It was in London that whilst walking back to Euston train station after a visit to Grand Mark Lodge in 2008 that VWBro Nolan Morrison broached the concept of holding a Mark Charity Banquet to raise funds for the ELMBF. After discussions with various brethren about the arrangements to hold such a prestigious event Nolan eventually came back to our Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Keith Partington Schofield, with his suggestions ; after careful consideration, Keith gave his approval to this fine initiative..

The first Charity Mark Banquet was held at Audenshaw Masonic Hall on the 31st October 2008.It was a roaring success and raised, thanks to the generosity of those present, just short of £2,500.00 for the ELMBF.

The rest as they say is history, with the Charity Banquet now having become one of the top single fund-raisers in the Province and has continued to be as popular and as well supported year –on – year.; the most recent one was held at Middleton Masonic Hall on the 14th September 2013 where, again, in excess of over £2000.00 was raised for charity.


Owing to Nolan’s foresight ,well over £14.000.00 has been raised for charities.

As you are all now well aware we as a Province are now holding our 2021 Festival for the Mark Benevolent Fund and the Festival Committee (under the Chairmanship of WBro. Tony Davis) has been allowed to take over the running of the Mark Charity Banquet to raise funds for the Festival.

The Banquet will now be called the 2021 Festival Banquet .

The next Festival Charity Banquet will be held once again at Middleton Masonic Hall on the 6th October 2014 and the Festival Committee hope you will continue to give your support and generosity to this prestigious event as you have done so in the past.