Message from the Provincial Grand Master

5th April 2020

Dear Brother Secretary,

As we have reached the end of the second week of Covid-19 restrictions I am heartened to see the initiatives being used to remain in contact with each other.

It is vitally important that we keep this communication going over the weeks and months ahead, particularly with our Brethren who are in the “at risk” category and may be feeling particularly isolated.

Lodge Minute books are a great source of the history of a Lodge and I would encourage Lodges Secretaries to make an entry in their Lodge Minute Book, recording that meetings were suspended due to these restrictions and also to record the details of any committee meetings/presentations that are being conducted via Zoom, Lodge Facebook or Web sites.

Can I urge all Lodges who are responsible for Non Domestic Rates to make an application for Small Business Relief Grant as a result of Covid-19. If successful, you could receive a grant of up to £10,000. Provincial Grand Secretary has already issued an email with instructions on how make your application.

With reference to the various events that have been arranged to commemorate the Provincial Grand Lodge 275thAnniversary, it is my intention to wait until early June before making a decision whether or not the golf tournament (28thJune) and bowls competition (2nd August) go ahead and consider whether the Re-Dedication Ceremony in Cupar (15thAugust) should be re-scheduled to a later date.

A decision regarding the fishing competition (17th May) will be made soon.

Regarding the recent letter from Grand Chaplain in which he asks that “the symbol we should be putting in our windows is the letter “G” reminding us from where our help comes”. I would encourage you to take part in this request.

Brethren, I’m sure I speak for us all when I say that our thoughts are with all those who are fighting the Corona virus.

Finally, Brethren, please continue to follow the advice of the Government and other authorities as we make our way out of these difficult times.

Yours faithfully and fraternally,

Stewart Quigley,

Provincial Grand Master.