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”
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.
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
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.
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!)
So who are Boarshurst Silver Band ? more “Boarshurst Silver Band receive £3500 ELMBF Donation”
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 !)
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.
Report & pics by WBro Steven Boyle ProvGSwdB
The almost final Mark Provincial Deputation visit took place at Skelmersdale Mark Lodge 141 on Tuesday 15th May at Ashton under Lyne Masonic Hall. It was a first-time visit to the magnificent building for many of the team. There would be two meetings on the night, one in the Royal Ark Mariner Degree and more “Rhubarb – Final visit for 2017 Acting Officers”