Message from the Provincial Almoner

My eldest grandson and a friend took part in the Three Peaks 24 hour challenge for charity this week. They were assisted by another grandson and friends, who transported them around and looked after their needs. They started by climbing Ben Nevis then making their way to Snowdonia to climb to the top of Snowdon. Next it was off to Scafell Pike. In all they took 22 hours and 50 minutes to complete this venture. The money that they raise will be donated to the Countess of Brecknock Hospice in Andover. I am proud that they find the time, in their busy lives, to help others. (If you are so inclined to perhaps donate for this cause you could let me know and I will forward the link to you, via your e-mail)

The garden continues to satisfy some of our needs, the blackberries are coming to an end but we have enjoyed a good crop this year. Now Pat has planted purple sprouting broccoli, kurly kale and lettuce to keep us going. The herb garden is now in the process of being re-planted and improved. We still need a lot more rain though, never satisfied are we!!!!

We are still being updated with guidance, regulations and procedures as to how our meetings can take place. There is still that uncertainty because it will not be normal and the ambiance and meaning will not be there. As I have said before, we have to be cautious and confident that we can meet safely. Having said that, there is light at the end of the tunnel, we will succeed but at a slow pace. Please be assured that there will be no pressure put on anyone to attend meetings, it is and will continue to be, a personal choice.

Due to a belated letter this week I have the opportunity of congratulating the England Cricket Team on a grand performance on wining the Test Match against Pakistan, what a good performance, a good team effort

Looking forward to seeing some of you soon and all of you in the not too distant future.

God Bless you all

Malcolm Lloyd, G.S.D. Prov. Grand Almoner