Warm mince pies Christmas cake, white and red wine in abundance and raffle prizes galore. The Chairman and Secretary of the Canons Close Committee, WBro more “Canons Close Christmas Meeting”
On Sunday December 2nd at the Printers Arms in Denshaw , Saddleworth the 4 Mark and RAM Lodges based in Mossley (Rose of York 1010 and Mossley 1381) once again joined forces to hold their annual Sunday Social.
A total of 28 Brethren with their Ladies and friends braved the foul weather to enjoy a couple of hours together.
Following a brief warm welcome from organiser WBro Garry Errock, everyone tucked in to enjoy a sumptious 3 course lunch and much banter ensued.
The remaining half dozen squares on a Double Chance Draw Card were sold with the lucky winner of the £20 initial prize being WBro Les Morgan of Mossley RAM 1381. This was followed by the usual raffle and in total the grand sum of £150 was raised for the 2021 Festival.
Everyone agreed it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and we are all already looking forward to next years event – booked for 1st December 2019 !
Words & pics by TSM
Mrs Jenny Collier reached the wonderful age of 100 on 20th October 2018.
Attending the celebrations on behalf of the Mark Degree were the Provincial Grand Master and his wife Leslie. The Chairman of the ELMBF Howard Nuttall and his wife Carole. The Provincial Almoner Barry Heal and my wife Eva and I and 75 guests in total.
Jenny was born in 1918 and spent all her life in Great Lever, Bolton until moving to Barlow House. Canon’s Close in 2005.
At 11 Jenny gained a scholarship to The County Grammar School, matriculated with distinctions and at age 16 started working in the Civil Service in Manchester. She recalls travelling by train into the City during the blackout.
She married Horace in 1942 who was a lecturer in textiles and worked at the then Bolton Institute until he retired.
Jenny returned to work in 1960 after her 2 daughters were born and worked until she retired at 65.
Jenny and Horace celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1992. Unfortunately, Horace died of a heart attack in 1995. They both felt blessed with having six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
When she moved into Barlow House, she carried on doing charity work and attending groups at St Peter’s Halliwell and is still going strong.
Over my time as chairman of the Management Committee it has been a pleasure and a privilege to get to know Jenny, a lovely lady whom I am proud to call a friend. Hence it was an honour for me, on this special day, to be able to propose a toast to her continued health.
No1. Her cake and a card from the Queen.
No 2 Guests arriving. Leslie McLaren, Howard Nuttall, Carole Nuttall,
Alex McLaren and behind him Barry Heal.
No3 Me with Jenny after the toast
No4 Jenny with a sparkly candle
No5 Jenny cutting the cake
No6 The PGM and Leslie with Jenny
No7 Howard and Carole with Jenny
No8 Barry Heal
The PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren recently attended Starkie Royal Ark Mariners No 159 to hear a lecture given by VWBro David Anderson.
He was offered the gavel on entry but declined. He stayed throughout the meeting and joined us at the Festive Board, where we were then joined by Mrs Barbara Peters and her husband WBro John Peters.
After the meal and the first toast to Her Majesty had been given, the PGM RWBro Alex Sillars Maclaren rose and gave a synopsis of the achievements of Mrs Peters who was already in possession of a Gold Award.
He congratulated her on exceeding the target for the Diamond Award by raising in excess of £3000 and made a formal presentation of the Pendant and accompanying certificate for her outstanding achievement. Mrs Peters then retired from the Festive Board and the rest of the toasts were completed in harmony.
We all then joined Mrs. Peters in the bar to thank her and wish her well.
Report & pics by WBro Peter Hughes
Latest winners of the £20 prize are WBros:
Ron Wadeson – Turton RAM 1300
John Welsby – F.W.Broadbent RAM 1132
Colin Bodimeade = Manchester Keystone 745
Peter Faulkner – Friendship 1459
Eddie Barton – Union 171
Bernard Percy – Fabric 939
Tony Cleworth – Temperance 56
Congratulations to all and good luck to all other entrants in the main draw next May !
Double Chance Draw Cards available from your Fellowship Representative.
After fourteen years of excellent service, Dennis Scowcroft has decided to retire from the Canon’s Close Managements Committee as Site Manager. It was impossible to persuade, blackmail or tempt him in any way to continue.
Dennis will be a big loss to the Committee since he brought such knowledge and expertise to the job. Organising and planning the work and ensuring costs were always scrutinised to give us the most competitive price for a quality job.
Both the Committee and the ELMBF are grateful for all his efforts on their behalf.
We wish him a long and happy, well earned retirement.
I have asked John Welsby if he will take over the responsibility. He will have a hard act to follow but coming from a similar background to Dennis, with a good knowledge of all the trades and with an initial helping hand from Dennis, I am sure we will survive.
It’s now exactly 3 years since I launched this initiative by selling off the old Craft 2015 Festival Ties, the original idea was to raise a couple of hundred quid for the Mark 2021 Festival.
It therefore gives me great pleasure to say a massive –
for all the support I’ve had since then from throughout the Province. I am very pleased to report that, thanks to on-going donations of all types of unwanted regalia, the total raised for the Mark 2021 Festival in 3 years now stands at over £17000 (incl.Gift Aid) !!
Substantial Regalia Donations have been made in the last few months by Roberts 24 TI (Rochdale), Super Moras 1042 (Bolton), Constitution 949 (Manchester) and University of Manchester RAM 1001 (Audenshaw) and I would like to thank these Lodges in particular who have boosted sales by over £2500 !
Some facts and figures:
1. Over 2500 items now donated by YOU and sold – including more “Regalia Sales now £17000 !”