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7th. Provincial Assembly of Wessex, hosted by King Hywel of Cornwall Court No. 69, held in The Masonic Hall, Liskey Hill, Perranporth, Cornwall. TR6 0HR on Saturday 16th. May 2015
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2015 Provincial Grand Secretaries Report
Province of Wessex                                                                                                                                             Annual Assembly 2015 – Secretary’s Report  Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Distinguished Brethren and Brethren:- This, as is my custom, will not be lengthy. I am, as you are aware retiring from this office after three years, not because this seems to be the norm within this Order but because my successor W.Bro. Ken Willies was the original choice of the Provincial Grand Master to succeed V.W.Bro. Brian Wright when he was promoted to Deputy Provincial Grand Master but W.Bro. Ken’s eyesight suddenly deteriorated and he so advised the Province. It was then that I was asked to fulfil the duties until the Provincial Grand Master could get to know the members of the Province sufficiently well to select a successor. So, he and the Provincial executive were delighted when W.Bro. Ken advised me that his sight had not deteriorated to the extent prophesied and he was capable, if so required, of carrying out the duties as necessitated within the office of Provincial Grand Secretary. I congratulate him on his appointment expressing the hope that he will enjoy the office and its duties as much as I have. And   enjoy   it   I   have!   The   three   years   have   flown   by   as   they   do   at   my   age.   During   the period   I   have   been   most   fortunate   and   privileged,   and   I   do   not   use   the   word   lightly, to   visit   all   the   Courts   for   most,   if   not   all,   of   their   meetings.   My   diaries   indicate   that during   the   three   years   I   have   failed   to   attend   seven   of   the   sixty   meetings.   The welcomes   I   have   received   have   been   most   gratifying   and   I   thank   all   the   members   of all   the   Courts   for   the   warmth   of   the   welcomes   and   the   courtesies   extended   during every   visit.   It   is   my   intention   to   continue   visiting   as   long   as   my   health   and   age   will permit as it is far too enjoyable to relinquish without a struggle. Whilst   assuring   my   successor   of   my   help   and   assistance   should   he   need   it   I   am   now in   a   position   where   I   can   advise   him   of   the   needs   of   the   Court   secretaries   and Grand   Court   plus   the   idiosyncrasies   of   the   latter   plus   perhaps   the   idiosyncrasies   of the former as well! I   am   greatly   indebted   to   all   my   fellow   secretaries   both   present   and   past.   These include   the   Court   secretaries,   those   of   other   provinces   and   those   various   members of   Grand   Court   with   whom   it   is   necessary   that   I   communicate   such   as   the   Grand Registrar V.W.Bro. Tony Burke, and the Grand Secretary V.W.Bro. Mike Eckley who
is present today. I shall certainly miss the banter but also, when required, their sound and invaluable advice. It would be remiss of me not to thank those members of the Provincial Executive and the friendship of their ladies. Brethren, without their assistance my secretarial life would have been much more difficult. I stress, not for the first time, that they are volunteers, serving their fellows out of generosity of spirit. A principal reason for those subscriptions we pay to Provincial and Grand Courts; being so low. The duties and responsibilities are usually enjoyable but, as we all, know and appreciate, they can at times be arduous and sometimes even irritating to our partners. Whilst is not usual to refer to any brother by name there are two brethren, presently acting as secretaries, whom I must particularly thank - Worshipful Brothers Barry Chalkley and David Attwater who both stepped in when the secretaries of  their Courts resigned. My personal thanks plus those of the Province and the Courts are extended. I   am   conscious   that   there   will   have   been   occasions   that;   despatching   my   duties   as   provincial   secretary;   I   often intrude   into   your   personal   and   private   time   so   I   request   you   to   thank   the   ladies   for   so   permitting.   I   reiterate   my comment   last   year   that   I   am   aware   that   many   –   probably   most   -   of   my   requests   will   have   appeared   to   be pedantic   and   nit-picking   but   that   is   because   Grand   Court   insist   that   I   operate   within   …   not   only   the   Statutes   of the Order … but the secretarial handbook! This will apply to my successor and his! Finally Provincial Grand Master I must reiterate some of my words from last year and thank you Sir for the trust you have placed in me and the considerable latitude you permitted throughout the past three years. I have enjoyed working with you on behalf of the Province and this splendid Order and my further thanks, once again, to you and your Deputy for your company during the numerous visits we have made to other parts of the country. In   discharging   the   duties   necessary   to   the   office   of   Provincial   Grand   Secretary   I   trust   that   I   have   served   to your satisfaction and not failed the Province, the Order, or any Brother with whom I have needed to work. W.Bro. Mervyn S Western, KSM, Grand High Almoner                                                                                                                                                               Provincial Grand Secretary
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2015 Provincal Grand Secretaries Report
