Wycoller Mark – open night

The Provincial Grand Master has always encouraged Mark Lodges to host an open lodge meeting to attract new members and generate interest in the Mark degree, especially those from Craft lodges within the building. Well, Wycoller Mark 1582 did just that at its meeting on Wednesday the 19th of April.

Initial responses from non-members were very low and it was even suggested that we cancel it. However, a few Craft Lodge meetings later in the month changed all that. The Worshipful Master Ian Salthouse welcomed 10 visitors into Wycoller Lodge, which transformed the meeting more “Wycoller Mark – open night”

£500 to Art 4 All Charity

WBro David Lightbown presented a cheque for £500 on behalf of Keep RAM lodge No 911 to the “Ribble valley Art 4 All “ Charity.
The Charity meets for two sessions every Friday in the Clitheroe Salvation Army Rooms between September and June Annually and provides free Art and other creative sessions for all within the local community
The charity was started by Mrs Frankie Freeman in 2018 and has grown to such an extent that there are more “£500 to Art 4 All Charity”

MBF 2022 Q2 Review

I am pleased to let you know that the MBF 2022 Q2 Review is now live and ready to download from

Mark Masons Hall MBF 2022 Q2 Review

This quarter is packed with information about the work of the MBF giving even more details about the grants made including to our own Brethren and their families.


Please share the link with the members of your Province. Any observations or feedback is always welcome.

Kind regards


W.Bro. Darren W. Coleman‑Heald, P.A.G.D.C.​​
Charities Manager
Mark Masons’ Hall, 86 St James’s Street
​London SW1A 1PL
​020 7747 1187

Mark & Ark Newsletter

Over the course of a Masonic Season, there are many important events and personal milestones which are worthy of recognition and
celebration. With this in mind, the Executive have produced this newsletter, which contains the dates and venues of these celebrations,
to enable you to plan your diaries should you more “Mark & Ark Newsletter”

Future for Rose of York RAM

On Tuesday, 28th June at Westholme Masonic Hall, Mossley, The Rose Of York Mark Lodge No 1010 held their installation meeting. In attendance was WBro David G Rainford, Dep Prov Grand Master, VWBro David H Thompson, APGM along with 22 brethren from around the Province. The Director of Ceremonies of the Lodge was VWBro Ian Brookes PGJO and it was nice to see him in action once again in the province.

The proceedings of the Lodge were opened up at 6:25 pm by the Master in the Chair, VWBro Ian Brookes who then proceeded to install WBro David G Rainford into the chair of Adoniram in a very fitting manner. The Worshipful Master then proceeded to install his team for the ensuing year. During the meeting, the remaining original members of the Lodge announced their resignations.

Immediately following a meeting of the Mark Lodge an emergency meeting of the Rose of York RAM Lodge was opened by the Master in the Chair, WBro David H Thompson, APGM. The main business of the meeting was to elect 11 joining members to the Lodge which was successful. Following the ballot, WBro Thompson thanked the original members for agreeing to the ballot which would ensure that the Lodge now had a more stable future.

The Rose of York Mark & RAM Lodges will be leaving Westholme Masonic Hall, Mossley in the near future and be moving to Manchester Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester. This move is a big step forward for the Province of East Lancashire which is an attempt to engage the younger brethren to join this excellent degree. He thanked the brethren who sadly will not be moving to Manchester Hall for their long-standing commitment to the Rose of York Mark and RAM Lodges and wished them well for the future.

Both meetings having ended the brethren moved into the dining room for a lovely 3-course meal. The DepPGM, WBro David G Rainford, spoke about the past history of this Lodge and how optimistic the Province was with the introduction of the new younger brethren and the long term future of both the Mark and RAM Lodges. A splendid evening was had by all.

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Luxury Steam Train Trip

In East Lancashire, we have the ELMBF (East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund) our own Provincial Mark Charity which administers and distributes funds raised within the province of East Lancashire and any National donations provided by the Mark Benevolent Fund.

In addition to its responsibility for the administration of two groups of properties in East Lancashire, provided to give affordable more “Luxury Steam Train Trip”