Monday, 03 January 2022 16:35

Provincial Almoners Letter from Andover

Dear Brethren All,  

May I start by wishing you all a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Well here we are at the start of another year, let us hope that things might become more tolerable and we can, perhaps, get towards some normality again. I trust that you were all able to enjoy the Christmas Festivities as you had planned. We were lucky in that between the 22nd December and Boxing Day were had the good fortune of seeing and being with our children at some time. We were well looked after and I did not have to do any cooking, although low in numbers, by design, each time we met, we felt the benefit of a supportive family. We did celebrate Pat’s birthday on the 1st January and requested that the family, those who could attend, stagger their visits, which they were able to do. It meant a long day but it was very enjoyable.

In the garden things are a little unusual we have primulas and some other Spring flowers showing themselves already. We do have a Viburnum X bodnantense shrub which sheds it’s leaves in Autumn but is covered in white and pink flowers throughout the winter, it brings a nice show of colour to the garden. I note that there are quite a number of the shrubs and trees are also beginning to bud, let us hope that the weather does not become too severe and kill them off. The lawn will soon need cutting but I will delay that as much as possible. I need now to get some fertiliser put into the soils for an extra benefit for the vegetables. 

It is with much regret that I note the passing to the Grand Lodge above of W. Bro. Chris Boorman, the previous Provincial Grand Almoner and a great friend to us all. He will be missed in many Orders. I have attended the funeral of W. Bro. Harry Norwood. We were able to enjoy the Pipe Band which played at this event, a touching moment. On the brighter side I did visit W. Bro. Stan Rickeard and his wife Gwen, two days before their 70th wedding anniversary and deliver a bouquet and a bottle of scotch. They thanked everyone for the gifts. Stan requested that I send his best wishes to you all.

Over this festive season, I, like many of you I suspect, have reflected on those who have been called to higher service throughout the year, having their family in our minds and prayers. This period is very difficult for many, especially those left on their own, so please if you can, pick up that phone and make contact where possible. Although the Government at present are not bringing in more restrictions we still need to be very cautious.

Best wishes to you all, I will be in touch again soon

Malcolm Lloyd, G.S.D., Prov. Grand Almoner