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Provincial Grand Master's Christmas Message

Brethren

It’s hard to believe that 2022 is nearly over. It seems like only a few weeks ago that I set and published our new Provincial Strategy in January this year. As you know it has all been about membership, on the basis that if we are successful in increasing our membership we must therefore be doing the other things well. Your efforts in this respect have yielded outstanding results with more people than ever joining and enjoying the positive Buzz we have created in Buckinghamshire. Our membership has now increased significantly for the last 2 years.

It may surprise you to know that we now have 28 permanent members on our Provincial Executive, all taking part in the decisions we make. Many of these are officers such as the Provincial Almoner and Charity Steward who worked so hard for us during Covid.

In my 35 years in Freemasonry, I have never been prouder than watching the members of our Province rise to the challenge of looking after others during the pandemic.

With this same masonic spirit, I ask you to do what comes naturally to Freemasons and keep a watchful eye on the elder members of our Lodges. Please pick up the phone and call them to see if they need anything or just have a chat. Christmas can be a lonely time for some without family. If you know of anyone in need, then please inform your Lodge Almoner. The Provincial Almoner and his team are ready to help in any emergency over the Christmas period.

We have some very exciting plans for 2023.

My wife Sarah and I are very fortunate and will be spending Christmas at our home with our children Charlotte, Jack and David. We extend our very best wishes to you and your families and hope that you will have the opportunity to slow down and take a little time to relax.

I look forward to seeing you all in January when I can promise you, we will be back with a bang.

Yours sincerely

John Clark

Provincial Grand Master for Buckinghamshire