“ Brethren of the Province”
Brethren I would like to thank everyone for their support for the Devonshire 2016 Mark Benevolent Fund Festival by becoming a GRAND PARTON GOLD PROVINCE of which I am so proud.
This all came together at the weekend to an outstanding successful Festival raising a phenomenal amount of £1,014,000.
To those who made this possible, the Festival Committee, the Provincial Charity Steward, area reps, Charity Stewards, those who arranged fund raising activities, the Stewards on the weekend, the piper and the Sea Shanty singers, but above all to you the brethren of this the Oldest Province in the Order a great and sincere THANK YOU.
I would also like to thank you all for the wonderful support you have given me over the last 10 years as your Provincial Grand Master, this Province has achieved a lot over these last ten years and that has been down to you, but every thing good must come to an end, therefore I have tendered my resignation as Provincial Grand Master which has been accepted, I will therefore cease to be your Provincial Grand Master at 2359 hrs on the 30th September 2016 to allow V W Bro Peter Balsom to be Installed at the Provincial Meeting on the 1st October 2016 as the eleventh Provincial Grand Master of this GREAT Province.
Please give him the wonderful support that you have given me to lead us in the next phase in the life of this Province.
May the Great Overseer of the Universe bless you all, and again my sincere thanks for a great 10 years
Provincial Grand Master
Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons Devonshire