Brethren and Companions, I am immensely proud of you all. The wonderful result declared on Tuesday of over £3.25m for the Masonic Samaritan Fund is a tribute to all of you and your unstinting generosity over the last 6 years. I was confident we could pass our target but you ensured the Province soared past it by nearly 50%.
We are all so very grateful to the Charity team under the supervision of Doug Hughes and Phil May. They ensured this was all done with good humour and in the true spirit of masonic giving. Your generosity has touched and changed so many lives. Be very proud of what has been done by the whole of the Province.
On a personal note my wife and I are greatly touched by the most generous retirement present given to me at Provincial Grand Lodge on Tuesday. We are much looking forward to a few days of bliss on the Isles of Scilly and on my return I shall have the pleasure of the greenhouse which will be a permanent reminder for me of 10 wonderful years in the company of you all.
Thank you all so much.
God bless you all