Benevolent Fund

MBF donates £4000 to Nightingale House

Pictured below is W.Bro. Phillip Edwards, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and W.Bro. Michael Pugh, Provincial Charity Steward, who recently attended Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham to present a cheque for £4,000 to the Grants & Trusts Fundraiser Christine Dukes.

This was part of the £24,000 that North Wales Mark Masons have nominated to local Hospices from the £1.25 million fund that the Mark Benevolent Fund has donated to UK Hospices in memory of the late Duke of Edinburgh

Find out more about this charity by visiting their website: https://www.nightingalehouse.co.uk/

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MBF donates £4000 to Hope House

North Wales Mark Lodges have donated £24,000 to local Hospices, from the Duke of Edinburgh Memorial Fund created by the Mark Benevolent Fund.

Pictured below is W Bro. Philip Edwards, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, presenting a cheque for £4,000 to Cat Dowdeswell, the Area Fundraiser for Hope House Hospice.

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Old Trafford Visit

The Mark Benevolent Festival Dinner which was to have taken place at Old Trafford, Manchester on 3rd July had to be postponed due to Covid concerns.

However, our Past Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Peter Talbot and his wife Susan together with Deputy PGM W.Bro. Phil Edwards and his wife Rosaleen. W.Bro Mike Pugh and his wife Sandra and Bro. Martin Wynne Jones and his wife Caroline travelled to Manchester and spent an enjoyable weekend away.

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Suspension of Masonic Activity

On the 17th of March 2020, the Provincial Grand Master issued the following statement:


Brethren,

The Grand Masters of the Orders administered from Mark Masons’ Hall, which includes the Mark and RAM, have jointly agreed an immediate General Suspension of all Masonic Activity for a period of four months.

A similar course of action is being taken by United Grand Lodge of England, the Ancient and Accepted Rite, as well as the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

I fully support this decision and let me say that I have been heartened by the manner in which you have all, particularly our Secretaries and Scribes, approached the uncertainty that we have faced over the past few weeks and days.

I am currently consulting with the members our Provincial Executive to formulate a plan that will ensure that you are all kept fully updated as to future developments, we will communicate this to you as soon as possible.

Please look after yourselves and your families Brethren, keep in touch with each other by phone or email.

 

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

R.W.Bro. Peter Talbot,

Provincial Grand Master for North Wales.


 

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Carol Service and NWMBF donations

The annual Mark Provincial Carol Service took place at Elwy Hall on 17th December when over 70 Brethren, wives and friends attended.

The opportunity was taken to present Charity Donations to worthy recipients: £1000 to the RNLI, £1000 to the Samaritans, £1000 to Age Connect and £1000 to Llanberis Mountain Rescue.

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NWMBF donation to Air Training Corp

2480 (Holywell) Squadron Air Training Corp on parade

2480 (Holywell) Squadron Air Training Corp on parade

On Wednesday the 6th of November, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro. Michael Pugh, together with W.Bro. John Cooper of Buckley Mark Lodge 1703, visited 2480 (Holywell) Squadron Air Training Corp. They were accompanied by Bro. David Anglesea, who is the Squadron’s Civilian Committee Chairman, and Bro. Alan Gardner, who is the Squadron’s Civilian Committee Treasurer; both are members of Buckley Mark Lodge 1703. The purpose of the visit was to present a cheque for £250 to the Squadron on behalf of the North Wales Mark Benevolent Fund.

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Hope House – Ty Gobaith

On Wednesday afternoon, 25th September our Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Secretary were accompanied by W. Bro. Darren Coleman-Heald to Hope House in the Conwy Valley.

The Mark Benevolent Fund had donated, through Lifelites, a sum of £12,274 for the purchase of a ‘TechnicTrunk’ for the use of the children at Hope House. The PGM was shown how the equipment worked and had the opportunity of a ‘virtual’ flight over Paris.

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Ethos Charity Presentation

On Wednesday the 11th of September, the V.W.Bro. Peter Talbot, Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by W.Bro. Mike Pugh, Provincial Charity Steward, V.W.Bro. Ian Smith, Dep. PGM for Staffs and Shrops and W. Bro. Kevin Spencer Assist PGM for Staffs and Shrops attended the Ethos Charity in Oswestry to present a cheque to the CEO of the Charity.
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