Charity gifts of more than £1.1m shared amongst a range of organisations by the Mark charity last year were celebrated at a meeting of Mark Grand Lodge earlier this year.
They included a foodbank, a wheelchair rugby club, a mountain rescue team and several cancer charities, who paraded in to the meeting at Freemasons Hall to a round of applause when the lodge was called off.
Lincolnshire’s Deputy PGM in the Mark is Steve Roberts. He said: “The Mark Grand Charity shared £1,108,300 amongst these charities. In an emotional and inspiring speech a lady working in conjunction with the District of Romania was affording great and welcome assistance to a good number of displaced Ukrainian women and their children who had fled the conflict without any possessions.”
A dozen brethren from Lincolnshire Mark were there, including craft PGM Dave Wheeler and Ray Wade who paraded in with the Active Officers as the Deputy Grand Sword Bearer and Deputy Grand Inspector of Works respectively.
Steve said: “We were then addressed by Jonathan Spence, the Pro Grand Master of the Craft, who gave an inspiring talk to intrduce the new strategy of UGLE being implemented under his guidance. Of particular interest was his wish to move forward with all the Companion Masonic Orders to the benefit of all Freemasons; a truly bold and welcome commitment.
The next meeting of Mark Grand Lodge takes place on Tuesday 13th June, at which the recipients being awarded a first appointment to Grand Rank will be invested. He added: “All Mark Master Masons are encouraged to attend Grand Lodge, regardless of your rank – why not join us?” Email him for more details: email@example.com