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.
Brethren, It is easy to donate to the 2021 Festival, by Credit Card, by individual personal cheque, by standing order and by your own lodges making donations.
By Credit Card
You can make a personal donation to the 2021 Mark festival and pay by credit card by clicking the button below and completing the included form Donate by Credit Card
By Personal Cheque
You can make a personal donation to the 2021 Mark festival and pay by cheque by clicking the button below and completing the included form Donate by Cheque
As a Lodge, we have one form which enables a quick and smooth donation process Make Lodge Donation
Completed ‘Individual ONE-OFF’ and ‘Lodge Giving’ donation forms and cheques (made payable to East Lancs Mark 2021 Festival‘) should be returned to D.J.Rainsbury, 2 Kings Drive, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 6NQ
All other forms are to be sent to: Mark Masons’ Hall, 86, St. James’s Street, London SW1 1PL
The income to the MBF is principally from Individual and Lodge contributions towards Life Subscriber, Life Governor, Vice Patron, Patron, Grand Patron and Grand Patron Gold Award of the Fund. The qualifications are as follows:
|Vice Patron||£250.00||£125.00||£25.00 per subscribing member||£50.00 per subscribing member
|Patron||£500.00||£250.00||£50.00 per subscribing member||£100.00 per subscribing member
|Grand Patron||£1000.00||£500.00||Patron Status plus £1000.00|
|Grand Patron Gold||£2500.00||£1250.00||Grand Patron Status plus £2500.00||
|Grand Patron Diamond||£5000.00||£2500.00||Grand Patron Gold plus £5000.00||
Saturday 6 July 2019 saw the celebration of the 151st Mark Benevolent Fund Festival hosted by the Province of Sussex. On Friday 5 July, 11 East Lancashire brethren and their wives took up residence in the Grand Hotel in Brighton (you may remember that this hotel was blown up when Mrs Thatcher was in residence). We were very quickly made welcome when the Province hosted a cocktail party that night which afforded the opportunity of meeting friends, old and new, from across the country.
Following the cocktail party, 14 brethren and wives partook of an excellent Chinese meal at a well-known local restaurant.
Saturday was spent at leisure in Brighton which allowed the ladies a little retail therapy time.
It was an eager party who descended on the Brighton Metropole Hotel on Saturday evening, for the main event. In all, there were some 840 attendees at the Festival and we all enjoyed a delightful four-course meal with the usual liquid refreshments.
The big moment arrived and RWBro. Ryan Williams, Grand Secretary, announced the result. Bearing in mind that Sussex has slightly fewer numbers than our own Province, we were amazed to see a total of £1,351,349 with each Mark Lodge in the Province being a Grand Patron Gold award holder. This meant that the Province is now a Grand Patron Gold Province and the Provincial Grand Master proudly wears the collaret denoting that achievement.
Next year’s Festival is hosted by the Province of Kent and is to be held in Maidstone. After that, it is our turn and all eyes will be upon the total which we raise. I have no doubt that every effort will be made over the next two years to raise a total worthy of our great Province and of which we can all be proud.
Enjoy the remainder of the Summer break.
My best wishes to you all.