A Christmas message from R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, Provincial Grand Master

I am sure Brethren that you enjoyed the antics of our Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother John Prizeman who never failed to make us laugh and smile when needed. Thank you, John, for the tremendous support you give to this Province and to the Order, it has been greatly received by all and you can still see some of his exploits on the Website and no doubt on his Facebook page, if not I shall print them off and blackmail him with them!!!  Thanks John.

Christmas is traditionally a time for celebration and as we come to the end of this year with 2 Lockdowns, I sincerely hope we can all enjoy the company of Family & Friends if only for a few short days.

Since February, many of us have embraced the use of social media and what a useful tool this has been enabling us to keep in touch with each other both audibly and visually and this could be one way of holding our Committee meetings in the future. We have been able to present VW Bro David Smith with his 50-year certificate and “Field Promotion”, carry out interviews with some of the Members of this Province, enjoyed the entertainment of our Brother Wardens and we look forward to the Wardens “Drag/Panto evening in the New Year!!!

I particularly want to thank the Provincial Wardens, Ian Vincent, Simon Lancaster, and Guy Sudron for all their hard work during the year and in particular the Wardens for their monologues and songs from the Past and raising money for very worthy Charities, so Brethren please continue to support them and our chosen Charities.

As you know, this Province has given ¬£1000 to 10 Hospices, a ¬£1000 to Salvation Army Emergency shelter and shortly we shall be providing equipment for the St John Ambulance support vehicle on the Isle of Wight. This is only through your generosity that we can support these Charities Brethren and I thank you for your continued support. 

Brethren, we still have a long way to go before we can meet safely, and I look forward to the time when we can attend our Lodges and social functions safely.

I thank my Executive for their support during these difficult times, their advice has been invaluable. The Provincial Wardens and Almoner have been invaluable and very entertaining, and the “Special award” given to Patrick Burridge supported by Richard Cox; unfortunately, only one award was available to us.

To you all Brethren, may I thank you for your continued support during this very difficult year; yes, it has been the worst of times but also the best of times. 

Brethren, may I on behalf of myself and the Executive wish you and your loved ones all the very best for the Festive season and hoping for a brighter and better New Year.

God Bless you All.

George, PGM