More Visits to London for the Provincial Grand Master

Following his appointment as a Trustee of the Mark Benevolent Fund last month the Provincial Grand Master received an Invitation to join the Worthy Causes Committee, that is the one that deals with the Applications from External Charities.
He has accepted the Invitation and will be hard at work on our behalf travelling down to London at future Meetings of the MBF and the Worthy Causes Committee.

Double Chance Draw Winners – Update

January Winners:

WBro Ken Lord PAGStB – Keep Mark 911

VWBro Philip Conn PGJO – Friendship Mark 1459

WBro Tony Davies APGM – Temperance RAM 56

WBro David Surtees ProvRAMGR- County Palatine RAM 156

WBro Stephen Reid PProvGSW – Arnold Moreton Mark 1649

WBro Keith Doyle PGStB – F.W.Broadbent Mark 1132

WBro Tony Cleworth ProvGStB – W.R.Callender Mark 136

WBro George Scaife RAMGR ProvGChStwd – East Lancs Provincial Grand Officers RAM 990

On behalf of the Fellowship, Congratulations to all our winners !

Mark Benevolent Fund appoint PGM as Trustee

It was at last Friday nights meeting of the East Lancs Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge 1272 meeting at Audenshaw that our Provincial Grand Almoner WBro Barry Heal made the announcement that our PGM RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren has been appointed a Trustee of the Mark Benevolent Fund.

The PGM modest as ever, responded that he considered the appointment as a great honour for the Province.

On behalf of the Province Sir, congratulations from all of us on this prestigious appointment!

Union 171 host the Champions !

For the benefit of Manchester City fans, this is what a 2017 Trophy looks like.

At Union 171s Christmas meeting in Uppermill a week last Monday, the National Second Section Champions of Great Britain 2017 Boarshurst Silver Band provided the entertainment for the evening.

This was preceded by a short Lodge meeting which included the presentation of a cheque to WBro Ron Coucill of St Andrews Lodge No.34 in Salford. As you may know, Ron is part way through his “Marathon” attempt to visit all Lodges within the Province for which he is being sponsored to raise funds for the MBF 2021 Festival – his message is below:

“To all Mark Lodges and Individual Mark Masons who have sponsored me on my Lodge visits this year, I thank you very much for your generosity, and, the very kind and welcome greetings which you have given to me. It has been a pleasant journey for me and the total amount raised to date is £3,561 pounds, which is up and above what I had anticipated raising altogether. Unfortunately I have not managed to visit all the Lodges this year due to meetings on the same dates and other unforeseen circumstance, but I’ll keep my promise to visit those Lodges in 2018 !

Marathon Man WBro Ron Coucill collects a cheque from WM Chris Cunliffe.

The photograph is the Worshipful Master of Union Mark Lodge No. 171 presenting a Cheque on behalf of the Lodge members. Once again I thank you very much and wish all Brethren a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a happy and prosperous NEW YEAR”.

Over 60 Brethren, their Ladies and guests took their seats for a traditional Christmas Dinner. This was followed by the Band (who gave their best Xmas performance ever at Uppermill !) and ended with a raffle which raised over £250.

Soprano Cornet player, William Reynolds plays a solo.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all !