W R Callender Mark 136 & Earl of Lathom RAM 136 Xmas Dinner

On Friday 7th December at Bury Masonic Hall the Annual Xmas Dinner and Brass Band Evening took place.

44 Brethren and their partners were in attendance.

Dinner was served by caterers Fine Dine who did us all proud in serving a superb 4 course meal.

Afterwards, the Tottington Public Band played Christmas Carols and we all had a great sing-along.

Tottington Band

The usual raffle followed and to end the proceedings, we had a storyteller who regaled us with 3 different stories.

Janet and I would just like to thank all who attended this event.

Words & pics by WBro T.Stewart Mills PProvGSO

Mossley Lodges Sunday Social

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.

WBros Peter Adamson (WM/WC Rose of York 1010) and Mark Rowe (Mossley RAM 1381).

A total of 28 Brethren with their Ladies and friends braved the foul weather to enjoy a couple of hours together.

WBros Barry Rhodes and John Wilson with their Ladies Anne and Lynda.

Following a brief warm welcome from organiser WBro Garry Errock, everyone tucked in to enjoy a sumptious 3 course lunch and much banter ensued.

WBro Garry Errock with family and friends.

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.

WBros T.Stewart Mills and David Rainford ProvGSec

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

WBro Bill Borrell ProvRAMGR – Home Presentation by PGM

WBro Bill Borrell, a member of Prince RAM No24, was unable to attend the Investiture Meeting of Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank held in October at Rochdale.

The RW Provincial Grand Master was aware that WBro Borrell was not in good health and suggested that he might visit WBro Borrell at home to Invest him.

WBro Borrell and his wife Maureen agreed to the visit and on Saturday 24th November, the Provincial Grand Master visited WBro Borrell and Invested him with his Collarette.

WBro Alston Hall, a long time friend of WBro Borrell was also present as he visits him regularly, especially on a Saturday, so that Mrs Borrell can have some time to go shopping.

It was a most enjoyable occasion and I am certain that we all wish Bill well for the future.

Words & pics by PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren RAMGR

PGM presents Lady Grand Patron Diamond Award

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.

L to R : WBro John Peters, Mrs Barbara Peters, the PGM, Worshipful Commander Duncan Holmes.

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.

The PGM RWBro Alex Sillars McLaren congratulates Barbara Peters on her achievements.

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.

Barbara proudly displays her Certificate and 2 (Gold & Diamond Award) Pendants.

We all then joined Mrs. Peters in the bar to thank her and wish her well.

Report & pics by WBro Peter Hughes

Double Chance Draw Winners

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.

Regalia Sales now £17000 !

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 !”

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.