Tony Davies Memorial Walk

24 June 2021 Tony Davies Memorial Walk in the Dark Peak around Blackhill near Holmfirth.
On an overcast day, an enthusiastic group (see photo) of walkers started on the much-heralded and postponed walk in memory of Tony, the first 2021 Festival chairman. After a short silence for Tony, we set off about 10:30 am -target back at the pub for 2:00 pm! The talk of old friends and events and the nearly complete release from lockdown filled the air on the “mountainside”. 

The mood became quieter as more “Tony Davies Memorial Walk”

MBF 2021 Festival – Update

It is with no little sadness that I have to announce that the Festival Banquet scheduled for 3rd July has been cancelled due to the extension of the Covid-19 lockdown measures. I am sure that this is disappointing for everyone who was planning to attend but particularly for the Banquet Committee who have worked so hard, for so long, to put on an event worthy of the occasion and our Province.
On 3rd July there will be a zoom meeting, organised by the Grand Secretary, to announce the results of our fundraising efforts. I hope that many of you can log in to hear the result. You have all been so supportive of the Festival and it will be very interesting to see how we have fared. Login details will be available soon and will be communicated to Lodge secretaries and to all those who were planning to attend on 3rd July.
We hope to organise a Provincial event, early in the New Year, to celebrate the culmination of the Festival and details will be available in the near future.
In the meantime brethren, I thank you all for your tremendous efforts and in particular, the Festival and Banquet Committees for all their hard work.
Keep safe and well and I look forward to seeing you all soon.


Sale- Can you help me?

As we know, over the last few years WBro Garry Errock PGStB has been raising money for the East Lancashire Mark 2021 MBF Festival by selling regalia etc., donated by East Lancs Mark Brethren and Lodges, mainly via eBay. The current total raised now stands at just over £42,000!

Over the last 12 months, mainly due to more “Sale- Can you help me?”

Sore feet for the Festival

Last summer, I decided to sponsor myself to walk One Million steps in 4 weeks for the Festival. I was already doing 5-600 000 steps a month walking my dog Maisie so I didn’t envisage it to be that hard a target to reach.
I had done about 800.000 steps and was at home this particular day when my doorbell rang. I was upstairs and as more “Sore feet for the Festival”

Mark Calendars on sale at Bury Market

On Friday 4 December W.Bro Gerry Young & Annette Young and W.Bro Stewart Mills & Janet Mills set up camp at 8-30 am on Bury market. The stall was kindly provided free to the Mark Festival for the sale of the Mark calendars. Later in the morning  VWBro David Thompson arrived to help out. It was certainly a very cold day but this did not stop the enthusiasm & banter to promote the sales of the calendars. Lots of people were milling around the market and more “Mark Calendars on sale at Bury Market”