New Mark Grand Lodge Website

Mark Grand Lodge have a new website www.markmasonshall.org

The website has information about all the orders administered from Mark Masons Hall, the activities of the Mark Benevolent Fund and the latest news and events.

MBF National Blood Bike Handover Day

On Friday 17th August 2018 (Blood Bikes Awareness Day),  APGM, Gerry Young and his wife Annette were at the National Motorcycle Museum,Birmingham representing the Province when the Mark Benevolent Fund National Blood Bikes Dedication and Handover took place.

Also in attendance were representatives of 41 other Mark Provinces and 26 Teams of Blood Bikers, with MBF sponsored, specially equipped Bikes and Cars from member clubs of the National Association of Blood Bikes across England and Wales.

Brethren from East Lancashire Mark Province will no doubt remember the MBF Charity Walk in May 2017 more “MBF National Blood Bike Handover Day”

Middleton RAM & Mark 1303 concludes Fellowship Reps Season

WBro Thomas Stewart Mills (TSM to his friends) has certainly had a busy year as one of several of our Mark Fellowhip Reps !

Middleton RAM 1303

This recently concluded with a visit to Middleton RAM 1303, at which 13 brethren were in attendance to witness WBro Rev David Halford being installed into the Chair of the Lodge.

WBro George Scaife RAMGR with WBro Rev David Halford

After a quick turnaround, the Members set up into a short Mark Degree meeting, which was followed by a superb 4 course meal. A pleasant evening was had by all.

One of Stewarts first visits earlier in the season was to Quatuor Legati 1065 at Bolton in Oct. This was followed by – November, Faith RAM/Mark 20 meet at Middleton, Lathom RAM 136 meet at Bury, Goulburn Mark 680 at the Old Bill in Oldham, and Friendship Mark 1459 at Middleton. December saw him attending – Union Mark 32 at Bridge St. January – William Romaine Callender 136 at Bury. February – Lathom RAM 136 again at Bury, Quatuour Legati Mark 1065 at Bolton and Union Mark 32 at Bridge St. A busy March arrived with visits to Faith RAM/Mark at Middleton, WR Callender 136 at Bury, Turton RAM at the Last Drop Inn Bolton and St Johns TI Mark at Bolton. April saw visits to Lathom RAM 136 at Bury, Wike Mark 142 at Radcliffe, Union Mark 32 at Bridge St, Friendship Mark 14509 then Middleton RAM/Mark 1303, both at Middleton.

Boarshurst Silver Band receive £3500 ELMBF Donation

Last Sunday evening, WBro Howard Nuttall ELMBF Chairman, WBro Malcolm McCarthy ELMBF Secretary and I made our way to sunny Greenfield in Oldham to attend a “Night at the Movies” Concert given by Boarshurst Silver Band.

ELMBF Chairman WBro Howard Nuttall presents Boarshurst Band Conductor James Garlick with a cheque.

We were accompanied by our Ladies Mrs Carol Nuttall, Mrs Joan McCarthy and Mrs Christine Errock who, together with the large Band Club audience, thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle of some amazing music whilst watching edited film clips on the large screen.

The purpose of our visit was to present the Band with a Donation to fund the production of a CD celebrating the band’s 170th Anniversary – watch the video of the presentation below (now viewed by over 1000 on Facebook!)

So who are Boarshurst Silver Band ? more “Boarshurst Silver Band receive £3500 ELMBF Donation”

Hog Roast

Despite the attraction of the England v Panama match (which surprisingly did not seem to concern the PGM), the sunshine at Middleton Masonic Hall yesterday proved a winner as a multitude of Brethren with their Ladies and guests turned up to enjoy the annual Hog Roast.

Enjoying the sunshine !

Entertainment was provided by St John’s Droylsden Brass Band, ably led by Pete Douthwaite (who it is rumoured will be joining the Mark next year !).

St John’s Droylsden Brass Band
Kevin Reaney and Meryvn Wilson prepare the pigs for racing.

The members of the Fellowship managed to extract several hundred pounds from the assembled throng via a raffle, roulette table, tombola, regalia stand, pig racing, play your cards right and lucky dip.

Paul Waring tries his luck with the dice.
John Rimmer relieving George Scaife of cash for the raffle.
Regalia sales yesterday took the total raised to date to £14750.
Stan Bibby and David Greenhalgh at the roulette table.

A glorious afternoon, enjoyed by all (particularly when news of Englands 6-1 victory filtered through !)

Grand Mark Lodge

Early last Tuesday morning, a contingent of East Lancs Mark Masons set off on the annual trip to Grand Mark Lodge in support of the Brethren receiving promotions – WBro Barry Heal to Deputy Grand Swordbearer, WBro David Rainsbury to Grand Steward, WBro Duncan Ferguson to more “Grand Mark Lodge”

East Lancashire Mark Wardens Mess 2018

Some shots of the recent Mark Wardens Mess –

Wardens Mess 2018

Stephen Lord (SW) John Green (JW), invited 22 Wardens.

Provincial Grand Wardens 2017-18 – WBro Stephen Lord PProvGSW with WBro John Green PProvGJW

The guests were the PGM, Past PGM Keith Partington Schofield –

PPGM RWBro Keith Partington Schofield with PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren

Special guest PGM Cumberland & Westmorland R.W.Bro Keith Hodson.

PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren with the PGM of Cumberland & Westmorland RWBro Keith Hodson

In addition our two new Wardens were also in attendance.

Provincial Wardens 2018/19 – WBro Ian Casson ProvGJW with WBro Martin Caller ProvGSW