Canon’s Close – Change of Site Manager.

After fourteen years of excellent service, Dennis Scowcroft has decided to retire from the Canon’s Close Managements Committee as Site Manager. It was impossible to persuade, blackmail or tempt him in any way to continue.

Dennis will be a big loss to the Committee since he brought such knowledge and expertise to the job. Organising and planning the work and ensuring costs were always scrutinised to give us the most competitive price for a quality job.

Both the Committee and the ELMBF are grateful for all his efforts on their behalf.
We wish him a long and happy, well earned retirement.

I have asked John Welsby if he will take over the responsibility. He will have a hard act to follow but coming from a similar background to Dennis, with a good knowledge of all the trades and with an initial helping hand from Dennis, I am sure we will survive.

John Tiler

W.R.Callender 136 hit Hat-Trick !

William Romaine Callender Lodge No.136 had yet another Advancement at our meeting on Tues 2nd October at Bury Masonic Hall.

This year we have been lucky as this was No.3. Sadly our WM was not in attendance due to a family issue, but our faithful DC, WBro Tony Cleworth ProvGStB stepped in and the Ceremony went without a hitch.

Watching the proceedings was our Provincial Grand Master RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren accompanied by his Provincial Team – a fine body of men !

The evening concluded with a 4 course meal during which the Bury “Fiddly Raffle” was conducted by yours truly and a grand total of £130 was raised from the 34 Brethren present.

Report by WBro T.Stewart Mills PProvGSO

Regalia Sales now £17000 !

It’s now exactly 3 years since I launched this initiative by selling off the old Craft 2015 Festival Ties, the original idea was to raise a couple of hundred quid for the Mark 2021 Festival.

It therefore gives me great pleasure to say a massive –

for all the support I’ve had since then from throughout the Province. I am very pleased to report that, thanks to on-going donations of all types of unwanted regalia, the total raised for the Mark 2021 Festival in 3 years now stands at over £17000 (incl.Gift Aid) !!

Substantial Regalia Donations have been made in the last few months by Roberts 24 TI (Rochdale), Super Moras 1042 (Bolton), Constitution 949 (Manchester) and University of Manchester RAM 1001 (Audenshaw) and I would like to thank these Lodges in particular who have boosted sales by over £2500 !

Some facts and figures:

1. Over 2500 items now donated by YOU and sold – including more “Regalia Sales now £17000 !”

Berlin Wall Walk

WBros Graham Rawlinson & John Cavanagh selfie !

After a 33 hour walk East Lancs Mark Mason John Cavanagh completed his mammoth 101 ml Around the former walled in City of West Berlin along the former route of the Berlin Wall. John was accompanied along the way by Graham Rawlinson and for 3 days by Paul Waring & Chris Bolton and they all passed under the Brandenburg Gate still walking at a hearty pace.

Much money has been pledged for the MBF from Masons (£1200 raised so far !), friends and family and John and Graham are available to talk about the many stories about Berlin and their walk, for a small donation.

On this occasion John walked the Walk in an clockwise direction and has been encouraged to walk it again next year the opposite way around, a challenge that John has accepted with much delight, so if you fancy a long or a short walk with him, you’d be very welcome.

Grand Mark Lodge Visit – Tuesday 11th September.

After meeting up around 10 am at Piccadilly Station, 32 Mark Masons were guided by trip organiser WBro Malcolm McCarthy onto the waiting Virgin Train.

Waiting for us once again was Tracey our usual trusty Virgin Hostess. At precisely 10.15 am we were off to London. Within 25 minutes we were served with a packed lunch and dare I say a gin & tonic or whisky to boot.

After arriving at Euston a short taxi trip took us straight to Great Queen St and Freemasons Hall. All were seated by 2 pm when proceedings started.

The following East Lancs Brethren then all received their well deserved promotions:

VWBro John Smith DepPGM (Whitestone 1080) – PGJO, WBro Derek Thornhill (Progress 1577) – PGSD,
WBro Jack Aston (Priory 693) – PGJD, WBro Stanley Bibby (Friendship 1459) – PGJD,
WBro Malcolm McCarthy (Friendship 1459) – PGJD, WBro Michael Porter (Ardwick 1222) – PGJD,
WBro Paul Waring (Good Report 1309) – PGJD and WBro John Whitney (Priory 693) – PGJD

Congratulations to all !

Celebrations continued at the post meeting meal in the nearby Connaught Rooms with a superb 3 course meal. The evening ended with us all returning to our various destinations.

Many thanks from us all to WBro Malcolm McCarthy PGJD for organising yet another successful London trip !

West Lancs Brethren raise a glass to our new PGJD !

Report & pics courtesy of WBro T Stewart Mills PProvGSO

Boarshurst Silver Band receive £3500 ELMBF Donation

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.

ELMBF Chairman WBro Howard Nuttall presents Boarshurst Band Conductor James Garlick with a cheque.

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!)

So who are Boarshurst Silver Band ? more “Boarshurst Silver Band receive £3500 ELMBF Donation”

Hog Roast

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.

Enjoying the sunshine !

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 !).

St John’s Droylsden Brass Band
Kevin Reaney and Meryvn Wilson prepare the pigs for racing.

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.

Paul Waring tries his luck with the dice.
John Rimmer relieving George Scaife of cash for the raffle.
Regalia sales yesterday took the total raised to date to £14750.
Stan Bibby and David Greenhalgh at the roulette table.

A glorious afternoon, enjoyed by all (particularly when news of Englands 6-1 victory filtered through !)