It’s now 4 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 Thank You 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 4 years now stands at over £30000 (incl.Gift Aid) !!
Substantial Regalia Donations have been made in the last few months by Members of Good Report 1309 (Audenshaw), G.F.Nuttall 1405 (Clayton le Moors), The Darwen 1327, Manchester Engineers 1059, Manchester Keystone 745 and Constitution Mark & RAM 949 (Manchester) and I would like to thank these Lodges in particular who have boosted sales by over £2500 !
Some facts and figures:
1. Over 4300 items now donated by YOU and sold – including Aprons, Badges, Cases, Collars, Collarettes, Cuff-links, Hankies, Hats, Jewels, Mantles, Sashes, Swords, Ties, Tokens & Tunics.
2. Apart from sales to all corners of the British Isles, your donated items have found their way to the following Countries: Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine and the USA.
3. Besides the “big three” of Craft, Chapter and Mark, regalia etc from the following Degrees/Orders have also been donated and sold – Allied Masonic Degrees, Knights Templar, Knight Templar Priests, Order of the Secret Monitor, Royal Ark Mariners, Red Cross of Constantine, Rose Croix, Royal Ark Mariner, Royal & Select Masters, Royal Order of Scotland and the Order of the Scarlet Cord.
4. 38 Lodges have now made Regalia Donations – Roberts 24 TI, St Andrews 34, Temperance 56, WR Callender 136, Skelmersdale Mark & RAM 141, County Palatine 156 Mark & RAM, Union 171 Mark & RAM, Perseverance 403, Goulburn 680, Lancastrians 689, Manchester Keystone 745, Semper Paratus 852, Keep 911, Fabric 939, Constitution Mark & RAM 949, Salford Mark & RAM 994, University of Manchester 1001 Mark & RAM, Rose of York 1010 Mark & RAM, Super Moras 1042, Manchester Engineers Mark & RAM 1059, FW Broadbent 1132, Quatuor Legati 1165, Middleton 1303, Good Report 1309, Darwen 1327, Mossley 1381 Mark & RAM, Friendship 1459, Wycoller 1582 and Secretarius 1932. As a result, £16500 has been paid to the 2021 Festival in the names of those Lodges.
5. 50 Individuals have also donated Regalia. As a result, £13500 has been paid to the Festival on their behalf.
Can we hit the magical figure of £40000 by the end of the Festival ???
Remember – ANY Masonic item – ANY condition – ANY Degree or Order.
Proceeds of all sales are paid to the Festival in the name of the donating individual or Lodge.
You can contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org – or 07940 879476
WBro Garry Errock PGStB