Marathon Man Takes Gold !

Dear Brother Mark Masons,

Having managed to visit 42 Mark Lodges in 2017 out of a possible 50 in East Lancashire on my sponsorship attempt, I give a heartfelt thank you to all the Lodges and individual Mark Masons who sponsored me. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Mark Masons who I had not already met before, and feel most grateful for the warm and friendly reception that was given to me. I also give a special thank you to my Brother Mark Masons in Joey Dunlop Lodge No. 1881 which is in Leicestershire and Rutland who also sponsored me. The total sponsorship money raised for the festival was £3672.

I was most grateful and surprised to receive a Grand Patron Gold Award Certificate, Collarette and Jewel from the Mark Benevolent Fund, presented to me by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of East Lancashire, Worshipful Brother John Hartley Smith.

Once again I thank all of you.

Best regards,

WBro Ron Coucill PProvGJD

Rugby ends in a tie !

WM RWBro Bob Clancey (PGM North & East Yorks) spotted at the recent meeting of Rugby Football Lodge No.1965, proudly sporting his East Lancashire tie !

RWBro Alex McLaren, PGM East Lancs, Worshipful Master RWBro Bob Clancey, PGM North & East Yorks, VWBro Stehen Holt PGMO

Not that anyone noticed of course…

SPONSORED ARK BUILD AT MOSSLEY

Brethren of the Royal Ark Mariners Lodges based at Westholme, Rose of York 1010 and Mossley 1381 this morning announced their plans to build a life-sized replica of Noahs Ark in the car park at Mossley Masonic Hall. Sponsors are needed to raise funds for the East Lancs Mark 2021 MBF Festival.

The idea is the brainchild of the latest member of Mossley RAM, Bro Olof Pirla who has just relocated to Mossley from Greece. Bro Pirla has 20 years experience working in the wooden shipbuilding boatyards at Piraeus in Greece and has offered to put his expertise to good use!

“I have 20 years experience working in the wooden shipbuilding boatyards at Piraeus in Greece” explained Armenian born Bro Pirla “before that, I was goatherd in mountains of Armenia” he added, “while tending my goats, I had dream of building Ark as tribute to Armenia’s greatest man, Noah. People there say I crazy man, so I move to Greece. In Greece, I tell my colleagues in Piraeus of my dream. They too say I crazy man, so I move to Mossley. Now I feel right at home”

“When I come to Westholme, I see all trees around and think – our building materials! I see large car park, I think – our boatyard!”

Plans were formulated following a recent meeting of the Royal Ark Mariners of 1010 and 1381 and after several bottles of the obligatory rum, all agreed it was a great idea.

Second in command on the build will be aptly named Mariner, WBro Rowe who also has some experience in this area. “I built a model yacht in 5th form woodwork class years ago” he said “unfortunately it sank on it’s maiden voyage at Salford Docks, but I think I know where I went wrong” he went on to explain.

Construction will start during the summer recess and it is hoped the Ark will be complete within 12 months. Disruption will be kept to a minimum (the Ark will be large enough to accommodate cars in the meantime).

Sponsorship forms will be distributed shortly and sponsors will be asked to donate per square cubit completed or by a simple fixed sum. All Sponsors will be guaranteed a place in the Ark for themselves and their partners in the event of the next flood of biblical proportions.

Mossley Ark Build Sponsor Form

Double Chance Draw Winners – Update

January Winners:

WBro Ken Lord PAGStB – Keep Mark 911

VWBro Philip Conn PGJO – Friendship Mark 1459

WBro Tony Davies APGM – Temperance RAM 56

WBro David Surtees ProvRAMGR- County Palatine RAM 156

WBro Stephen Reid PProvGSW – Arnold Moreton Mark 1649

WBro Keith Doyle PGStB – F.W.Broadbent Mark 1132

WBro Tony Cleworth ProvGStB – W.R.Callender Mark 136

WBro George Scaife RAMGR ProvGChStwd – East Lancs Provincial Grand Officers RAM 990

On behalf of the Fellowship, Congratulations to all our winners !

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!

Union 171 host the Champions !

For the benefit of Manchester City fans, this is what a 2017 Trophy looks like.

At Union 171s Christmas meeting in Uppermill a week last Monday, the National Second Section Champions of Great Britain 2017 Boarshurst Silver Band provided the entertainment for the evening.

This was preceded by a short Lodge meeting which included the presentation of a cheque to WBro Ron Coucill of St Andrews Lodge No.34 in Salford. As you may know, Ron is part way through his “Marathon” attempt to visit all Lodges within the Province for which he is being sponsored to raise funds for the MBF 2021 Festival – his message is below:

“To all Mark Lodges and Individual Mark Masons who have sponsored me on my Lodge visits this year, I thank you very much for your generosity, and, the very kind and welcome greetings which you have given to me. It has been a pleasant journey for me and the total amount raised to date is £3,561 pounds, which is up and above what I had anticipated raising altogether. Unfortunately I have not managed to visit all the Lodges this year due to meetings on the same dates and other unforeseen circumstance, but I’ll keep my promise to visit those Lodges in 2018 !

Marathon Man WBro Ron Coucill collects a cheque from WM Chris Cunliffe.

The photograph is the Worshipful Master of Union Mark Lodge No. 171 presenting a Cheque on behalf of the Lodge members. Once again I thank you very much and wish all Brethren a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a happy and prosperous NEW YEAR”.

Over 60 Brethren, their Ladies and guests took their seats for a traditional Christmas Dinner. This was followed by the Band (who gave their best Xmas performance ever at Uppermill !) and ended with a raffle which raised over £250.

Soprano Cornet player, William Reynolds plays a solo.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all !