Talk about Royal Ark Mariners

The ark set sail today for the Lancastrians Royal Ark Mariners Lodge No 689 at Middleton Masonic Hall. In attendance was WBro David H Thompson, APGM, for the Province along with WBro Steven Lord Provincial Dep DC, along with 9 members and 2 other visitors.

The Ark opened up at 12:05 as the Worshipful Commander welcomed all the more “Talk about Royal Ark Mariners”

Storms don’t stop Engineers

Storms ahead but it didn’t stop Manchester Engineers Mark Lodge No 1059 installation meeting from getting underway on Thursday 17th February at Manchester Hall.

33 brethren were in attendance to witness a superb installation of WBro Steven Boyle, PAGSwdB, carried out by more “Storms don’t stop Engineers”

His stone was basically scrap

It’s been a couple of years since Wycoller Mark 1582 had performed an advancement ceremony for a new candidate, so there was a bit of excitement when covid restrictions were finally lifted and we could get back to proper Mark Masonry.

Bro Bryon Lingard has been attending Mark Fellowship events for the past more “His stone was basically scrap”

Designated a Lodge of Instruction

Semper Paratus Mark Lodge No 852 has now been designated a Lodge of Instruction and they held their meeting at Audenshaw Masonic Hall on Thursday, 10th February. In attendance was RWBro John H Smith, ProvGM, along with RWBro Alexander S McLaren, PastProvGM

The Worshipful Master, Leslie Baker opened the Lodge at 6:05 and he welcomed the 23 brethren who were in attendance especially those brethren of 5, who like himself, had travelled down from Durham to conduct the meeting.

The main business of the evening was to talk about the future of the Lodge and how it can move forward, not only to encourage new members to join Semper Paratus but also to build up a team of brethren who have particular skills in demonstrating a Mark ceremony. Very interesting points were made by RWBro John Smith and RWBro Alex Mclaren that this will not happen overnight and everyone must be patient until things get back to normal.

The Lodge closed at 7:10 and onto the social as 21 Brethren sat down to a hearty 3-course meal with much banter and chatting. The raffle was conducted by the charity steward and raised £101 towards good causes. A very interesting evening was had by us all

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Summer train trip for ELMBF

In East Lancashire, we have the ELMBF (East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund) our own Provincial Mark Charity who administer and distribute funds raised within the province of East Lancashire and any National donations provided by the Mark Benevolent Fund.

In addition to its responsibility for the administration of two groups of properties in East Lancashire, provided to more “Summer train trip for ELMBF”