The Worshipful Master welcomed many visitors, foremost of these was V.W.Bro. Richard Hone, President of the Masonic Charitable Foundation who gave a very informative presentation on the development of the foundation and its aims. He explained why it was necessary for the former masonic trusts to be brought together in this new venture and reassured the brethren that it will continue to serve all those in need as the former trusts had done. During the last financial year in excess of £552,000 had been made available to beneficiaries across our province.
The members of the lodge accepted the nominations and elections of brethren for various positions of office and lodge responsibility for the ensuing year, most notably that of Worshipful Master, W.Bro. David Hilton MBE, AGSwdB, PPGSwdB.
Those brethren who were appointed by the Provincial Grand Master as Provincial Grand Stewards at the recent Annual General Meeting in Southampton were invited guests and were proposed and seconded as members of the lodge. All the members of PGSL No.9263 look forward to welcoming them at the Installation meeting in November.
The Festive Board which followed was, as is always the case at this gathering, a lively affair. It was pleasing to dine with two former Square Bear Carers , Andy G Harvey , newly appointed steward and Jordan Fretter, a picture is included below. Jordan invited Square Bear to attend his ceremony of installation at Domus Dei Lodge No.5151 in April next year. This will now be added to the Diary of Adventures.
Other photo opportunities were made available with the Worshipful Master and V.W.Bro. Richard Hone. The lodge wardens David Hilton & Paul Hillyard, lodge deacons Darren Wood & Paul Davis with inner guard Dennis Skouras, and a particularly nice picture with David Hilton, Master Elect and Wardens for the ensuing year Paul Hillyard and James Sampson.
A fine evening surely enjoyed by all present. Many thanks to all at PGSL No.9263.