The Grand Master’s Lodge of Instruction for Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners 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.
We hosted the 2017 Festival but this year it was the turn of the Mark Province of Sussex. The Immediate Past President, R.W.Bro. George Bonham, Past Provincial Grand Master attended accompanied by the Past Provincial Grand Secretary, W.Bro. Brian Elliott the Festival held in Brighton on Wednesday 25thApril.
A large number of brethren from across England and Wales attended and were treated to the presentation of both the Advancement and Elevation ceremonies, delivered in a superb manner by the LoI team. The Festival was also honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Master, R.W.Bro. John Herbert Prizeman and Past Deputy Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Keith Emmerson.
R.W.Bro. Bonham’s sole duty on the day was to propose the toast to the 2018 Festival President, R.W.Bro. Martin Wilson, ProvGM for Sussex and which he did in his usual style!
The 2019 Festival was announced as being held by North & East Yorkshire Mark Province at York racecourse on Thursday 25thApril 2019.
WBro Brian Elliott
Deputy Provincial Grand Master