New Year Message from the Provincial Grand Master

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Dear Brethren All,

Today is the start of a New Year, a time to reflect on what has gone before and to look forward with optimism and a renewed enthusiasm to the future.

What a difficult and traumatic year 2020 was! With lockdowns, facemasks, social distancing and all the other changing rules and regulations it has not been an easy time. I am sure that like myself you have missed our meetings and the enjoyment we get from sharing each other’s company.

I am immensely grateful to our Lodges which arranged virtual get-togethers with their members and our Lodge almoners who have kept in touch with their vulnerable and elderly members and widows. They deserve so much praise and respect for what they have done and are continuing to do.

Quite what the world will look like in 2021 remains to be seen. The arrival of a vaccine has at last given us reason to feel positive and to give us HOPE. The power of hope overcomes all obstacles, we just need to keep faith.

As you are aware my Patent of appointment as Provincial Grand Master of this wonderful Province commences today. I have inherited a happy, friendly and vibrant Province and I promise I will do my utmost to not only maintain these qualities but also endeavour to take us forward to an even brighter future.

Now to the business ahead, my sincere thanks and gratitude goes to R.W.Bro. Ray Clarke who has held everything together for the last six months with great skill and fortitude, he has retired today and I am sure you all wish him well. I look forward to our next Provincial meeting where I can thank him in person for not only the last 6 months but for ten years of dedicated service to our Province.

His successor as Deputy Provincial Grand Master is W.Bro. Gary Allen our Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, and our new Assistant Provincial Grand Master is W.Bro. Richard Styles our Provincial Grand Secretary. Both are well known to you all and are enthusiastically looking forward to their new office.

I am also pleased to announce that W.Bro. Bernard Docherty will be moving up to Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, and W.Bro. Mike Staff will become our Provincial Grand Secretary. The complete list of officers showing the changes made to fill the vacancies which appeared due to the above promotions, will be sent out by our new Secretary soon.

Finally brethren, I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful, safe and Happy New Year,

Yours sincerely and fraternally
RW.Bro David J. Boswell
Provincial Grand Master