Regalia Sales now £17000 !

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 !

Some facts and figures:

1. Over 2500 items now donated by YOU and sold – including more “Regalia Sales now £17000 !”

Berlin Wall Walk

WBros Graham Rawlinson & John Cavanagh selfie !

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.

Hog Roast

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.

Enjoying the sunshine !

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 !).

St John’s Droylsden Brass Band
Kevin Reaney and Meryvn Wilson prepare the pigs for racing.

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.

Paul Waring tries his luck with the dice.
John Rimmer relieving George Scaife of cash for the raffle.
Regalia sales yesterday took the total raised to date to £14750.
Stan Bibby and David Greenhalgh at the roulette table.

A glorious afternoon, enjoyed by all (particularly when news of Englands 6-1 victory filtered through !)

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 !