The Deputy Provincial Grand Master VWBro. John Smith, PGJO and a Provincial Delegation of 13 attended Fabric Mark Lodge No. 939 on Tuesday 17th December.
The business of the evening was to advance Bro. Christopher Jones. The WM assisted by the Officers of the Lodge delivered a creditable ceremony and VWBro. Stephen Holt, PGMO rendered the explanation of the signs in his usual exemplary style.
The Lodge closed at 8.27 pm and was followed by a happy social board. The raffle raised a very worthy £156.00 and everyone departed around 10.00 pm having enjoyed a very pleasant evening of Mark Masonry at its best.
It’s now 4 years since I launched this initiative by selling off the old Craft 2015 Festival Ties, the original idea was to raise a couple of hundred quid for more “Regalia Sales now £30000 !”
The members of Scarlet with Gawthorpe immediately wondered what was happening as soon as the Mark Provincial Deputation turned up at Burnley Masonic Hall. Not to get too carried away with things as there was only 4 in attendance, and that included the Assistant Provincial Grand more “Scarlett with Gawthorpe Mark 1014 –”
Although Manchester Hall has been opened since 2nd November 2017 I suspect the number of East Lancashire Freemasons who have visited the fantastic new building is relatively small. The developers have transformed the old Freemasons Hall into Manchesters premier eating and entertainment centre. They have more “990 Mark – Provincial Grand Officers Lodge”
As we embark upon a new Masonic Season, you will realise that we have only 20 months left until our MBF Festival concludes. Our total funds raised are creeping steadily upwards but now is the time that we must all try our very best to ensure that we raise a total which is worthy of our great Province. I feel confident that I more “2019/20 Early season reflections”
For your change: The Mark Benevolent Fund is issuing the Province with a number of boxes for each Lodge and each Masonic Centre. If you have any loose change and feel disposed to put it in the box, it will be thankfully received and will contribute to our 2021 Festival. Your generosity, as ever, will be appreciated.
VWBro John H Smith, PGJO, DPGM
It sounds like a lot of Masonic work, and it was. The RAM installation was purely a proclamation but the Mark ceremony was an advancement of a new member.
Middleton Lodge of Royal Ark more “Middleton 1303 – RAM Installation & Mark Advancement in single evening”