CRAFT ADDRESS 2016
Next year we shall be joining in the Tercentenary celebrations of Grand Lodge, and for the Brethren and their families in Shropshire our main celebration will be the MFest 300 two- day event to be held at Weston Park Shropshire on the 24th and 25th June. This is a joint event combining the Provinces of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire, and the “Early Bird” E tickets are now available from “mfest300.com” priced at £10 each. My new Provincial Senior Grand Warden W Bro
John Norman is
the Provincial 2017 representative and coordinator. John has already sent out to each of you the
details of this Anniversary event and so you will perhaps realise that this is
going to be a landmark celebration where we anticipate between five and ten
thousand people will be in attendance.
Provinces around the country will be holding celebratory events
throughout the whole year of 2017 and the Grand Lodge Rulers will be in
attendance at many of them. The Grand
Lodge itself will be celebrating the event on the 31st October 2017
when there will be a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall followed by a premier
dining event at Battersea Evolution. The
Royal Albert Hall will accommodate up to 5,000 and I will shortly be receiving
details of the ticket availability and allocation; I am lead to believe that
Shropshire may be allocated up to 17 tickets and I shall be writing to you through
the medium of our Provincial Office in due course with further details. I am, however, advised that Grand Lodge will
be approving a Tercentenary jewel which will be exhibited in the next June
edition of Freemasonry Today with the jewel availability from the 24thJune
2016. I understand that the jewel will
be available in versions of solid gold, silver gilt and gilt metal. In addition, and from the same date, a new
Craft tie will be available displaying the new UGLE logo.
congratulate both Alan and Dennis and wish them happiness and fulfilment as Grand Officers.
As we close one Masonic Provincial year may I give my thanks to my outgoing Wardens, W Bro Chris Jones, the PSGW and W Bro
Thank you, Brethren.