On Sunday December 2nd at the Printers Arms in Denshaw , Saddleworth the 4 Mark and RAM Lodges based in Mossley (Rose of York 1010 and Mossley 1381) once again joined forces to hold their annual Sunday Social.
A total of 28 Brethren with their Ladies and friends braved the foul weather to enjoy a couple of hours together.
Following a brief warm welcome from organiser WBro Garry Errock, everyone tucked in to enjoy a sumptious 3 course lunch and much banter ensued.
The remaining half dozen squares on a Double Chance Draw Card were sold with the lucky winner of the £20 initial prize being WBro Les Morgan of Mossley RAM 1381. This was followed by the usual raffle and in total the grand sum of £150 was raised for the 2021 Festival.
Everyone agreed it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and we are all already looking forward to next years event – booked for 1st December 2019 !
The PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren recently attended Starkie Royal Ark Mariners No 159 to hear a lecture given by VWBro David Anderson.
He was offered the gavel on entry but declined. He stayed throughout the meeting and joined us at the Festive Board, where we were then joined by Mrs Barbara Peters and her husband WBro John Peters.
After the meal and the first toast to Her Majesty had been given, the PGM RWBro Alex Sillars Maclaren rose and gave a synopsis of the achievements of Mrs Peters who was already in possession of a Gold Award.
He congratulated her on exceeding the target for the Diamond Award by raising in excess of £3000 and made a formal presentation of the Pendant and accompanying certificate for her outstanding achievement. Mrs Peters then retired from the Festive Board and the rest of the toasts were completed in harmony.
We all then joined Mrs. Peters in the bar to thank her and wish her well.
It’s now exactly 3 years since I launched this initiative by selling off the old Craft 2015 Festival Ties, the original idea was to raise a couple of hundred quid for the Mark 2021 Festival.
It therefore gives me great pleasure to say a massive –
for all the support I’ve had since then from throughout the Province. I am very pleased to report that, thanks to on-going donations of all types of unwanted regalia, the total raised for the Mark 2021 Festival in 3 years now stands at over £17000 (incl.Gift Aid) !!
Substantial Regalia Donations have been made in the last few months by Roberts 24 TI (Rochdale), Super Moras 1042 (Bolton), Constitution 949 (Manchester) and University of Manchester RAM 1001 (Audenshaw) and I would like to thank these Lodges in particular who have boosted sales by over £2500 !
After a 33 hour walk East Lancs Mark Mason John Cavanagh completed his mammoth 101 ml Around the former walled in City of West Berlin along the former route of the Berlin Wall. John was accompanied along the way by Graham Rawlinson and for 3 days by Paul Waring & Chris Bolton and they all passed under the Brandenburg Gate still walking at a hearty pace.
Much money has been pledged for the MBF from Masons (£1200 raised so far !), friends and family and John and Graham are available to talk about the many stories about Berlin and their walk, for a small donation.
On this occasion John walked the Walk in an clockwise direction and has been encouraged to walk it again next year the opposite way around, a challenge that John has accepted with much delight, so if you fancy a long or a short walk with him, you’d be very welcome.
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 !)
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.