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Saturday, 15 May 2021 15:16

Provincial Almoners Weekly Letter

Dear Brethren All,

I trust that you are all as well as can be expected, and safe. We were heading to an easier path for the roadmap to take its’ course but, yesterday, due to spiking of the Virus, the Prime Minister made an announcement of caution regarding outbreaks in certain parts of the country. We will have to keep our fingers crossed that all can go ahead smoothly.

Saturday, 08 May 2021 14:33

Provincial Almoners Weekly Letter

Dear Brethren All,   

This week has again been a mixed bags of tricks when it comes to the weather. Some have experienced sudden heavy showers, hailstorms and even a smattering of snow I believe. The poor plants do not really know how to react. In the main though it has not been too bad for us and we have been able to get out in the garden for a while. I have managed to construct a trellis for the blackberry plant and it looks a lot tidier. Pat has tidied up the loganberry canes so we hope that we will be rewarded with some delicious fruit later in the year.

Saturday, 01 May 2021 17:15

Provincial Almoners Weekly Letter

Dear Brethren All,   

Here we are into May already. I wish to share with you some good news that I received in the week, and I hope that some of you are aware of this already. I received a letter, dated 26th April 2021, from the Grand Secretary of Mark Master Masons’, and I quote, “Mark Benevolent Fund, Major Capital to support Hospices in England and Wales. In recognition of a lifetime and dedication to the Crown, and the nation, by His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund (M.B.F.) have approved a Major Capital Grant of £1.25 million to support hospices in England and Wales.

Saturday, 24 April 2021 17:55

Provincial Almoners Weekly Letter

Dear Brethren All,  

I hope that you are enjoying this sunny weather and are able to meet up with some of your family and friends. It is a nice feeling to think that we might be returning to some normality.

I know many of you have made a donation to the the Mark Benevolent Fund for a Hampshire and Isle of Wight 2026 Festival Jewel. The MBF have informed us that they are currently still in production and will be sent directly to recipients in the next few weeks.

Brethren,

Here is a link and password to watch the cloud recording of the virtual Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 17 April 2021.

Brethren hopefully today will be the last of our Annual Virtual Business Meetings and we can return to Portsmouth Guildhall next April.

My thanks to all who attended the Meeting today either by Zoom or Facebook, our Guests, the Heads of Orders and their representatives, and of course, The Deputy Grand Master and Past Provincial Grand Master of this Province, RW Bro John H Prizeman.

Saturday, 17 April 2021 17:33

Provincial Almoners Weekly Letter

Dear Brethren All,  

What a shock I had early this week, on looking in the mirror I did not recognise the image in front of me. It was tidy and might have even looked a little younger. Yes, I, like some of you, have had a haircut and don’t I feel a lot better for just that pleasure. It is good to see the shops opening and services returning. Yes, we have to put up with restrictions on numbers, wearing face coverings, (which is now almost second nature), and social distancing but it is certainly worth it. Having said that I am not one who will be sitting outside restaurants or pubs for a while but I am glad that they can start earning some money again.

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