PGL of Sussex MMM 2019 MBF Festival

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex Mark Master Masons is honored to be hosting the 2019 Mark Benevolent Fund Festival.


The fund came into existence in 1868 on the suggestion of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, the Reverend George Raymond Portal. He believed it necessary for the Mark Degree to have its own Benevolent Fund because he was convinced that if charity was to be effective it had to be dispensed swiftly without the bureaucratic formalities from which other Masonic Charities appeared to suffer.

Funds for all aspects of the MBF are raised by general donations from Mark Master Masons and also an annual Festival that takes place in a different Province in England and Wales every year. The first festival sponsored by a Province was by Sussex in 1879 when £537 was raised.

In 2018 the MBF will have been in existence for 150 years and to help celebrate its Sesqui-centenary the Trustees have decided to award a grant of £2.6 million to the “Hope for Tomorrow” charity for the purchase of 10 Mobile Chemotherapy units.

The grant will be paid in stages over the next four years. The first of the ten units funded by the MBF has already been provided to United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust.

To qualify for Patronage of the Mark Benevolent Fund, an individual will need to have given:

  • £250 for Vice Patron,
  • £500 for Patron,
  • £1,000 for Grand Patron,
  • £2,500 for Grand Patron Gold
All donations will be credited to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex Mark Master Masons Relief Chest (MMM2098.)

The Mark Benevolent Fund was founded for the purpose of assistance to Mark Master Masons, their widows, children, sisters or other dependents, by means of immediate grants subject to the provisions of the Rules of the Constitutions and Regulations.

The MBF also makes donations to other charities and worthy causes. These grants have totalled approximately £21 million since 1868.

Examples of recent grants include £2 million to St John’s Ambulance, £3 million to the National Osteoporosis Society, £1.6 million to the R.N.L.I. in South Wales and, £20,000 to the East Sussex Association for Blind and Partially Sighted.

For any queries regarding the Festival, please contact: W Bro Ivor Bennett via

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