Priory Lodge of  Mark Master Masons

Number 693

The Mark Degree is a fascinating degree and is rightly known as the Friendly Degree; it was originally worked in Craft Lodges and consisted of two ceremonies.

The first came after the Fellowcraft Degree where the candidate was ‘made’ a Mark Man, and the second after the Master Mason’s Degree when he was advanced to the Degree of Mark Master Mason. In 1856 English Mark Masons established their own Grand Mark Lodge and the two Mark ceremonies were combined into one. Since then it has been conferred, not in Craft Lodges, but in Mark Lodges consecrated for that purpose. The ritual explores the building of King Solomon’s Temple and, like all other Masonic Orders, the teaching of the Mark degree greatly adds to the knowledge and enjoyment of Masonry and links to other orders in Masonry, Royal Ark Mariners, Royal & Select (Cryptic) & Allied.

Priory Lodge of Mark Master Mason’s meets on the first Wednesday of March, October and December plus the third Wednesday in June with their installation meeting taking place in March and celebrated it Centenary in October 2019.

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W.Bro. Alan Dunicliff
Priory Lodge of MMM
Worshipful Master for 2020/1

Mr Whalley Mason

On Wednesday, 4 March 2020 Alan Dunnicliff was installed as the Worshipful Master of Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons, 693 which meets at Whalley. Some 40 Brethren attended the ceremony and the after-meeting-meal at the Swan and Royal in Clitheroe. The ceremony went well and the meal (as usual) at the Swan & Royal was to a high standard. Our photograph above shows the brethren of Priory Lodge after the ceremony and to the left, Alan looking relaxed during the meal.

Alan has progressed through all the Offices to reach this pinnacle in Priory Lodge. But what sets Alan aside from most members is he is also a past master of both Abbey Lodge 2529 and Whalley Arches Lodge 7489 along with membership of Abbey Chapter 2529 – all of which meet at Whalley also. Add to this he is Secretary to the Abbey Club Management Committee which manages Whalley Masonic Hall aka Union Club.

Add all this together and the title of Mr Whalley Mason is most fitting for Alan.

We wish the Lodge every success in the forthcoming 12 months under Alan’s leadership.

Freemasonry is thriving in Whalley.