September 2018

Northern PGMs Weekend

The Annual Northern PGMs weekend away was hosted by the Province of East Lancashire over the first weekend in September.

Our own PGM, R.W.Bro. Peter Talbot, was in attendance and sent in the following report:

We stayed at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa in Clayton Le Moors and trips were arranged to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, the John Rylands Library and Howarth Art Gallery in Accrington.

Nine PGMs, including for the first time R.W.Bro. Martin Blackburn, PGM for the Isle of Man, and eight Ladies attended in all. It was a wonderful weekend, with good company, good food and a little liquid refreshment.

Next year the event will be hosted by the Province of North and East Yorkshire.

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MBF Thanksgiving Service

Mark Benevolent Fund celebrated its 150th year in a Thanksgiving Service at Lincoln’s Inn Chapel on Saturday the 17th of September in the presence of M.W.Bro. H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, Grand Master and Grand President of the Fund.

Many Provincial Grand Charity Stewards were present, invited as a thank you for all the work they put in to help make the Fund such a huge success. Among them was W. Bro. Mike Pugh and his wife Sandra.

At a reception after the service the Grand Master spent time meeting all of those who have made a difference, listening with intent to their stories of support to the Mark Benevolent Fund.

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Coffer of Gavels Dedication

Province of Worcestershire
Provincial Almoners’ and Charity Stewards’ Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1943
Worshipful Master V.W. Bro. P. G. Orton

V.W.Bro. P.G. Orton with the Coffer of Gavels

V.W.Bro. P.G. Orton with the Coffer of Gavels

V.W. Bro. Phillip George Orton PGJO will be holding the second meeting of his Lodge on Saturday 20th October 2018 at the Masonic Hall, Llandudno commencing at 11am.

Our PGM will be in attendance along with other members of the Provincial Executive.

At this meeting the PGM of Worcestershire along with some of his Provincial Team will be attending to dedicate a Coffer of Gavels that the WM presented to the Lodge at his installation and which were expertly crafted by W.Bro. Stewart Cole PPGJW, Hunter Lodge no. 324.

There will also be a talk given by a representative of N. Wales St. John’s on the new Ambulance.

The Lodge is one of great distinction, whose members include, the Pro. Grand Master, Dep. Grand Master, Grand SO, Grand DC, Past Assist. Grand Sec.  MBF Charities Manager, as well as many other very distinguished brethren, many of whom it is hoped will be present.

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