A hearty greeting to you all and I trust that you are all as well as can be expected. This will be my last fortnightly letter, we will, hopefully, be able to meet as much as we can face to face, if and when we wish from the 1st September. However I will continue with a monthly letter from the beginning of October. Restrictions have been lifted but the virus seems to continue to spread so please be cautious, only attend meetings as and when you feel comfortable. It has been said before, if you do not wish to shake hands then feel comfortable by keeping your hands by your sides. Likewise if you feel it necessary to wear a face mask please do so, we must all be aware of each other’s feelings so that all are comfortable within themselves.
I trust that I find you as well as can be expected and safe from harm. The restrictions having been lifted we now have to carefully follow any local directives in place. Hopefully you will all be of the opinion that you wish to meet up with your fellow brethren, but there must be no pressure on you if you wish to still keep away from meetings until you see how things are developing. The matter of shaking hands or wearing of facemasks is a very much a personal choice, please do not feel uncomfortable if you decline to shake hands or you wish to wear a face mask.
What a week this has been for the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. On Wednesday some of us were privileged to witness W. Bro. Steve Allum be Installed as the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent for the Royal Arch Chapter of the Province which, was followed in the afternoon by the Installation of V. W. Bro. Jonathan Whitaker as the Rt. W. Provincial Grand Master in the Craft. Both ceremonies were carried out in an excellent manner, at the same time being very meaningful. Understandably both Brethren expressed the disappointment that due to covid restrictions, the ceremonies had to take place outside of the Province, with the numbers of those attending very restricted.