The 150thAnniversary Festival of The Mark Benevolent Fund was hosted by the Mark Province of Lincolnshire under the Presidency of R.W.Bro. Rev’d Trevor Walker, Provincial Grand Master, at Lincoln on Saturday 7thJuly 2018.
The Festival Dinner was held at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground and following dinner, R.W.Bro. Ryan Williams, Grand Secretary, announced to a packed dining room of over 800 brethren from across the country that the sesqui-centenary festival had raised a magnificent sum of £850,023. He spoke about the early days of the MBF under the guiding hand of the Fund’s Founder, Rev’d Canon George Portal and the magnificent achievements that had been made since 1868. Since the founding of the fund in 1868 it has granted £31,333,596 to worthy causes and individuals.
Our Province was very well represented by Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes together with R.W.Bro. George Bonham, W.Bro. Brian Elliott, W.Bro. Barry Weigleb, W.Bro. Richard Bedells, W.Bro. David Balmer, W.Bro. Alan Valentine and W.Bro. Des Hinshelwood and their respective wives Marilyn, Avril, Jane, Susan, Denise, Joan, Benny and Margaret.
In his toast to the Festival President, R.W.Bro. Dr. John Wright, President of the MBF, congratulated Lincolnshire on their wonderful achievement which had been supported by donations from other Mark Provinces across the country and other masonic orders. The evening of celebration concluded with a firework display in the showground before coaches returned everyone to their various Lincoln hotels.
Earlier in the day our party had spent free time in Lincoln including a trip on the “Brayford Belle” with a leisurely cruise along the Roman Fosse Dyke Canal from Brayford Wharf getting some relief from the hot sunshine and learning a bit of the chequered history of Lincoln!
WBro Brian Elliott
“Miller Magic” welcomes the guests
Brethren and Ladies from N&H attending the 150thMBF Festival Dinner at Lincoln
L to r: W.Bro. Barry Weigleb, W.Bro. Richard Bedells, Mrs Denise Bedells, Mrs Marilyn Stokes, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes, R.W.Bro. George Bonham, Mrs Avril Bonham, Mrs Jane Elliott, W.Bro. Des Hinshelwood, Mrs Benny Valentine, Mrs. Susan Weigleb, Mrs. Joan Balmer, W.Bro. Alan Valentine, W.Bro. David Balmer and W.Bro. Brian Elliott.
Provincial Grand Master’s Table
Deputy Provincial Grand Master's Table
The Grand Total is announced
Fireworks Display end the evening
Relaxing in Lincoln. Waiting to board the “Brayford Belle"