Thoughts in Spring

As we approach the end of the current Masonic Season we now have only two years to go until our Festival matures. The big date for all your diaries is Saturday, 3 July 2021.
A great deal of work is already going on behind the scenes as we liaise with the venue, Manchester United, and start to bring together menus, AV suppliers, transport, hotels and all the other more “Thoughts in Spring”

Thoughts in Spring

As we approach the end of the current Masonic Season we now have only two years to go until our Festival matures. The big date for all your diaries is Saturday, 3 July 2021.
A great deal of work is already going on behind the scenes as we liaise with the venue, Manchester United, and start to bring together menu’s, AV suppliers, transport, hotels and all the other small things that make a sizeable function happen. We have a small but experienced team working tirelessly to ensure that the function will be memorable for all those that attend and thanks are due to everyone in that team for the great deal of effort already expended.
The Festival fund continues to grow thanks to the generosity of all the membership, either directly or through their Lodges. Your support is much appreciated and will no doubt gather momentum as we approach the climax of our efforts. Thanks are also due to the organisers of numerous fundraising efforts, functions, sponsored events, dinners, banquets…… The list goes on. The Festival Ambassadors enthusiastically continue to visit their Lodges and offer support and assistance in raising funds wherever possible. We must also extend our thanks to the East Lancashire Mark Fellowship for their assistance in selling our merchandise, the second chance draw and many other unnoticed ways in which they support the Festival effort.
Brethren, enjoy the Summer recess (which seems to get shorter every year) and come back in the Autumn with renewed energy and enthusiasm as we move to the conclusion of the Festival. Let us all work with a passion towards a total fund worthy of our great Province.

Summer Latest

Saturday 6 July 2019 saw the celebration of the 151st Mark Benevolent Fund Festival hosted by the Province of Sussex. On Friday 5 July, 11 East Lancashire brethren and their wives took up residence in the Grand Hotel in Brighton (you may remember that this hotel was blown up when Mrs Thatcher was in residence). We were very quickly made welcome when the Province hosted a cocktail party that night which afforded the opportunity of meeting friends, old and new, from across the country.
Following the cocktail party, 14 brethren and wives partook of an excellent Chinese meal at a well-known local restaurant.
Saturday was spent at leisure in Brighton which allowed the ladies a little retail therapy time.
It was an eager party who descended on the Brighton Metropole Hotel on Saturday evening, for the main event. In all, there were some 840 attendees at the Festival and we all enjoyed a delightful four-course meal with the usual liquid refreshments.
The big moment arrived and RWBro. Ryan Williams, Grand Secretary, announced the result. Bearing in mind that Sussex has slightly fewer numbers than our own Province, we were amazed to see a total of £1,351,349 with each Mark Lodge in the Province being a Grand Patron Gold award holder. This meant that the Province is now a Grand Patron Gold Province and the Provincial Grand Master proudly wears the collaret denoting that achievement.
Next year’s Festival is hosted by the Province of Kent and is to be held in Maidstone. After that, it is our turn and all eyes will be upon the total which we raise. I have no doubt that every effort will be made over the next two years to raise a total worthy of our great Province and of which we can all be proud.
Enjoy the remainder of the Summer break.
My best wishes to you all.
John