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……
Mossley is a town built on three borders Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. On Monday the 9th of April, Mark Masons gathered to celebrate the installation of John Wilson as Worshipful Master.
As Mossley has a Shengen agreement, no passports were necessary on the night. This resulted in the attendance of envoys from Cheshire and West Yorkshire Provinces, whilst East Lancashire Province provided a fine body of men all of whom were Acting Officers of the year, led by WBro Tony Davies APGM. A number of the team were first time visitors to the extremities of the Province, some arriving late after discovering that in “Mossleyworld” Satnav does not work. In fact some Brethren resorted to asking directions, which all added to the fun of the evening.
Our Provincial Senior Warden almost had a stand in part as acting Warden, when out of the blue the Lodge Senior Warden arrived just in time for the start. Once the stragglers from far and wide were seated, the Installation commenced. The Installation was conducted in a unique Mossley style, with a number of Officers taking part in the ceremony. All done in fine form, with donations made to various charities all of which were gratefully received.
The social board was preceeded with a little light libation provided by the new Worshipful Master, gin & tonics or whisky being the order of the day. The new Worshipful Master was toasted and we all sat down to a fine meal.
Afterwards, John spoke about his time in Mossley Lodge saying he was proud to once again take the Chair. When he first joined the Lodge it was the biggest in the Province. He complemented the strong team he had around him. Looking around the room, he commented on the fact that a number of the present members had followed their fathers into the Lodge. John pledged to do all he could to promote Mossley Mark and bring in some new candidates.
Tony Davies APGM congratulated the new Worshipful Master and said he was glad to see so many friends and guests supporting John with over 30 Brethren in the room. The Province would do all it could to support the Lodge as could be seen in the fantastic turn out of Provincial Officers. Tony said some of the first time visitors had noted on arrival it was raining, Tony had visited a number of times each time it had rained on the one occasion it did not it snowed. Tony thanked the Lodge for the charity donations and wished the Lodge well.
So if you are a Craft Mason and are thinking about joining Mark Masonry, contact the Provincial Office or better still contact Mossley Mark Lodge I am sure John and the Lodge will give you a warm and friendlyMark welcome. Details are on this website.