2020 Grand Appointments and Promotions

Mark Grand Lodge have released the list of Members who will be awarded Grand Rank this year.

The following East Lancashire Brethren will receive First Appointments effective from the 9th June,

WBro Steven Lord GStwd

WBro John Green PAGDC

WBro Andrew Greenhalgh PAGDC

WBro Wesley Marchant PAGSwdB

The following Brethren will be Promoted from the 8th September,

VWBro Graham Mangham PGJO

WBro David Greenhalgh PGJD

WBro Brendan Harte PGJD

WBro Howard Nuttall PGJD

WBro David Rainford  PGJD

WBro Denis Schiff PGJD

These honours are well deserved and reflect the work done by the members for the Mark Province of East Lancashire and I’m sure you will congratulate the Brethren when you next see them.

Message from the Provincial Grand Master

RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren Provincial Grand MasterBrethren,
I thought it was appropriate, a week after the Government issued clear instructions about self-isolation and not making unnecessary journeys and two weeks after all Freemasonry in the UK was Suspended that I write to you all and send my good wishes. I really do hope that you are safe and well.
I also trust that you are all observing the guidelines.
I think we all realise that we are not at the peak of this pandemic yet and I am sure that you, like myself, are seeing on the news what is taking place in Italy and Spain.
You should have seen the message from our Provincial Grand Almoner, WBro Barry Heal and I urge you to get in touch if you have any problems that you more “Message from the Provincial Grand Master”

To all Lodge almoners – Please read this modified guidance

W Bro Barry R Heal PDepGSwdB Provincial Grand AlmonerTo all Lodge almoners, Please read this modified guidance regarding individuals making an application to the Mark Benevolent Fund. We are going for the common sense approach and trying to keep it as simple as possible to avoid any confusion and miscommunication whilst avoiding any unnecessary upset or distress to the applicant. The attached guidance is intended to avoid any personal contact as far as is possible.

In particular please note the following: more “To all Lodge almoners – Please read this modified guidance”

Suspension of meetings


Under the current prevailing circumstances Grand Mark Lodge have issued the following instruction: –

The Grand Masters of the Orders administered from Mark Masons’ Hall have jointly
agreed an immediate General Suspension of all Masonic Activity for a period of four
months. This means that no masonic meetings or related social activities should take
place until further notice.

Please adhere to this important direction.

Take care of yourselves and your families.

Yours fraternally


Priory Mark 693 – Installation at Whalley Masonic Rooms

It was unfortunate that the Worshipful Master Robert Jopson was unwell and unable to deliver the installation ceremony and place Bro Alan Dunnicliff in his rightful Chair within the Lodge.  It mattered not as the Lodge Charity steward filled the office and performed the function of WM with ease. Jack Aston having occupied the chair of Adoniram on more than more “Priory Mark 693 – Installation at Whalley Masonic Rooms”