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The Province has held its Annual Meeting since the last issue of Insight and the address that I made at the meeting is included in this issue. Although the address is primarily for our members, it gives an insight into what we are doing in the Province and will be of interest to non-masons.
A number of approaching anniversaries are mentioned in the address. Subsequently one of our lodges has celebrated its 250th anniversary – a remarkable achievement for a group of men who got together all those years ago to advance Freemasonry in the New Forest. Pictured right, the meeting was held at Unity Hall in Ringwood and I was privileged to dedicate the new lodge banner. The members of the Lodge are in fine form and I have no doubt that Lodge of Unity has a great future.
We have also supported the Bournemouth Children’s Festival and joined the morning parade to Meyrick Park in our regalia. It was a great spectacle to start the day’s events. It was a privilege to participate in full regalia – the first time we have done so for very many years. Our involvement in the community across the province continues to increase and this will develop further as our new “Areas”, referred to in my address, become firmly established.
The Province’s involvement in social media continues apace and we now have our own YouTube channel which includes our video – “Freemasonry in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, in less than 5
minutes”! The channel also includes Maddie’s story, referred to in this issue of Insight; and a link to the Grand Lodge YouTube channel which includes a number of informative videos. They are well worth a visit/watch – by masons, their family and friends, and by non-masons.
The Province’s YouTube channel can be found at Enjoy it!
Michael J Wilks
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Freemason and Assistant Provincial Grand Master Jon Whitaker has been recognised for his contribution to St John Ambulance by being invested into the Order of St John at a special ceremony in the order’s historic 12th Century Priory Church in Clerkenwell, London. Members are honoured if they have shown exceptional service to its key foundations, one of which is St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity. The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry and each recipient is approved by Her Majesty the Queen.
St John Ambulance’s mission is to provide an effective and efficient charitable first aid service to local communities, and training and products to satisfy first aid and related health and safety needs for all of society. Jon has supported the charity for a number of years, first as an adviser in Hampshire County on personnel issues and as chairman of its new training centre in Southampton, which was opened by The Princess Royal in 2002. He is now President of the Southampton units and divisions that meet at the centre.
The Order of St John is one of the world’s oldest charities, and traces its origins back 900 years to the Knights Hospitaller and the first hospital of St John in Jerusalem in 1078. Its international work continues with the eye hospital in Jerusalem today and is showcased in the museum of the order in Clerkenwell, London. St John Ambulance has a long association with freemasonry; indeed many of its members are masons and there is a lodge named Prior Walter, which was founded by St John members.
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