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!)
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.
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”…
Saturday 24th March was the rearranged date for the appearance of the Idol Frets Rock Band at Littleborough Cricket Club.
Some 80 people packed the Club for the concert arranged by George Scaife our Provincial Grand Charity Steward, to raise funds for the East Lancs Mark Benevolent Fund. Respected local rock band the Idol Frets played a sizzling set of rock covers during a fantastic evening of classic tunes.
A curry supper was also provided to keep the customers satisfied and a raffle was held to help relieve pockets, purses and wallets.
George’s efforts managed to raise an amazing total of £815 for the evening !
The residents of Canons Close enjoyed their Christmas get together on Tues 12th when they all enjoyed the usual mince pies, Christmas cake and a few glasses of wine and bucks fizz.
We were treated to some singing of carols by Bro Alan Roscoe, and a cheque was presented to Lindsey from Legacy at Rainbow house for £465-00, raised by our monthly raffles etc; In all a jolly good time was had by all !