Meeting with East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund Limited. (Executive Committee)

This evening senior team members had the pleasure once again of meeting up with members of the Executive Committee of the East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund Limited.

The East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund Limited is the Masonic Charity of the East Lancashire Mark Freemasons, representing some 96x Masonic Lodges.

Readers may recall that in 2008 on two seperate occasions the East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund Limited very kindly donated to the team the fantastic total amount of £2,500.00.

Present at tonights meeting from the team were our Honorary Team President (and former Team Leader) Bob Hutchinson, Team Chairman Ken Oakes, Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE, and long serving senior team member Mike Marsh.

Members of the Executive Committee of the East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund Limited attending were Chairman Philip Conn (A Boltonian), Treasurer John Crawford, and Secretary George Davis.

George informed us he was no stranger to mountain rescue having been a volunteer ’exercise’ casualty on many rescue practices in the Saddleworth, Holmfirth and Edale areas of the Peak District with various Peak District MRTs.

The reason for tonights visit was for the representative members of the East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund Limited to discuss with our team representatives how they can further help and support the team with particular regards to linking such support to their 2010 Centenary Year.

Following this very important meeting, the three were given a tour of our Ladybridge Hall Base / HQ and based vehicles, with Chairman Philip Conn recalling from personal recollection our previous considerably smaller premises at New Overdale Youth Training Centre, Bolton.

The team is very honoured to welcome the continuing support of our friends at the East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund Limited, and in turn we will be present with our team vehicles and a search and rescue equipment demonstration (as per last year) at the East Lancashire Mark Fellowship Day at Middleton Masonic Club, Manchester Old Road, Middleton, M24 4DY on Sunday 30th August 2009, from 12.00 noon onwards.

Please also see previous ’news’ articles dated Sunday 24th August 2008 and Wednesday 6th February 2008.