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Group Chairman
Geoffrey M Porter

Brethren,
The Festive Season is all but upon us at the end of another busy, but very enjoyable, first part of our Masonic year.
Many Companions of the Group attended the Southport Floral Hall in October to support the Grand Superintendent and those who were to receive their first Appointment or Promotion in Provincial Grand Chapter.

It was another splendid occasion and the practice of sharing breakfast at Ashton Masonic Hall in the morning once again proved most popular. It was a wonderful way to start such a special day.It was at this meeting that our Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals’, Ian Cuerden, retired after serving the Province in that role for four and a half years.

My thanks are extended to Ian for his total dedication to that role and excellent care and attention he has shown to each and every Chapter in our Group.He has been a regular attender at all the Exaltation Ceremonies in our Chapters. He was replaced by Michael Threlfall, the Provincial Membership Officer, and we warmly welcome him in his new role.

The brethren again gathered at St Matthew’s Church, Highfield, to enjoy a very happy Church Service, followed by a very convivial Evening Dinner at Ashton Masonic Hall in the Company of the Mayor of Wigan and the Mayor’s Consort together with the Provincial Grand Master and our own Assistant Provincial Grand Master, David Ogden.

The Charity Stewards and Festival Representatives met in October with the Group Charity Steward, Ian Green, supported by the Regional Charity Steward, Malcolm Warren and our APGM. The Group Executive thanks them all for their input in this important role.The Provincial Care Team met with the Almoners of this and also the Leigh Group in November to explain their roles in supporting the brethren and companions.

The work of the Almoner never stops and the Group Executive appreciates the work carried out by these dedicated Officers throughout the whole year.

I hope we can all enjoy the Peace, Love and Happiness that comes with the forthcoming Festive Season. This is a time for being thankful for what we have, a time for sharing what we have and a time to reflect.

Continue to appreciate and value your families, your friends and your neighbours.

Continue to demonstrate to the world the happy and beneficial effects of Freemasonry.

Continue to care for each other and continue to remember those we held so dear in life but who are no longer with us.

May the Spirit of the Christmas Festival enfold us all and continue throughout the year ahead.

Best wishes
Geoffrey

Group Chairman