A New Year Musing for 2018
posted on 02 January 2018
My dear Companions, as I sit to write this on New Year’s Eve it seems appropriate to reflect upon my first full year as Grand Superintendent of our wonderful Province of Warwickshire, and to look forward to what is in store for the coming 12 months.
Companions, it has been a busy year! My Provincial team has been out in force, supporting not only installations, but also many exaltations to support Chapters and to especially welcome the new Companion into our order. I am delighted to tell you that during 2017 there have been 37 Exaltations, (2016 -26 exaltations) and that there is already a busy diary for the coming few months, with many chapters having candidates in waiting. We have seen our membership grow in 2017 which is a reversal of a trend of some 10 years, and for which I am very grateful to you all.
As well as installations and exaltations, 2017 also included; a Provincial visit to Oxfordshire; a fun Principals and Past Principals dinner with a new format; a full church at the Annual Church Service last February; visits to many other Provincial Convocations; a well-attended Warwickshire Annual Convocation on a sunny day in July; support at the many Tercentenary events both in Warwickshire and London; a presentation as Wilson Stuart School with the Lord Mayor; along with many others and I’ve enjoyed every fun packed and exhausting minute of it. I am so grateful for Julie’s unstinting support without which none of this would have been possible.
And so, to 2018.
The Provincial Team have been putting plans together for another fun and involving year. First up, we have the Principals and Past Principals Dinner at Kings Norton Golf Club on the 30th January, again with a fun quiz put together by Comp Peter Sorrill. The church service will have a family theme this year and I’ve asked two recently installed MEZ’s to deliver a couple of the readings, so please come along and support them. The important Royal Arch Roadshows will take place on 22nd and 26th February at Yenton Assembly Rooms, Erdington and Rugby Masonic Rooms respectively. We really need your support for these events by asking you to identify a brother or two who you feel may wish to learn more about the Royal Arch to help them in deciding when it is right for them to join. It’s less than two months away now so please do get asking! We have also invited the Provincial Grand Chapter of Worcestershire to come along to see a Warwickshire Exaltation at Athol Chapter no 74 on the 19th February at Severn Street Masonic Rooms in Birmingham – another date for your diary as your support will be welcome.
So my Companions, a busy year in store and I thank you all for your continued support, your kindness, enthusiasm and ideas. We couldn’t do this without you. Julie and I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.