On Monday 18 October at Bury Masonic Hall we were very proud to celebrate our Sesquicentenary. In attendance was the Pro Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Raymond John Smith accompanied by a full deputation from Grand Lodge in London. Also in attendance was VWBro. John Hartley Smith, Deputy more “Sesquicentenary evening for WRC 136”
In welcoming you to the website for Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Freemasonry in East Lancashire it is with the hope that this website will be both informative and of interest not only to Freemasons but also to those merely intrigued. Within its pages, you will find a wealth of information specific to the Mark degree.
The Mark degree in Freemasonry, which greatly enhances a Craft Mason’s understanding of operative masonry, has been practiced very successfully in East Lancashire for over 150 years. We currently have over 50 Mark Lodges meeting at centres across the Province, presided over by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro John Smith. He is assisted by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W Bro David Rainford, and two Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, V.W Bro David Thompson and W.Bro Kevin Reaney.
We are a very vibrant Province bringing friendship, knowledge and pleasure to all our members. I hope that your exploration of this site will prove equally enjoyable and that it will stimulate you to seek further insight into Freemasonry and the Mark Degree in particular.
On Monday the 20 September at Westholme lodge rooms. Mossley Mark lodge 1381 held their installation meeting. Present were VWBro John Hartley Smith Deputy PGM in the chair along with Wes Marchant Prov DC and 14 other brethren. The lodge opened at 11-30 am with a few visitors standing in office. The WM WBro P M Holt then proceeded to install WBro D J Rushworth into more “Mossley Mark 1381 are back and hold their installation in style”