What a great start to the year for William Romaine Calendar Mark Lodge No 136 with three advancements to complete this season.
In attendance were 17 members and 1 guest. The lodge was opened at 6:10 by the Worshipful Master Bro Arthur Woodall who was proclaimed for the ensuing year who then proceeded to invest his officers.
In attendance, on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master was WBro Phillip Price, PGStB, who was more “Three advancements to complete.”
Mossley Mark Lodge No 1381 held their first post lockdown advancement meeting on Monday, 10th January. Ably assisted by brethren of Semper Paratus Lodge of Instruction No 852.
In total 25 brethren were in attendance. The lodge was opened at 11:35 by WBro Paul Holt, IPM. The advancement ceremony of Bro Gregory Brett was conducted more “First post lockdown advancement”
When I visited Rossendale Hospice on behalf of the Province and the MBF, they had a Giving Tree on the wall in the entrance hall which consisted of a number of “leaves” detailing large donors to the hospice, pictured below. I was told that the MBF would be awarded its own leaf which it now has, and below is a picture of the said leaf for all to see.
Below is a list of the lodges who nominated Rossendale Hospice with their £1000 on behalf of the MBF, to whom we are very grateful.
1272 East Lancashire Provincial Grand Stewards
1405 The George Farnworth Nuttall
Twenty one Brethren from the Province of East Lancashire travelled to London to attend the annual investiture for the holders of Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. Three of those investees included WBros Steven Boyle, Shaun Higson and Gerry Young.
Prior to the meeting, they all dined together at the Union Jack Club at a private dinner organised by WBro Malcolm McCarthy. A full Christmas dinner, along with a selection of more “RAM annual investiture”
On Monday, 6th December, a number of Brethren from the Province travelled to London to attend the Installation meeting of the Mark Grand Stewards Lodge which is held at the Masonic Hall at St James’s.
There were in excess of 250 Brethren in attendance at the meeting with 150 dining afterwards, which included ten from East Lancashire.
We are now in December with Christmas just around the corner. Tonight at Ashton-U-Lyne Masonic Hall, Skelmersdale Mark Lodge No 141 held an extra meeting to Advance Bro David Holt. Sixteen brethren were in attendance along with many visitors who were invited to help the lodge with the advancement ceremony.
With no other business, the lodge closed at 7:40. Onto the dining room and we all had a pleasant three-course meal with 15 brethren at the social board. Andy Higson conducted the Ashton fiddle raffle which raised £76 towards good causes.
On Friday, 10th December at Bury Masonic Hall, William Romaine Calendar Lodge No136 held their annual Xmas dinner and brass band event. 40 Brethren, including family and friends, were in attendance for a 7:30 start.
A big thanks to Tina and the staff at Finedine in serving a fine 4-course meal which everyone enjoyed.
After the meal, The more “Brass Band at WRC Christmas Dinner”