I start this week on sad news, our PGM, Rt. W. Bro. George Deacon attended the funeral of W. Br. Myron Peacock on Tuesday. He tells me that there were the invited 10 people in attendance and W. Bro. Mark Denton gave a very commendable Eulogy. It is with sadness that I pay respects to W. Bro. Andrew Wareham who passed to the Grand Lodge above a few days ago. Our thoughts go out to his wife and family and to Andrew’s father, Rt. W. Bro. Brian Wareham and his wife. Many of us knew Andrew through AMD, who was for a while, the Dep. G. Pref. of Southern Counties.
It was so heart-warming to see so many of you celebrating the VE Day celebrations. Although we could not join with our families and friends it was good to see an abundance of pictures on Facebook and the accompanying comments. Pat and I were able to spend about an hour with our children, grand-children and great grand-children on Zoom. We all had high tea together, it was very enjoyable.
Tomorrow, 8th May, is, as you are aware, V.E. Day, which to quite a few of us will bring back memories. I recall my mother, on that day, coming out of the house and shouting, “It is all over.” I replied, “what is over, Mum?” She said, “The war.” I had never seen her so happy and she picked me up and swung me around. The whole country was still in turmoil, with bombed dwellings, shops and businesses. Thankfully we were not confined to our own homes and could mingle together, as it had been for the last five years.
In these worrying times it's not easy to have charitable giving at the forefront of your minds. Nevertheless the phenomenal work of the of the Mark Benevolent Fund goes on regardless. Of course there is much more focus at present on helping needy Mark and RAM Brethren and their families.