Kent Mark Festival 2016

Kent Mark Festival 2016

Friday 10 June 2016 saw the annual Kent Mark Festival take place at the Franklin Rooms, Gillingham. The event was held at a special meeting of Kent Installed Mark Masters’ Lodge No 999 and grateful thanks are extended to the Lodge for hosting this event for the Province.

The Province was privileged to receive a talk from a masonic scholar of much renown in the person of WBro Mike Neville. WBro Mike is a very busy man, whose various talents are in much demand. He is a DCI in the Metropolitan Police, leading the MPS team of Super-Recognisers. In this capacity, WBro Mike makes regular media appearances advertising the success of the unit and the work it undertakes. Not content with this, WBro Mike is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army and also is the national Training Officer for Army Cadet Music. For most, this would leave much time but WBro Mike is also a published author of Masonic texts and a regular speaker at masonic Lodges.

The Province was, therefore, privileged to welcome WBro Mike as he delivered a talk entitled “Crime and the Craft – Murder and the Mark”. The audience was totally enthralled as WBro Mike entertained everyone with a series of fascinating stories and facts. The evening could hardly have been more enjoyable, rounded off in excellent fashion as WBro Mike joined some 70 Brethren at a packed and convivial Festive Board.

The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Archie Torrance, said; “I offer my grateful thanks to WBro Mike for making the Festival such an enjoyable day for everyone. The Festival is the main event in the Provincial calendar and I thank all those, who attended, for making it such a successful meeting”.

While this was a thoroughly enjoyable event, it creates one problem; what will we do to match it next time?

The picture shows, from left to right, VW Bro David Green, DPGM, RW Bro Archie Torrance, PGM, WBro Ralph Apperley, APGM, WBro Mike Neville, PGStB, WBro Fred Brown, APGM.


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