The Lodge has seen membership fall with the last new member joining almost 10 years ago. It became apparent to the Lodge members in January that something had to be done about the situation soon or the Lodge would have to close, which no one wanted to happen.
Discussions took place in early 2013 and a plan was drawn up to hold a Kinship Meeting in May. The next problem was identifying Masons interested in finding out more about the Mark Degree, and willing to come along to the Kinship Meeting.
This is where it all took off so to speak! It was decided to give a brief presentation to the individual Lodges that met at our Masonic Hall. We went in pairs and spoke at the social boards of a number of Lodges with differing results! …… but what a difference it made within our Lodge! There was a definite buzz about the place!!
When we held the Kinship Meeting in May we had 5 very interested Masons, and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master David Anderson came to give his support! W Bro David Rainford Prov AssG Sec gave a very interesting and informative PowerPoint presentation on the History of the Mark Degree and how the Degree is run in East Lancashire. The DPGM David Anderson rounded off the evening with a brilliant informal talk on Mark Masonry …….. as one of our members commented, “after that, he felt he would have joined on the night!”
Fast Forward to October when the Provincial Grand Master Keith P Schofield attended our October Meeting with a Provincial Deputation as we Advanced our first Candidate, we will be having an extraordinary meeting in November to Advance a second Candidate, and a third Candidate in December! What a Year!!! Now that we have made a start in rebuilding numbers in the Lodge we intend to keep up our visits to promote the Mark Degree, and hopefully expand further!
Images and report from W Bro Martin Kay, Secretary, Skelmersdale Mark Lodge