Congratulations to all of our Brethren pictured above who made the trip to London on Tuesday! Also to WBro Philip Conn PGJO and Ian Ronson PGJD who were unable to join us on the day. more “Grand Mark Lodge – Appointments and Promotions”
Please note our eBay page will now be closed until 1st July whilst yours truly is on holiday.
Many thanks to the Members of the following Lodges who have recently made significant Regalia Donations – Manchester University 1001, Mossley RAM 1381, Perseverance 403, St Andrews 34 and Wycoller 1582. I’ll be putting lots of interesting new items on eBay in July so remember to take a look !
Total sales to date (incl.Gift Aid) now £6800 !
The Mark Province of East Lancashire celebrated its centenary in 2010 having come into being on the 6th September 1910.
Grand Mark Lodge decided to create Provincial Grand Lodges to assist lodges with local administration and advice, and The Province of Lancashire was formed in 1871 and then further split into East and West Divisions in 1910.
Today we have a membership of over 1700 members attending 53 Mark Lodges and 33 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges under the East Lancashire banner, with every Masonic Hall in the Province having at least one Mark Lodge. Meetings usually taking place between 2-4 times a year.
The Province stretches from the Cumbrian and Yorkshire borders in the North and East, along the route of the A6 trunk road in the West to the Cheshire border in the South, which is the same area covered by the Craft Province.
The Provincial Grand Master, his Deputy and two Assistants administer the Province and maintain a close contact with the membership by visiting Lodges for Installations, personal milestones and pastoral visits. They are also accompanied to these events by a deputation formed from Provincial Officers of the Year.
The highlight of the Provincial Year is the Annual Meeting where Provincial Appointments and Promotions are made. All these are awarded on merit and consideration is given to Brethren three years after their installation into the chair.
The Provincial Meeting was held at Blackburn on Wednesday the 24th May. The Provincial Grand Master RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren welcomed over 380 brethren to the meeting including Representatives from the Provinces of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Bristol, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Cumberland and Westmorland, West Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Durham, Cheshire, North and East Yorkshire, WEst Lancashire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Kent, North Wales, Staffordshire and Shropshire and Leicestershire. Heads of other orders in Freemasonry were also in attendance together with Representatives from East Lancashire Craft and Royal Arch.
The Royal Ark Mariner Commanders then more “Provincial Meeting – Blackburn – 24th May 2017”
As we approach the end of the current Masonic Season we now have only two years to go until our Festival matures. The big date for all your diaries is Saturday, 3 July 2021.
A great deal of work is already going on behind the scenes as we liaise with the venue, Manchester United, and start to bring together menu’s, AV suppliers, transport, hotels and all the other small things that make a sizeable function happen. We have a small but experienced team working tirelessly to ensure that the function will be memorable for all those that attend and thanks are due to everyone in that team for the great deal of effort already expended.
The Festival fund continues to grow thanks to the generosity of all the membership, either directly or through their Lodges. Your support is much appreciated and will no doubt gather momentum as we approach the climax of our efforts. Thanks are also due to the organisers of numerous fundraising efforts, functions, sponsored events, dinners, banquets…… The list goes on. The Festival Ambassadors enthusiastically continue to visit their Lodges and offer support and assistance in raising funds wherever possible. We must also extend our thanks to the East Lancashire Mark Fellowship for their assistance in selling our merchandise, the second chance draw and many other unnoticed ways in which they support the Festival effort.
Brethren, enjoy the Summer recess (which seems to get shorter every year) and come back in the Autumn with renewed energy and enthusiasm as we move to the conclusion of the Festival. Let us all work with a passion towards a total fund worthy of our great Province.