Starkie Mark 159 held a rather special Installation meeting on the 15th February at their regular home in Accrington Masonic Hall. Special in such a way as the Provincial Grand Master was in attendance along with half a dozen acting more “Special Evening at Starkie 159 Installation”
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.
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 !
Back in 1967 when the Earth was still deemed to be flat, and Ken Lord had been a Craft Mason for several years already, the spark of an idea to join The Mark degree was muted. Racing driver and motorboat racer Donald Campbell was killed in a crash on more “Amazing 50th Celebration for W.Bro Ken Lord – Keep 911”
The MBF have announced that the total donated to support the work done by the Blood Bikes across the Country has passed £300,000.
Follow the link below for more details
MBF Blood Bikes – Exciting News!
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!
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 !
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.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all !