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2017 Grand Master’s Lodges of Instruction Festival at Sheaf Close

The Grand Master’s Lodges of Instruction for Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariner was established to help members of those Degrees practice and learn the ceremonies of those two beautiful and important degrees in Freemasonry.  It meets twice a month between March and September at Mark Masons’ Hall, London.  The culmination of their season is the Annual Festival where the Team demonstrates the Mark Advancement Ceremony including the Lecture and the Royal Ark Mariner Elevation Ceremony including the Tracing Board at one of the Provinces.

For the 2017 Festival, R.W.Bro. George Bonham GMRAC was asked to preside over and host the Team in the Province of Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire.

On Tuesday 25th April at Sheaf Close almost 250 brethren assembled to witness a very high standard of working of both rituals and afterwards dine together.

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As well as members of Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire Mark Province, we were delighted to welcome brethren from 19 other Provinces together with 11 Provincial Grand Masters.  We were also honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Raymond John Smith (Pro Grand Master designate) and Past Deputy Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Keith Emmerson.

The N&H Province were pleased to be able to take part in a tangible way by providing Bro. Mo Moussi and Bro. Kevin Foreman as candidates for the Mark and Mariner demonstrations respectfully.  W.Bro. Stephen Eales acted as Organist and W.Bro. Eric Place acted as Tyler and Guardian at the last minute in the unavoidable absence of our Provincial Tyler, W.Bro. Claude Smith.

In summing up the day the Provincial Grand Master thanked the members of the Team for their excellent presentations and everyone for attending wishing the Province of Sussex best wishes for their hosting of the 2018 Festival at Brighton. 

WBro Brian Elliott












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