Berlin Wall Walk

WBros Graham Rawlinson & John Cavanagh selfie !

After a 33 hour walk East Lancs Mark Mason John Cavanagh completed his mammoth 101 ml Around the former walled in City of West Berlin along the former route of the Berlin Wall. John was accompanied along the way by Graham Rawlinson and for 3 days by Paul Waring & Chris Bolton and they all passed under the Brandenburg Gate still walking at a hearty pace.

Much money has been pledged for the MBF from Masons (£1200 raised so far !), friends and family and John and Graham are available to talk about the many stories about Berlin and their walk, for a small donation.

On this occasion John walked the Walk in an clockwise direction and has been encouraged to walk it again next year the opposite way around, a challenge that John has accepted with much delight, so if you fancy a long or a short walk with him, you’d be very welcome.

Grand Mark Lodge Visit – Tuesday 11th September.

After meeting up around 10 am at Piccadilly Station, 32 Mark Masons were guided by trip organiser WBro Malcolm McCarthy onto the waiting Virgin Train.

Waiting for us once again was Tracey our usual trusty Virgin Hostess. At precisely 10.15 am we were off to London. Within 25 minutes we were served with a packed lunch and dare I say a gin & tonic or whisky to boot.

After arriving at Euston a short taxi trip took us straight to Great Queen St and Freemasons Hall. All were seated by 2 pm when proceedings started.

The following East Lancs Brethren then all received their well deserved promotions:

VWBro John Smith DepPGM (Whitestone 1080) – PGJO, WBro Derek Thornhill (Progress 1577) – PGSD,
WBro Jack Aston (Priory 693) – PGJD, WBro Stanley Bibby (Friendship 1459) – PGJD,
WBro Malcolm McCarthy (Friendship 1459) – PGJD, WBro Michael Porter (Ardwick 1222) – PGJD,
WBro Paul Waring (Good Report 1309) – PGJD and WBro John Whitney (Priory 693) – PGJD

Congratulations to all !

Celebrations continued at the post meeting meal in the nearby Connaught Rooms with a superb 3 course meal. The evening ended with us all returning to our various destinations.

Many thanks from us all to WBro Malcolm McCarthy PGJD for organising yet another successful London trip !

West Lancs Brethren raise a glass to our new PGJD !

Report & pics courtesy of WBro T Stewart Mills PProvGSO

New Mark Grand Lodge Website

Mark Grand Lodge have a new website

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 !)