Oscar’s Happy Feet are Dancing to a New Tune!

This is Oscar Grainger and his family at the Masonic Hall in Paignton. R.W.Bro. Peter Balsom, Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire and his Executive, along with W.Bro. Darren Coleman-Heald, P.A.G.D.C., Charities Manager at Mark Masons’ Hall, were representing the Mark Benevolent Fund to present a cheque for £6,000, giving Oscar the final piece of …………read more 

Another 100 not out for Canon’s Close !

Mrs Jenny Collier reached the wonderful age of 100 on 20th October 2018.

Attending the celebrations on behalf of the Mark Degree were the Provincial Grand Master and his wife Leslie. The Chairman of the ELMBF Howard Nuttall and his wife Carole. The Provincial Almoner Barry Heal and my wife Eva and I and 75 guests in total.

Jenny was born in 1918 and spent all her life in Great Lever, Bolton until moving to Barlow House. Canon’s Close in 2005.

At 11 Jenny gained a scholarship to The County Grammar School, matriculated with distinctions and at age 16 started working in the Civil Service in Manchester. She recalls travelling by train into the City during the blackout.

She married Horace in 1942 who was a lecturer in textiles and worked at the then Bolton Institute until he retired.

Jenny returned to work in 1960 after her 2 daughters were born and worked until she retired at 65.

Jenny and Horace celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1992. Unfortunately, Horace died of a heart attack in 1995. They both felt blessed with having six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

When she moved into Barlow House, she carried on doing charity work and attending groups at St Peter’s Halliwell and is still going strong.

Over my time as chairman of the Management Committee it has been a pleasure and a privilege to get to know Jenny, a lovely lady whom I am proud to call a friend. Hence it was an honour for me, on this special day, to be able to propose a toast to her continued health.

Pictures:-

No1. Her cake and a card from the Queen.
No 2 Guests arriving. Leslie McLaren, Howard Nuttall, Carole Nuttall,
Alex McLaren and behind him Barry Heal.
No3 Me with Jenny after the toast
No4 Jenny with a sparkly candle
No5 Jenny cutting the cake
No6 The PGM and Leslie with Jenny
No7 Howard and Carole with Jenny
No8 Barry Heal

ST JOHN AMBULANCE VOLUNTEERS THANK MASONS FOR NEW AMBULANCE

Volunteers with St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity, took time out recently to say thank you to the Masons for the donation of a new ambulance which will be based at the charity’s Denton unit.

Masons Barry Heal, David Rainford and Alex McLaren hand the keys to David Styles, District Manager and SJA volunteers.

The new ambulance is one of over 50 vehicles which are being handed over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in a phased programme from October 2017 and throughout 2018.

The vehicles have been secured thanks to a capital grant by the Mark Master Masons through their Mark Benevolent Fund to the Order of St John with the specific aim of providing new ambulances, treatment centres and support vehicles to St John Ambulance, the Order’s operational arm in England and the Islands.

The Denton vehicle will be put to use at events in the county as volunteers deliver life saving first aid to members of the public.

Alex McLaren, Provincial Grand Master at the Mark Master Masons in East Lancashire, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to support St John Ambulance and the life saving work that they do.’

Darren Clark, Chair of the Greater Manchester County Priory Group, said: ‘The donation of this vehicle is wonderful news for the county and will significantly help enhance patient care and contribute to more lives saved locally. We’re immensely grateful to the Mark Master Masons in the East Lancashire Province and to the Mark Benevolent Fund for their generosity and we look forward to seeing the positive use made by local St John Ambulance volunteers of the vehicle in the future as they continue the charity’s life saving mission.’

PRESS RELEASE USED BY KIND PERMISSION OF ST JOHN’S AMBULANCE

Mark Benevolent Fund appoint PGM as Trustee

It was at last Friday nights meeting of the East Lancs Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge 1272 meeting at Audenshaw that our Provincial Grand Almoner WBro Barry Heal made the announcement that our PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren has been appointed a Trustee of the Mark Benevolent Fund.

The PGM modest as ever, responded that he considered the appointment as a great honour for the Province.

On behalf of the Province Sir, congratulations from all of us on this prestigious appointment!

Almoners yearly message

W.Bro Barry Heal is the provincial Almoner and his yearly message reminds us of the support and services he can provide, not only at this festive season but throughout the year.

“If you are alone, perhaps feeling vulnerable and insecure, and unable or unwilling to turn to relatives or close friends for comfort and support I may be able to help