You would fully expect a Lodge with a low number to have been around for quite a while. Well, 680 is pretty low so Goulborn Lodge of Mark Master Masons went ahead and celebrated the centennial at their meeting on Wednesday, January 30th 2019.
On Tuesday the 8 January at Bury Masonic Hall, William Romaine Callender 136 Installation meeting took place with 34 Mark Masons present. Representing the Provincial Grand Master was WBro David Entwistle PGStB.
WBro Thomas Stewart Mills was truly Installed into the Chair by WBro Robert Ashton.
“Did you know, our 3-year-old Grandson Max can demolish a Hollands meat and potato pie in no time at all?” I remarked to the Provincial Grand Swordbearer. “Really?” he replied disinterestedly, as we sat in the traffic jam outside Hollands Pies Factory in more “Priory Mark 693 – Banner Dedication – Weds 5th December”…
On Sunday December 2nd at the Printers Arms in Denshaw , Saddleworth the 4 Mark and RAM Lodges based in Mossley (Rose of York 1010 and Mossley 1381) once again joined forces to hold their annual Sunday Social.
A total of 28 Brethren with their Ladies and friends braved the foul weather to enjoy a couple of hours together.
Following a brief warm welcome from organiser WBro Garry Errock, everyone tucked in to enjoy a sumptious 3 course lunch and much banter ensued.
The remaining half dozen squares on a Double Chance Draw Card were sold with the lucky winner of the £20 initial prize being WBro Les Morgan of Mossley RAM 1381. This was followed by the usual raffle and in total the grand sum of £150 was raised for the 2021 Festival.
Everyone agreed it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and we are all already looking forward to next years event – booked for 1st December 2019 !