I thought it was appropriate, a week after the Government issued clear instructions about self-isolation and not making unnecessary journeys and two weeks after all Freemasonry in the UK was Suspended that I write to you all and send my good wishes. I really do hope that you are safe and well.
I also trust that you are all observing the guidelines.
I think we all realise that we are not at the peak of this pandemic yet and I am sure that you, like myself, are seeing on the news what is taking place in Italy and Spain.
You should have seen the message from our Provincial Grand Almoner, WBro Barry Heal and I urge you to get in touch if you have any problems that you more “Message from the Provincial Grand Master”
The Masters & Commanders of both Mark and Royal Ark Mariners held their celebratory dinner on Friday 13th March at Bury Masonic Hall. The Provincial Grand Master invited all Masters & Commanders in the chair during 2019/20 to come together and enjoy meeting other members in office.
In attendance was the more “Masters and Commanders Dinner – celebratory dinner on Friday 13th”
Under the current prevailing circumstances Grand Mark Lodge have issued the following instruction: –
The Grand Masters of the Orders administered from Mark Masons’ Hall have jointly
agreed an immediate General Suspension of all Masonic Activity for a period of four
months. This means that no masonic meetings or related social activities should take
place until further notice.
Please adhere to this important direction.
Take care of yourselves and your families.
The Roberts T.I. Mark Lodge which meets at Rochdale Masonic Hall reached 150 years of continuous lodge meetings on Thursday 12th March and their sesquicentennial was celebrated in fine style.
In attendance was the Provincial Grand Master Right Worshipful Bro. Alexander Sillars McLaren along with more “Roberts TI – sesquicentennial celebrated in style”
It was unfortunate that the Worshipful Master Robert Jopson was unwell and unable to deliver the installation ceremony and place Bro Alan Dunnicliff in his rightful Chair within the Lodge. It mattered not as the Lodge Charity steward filled the office and performed the function of WM with ease. Jack Aston having occupied the chair of Adoniram on more than more “Priory Mark 693 – Installation at Whalley Masonic Rooms”
Wike Mark lodge No. 142 held their installation meeting on Thursday 12th February at Radcliffe Masonic Hall. In attendance was V.W.Bro. John Hartley Smith P.G.J.O. D.P.G.M. accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Director of Ceremonies W.Bro Stephen Boyle PAGSB and a deputation of acting officers of the year. The main business on the summons was more “Wike Lodge 142 – £500.00 towards festival”
Semper Paratus Mark Lodge 852 held their regular meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday 11th February, at Audenshaw Mason Hall, though as it turned out it wasn’t quite as regular as was anticipated.
The Lodge opened in due form at 6:00 pm and was honoured with the presence of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W Bro John Hartley Smith PGJO. There were none more “Semper Paratus – Always Ready”