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N&H visit Devonshire for the 148th MBF Festival - Sat 2nd July 2016

Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire attend 148th MBF Festival Celebrations

The 148th Anniversary Festival of The Mark Benevolent Fund was hosted by the Mark Province of Devonshire under the Presidency of R.W.Bro. Peter Hawken MBE, Provincial Grand Master, at Torquay on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

The Festival Dinner was held at the Palace Hotel and following dinner, R.W.Bro. Angus Hannigan, Grand Secretary, announced a magnificent result of £1,014,000 to a packed dining room.

Our Province was in attendance and represented by R.W.Bro. George Bonham, W.Bro. Brian Elliott and W.Bro. Barry Weigleb and their respectives wives Avril, Jane and Susan.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro. Brian Ennever, and Michaela were unable to attend at the last moment.

In his toast to the Festival President, R.W.Bro. Dr. John Wright, President of the MBF, congratulated Devonshire on the wonderful achievement stating that this was only the second occasion that a figure over £1M had been achieved.

Earlier in the day our party spent free time in Torquay taking in the many attractions of the area which unfortunately was interspersed with some very heavy rain showers.  The open top bus tour became a very damp affair at one point !

The 149th Festival is to be hosted by the Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire and will be held on Saturday 8th July 2017.  Details of venue, hotels and costs etc., will be forthcoming but in the meantime if any brethren within Northants & Hunts Province wish to attend please contact W.Bro. Barry Weigleb as soon as possible to register their interest.  Barry is contactable by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and telephone 01933 224836.

WBro Brian Elliott

























 A rain drenched bus tour of Paignton !

Northants & Hunts brethren brave it out !!






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