The Travelling Gavel & Sceptre competitions are open to all Northumberland Mark Masons’ or Royal Ark Mariners’ Lodges.
To claim the Gavel/Sceptre a minimum of 4 visitors representing one other Lodge must visit the Lodge in possession of the Travelling Gavel or Sceptre.
The visiting Lodge with the highest number of Brethren present and signed in as a visitor in the Tylers book (subject to a minimum of 4) will be entitled to claim the Gavel.
The Gavel or Sceptre should be claimed as an item under “Any other business’’ on the Agenda.
In the event of a ‘’tie’’ on numbers of members visiting and present, the Lodge which has travelled the furthest distance will prevail i.e. distance from the visitors’ Masonic Hall to the host venue.
If the gavel/sceptre is not claimed at a meeting then the holding lodge has to pass it on to the next lodge they visit. This will ensure that it is passed on more frequently.
The Secretary/ Scribe of the Lodge giving up the Gavel/ Sceptre should inform the Provincial Secretary where it is now residing and ensure the log enclosed is completed before passing it over to the new incumbents.
The Secretary/ Scribe of the Lodge taking charge of the Gavel or Sceptre should inform the Provincial Secretary that they have it in their safe-keeping and when the Lodge next meets to enable it to be claimed. Every effort will be made to publicise the next meeting Provincially to encourage as many visitors as possible.
At each Annual Mark Provincial Grand Lodge meeting the Gavel should be presented to the Provincial Grand Master for the duration of the Meeting by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge or one of his Wardens or a senior Past Master. The PGM will present it to the WM/WC of the lodge with the most brethren dining. The same procedure will apply to the Sceptre at the Annual Royal Ark Mariner Assembly.