Welcome to the September edition of our group bulletin
Welcome to my first Group Bulletin of the new Masonic season.
I trust you have all had a relaxing and happy summer break especially in the wonderful weather we experienced.
During the summer recess the structure of the Group has changed slightly.
Due to the sudden sad passing of W.Bro Danny Wilson PPrSGW, our Group Mentor (Craft), I have asked W.Bro Hugh O’Neil PPrGSuptWks of South Liverpool Lodge to undertake this important role within our Group. I am pleased to report that he has accepted the post and I am sure you will offer him your support.
There has been a change in the post of Group Tithebarn Representative. I have appointed W.Bro Alan McCluskey PPrGSuptWks of Excelsior Lodge to replace W.Bro Len Allen. I extend my grateful thanks to W.Bro Len for his time as the Tithebarn Representative.
At the end of last season the Group held a couple of social nights at the hall which were very successful in raising funds for the 2021 MCF Festival and my thanks go to W.Bro Jim Corcoran for his organisation of the events.
Speaking of Jim Corcoran, I would like to place on record my admiration and congratulations to him for being honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List by the award of the British Empire Medal for his contribution to charity in the UK and abroad.
Turning to the Provincial Care Structure, the Pastoral Care Officer for the Garston and Gladstone Groups, W.Bro Derek Elston PPrSGW, has retired from office and therefore a successor is being sought. W.Bro Derek also undertook the role of Administration Officer for care recipients residing on the Wirral.
I have attached brief job descriptions for both of these positions and invite any member of the Group who would like to take one these very important roles to let me know as soon as possible.
It is pleasing to report that a number of lodges and chapters will be having candidates in the coming months and I hope, subject to being invited, to attend as many as possible.
In conclusion, I wish you all the best wishes for the new season and hope that you continue to enjoy your Freemasonry and I look forward to being with you all once again.
Vice Chairman’s Report
I would like to say yet another season beckons and we have a number of celebrations this forthcoming season in both the Craft and the Royal Arch. I do hope that as many as possible will try to attend those functions which are listed on the group calendar and are posted here on the website. The earliest is in November 2018, which is that of WBro Peter Williams, who is celebrating 60 years in the Craft.
Regarding installation meetings, I hope that we continue to see more and more of the Masters in Office attending and being given the appropriate consideration regarding the dining fee.
As the lead in the group regarding the Holy Royal Arch, I am pleased to see that Royal George Chapter is about to welcome another candidate later this month and I do hope that this continues. On this note, I wonder if I could just give a reminder to those of you who have not as yet responded to my request for details of membership of the Royal Arch, if they could complete the pro-forma and return to me. So far, the response has not been quite what I had expected. If I could please ask you all, particularly those who are members of the Royal Arch, if you could try and encourage those who have not yet joined to consider doing so, for many this will be very enlightening and encourage them to further their Masonic knowledge, perhaps in other side orders also.
I am sure that you will all be aware that we are still in festival mode and I anticipate that there will continue to be further functions organised not just by the group, but the Lodge and Chapter festival representatives with a view to gaining patronage of some kind. We are only a small group but usually we very often outshine a number of the larger groups in the Province with our charitable donations. We can all make a start as I believe there is a new stock of the Provincial ties that the group charity representative has for distribution with the right fee paid, you could have it before we really get going.
That is all for now. I will close with a reminder that it is Provincial Grand Chapter on Thursday 11 October 2018 at Southport and there are a number of Companions who are to receive first appointments / promotions. It should be a good day out and I am sure if you book early you will not be disappointed.
See you all soon.
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