I hope you have all enjoyed the Summer Break. Throughout the past three months, during the break in regular meetings, there has been quite a lot of activity tin each of our Masonic Halls in preparation for another Season to begin. Well done to the Management Teams in all three Halls. Your work on behalf of us all is valued appreciated.
The Group Executive Officers look forward to a busy and happy year to come. I do hope that you all continue to enjoy your Freemasonry as much as we do. Our Annual Church Service at St Matthew’s, Highfield, is to be held on Sunday, 22nd October, at which the Bishop of Liverpool will deliver the Address. Your support for this event would be very much appreciated. For those who may not have attended previously; the Brethren may wear their Regalia if they wish to – the Senior Officers of the Group and the Province do so. The brethren with wives/partners sit together in the Church. I do hope to see many of you there. There is to be an Evening Dinner at Ashton MH afterwards for those Brethren and Companions attending the Service.
The Provincial Grand Master launched the 2021 Festival for the Masonic Charitable Foundation at Provincial Grand Lodge on Wednesday 10th May 2017. Members of the Group and their families enjoyed an afternoon in July along the Lancaster Canal to raise funds towards the Festival, whilst also enjoying a wonderful day together – over £2300 was raised, with possibly more to come, for which I say thank you to you all.
The work of the Almoners and the Provincial Care Team did not stop throughout the summer months and the Group Executive is grateful for the work carried out by these Officers.
The Bowling Group had success at Provincial Bowling Finals at the Tetley Club in Warrington on July 9th when Bro Denis Bruen was runner-up in the Final the secondary competition. Everyone from our Group did well on the afternoon. The Group Finals were played on a cold and miserable 3rd September afternoon and was won by John Cooper with Bill Wilding a very close (21-20) Runner-up. Congratulations to all who participated – there were some very close matches.
The Provincial Golfing Finals this year was again enjoyed by a Team from our Group. Though we didn’t win the Trophy I understand that top marks in the bragging rights most certainly went to Geoff Whittle of our Group, who scored an eagle on the par four ninth hole. After a slightly wayward drive off the tee Geoff found his ball in some rough about 110 yards from the green. Taking a sand wedge, he went for the pin and for once it went straight in.
“It wasn’t luck,” he said, “I always aim at the pin!”
Next year, the competition will be held at Davyhulme Park Golf Club on Thursday 2nd August 2018.
To the Companions who are to receive Provincial Honours in October I extend my warmest congratulations. I am sure the Appointment or Promotion will have brought happiness to both themselves and their friends in Masonry. Congratulations to you all.
Looking forward to the forthcoming season, I do hope that you will continue to enjoy your Freemasonry.
Continue to appreciate and value your families, your friends and your neighbours and continue to care for each other. Above all, demonstrate to the world the happy and beneficial effects of our membership of Freemasonry.
Please give your special care to those who are coping with their grief following a bereavement. We should always remember those who are no longer with us and keep our loved ones in our thinking and in our Prayers.
Geoffrey M Porter