All combinations that sit comfortably on the tongue, eye and in the memory.
The Rugby Football Lodge of Mark Master Masons held its latest meeting and installation ceremony on Thursday the 30th May at Rochdale Masonic Hall. The combination of Rugby Football and Mark Masonry is not as immediately recognisable as the above but somehow it works, and it works really well. The Mark Masonry is very much the standard protocol with exceptional ritual and a great membership of Mark Masons whose hobbies and interests also encompass Rugby Football, even the Summons more “Cheese & Onion, Black & White, Morecambe & Wise.”
Friday 31st May saw a fantastic Sportsmans Dinner take place at Rochdale Masonic Hall. W.Bro Jamie Beninson organized the event to raise money for the 2021 East Lancashire Mark Festival. There were 90 brethren and guests in attendance including W.Bro Gerry Young APGM and W.Bro Barry Heal the Provincial almoner, along with more “2021 Festival – Dean Windass shares his love of Football”
Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Brendan Harte, successfully completed the Challenge in company with his Son and Grandson. He was also joined on the Snowdon climb by his nine-year-old Grand-daughter who heard of her brother playing in the snow at the top of Ben Nevis!.
Ben Nevis was both challenging, not only more “3 x 3 x 3 Three Peaks Challenge”
As we approach the end of the current Masonic Season we now have only two years to go until our Festival matures. The big date for all your diaries is Saturday, 3 July 2021.
A great deal of work is already going on behind the scenes as we liaise with the venue, Manchester United, and start to bring together menus, AV suppliers, transport, hotels and all the other more “Thoughts in Spring”
Brethren, just thought I would keep you all informed of our progress towards the 2021 Festival.
The current total stands at £414,797.30
Congratulations so far and thank you very much. Keep up the good work and continue to enjoy the Festival
For your change: The Mark Benevolent Fund is issuing the Province with a number of boxes for each Lodge and each Masonic Centre. If you have any loose change and feel disposed to put it in the box, it will be thankfully received and will contribute to our 2021 Festival. Your generosity, as ever, will be appreciated.
VWBro John H Smith, PGJO, DPGM
Saturday, April 6 saw 46 light-hearted people get together for a Manchester City cruise. At the time of booking a hot & cold buffet was planned but at the last moment, the cruise company called to say that due to good numbers a 3-course lunch would be served at no more “Manchester City Canal Cruise.”