2020 
8th August 2020 
A Zoom Board Meeting held at 9-30 and a Zoom AGM held at 2-00pm the same day 
24/25th May 2020 
Annual Moveable Conference Brighton - 
CANCELLED 
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 - 
10-00am 
Family Fun Day -see the activities scheduled across the page 
October 2018 
Huddersfield new name change to the HUDDERSFIELD DENNIS ORTON LODGE 94 
15th September 
Check out the videos on Youtube of the Grand Master's Reception Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck held at the Hilton Hotel Kensington London 
Copy and paste these links into your Browser eg. Google 
https://youtu.be/2COdjsdDh0s 
https://youtu.be/L6dCeynBEB8  
https://youtu.be/ov7cgzWlMY0 
 
27th October 
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 
27th&28th 
May 
Annual Moveable Conference - Held at the Imperial Hotel Llandudno 
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https://youtu.be/pnmHHgeAkNg 
 
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 
3 September 
2016 
The Grand Master's Reception Brother Richard Penn. 
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14th August 2016 
11-30am 
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 
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