Middleton RAM & Mark 1303 concludes Fellowship Reps Season

WBro Thomas Stewart Mills (TSM to his friends) has certainly had a busy year as one of several of our Mark Fellowhip Reps !

Middleton RAM 1303

This recently concluded with a visit to Middleton RAM 1303, at which 13 brethren were in attendance to witness WBro Rev David Halford being installed into the Chair of the Lodge.

WBro George Scaife RAMGR with WBro Rev David Halford

After a quick turnaround, the Members set up into a short Mark Degree meeting, which was followed by a superb 4 course meal. A pleasant evening was had by all.

One of Stewarts first visits earlier in the season was to Quatuor Legati 1065 at Bolton in Oct. This was followed by – November, Faith RAM/Mark 20 meet at Middleton, Lathom RAM 136 meet at Bury, Goulburn Mark 680 at the Old Bill in Oldham, and Friendship Mark 1459 at Middleton. December saw him attending – Union Mark 32 at Bridge St. January – William Romaine Callender 136 at Bury. February – Lathom RAM 136 again at Bury, Quatuour Legati Mark 1065 at Bolton and Union Mark 32 at Bridge St. A busy March arrived with visits to Faith RAM/Mark at Middleton, WR Callender 136 at Bury, Turton RAM at the Last Drop Inn Bolton and St Johns TI Mark at Bolton. April saw visits to Lathom RAM 136 at Bury, Wike Mark 142 at Radcliffe, Union Mark 32 at Bridge St, Friendship Mark 14509 then Middleton RAM/Mark 1303, both at Middleton.

Boarshurst Silver Band receive £3500 ELMBF Donation

Last Sunday evening, WBro Howard Nuttall ELMBF Chairman, WBro Malcolm McCarthy ELMBF Secretary and I made our way to sunny Greenfield in Oldham to attend a “Night at the Movies” Concert given by Boarshurst Silver Band.

ELMBF Chairman WBro Howard Nuttall presents Boarshurst Band Conductor James Garlick with a cheque.

We were accompanied by our Ladies Mrs Carol Nuttall, Mrs Joan McCarthy and Mrs Christine Errock who, together with the large Band Club audience, thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle of some amazing music whilst watching edited film clips on the large screen.

The purpose of our visit was to present the Band with a Donation to fund the production of a CD celebrating the band’s 170th Anniversary – watch the video of the presentation below (now viewed by over 1000 on Facebook!)

So who are Boarshurst Silver Band ? more “Boarshurst Silver Band receive £3500 ELMBF Donation”

Hog Roast

Despite the attraction of the England v Panama match (which surprisingly did not seem to concern the PGM), the sunshine at Middleton Masonic Hall yesterday proved a winner as a multitude of Brethren with their Ladies and guests turned up to enjoy the annual Hog Roast.

Enjoying the sunshine !

Entertainment was provided by St John’s Droylsden Brass Band, ably led by Pete Douthwaite (who it is rumoured will be joining the Mark next year !).

St John’s Droylsden Brass Band
Kevin Reaney and Meryvn Wilson prepare the pigs for racing.

The members of the Fellowship managed to extract several hundred pounds from the assembled throng via a raffle, roulette table, tombola, regalia stand, pig racing, play your cards right and lucky dip.

Paul Waring tries his luck with the dice.
John Rimmer relieving George Scaife of cash for the raffle.
Regalia sales yesterday took the total raised to date to £14750.
Stan Bibby and David Greenhalgh at the roulette table.

A glorious afternoon, enjoyed by all (particularly when news of Englands 6-1 victory filtered through !)

East Lancashire Mark Wardens Mess 2018

Some shots of the recent Mark Wardens Mess –

Wardens Mess 2018

Stephen Lord (SW) John Green (JW), invited 22 Wardens.

Provincial Grand Wardens 2017-18 – WBro Stephen Lord PProvGSW with WBro John Green PProvGJW

The guests were the PGM, Past PGM Keith Partington Schofield –

PPGM RWBro Keith Partington Schofield with PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren

Special guest PGM Cumberland & Westmorland R.W.Bro Keith Hodson.

PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren with the PGM of Cumberland & Westmorland RWBro Keith Hodson

In addition our two new Wardens were also in attendance.

Provincial Wardens 2018/19 – WBro Ian Casson ProvGJW with WBro Martin Caller ProvGSW

East Lancs Mark Provincial Ramble

Sunday 20th May everyone taking part in the East Lancs Mark Provincial Ramble started to gather around 9am at Rochdale Masonic Hall. After checking in with George Scaife’s wife Diane, we set off on the short distance to Rochdale Railway Station to get a train to Littleborough, I don’t think they had seen so many travellers at that time on a Sunday morning.

From Littleborough station we set off on the towpath of the Rochdale canal to our destination at Rochdale Masonic Hall. Some walkers had already started earlier and did the journey both ways, but most of us did the 3.8 mile journey in very warm weather. In total my “fitness” watch indicated 9260 steps and burning up 353 kcal in 90 minutes.

A nice cold drink along with sandwiches and a few chips on our return may have put some of those calories back on. A very enjoyable morning and I’m sure our Provincial Grand Charity Steward, WBro George Scaife will be pleased with the turnout. Our RW Provincial Grand Master Alex McLaren was there to congratulate everyone for taking part and thank them on behalf of the East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund.

Report & pics by WBro Steven Boyle ProvGSwdB

Afternoon Tea Sold Out

The Social event of the Month, Afternoon Tea at Manchester Golf Club with Carol and Howard is sold out, you may be able to get into one at Buckingham Palace but Sunday 3rd June 2018 is full.

 

 

 

 

 

West Yorkshire Province Visit

On Saturday 7th April myself and a delegation from East Lancashire attended the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting of West Yorkshire. The Meeting is held at the Bradford Grammar School, which is a wonderful venue, and it is always a most enjoyable occasion.

I was accompanied by the Deputy, WBro John Smith and both Assistants, WBros Tony Davies and Gerry Young as well as VWBro Jeff Huddart and WBros David Rainford and Simon Archer.

There are several Brethren in East Lancashire who are also members in West Yorkshire so it always nice for us to meet and chat with them on the day, especially if they are receiving Honours.

You can see from the attached photograph, taken after the Meeting but before the meal, that a good time was being had by all.

None of us were to know that it would be the last Provincial Meeting that our dear friend Tony would attend……

RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren PGM