Middleton RAM & Mark 1303 concludes Fellowship Reps Season

WBro Thomas Stewart Mills (TSM to his friends) has certainly had a busy year as one of several of our Mark Fellowhip Reps !

Middleton RAM 1303

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.

WBro George Scaife RAMGR with WBro Rev David Halford

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.

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 !)

Turton Royal Ark Mariners No.1300

As Fellowship Rep, I visited the Last Drop at Bolton to attend the meeting of Turton RAM 1300 last Tuesday night.

Members of Turton Royal Ark Mariners 1300

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”

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 !

PGM’s Christmas Message

Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year
Especially those that we know are facing serious health challenges at this time … our thoughts are with you

Alex and Leslie