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

9 months to go…..but who’s counting?

3rd July 2021 is now just around the corner and as we approach what should be the start of our last Masonic season before the conclusion of the Festival I thought it timely to remind everyone of the importance of supporting this infrequent event in our Province. Only this week I have heard that the MBF has agreed to purchase an adapted minibus for Age UK (Manchester) at a cost of some £42,000. The minibus will have a tail lift for 2 wheelchairs and will accommodate 12 people. Watch out for it as you travel around Manchester. It will be fully branded with MBF signage.
The Mark Benevolent Fund has supported Freemasons and other worthy causes in this Province for many, many years. I have spoken on many occasions of the vast sums of money paid to beneficiaries in our own Province over the last 20 years. Significantly in excess of £1.5 million. Whatever we put in, we get more back so now is our opportunity to show our appreciation to the MBF by raising a total worth of our great Province. We are of course, unable to make our usual donations through our Lodge Charity plates, raffles and other fund raising events due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic so I again implore you to consider a personal donation at this difficult time. The appropriate forms can be found on the “Support the 2021 Festival” page.
We now have a stock of lapel badges for our 2021 Festival and these can be obtained from Graham Mangham. Please email Graham for details. I appreciate that we cannot wear these yet but let’s be prepared for when we return to ‘business as usual’.

Final Banquet tickets are selling well and we are already 50% subscribed. Many of you in our own Province are holding back from booking at this early stage but I do believe that you should consider reserving your place now to ensure you are able to attend what I am sure will be, a most memorable occasion.                                   

Booking forms can be downloaded here 

Thank you all for your support.
Keep safe and well brethren and I hope to see you soon.
Best wishes