Mossley Mark Lodge 1381

Monday, 8th October, Mossley Mark Lodge 1381 held their daytime meeting at Westholme Masonic Hall.

The Lodge was opened at 11:05 with 15 brethren in attendance. The Worshipful Master, Bro Desmond Rushworth welcomed the visitors who assisted in the workings of the Lodge meeting. In January Mossley Lodge will be undertaking an advancement ceremony with the help of members of the Semper Paratus Lodge. This Lodge has been revamped within the Province as a Lodge of Instruction to help any Mark or RAM Lodge who may require some assistance with a particular ceremony. Finally, 14 brethren sat down to a hearty three-course meal at the festive board.

Wike Lodge No 142

Wike Lodge No 142 of Mark Masters held an advancement ceremony for not one but two craft masons to become mark men.

In attendance was Deputy Provincial Grand Master WBro David G Rainford along with the Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro Wes Marchant. The Lodge opened at 18:10 by the WM Bro Paul Easterbrook who conducted the ceremony along with WBro James Smith. 24 brethren were in attendance including several visitors who assisted on the night. A most enjoyable evening was had in the lodge room advancing Bro Peter Sellers and Bro Garry O Neil into Wike Lodge No 142. The social board was buzzing with 23 brethren who enjoyed a lovely meal served by Fine Dine. The raffle raised a fantastic amount of £130 towards good causes. A very happy meeting indeed

Friendship Mark 1459

On Tuesday, 23 November, at Middleton Masonic hall, Friendship Mark Lodge No 1459 held their meeting with 26 brethren in attendance, which included 18 members along with 8 guests who were treated to a talk by the Worshipful Master Bro John Tiler, PGMO, PAPGM, about the history of Thomas Sharples Barlow Lodge No 1383 which was more “Friendship Mark 1459”

What a night at GFN 1405

Hats off to George Cattanach after celebrating 75 years as a Mark Mason.
WBro George Cattanach, PGJD, has had a remarkable Masonic journey and representatives from his own Lodge, The Province of East Lancashire and Grand Lodge were in attendance to celebrate a remarkable achievement of being a Mark Man for 75 years.
He has now become very accustomed to receiving a steady stream of accolades. For his Masonic journey will, this writer thinks, become the stuff of legend.
On this occasion, the more “What a night at GFN 1405”

50th Celebration for County Palatine 156

What a night County Palatine Royal Ark Mariners No 156 hosted a celebration for its 50th year, slightly behind schedule due to covid. The Lodge, consecrated on 23rd November 1970, laid on a splendid occasion with 30 brethren in attendance. The newly appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master, David George Rainford, took the chair for part of the evening and presented more “50th Celebration for County Palatine 156”

New Defibrillator for Francis House

You may remember back in August that VWBro David Thompson, PGJO, APGM and WBro David Poppit, who was deputising for the Worshipful Master of Manchester University Lodge, attended Francis House to present Julie Williams, fundraiser, with a cheque for £2000 from the Mark Benevolent Fund.

Well, Julie has been back in touch to tell us they have purchased a Defibrillator for the Children’s Home. It was up to them how they used the donation and it was great to see they have put it to such good use. 

CEO, Rev David Ireland and our Director of Care, Sharon Doodson with the recently donated defibrillator