Last night at Middleton Masonic Hall saw the 3 Mark Lodges based there holding a joint Open Evening.
In attendance was the PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren together with his Deputy VWBro John Hartley Smith and Assistant WBro Gerald Noel Howard Young. They were accompanied by a large Deputation of the Acting Provincial Officers of the year.
They all welcomed the 19 Craft Members who had been invited who were given an excellent presentation on the Mark Degree by the Provincial Grand Secretary, WBro David Rainford.
This was followed by a superb 3 course buffet at which a total of 71 dined. A raffle was held and “thank yous” were given for all the hard work put in by the 3 Lodges particularly the main host Lodge, Friendship 1459.
Let’s hope enough was done to convince some of the 19 Craft Masons to join this great Degree !
Ron Wadeson – Turton RAM 1300
John Welsby – F.W.Broadbent RAM 1132
Colin Bodimeade = Manchester Keystone 745
Peter Faulkner – Friendship 1459
Eddie Barton – Union 171
Bernard Percy – Fabric 939
Tony Cleworth – Temperance 56
Congratulations to all and good luck to all other entrants in the main draw next May !
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WBro Thomas Stewart Mills (TSM to his friends) has certainly had a busy year as one of several of our Mark Fellowhip Reps !
This recently concluded with a visit to Middleton RAM 1303, at which 13 brethren were in attendance to witness WBro Rev David Halford being installed into the Chair of the Lodge.
After a quick turnaround, the Members set up into a short Mark Degree meeting, which was followed by a superb 4 course meal. A pleasant evening was had by all.
One of Stewarts first visits earlier in the season was to Quatuor Legati 1065 at Bolton in Oct. This was followed by – November, Faith RAM/Mark 20 meet at Middleton, Lathom RAM 136 meet at Bury, Goulburn Mark 680 at the Old Bill in Oldham, and Friendship Mark 1459 at Middleton. December saw him attending – Union Mark 32 at Bridge St. January – William Romaine Callender 136 at Bury. February – Lathom RAM 136 again at Bury, Quatuour Legati Mark 1065 at Bolton and Union Mark 32 at Bridge St. A busy March arrived with visits to Faith RAM/Mark at Middleton, WR Callender 136 at Bury, Turton RAM at the Last Drop Inn Bolton and St Johns TI Mark at Bolton. April saw visits to Lathom RAM 136 at Bury, Wike Mark 142 at Radcliffe, Union Mark 32 at Bridge St, Friendship Mark 14509 then Middleton RAM/Mark 1303, both at Middleton.
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 !)
As Fellowship Rep, I visited the Last Drop at Bolton to attend the meeting of Turton RAM 1300 last Tuesday night.
14 members (plus myself) were in attendance to witness not only the Elevation of Bro Raymond Barns, but also the Installation of their new Commander WBro Ronald Wadeson – a busy evening indeed ! more “Turton Royal Ark Mariners No.1300”…