ST JOHN AMBULANCE VOLUNTEERS THANK MASONS FOR NEW AMBULANCE

Volunteers with St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity, took time out recently to say thank you to the Masons for the donation of a new ambulance which will be based at the charity’s Denton unit.

Masons Barry Heal, David Rainford and Alex McLaren hand the keys to David Styles, District Manager and SJA volunteers.

The new ambulance is one of over 50 vehicles which are being handed over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in a phased programme from October 2017 and throughout 2018.

The vehicles have been secured thanks to a capital grant by the Mark Master Masons through their Mark Benevolent Fund to the Order of St John with the specific aim of providing new ambulances, treatment centres and support vehicles to St John Ambulance, the Order’s operational arm in England and the Islands.

The Denton vehicle will be put to use at events in the county as volunteers deliver life saving first aid to members of the public.

Alex McLaren, Provincial Grand Master at the Mark Master Masons in East Lancashire, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to support St John Ambulance and the life saving work that they do.’

Darren Clark, Chair of the Greater Manchester County Priory Group, said: ‘The donation of this vehicle is wonderful news for the county and will significantly help enhance patient care and contribute to more lives saved locally. We’re immensely grateful to the Mark Master Masons in the East Lancashire Province and to the Mark Benevolent Fund for their generosity and we look forward to seeing the positive use made by local St John Ambulance volunteers of the vehicle in the future as they continue the charity’s life saving mission.’

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Rock Night raises £815 for ELMBF !

Saturday 24th March was the rearranged date for the appearance of the Idol Frets Rock Band at Littleborough Cricket Club.

Some 80 people packed the Club for the concert arranged by George Scaife our Provincial Grand Charity Steward, to raise funds for the East Lancs Mark Benevolent Fund. Respected local rock band the Idol Frets played a sizzling set of rock covers during a fantastic evening of classic tunes.

A curry supper was also provided to keep the customers satisfied and a raffle was held to help relieve pockets, purses and wallets.

Provincial Grand Charity Steward George Scaife AGDC announces the total raised !

George’s efforts managed to raise an amazing total of £815 for the evening !

Rock on Bro !

Pics courtesy of TSM

SPONSORED ARK BUILD AT MOSSLEY

Brethren of the Royal Ark Mariners Lodges based at Westholme, Rose of York 1010 and Mossley 1381 this morning announced their plans to build a life-sized replica of Noahs Ark in the car park at Mossley Masonic Hall. Sponsors are needed to raise funds for the East Lancs Mark 2021 MBF Festival.

The idea is the brainchild of the latest member of Mossley RAM, Bro Olof Pirla who has just relocated to Mossley from Greece. Bro Pirla has 20 years experience working in the wooden shipbuilding boatyards at Piraeus in Greece and has offered to put his expertise to good use!

“I have 20 years experience working in the wooden shipbuilding boatyards at Piraeus in Greece” explained Armenian born Bro Pirla “before that, I was goatherd in mountains of Armenia” he added, “while tending my goats, I had dream of building Ark as tribute to Armenia’s greatest man, Noah. People there say I crazy man, so I move to Greece. In Greece, I tell my colleagues in Piraeus of my dream. They too say I crazy man, so I move to Mossley. Now I feel right at home”

“When I come to Westholme, I see all trees around and think – our building materials! I see large car park, I think – our boatyard!”

Plans were formulated following a recent meeting of the Royal Ark Mariners of 1010 and 1381 and after several bottles of the obligatory rum, all agreed it was a great idea.

Second in command on the build will be aptly named Mariner, WBro Rowe who also has some experience in this area. “I built a model yacht in 5th form woodwork class years ago” he said “unfortunately it sank on it’s maiden voyage at Salford Docks, but I think I know where I went wrong” he went on to explain.

Construction will start during the summer recess and it is hoped the Ark will be complete within 12 months. Disruption will be kept to a minimum (the Ark will be large enough to accommodate cars in the meantime).

Sponsorship forms will be distributed shortly and sponsors will be asked to donate per square cubit completed or by a simple fixed sum. All Sponsors will be guaranteed a place in the Ark for themselves and their partners in the event of the next flood of biblical proportions.

Mossley Ark Build Sponsor Form

Skelmersdale Mark 141 Installation

Tuesday 20th February saw the installation of Bro Peter Cole into the Chair of Adoniram. The meeting was attended by APGM WBro Tony Davies and a small delegation of acting Provincial Officers.

The new Worshipful Master announced he was very pleased with the manner in which he had been installed into the Chair as it had enabled him to advance his Masonic knowledge. The APGM said that supporting the Lodge was important for the Province and he was very pleased to see Peter installed as Worshipful Master.

APGM also said the Province was there to support the Provincial Charity Steward for his efforts during this year and he hoped the forthcoming fundraiser would go well. Tony thanked WBro George Scaife AGDC ProvGChStwd for all his efforts during the year.

After a short break for a picture with the new Master and Provincial Charity Steward the Brethren adjourned to the dining room where a veritable feast of Masonic beef and two veg was the order of the day.

WBro Mark Rowe ProvDepGSwdB

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 !

Mark Benevolent Fund appoint PGM as Trustee

It was at last Friday nights meeting of the East Lancs Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge 1272 meeting at Audenshaw that our Provincial Grand Almoner WBro Barry Heal made the announcement that our PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren has been appointed a Trustee of the Mark Benevolent Fund.

The PGM modest as ever, responded that he considered the appointment as a great honour for the Province.

On behalf of the Province Sir, congratulations from all of us on this prestigious appointment!