At Middleton Masonic Hall last night, one of the oldest Lodges in the Province, Faith 20 held their Mark meeting preceded by a brief meeting of the RAM Lodge. In attendance was the Deputy PGM, VWBro John Hartley Smith who was accompanied by a Deputation of more “Faith 20 Mark & RAM”
On Tuesday 12th February Quatuor Legati Mark Lodge No 1165 held their meeting with 20 Mark Masons in attendance.
Representing the Provincial Grand Master, WBro Keith Doyle witnessed the Advancement of Bro.Gordon Haswell Hartley. The Ceremony was started by the WM WBro Derek Bennett and completed with the assistance of WBro Dennis Scowcroft who did an outstanding job.
This was followed by WBro Bennett being proclaimed WM for a further year.
A long but very enjoyable evening was concluded by an excellent 4 course meal, completion of a Double Chance Draw Card (winner WBro C Whalley) and the usual toasts.
WBro T Stewart Mills PPGSO
On Tuesday the 8 January at Bury Masonic Hall, William Romaine Callender 136 Installation meeting took place with 34 Mark Masons present. Representing the Provincial Grand Master was WBro David Entwistle PGStB.
WBro Thomas Stewart Mills was truly Installed into the Chair by WBro Robert Ashton.
Warm mince pies Christmas cake, white and red wine in abundance and raffle prizes galore. The Chairman and Secretary of the Canons Close Committee, WBro more “Canons Close Christmas Meeting”
“Did you know, our 3-year-old Grandson Max can demolish a Hollands meat and potato pie in no time at all?” I remarked to the Provincial Grand Swordbearer. “Really?” he replied disinterestedly, as we sat in the traffic jam outside Hollands Pies Factory in more “Priory Mark 693 – Banner Dedication – Weds 5th December”
On Friday 7th December at Bury Masonic Hall the Annual Xmas Dinner and Brass Band Evening took place.
44 Brethren and their partners were in attendance. more “W R Callender Mark 136 & Earl of Lathom RAM 136 Xmas Dinner”
On Sunday December 2nd at the Printers Arms in Denshaw , Saddleworth the 4 Mark and RAM Lodges based in Mossley (Rose of York 1010 and Mossley 1381) once again joined forces to hold their annual Sunday Social.
A total of 28 Brethren with their Ladies and friends braved the foul weather to enjoy a couple of hours together.
Following a brief warm welcome from organiser WBro Garry Errock, everyone tucked in to enjoy a sumptious 3 course lunch and much banter ensued.
The remaining half dozen squares on a Double Chance Draw Card were sold with the lucky winner of the £20 initial prize being WBro Les Morgan of Mossley RAM 1381. This was followed by the usual raffle and in total the grand sum of £150 was raised for the 2021 Festival.
Everyone agreed it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and we are all already looking forward to next years event – booked for 1st December 2019 !
Words & pics by TSM