Dear Brethren,

As our first Masonic “Season” post lockdown draws to a close I have been very heartened to see that whilst there has obviously been an air of caution demonstrated, most meetings have been well attended.

I will have completed 25 Official Visits, couple that with the visits of the PGM, Dep PGM and Wardens, to our area and we will have received a total of 31 Visits, I have also been out on approx. another 20 Informal Visits to present Long Service Certificates etc, so it has been a really enjoyable and busy period.

I would like to offer warmest congratulations to those Brethren who have received preferment within Provincial Grand Lodge and I look forward to meeting many of you at the AGM at Freemasons Hall Great Queen St, in July. Our honours system is extremely Open, Robust and Fair and acts without fear or favour, and as such those Brethren who will be receiving their honours will be justly entitled to them.

As freemasons we all recognise that we are being observed by society in general and I am very proud to be associated with such a wonderful group of people who have worked tirelessly in all sorts of areas during the last two years, they offer their support both financial and physically wherever they can and of course that was recognised across the country by the Grand Master’s covid awards, and I am delighted to say that WBro Graham Lant was one of the recipients.

The stewardship of the South East Band of Brothers has been passed from Adrian Ridley to Simon Gough, this is a wonderful initiative supporting those Lodges who for whatever reason need a bit of help and encouragement, can I ask as many of you who are able and willing, to join the SEBOB, it’s great fun.

We now have an opportunity to recharge our batteries over the Summer period and start afresh in September.

I wish you all and your families health and happiness.

Barrie.