Way out on the outer rim of the Province deep in darkest Burnley works a small Mark Lodge know as Scarlett with Gawthorpe No 1014. Merrily working away at Mark Masonry in a happy and content manner at Burnley Masonic Hall. The hall itself is a bit too big for this Mark Lodge but it gets on with business at hand by utilising the small dining room and lodge room when it can.
The last meeting on the 14th March was missing a few key members and offices needed to be filled, this was not an issue as three visitors jumped at the chance to take a post and ensure the regular ceremonial went without a hitch. It just seems to work like that in the Mark Degree.
The W.M. W.Bro Stanley Smith PPJGW conducted the business of the lodge without a hitch, and the Master, Treasurer and Auditors for the ensuing year were all elected and balloted for. During any other business, they had the opportunity to enjoy a quick presentation about the 2021 Mark Benevolent Fund Festival from W.Bro Bob Summers. Scarlett with Gawthorpe was happy to learn they had already achieved Vice Patron Status and were close on achieving Patron Status as they continued to support the Festival. The presentation explained the workings of the fund, reciting its history and origins and listing some of the larger donations the MBF had already made to various organisations and how the members of Scarlett with Gawthorpe Mark Lodge could support it.
The social board was held in the smaller dining room as the Masonic Hall was hosting a large event in the main room. It mattered not as numbers probably suggested this was the best option. The meal was more than sufficient and was enjoyed throughout. We had to serve ourselves and collect our meals from the Kitchen, but hey, that’s how it works sometimes in the Mark Degree.
The presentation continued on a more focused and personal level at the social board where a brief explanation of the methods of donation was given, and examples of how the smaller donations at lodge level had a huge effect on the beneficiary. The presentation in both the Lodge and Social board was received with a good heart by every member.
George Farnworth Nuttall Mark Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1405 were very pleased to hear they had almost achieved Patron Status in their 2021 Festival efforts.
The latest meeting of GF Nuttall on the more “GF Nuttal 1405 – Patron Honorific not far away.”
The Provincial Grand Master did say he would keep the toast list short and his speech to a very minimum, and true to his word he did. The toast to the Queen took place and he was on his feet for less than 5 mins, promoting the main theme of the evening, to enjoy ourselves and the more “17th Assembly of Mark Lodge Masters and Royal Ark Mariner Commanders Dinner”
The newly installed Commander knew he had to deliver the opening and closing ritual in the RAM plus, as Gawthorpe RAM and Shuttleworth Allied Council share the same night, he had the same to deliver in the Allied Masonic Degree too. If you know these two orders then you are aware the ritual for both is similar but different enough to really throw you at certain parts more “Gawthorpe Ram receives 2021 Honorific”
At Middleton Masonic Hall last night, one of the oldest Lodges in the Province, Faith 20 held their Mark meeting preceded by a brief meeting of the RAM Lodge. In attendance was the Deputy PGM, VWBro John Hartley Smith who was accompanied by a Deputation of more “Faith 20 Mark & RAM”
On Tuesday 12th February Quatuor Legati Mark Lodge No 1165 held their meeting with 20 Mark Masons in attendance.
Representing the Provincial Grand Master, WBro Keith Doyle witnessed the Advancement of Bro.Gordon Haswell Hartley. The Ceremony was started by the WM WBro Derek Bennett and completed with the assistance of WBro Dennis Scowcroft who did an outstanding job.
This was followed by WBro Bennett being proclaimed WM for a further year.
A long but very enjoyable evening was concluded by an excellent 4 course meal, completion of a Double Chance Draw Card (winner WBro C Whalley) and the usual toasts.
WBro T Stewart Mills PPGSO
Skelmersdale Mark and RAM Lodge No. 141, which is only two years away from its 150th Celebration, held its Installation on the 19th February 2019. Nothing surprising about that you may say. The Assistant Prov. Grand Master Gerald Noel Howard Young was in attendance and accompanied by a goodly number more “Joining members turn corner for Skelmersdale”