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.


Celebrating 50 years in the Mark Degree!

The Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Alex McLaren, accompanied by the Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and a deputation of 8 Acting Officers of the Province attended a Virtual Business Meeting of W R Callender Mark Lodge No.136 on 9th March to mark WBro. Kenneth Laidlaw’s 50th anniversary in the Mark Degree.
Advanced in Jarrow Mark Lodge No.701 in the Province of Durham on 16th February 1970, Ken was installed as WM in 1983. Several Jarrow Lodge members joined this meeting at Ken’s invitation. A surprise guest, RWBro Prof. Denovan Wilson, the PGM of Durham Mark Province, was also able to join us and received a warm welcome from RWBro Alex McLaren and everyone present.
Following a move from the more “Celebrating 50 years in the Mark Degree!”

To all receiving Past Provincial Grand Rank promotion

“Many congratulations to all receiving Past Provincial Grand Rank promotion this year ! I have available numerous second-hand Collar Jewels at just £10 and Dress Apron Badges at just £5. All are in good condition and prices include P&P – ranks available as pictured.

To order simply email your requirements to – pglmmmels@gmail.com or ring me on 07940 879476


WBro Garry Errock PGStB”

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?”