2021 Festival, the end

Brethren, we have finally reached the conclusion of our 2021 Festival for the benefit of the Mark Benevolent Fund. It has been a long and challenging road and one which has been overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which none of us could ever have imagined.
We are all disappointed that our Festival Banquet has been cancelled as a result of the extension of Covid prevention measures, but all the disappointment paled into insignificance as our Festival total was revealed. At a zoom meeting held to announce the result, the Grand Secretary more “2021 Festival, the end”

Tony Davies Memorial Walk

24 June 2021 Tony Davies Memorial Walk in the Dark Peak around Blackhill near Holmfirth.
On an overcast day, an enthusiastic group (see photo) of walkers started on the much-heralded and postponed walk in memory of Tony, the first 2021 Festival chairman. After a short silence for Tony, we set off about 10:30 am -target back at the pub for 2:00 pm! The talk of old friends and events and the nearly complete release from lockdown filled the air on the “mountainside”. 

The mood became quieter as more “Tony Davies Memorial Walk”

MBF 2021 Festival – Update

It is with no little sadness that I have to announce that the Festival Banquet scheduled for 3rd July has been cancelled due to the extension of the Covid-19 lockdown measures. I am sure that this is disappointing for everyone who was planning to attend but particularly for the Banquet Committee who have worked so hard, for so long, to put on an event worthy of the occasion and our Province.
On 3rd July there will be a zoom meeting, organised by the Grand Secretary, to announce the results of our fundraising efforts. I hope that many of you can log in to hear the result. You have all been so supportive of the Festival and it will be very interesting to see how we have fared. Login details will be available soon and will be communicated to Lodge secretaries and to all those who were planning to attend on 3rd July.
We hope to organise a Provincial event, early in the New Year, to celebrate the culmination of the Festival and details will be available in the near future.
In the meantime brethren, I thank you all for your tremendous efforts and in particular, the Festival and Banquet Committees for all their hard work.
Keep safe and well and I look forward to seeing you all soon.


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As we know, over the last few years WBro Garry Errock PGStB has been raising money for the East Lancashire Mark 2021 MBF Festival by selling regalia etc., donated by East Lancs Mark Brethren and Lodges, mainly via eBay. The current total raised now stands at just over £42,000!

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Support the 2021 Festival

Brethren, It is easy to donate to the 2021 Festival, by Credit Card, by individual personal cheque, by standing order and by your own lodges making donations. 




By Credit Card

You can make a personal donation to the 2021 Mark festival and pay by credit card by clicking the button below and completing the included form  Donate by Credit Card



By Personal Cheque

You can make a personal donation to the 2021 Mark festival and pay by cheque by clicking the button below and completing the included form Donate by Cheque





By Standing Order

You can make a regular donation to the 2021 Mark festival and pay by standing order by clicking the button below and completing the included form  Create Standing Order




Lodge Donations

As a Lodge, we have one form which enables a quick and smooth donation process Make Lodge Donation






Completed ‘Individual ONE-OFF’ and ‘Lodge Giving’ donation forms and cheques (made payable to East Lancs Mark 2021 Festival‘) should be returned to D.J.Rainsbury, 2 Kings Drive, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 6NQ

All other forms are to be sent to: Mark Masons’ Hall, 86, St. James’s Street, London SW1 1PL

The income to the MBF is principally from Individual and Lodge contributions towards Life Subscriber, Life Governor, Vice Patron, Patron, Grand Patron and Grand Patron Gold Award of the Fund. The qualifications are as follows:

Patronage AwardBrethren
Life Governor£100.00
Vice Patron£250.00£125.00£25.00 per subscribing member£50.00 per subscribing member
Patron£500.00£250.00£50.00 per subscribing member£100.00 per subscribing member
Grand Patron£1000.00£500.00Patron Status plus £1000.00
Grand Patron Gold£2500.00£1250.00Grand Patron Status plus £2500.00
Grand Patron Diamond£5000.00£2500.00Grand Patron Gold plus £5000.00