As a Proud Prestonian, born and bred and a freemason for most of my adult life, I was naturally both flattered and honoured to be asked recently by the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to become an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals.
I look forward to working alongside you all and especially with my colleague, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Winder and our Group Chairman Stephen Bolton.
The Royal Arch has a long and distinguished history in Preston, most local freemasons belonging to one or more of our chapters and I am confident that our joint efforts will seek “to have but one end in view” which is to make freemasonry even more enjoyable and successful in our city.
I offer every support, encouragement and admiration to those who work so hard in various administrative tasks within our chapters, those who raise money from our members and carefully distribute it to so many good causes and those who use their talents to ensure the well running of our Masonic Hall in Saul Street.
We should all remember the imperative to attract suitable new members to freemasonry by example. There are many good men who find our charitable and caring ethos attractive and who would welcome the opportunity to join us and “make a difference” both within freemasonry and through freemasonry, to society in general.”