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The Travelling Gavel gets rescued!

The Federation Travelling Gavel was rescued from Old Blackburnian 7933 on Friday evening and is now held by Old Giggleswickian 8263 in Settle. It was a very enjoyable evening and as ever the OGs were very well hosted by the OBs.

Opportunities for its next rescue will occur on Tuesdays 10th March, 12th May and 8th September.

Any Lodge wishing to attempt a rescue should kindly liaise with myself and give written notice to our Secretary, W.Bro Peter Thornton  L8263Sec@gmail.com

Obituary: W. Bro. E. David Humphries PAGDC PPrSGW(Staffs)


It was with great sadness that the Federation learnt of the loss of W. Bro. E. David Humphries PAGDC PPrSGW(Staffs), who died on July 1st 2019 (fittingly on the morning as a FSL Management Committee Meeting).  W. Bro. David served the Federation many years, having been Festival Secretary for the 1987 Festival under the banner of the Old Wulfrunians Lodge No. 7411.  He then served as Chairman from 1988 to 1990 and was elected a Vice President in 2008.  However, it was the many years between, when he served as a Joint Secretary in the halcyon days of the Federation along with W. Bro. Stuart Craig, that he will be long remembered. While Stuart concentrated on the ‘agenda’ items, David co-ordinated all the paperwork necessary for a smooth running of a Festival meeting long before the electronic age.  It is with huge gratitude that the Federation marks his dedication and service to the Federation for over three decades.  His funeral took place at Bushbury Crematorium, Wolverhampton on July 12th, attended by many members of his family, friends and brethren.