Welcome to my latest update!
In the last few months the Provincial Team and I have been very busy both within the Province and representing (all of you) elsewhere. During this time we have celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Sun, Square and Compasses Lodge No 119, which was a wonderful occasion, and had the launch of ‘Solomon’ – which I would really recommend you have a look at, if you haven’t already. You can access it at https://solomon.ugle.org.uk and you can also request one of the Solomon team attend your lodge and provide a short presentation to you and your fellow members – to do so please email the Provincial Membership Officer, W Bro Nick Wilson.
We have also donated another Blood Bike recently, making it 4 in total, as well as donations to the Westmorland Youth Orchestra and many others that individual Lodges have made locally.
On top of this, the Masonic Charitable Foundation have recently provided grants to some local charities, with a grant of £78,000 being made to the Ullswater Outward Bound, £30,000 being made to the Carlisle Youth Zone and £5,000 to Promoting Autonomy and Change (which provides therapy for children and young people with mental health issues), among a number of other others.
Of course we have some exciting things coming up as well, including the Banner Dedication for the Lodge of Country Pursuits, the Provincial Grand Chapter meeting in May, the golf competition, caravan rally and the Masonic Fishing Charity events in April and May. I am very pleased to be able to inform you that the Chief Executive of the Lifelites charity (Simone Enfor Doy), who will be touring the Northern Provinces, will be presenting the prizes for the fishing events alongside the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and me on the last day of fishing on 15th May. On the 27th July we will be holding the next Bay Walk, with proceeds going to Lifelites, and I would welcome as many of you joining me for this fantastic day out as possible!
I hope to see as many of you as possible at the Provincial Summer Ball which is to be held at the Castle Green Hotel on 22nd June – this is one of our most prestigious events, so make sure you have got your tickets, which can be obtained from W Bro’s Cowie or Ferrington!
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate those Brethren and Companions who have recently received notification of first appointments and promotions in Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter, well done to all of you for gaining the recognition you deserve.
I will be updating this news section every few months, so please check back regularly!