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.

Support the 2021 Festival

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





By Standing Order

You can make a regular donation to the 2021 Mark festival and pay by standing order by clicking the button below and completing the included form  Create Standing Order




Lodge Donations

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:

Patronage AwardBrethren
Life Governor£100.00
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£500.00Patron Status plus £1000.00
Grand Patron Gold£2500.00£1250.00Grand Patron Status plus £2500.00
Grand Patron Diamond£5000.00£2500.00Grand Patron Gold plus £5000.00

Eighteen months to go

The beginning of a new decade signals that we now have a mere eighteen months until the culmination of our Festival for the Mark Benevolent Fund.
Work carries on at a pace behind the scenes. We are now entering the fine detail stage with things like the design of the Festival badge being finalised, banquet menus, drinks, entertainment and a myriad of minor but very important considerations all being concluded.
The Festival Ambassadors continue to work hard in encouraging support from Lodges and individuals and I am grateful for their efforts. As we move towards the end of the Festival period, it is time to reflect for a moment upon the work of the MBF and in particular, for this Province. Since the turn of the millennium, petitioners from East Lancashire have received grants well in excess of £1.5 million. These are our brethren, past and present, their wives and widows and their dependants. It doesn’t come any closer to home than this. The Festival is the opportunity for us to put something back (once every forty-two years). I know that I can rely upon each and every one of you to do the best that you can to help us raise a total which ultimately shows our appreciation of the support received by our distressed friends and colleagues.
In concluding, I again express my sincere appreciation of the work done by everyone involved in the Festival. The Festival Committee, the Ambassadors, the Banquet Committee, Event Organisers and you all, for your support.
I wish you all well and the best of health for the year ahead.