Suspension of meetings

Brethren

Under the current prevailing circumstances Grand Mark Lodge have issued the following instruction: –

The Grand Masters of the Orders administered from Mark Masons’ Hall have jointly
agreed an immediate General Suspension of all Masonic Activity for a period of four
months. This means that no masonic meetings or related social activities should take
place until further notice.

Please adhere to this important direction.

Take care of yourselves and your families.

Yours fraternally

Alex

2019/20 Early season reflections

As we embark upon a new Masonic Season, you will realise that we have only 20 months left until our MBF Festival concludes. Our total funds raised are creeping steadily upwards but now is the time that we must all try our very best to ensure that we raise a total which is worthy of our great Province. I feel confident that I more “2019/20 Early season reflections”

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.

Eighteen months to go

The beginning of a new decade signals that we now have a mere eighteen months until the culmination of our Festival for the Mark Benevolent Fund.
Work carries on at a pace behind the scenes. We are now entering the fine detail stage with things like the design of the Festival badge being finalised, banquet menus, drinks, entertainment and a myriad of minor but very important considerations all being concluded.
The Festival Ambassadors continue to work hard in encouraging support from Lodges and individuals and I am grateful for their efforts. As we move towards the end of the Festival period, it is time to reflect for a moment upon the work of the MBF and in particular, for this Province. Since the turn of the millennium, petitioners from East Lancashire have received grants well in excess of £1.5 million. These are our brethren, past and present, their wives and widows and their dependants. It doesn’t come any closer to home than this. The Festival is the opportunity for us to put something back (once every forty-two years). I know that I can rely upon each and every one of you to do the best that you can to help us raise a total which ultimately shows our appreciation of the support received by our distressed friends and colleagues.
In concluding, I again express my sincere appreciation of the work done by everyone involved in the Festival. The Festival Committee, the Ambassadors, the Banquet Committee, Event Organisers and you all, for your support.
I wish you all well and the best of health for the year ahead.
John