WBro Thomas Stewart Mills (TSM to his friends) has certainly had a busy year as one of several of our Mark Fellowhip Reps !
This recently concluded with a visit to Middleton RAM 1303, at which 13 brethren were in attendance to witness WBro Rev David Halford being installed into the Chair of the Lodge.
After a quick turnaround, the Members set up into a short Mark Degree meeting, which was followed by a superb 4 course meal. A pleasant evening was had by all.
One of Stewarts first visits earlier in the season was to Quatuor Legati 1065 at Bolton in Oct. This was followed by – November, Faith RAM/Mark 20 meet at Middleton, Lathom RAM 136 meet at Bury, Goulburn Mark 680 at the Old Bill in Oldham, and Friendship Mark 1459 at Middleton. December saw him attending – Union Mark 32 at Bridge St. January – William Romaine Callender 136 at Bury. February – Lathom RAM 136 again at Bury, Quatuour Legati Mark 1065 at Bolton and Union Mark 32 at Bridge St. A busy March arrived with visits to Faith RAM/Mark at Middleton, WR Callender 136 at Bury, Turton RAM at the Last Drop Inn Bolton and St Johns TI Mark at Bolton. April saw visits to Lathom RAM 136 at Bury, Wike Mark 142 at Radcliffe, Union Mark 32 at Bridge St, Friendship Mark 14509 then Middleton RAM/Mark 1303, both at Middleton.
Last Sunday evening, WBro Howard Nuttall ELMBF Chairman, WBro Malcolm McCarthy ELMBF Secretary and I made our way to sunny Greenfield in Oldham to attend a “Night at the Movies” Concert given by Boarshurst Silver Band.
We were accompanied by our Ladies Mrs Carol Nuttall, Mrs Joan McCarthy and Mrs Christine Errock who, together with the large Band Club audience, thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle of some amazing music whilst watching edited film clips on the large screen.
The purpose of our visit was to present the Band with a Donation to fund the production of a CD celebrating the band’s 170th Anniversary – watch the video of the presentation below (now viewed by over 1000 on Facebook!)
Despite the attraction of the England v Panama match (which surprisingly did not seem to concern the PGM), the sunshine at Middleton Masonic Hall yesterday proved a winner as a multitude of Brethren with their Ladies and guests turned up to enjoy the annual Hog Roast.
Entertainment was provided by St John’s Droylsden Brass Band, ably led by Pete Douthwaite (who it is rumoured will be joining the Mark next year !).
The members of the Fellowship managed to extract several hundred pounds from the assembled throng via a raffle, roulette table, tombola, regalia stand, pig racing, play your cards right and lucky dip.
A glorious afternoon, enjoyed by all (particularly when news of Englands 6-1 victory filtered through !)
Early last Tuesday morning, a contingent of East Lancs Mark Masons set off on the annual trip to Grand Mark Lodge in support of the Brethren receiving promotions – WBro Barry Heal to Deputy Grand Swordbearer, WBro David Rainsbury to Grand Steward, WBro Duncan Ferguson to more “Grand Mark Lodge”…
Sunday 20th May everyone taking part in the East Lancs Mark Provincial Ramble started to gather around 9am at Rochdale Masonic Hall. After checking in with George Scaife’s wife Diane, we set off on the short distance to Rochdale Railway Station to get a train to Littleborough, I don’t think they had seen so many travellers at that time on a Sunday morning.
From Littleborough station we set off on the towpath of the Rochdale canal to our destination at Rochdale Masonic Hall. Some walkers had already started earlier and did the journey both ways, but most of us did the 3.8 mile journey in very warm weather. In total my “fitness” watch indicated 9260 steps and burning up 353 kcal in 90 minutes.
A nice cold drink along with sandwiches and a few chips on our return may have put some of those calories back on. A very enjoyable morning and I’m sure our Provincial Grand Charity Steward, WBro George Scaife will be pleased with the turnout. Our RW Provincial Grand Master Alex McLaren was there to congratulate everyone for taking part and thank them on behalf of the East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund.
On Saturday 7th April myself and a delegation from East Lancashire attended the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting of West Yorkshire. The Meeting is held at the Bradford Grammar School, which is a wonderful venue, and it is always a most enjoyable occasion.
I was accompanied by the Deputy, WBro John Smith and both Assistants, WBros Tony Davies and Gerry Young as well as VWBro Jeff Huddart and WBros David Rainford and Simon Archer.
There are several Brethren in East Lancashire who are also members in West Yorkshire so it always nice for us to meet and chat with them on the day, especially if they are receiving Honours.
You can see from the attached photograph, taken after the Meeting but before the meal, that a good time was being had by all.
None of us were to know that it would be the last Provincial Meeting that our dear friend Tony would attend……