The 151stAnniversary Festival of The Mark Benevolent Fund was hosted by the Mark Province of Sussex under the Presidency of R.W.Bro. Martin Wilson, Provincial Grand Master, at Brighton on Saturday 6thJuly 2019.
The Festival Dinner was held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel on Brighton seafront and following the banquet, R.W.Bro. Ryan Williams, Grand Secretary, announced to a packed dining room of over 900 brethren that the 151stFestival had raised a magnificent sum of £1,352,563.
Our Province was very well represented by Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Robert Stokes together with Past Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George Bonham, W.Bro. Brian Elliott, W.Bro. Barry Weigleb, W.Bro. David Balmer and W.Bro. Alan Valentine with their wives Marilyn, Avril, Jane, Susan, Joan and Bennie.
In his toast to the Festival President, R.W.Bro. Dr. John Wright, President of the MBF, congratulated Sussex on their wonderful achievement which had been supported by donations from other Mark Provinces across the country and other masonic orders within Sussex. I replying, Festival President, Martin Wilson, praised the efforts of all those involved over the ten year period and thanked everyone for attending and supporting Sussex Province.
Earlier in the day we had spent free time in Brighton, including for some a tour of the historic Brighton Pavilion. Others took a “flight” on the British Airways i360 giant glass viewing pod which, rising to 450 feet above Brighton’s shoreline, gives superb viewing of the city and surrounding South Downs.
WBro Brian Elliott
Brethren and Ladies from N&H attending the 151stMBF Festival Dinner at Brighton
L to r: W.Bro. Alan Valentine, R.W.Bro. George Bonham, Mrs Bennie Valentine, Mrs Avril Bonham, W.Bro. Brian Elliott, Mrs Jane Elliott, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes, Mrs Marilyn Stokes, W.Bro. Barry Weigleb, Mrs. Susan Weigleb, Mrs. Joan Balmer and W.Bro. David Balmer.
The Festival Dinner held in the Oxford Suite, Hilton Metropole Hotel