Province of Wessex                                                                                                                                             Annual Assembly 2015 – Secretary’s Report Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Distinguished Brethren and Brethren:- This,   as   is   my   custom,   will   not   be   lengthy.   I   am,   as   you   are   aware   retiring   from   this   office after   three   years,   not   because   this   seems   to   be   the   norm   within   this   Order   but   because   my successor   W.Bro.   Ken   Willies   was   the   original   choice   of   the   Provincial   Grand   Master   to succeed   V.W.Bro.   Brian   Wright   when   he   was   promoted   to   Deputy   Provincial   Grand   Master but   W.Bro.   Ken’s   eyesight   suddenly   deteriorated   and   he   so   advised   the   Province.   It   was   then that   I   was   asked   to   fulfil   the   duties   until   the   Provincial   Grand   Master   could   get   to   know   the members   of   the   Province   sufficiently   well   to   select   a   successor.   So,   he   and   the   Provincial executive   were   delighted   when   W.Bro.   Ken   advised   me   that   his   sight   had   not   deteriorated   to the   extent   prophesied   and   he   was   capable,   if   so   required,   of   carrying   out   the   duties   as necessitated   within   the   office   of   Provincial   Grand   Secretary.   I   congratulate   him   on   his appointment   expressing   the   hope   that   he   will   enjoy   the   office   and   its   duties   as   much   as   I have. And   enjoy   it   I   have!   The   three   years   have   flown   by   as   they   do   at   my   age.   During   the   period   I have   been   most   fortunate   and   privileged,   and   I   do   not   use   the   word   lightly,   to   visit   all   the Courts   for   most,   if   not   all,   of   their   meetings.   My   diaries   indicate   that   during   the   three   years   I have   failed   to   attend   seven   of   the   sixty   meetings.   The   welcomes   I   have   received   have   been most   gratifying   and   I   thank   all   the   members   of   all   the   Courts   for   the   warmth   of   the   welcomes and   the   courtesies   extended   during   every   visit.   It   is   my   intention   to   continue   visiting   as   long as my health and age will permit as it is far too enjoyable to relinquish without a struggle. Whilst   assuring   my   successor   of   my   help   and   assistance   should   he   need   it   I   am   now   in   a position   where   I   can   advise   him   of   the   needs   of   the   Court   secretaries   and   Grand   Court   plus the idiosyncrasies of the latter plus perhaps the idiosyncrasies of the former as well! I   am   greatly   indebted   to   all   my   fellow   secretaries   both   present   and   past.   These   include   the Court   secretaries,   those   of   other   provinces   and   those   various   members   of   Grand   Court   with whom   it   is   necessary   that   I   communicate   such   as   the   Grand   Registrar   V.W.Bro.   Tony   Burke,
and   the   Grand   Secretary   V.W.Bro.   Mike   Eckley   who   s   present   today.   I   shall   certainly   miss   the   banter   but   also,   when required,   their   sound   and   invaluable   advice.   It   would   be   remiss   of   me   not   to   thank   those   members   of   the   Provincial Executive   and   the   friendship   of   their   ladies.   Brethren,   without   their   assistance   my   secretarial   life   would   have   been much   more   difficult.   I   stress,   not   for   the   first   time,   that   they   are   volunteers,   serving   their   fellows   out   of   generosity   of spirit.   A   principal   reason   for   those   subscriptions   we   pay   to   Provincial   and   Grand   Courts;   being   so   low.   The   duties and   responsibilities   are   usually   enjoyable   but,   as   we   all,   know   and   appreciate,   they   can   at   times   be   arduous   and sometimes   even   irritating   to   our   partners.   Whilst   is   not   usual   to   refer   to   any   brother   by   name   there   are   two   brethren, presently   acting   as   secretaries,   whom   I   must   particularly   thank   -   Worshipful   Brothers   Barry   Chalkley   and   David Attwater   who   both   stepped   in   when   the   secretaries   of      their   Courts   resigned.   My   personal   thanks   plus   those   of   the Province and the Courts are extended. I   am   conscious   that   there   will   have   been   occasions   that;   despatching   my   duties   as   provincial   secretary;   I   often   intrude into   your   personal   and   private   time   so   I   request   you   to   thank   the   ladies   for   so   permitting.   I   reiterate   my   comment   last year   that   I   am   aware   that   many   –   probably   most   -   of   my   requests   will   have   appeared   to   be   pedantic   and   nit-picking but   that   is   because   Grand   Court   insist   that   I   operate   within   …   not   only   the   Statutes   of   the   Order   …   but   the   secretarial handbook!   This   will   apply   to   my   successor   and   his!   Finally   Provincial   Grand   Master   I   must   reiterate   some   of   my words   from   last   year   and   thank   you   Sir   for   the   trust   you   have   placed   in   me   and   the   considerable   latitude   you permitted   throughout   the   past   three   years.   I   have   enjoyed   working   with   you   on   behalf   of   the   Province   and   this splendid   Order   and   my   further   thanks,   once   again,   to   you   and   your   Deputy   for   your   company   during   the   numerous visits we have made to other parts of the country. In   discharging   the   duties   necessary   to   the   office   of   Provincial   Grand   Secretary   I   trust   that   I   have   served   to   your satisfaction and not failed the Province, the Order, or any Brother with whom I have needed to work. W.Bro. Mervyn S Western, KSM, Grand High Almoner                                                                                                                                                               Provincial Grand Secretary
7th. Provincial Assembly of Wessex, hosted by King Hywel of Cornwall Court No. 69, held in The Masonic Hall, Liskey Hill, Perranporth, Cornwall. TR6 0HR on Saturday 16th. May 2015