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 !
The residents group met on the 14th March, we were treated to a talk by W. Bro. John Yates ” From Bricks to Boats and back again” about life on a narrow boat, which was very enlightening.
We were treated to WBro.Gordon Rosbotham’s “WORLD FAMOUS” Lemon Drizzle cake (he didn’t even get a piece).The usual tea & coffee was served, and the usual catch up chat ensued.
We welcomed back to the fold Geoff & Edith Bleakley after their enforced absence, and two new members to our little gathering, Mrs Elsie Makin, & John Yates (Jun). As usual Eileen Brown won the raffle!!!
Prior to the home fixture against Halesowen Town on Saturday 21st January, Ashton United welcomed representatives of the East Lancs Mark Benevolent Fund to officially open their refurbished medical room. The Robins were delighted to receive their financial support which paid for a host of medical equipment. Commenting on their donation to Ashton United in the Community (AUITC), Howard Nuttall, Chairman of the East Lancs Mark Benevolent Fund (ELMBF) said, more “ELMBF supporting Ashton United In The Community”…