Provincial Almoners Weekly Letter

We also get inspiration from Doddie Weir, a former International Rugby Union player who also suffers this condition. Neither Rob nor Doddie have lost their sense of humour and seem to want to help others and their families who are in the same boat. It is close to my heart as my middle daughter has a friend from school days who has been struck down with MND and to see the deterioration in someone is heart breaking but one has to keep up a brave face when seeing her. 

On a more cheerful note, I along with others, had the company of our Provincial Grand Senior Warden, Patrick Burridge, at a Zoom meeting. His operation appears to have given him a new lease of life and he tells me that he is really feeling good. He had been out and helped on a charity stall in the local market. Well done Patrick, but do not overdo things. To all who are suffering with their health, I and all of the Provincial Mark Executive wish you well. Talking of the Wardens, they still need your help, if at all possible, in raising contributions to their “swindle” and the Drag Act. I know from my own experience how gratifying it is at the end of one’s active year, one is able to make a donation to a very worthy local charity or cause and make a difference to those in need. Please help if you can.

Now we have a blanket suspension of meetings throughout the Province in all Orders. It is a pity, but drives home the seriousness of the situation. We all know that there is hope in the vaccine being available in the next few months, which will, I trust, give us the confidence to consider meeting together once again. It is not all doom and gloom I am pleased to say.

Little bit later today in penning this communication as Pat and I decided that we would be up early to visit the market ad purchase out fruit and vegetables for the week. It was quiet in town but there was a friendly atmosphere, especially among the stall holders.

Christmas will soon be with us, in a somewhat different form for most of us, Pat is busy putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the home. This is a lot earlier than we would normally carry out this procedure but these times require a rethink on life. Best wishes to you all.

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