This website is aimed at those who have an interest in Freemasonry and would like to discover more about Mark Master Masonry. There are pages that explain the history of the degree and the Province of East Lancashire in particular, if you’re interested in joining the Mark Degree there is information on how and where to apply.
If you’re already a member of a Mark Master Masons Lodge or even a Lodge Secretary you will find pages covering Secretariat services, various forms to download and communications from the Province.
The Royal Ark Mariner Degree is covered with an introduction to the order, its history, how to become involved along with various pages of relevant information.
I recommend you take a tour and discover Mark Master Masonry in the Province of East Lancashire.
The Mark Province of East Lancashire celebrated its centenary in 2010 having come into being on the 6th September 1910.
Grand Mark Lodge decided to create Provincial Grand Lodges to assist lodges with local administration and advice, and The Province of Lancashire was formed in 1871 and then further split into East and West Divisions in 1910.
Today we have a membership of over 1700 members attending 53 Mark Lodges and 33 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges under the East Lancashire banner, with every Masonic Hall in the Province having at least one Mark Lodge. Meetings usually taking place between 2-4 times a year.
The Province stretches from the Cumbrian and Yorkshire borders in the North and East, along the route of the A6 trunk road in the West to the Cheshire border in the South, which is the same area covered by the Craft Province.
The Provincial Grand Master, his Deputy and two Assistants administer the Province and maintain a close contact with the membership by visiting Lodges for Installations, personal milestones and pastoral visits. They are also accompanied to these events by a deputation formed from Provincial Officers of the Year.
The highlight of the Provincial Year is the Annual Meeting where Provincial Appointments and Promotions are made. All these are awarded on merit and consideration is given to Brethren three years after their installation into the chair.
The Mark Benevolent Fund is more vital and relevant today than at any period since its inception in 1868. It provides rapid financial support to the most deserving. The Mark benevolent fund is administered from Mark Masons Hall and the beneficiaries fall into two categories: “Worthy Causes” and Petition Relief”.
The Worthy Causes Committee meets two or three times a year to examine applications received from individual registered Charities looking for financial support or from Provinces and or Districts which may wish to support suitable registered Charities.
Major grants are made by this Committee to a wide range of qualified causes such as the R.N.L.I. and Shelter Boxes for the Haitian earthquake. The fund does not disburse funds for staffing costs, but supplies equipment and humanitarian relief. Since the start of this century, the fund has made over 145 grants totaling just short of £13 Million. These include grants of £1.4 Million to Barts Cancer Hospital in 2010, £1.6 Million R.N.L.I. – Tamar Lifeboat in 2008, £3 Million The Royal Life Saving Society in 2006 and over £2 Million to Prostate Cancer Care in 2004.
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