Brethren, the date of my retirement from office is now confirmed as 31 May 2020. From 1 June 2020 VW Bro Dick Knifton will assume control of the Province as Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge.
The MW The Grand Master has been pleased to appoint W Bro Neil Clark Connolly PSGD, AProvGM, to be Provincial Grand Master for Hertfordshire with effect from 1 June 2020.
It is anticipated that W Bro Connolly will be installed during the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on Wednesday, 23 September 2020.
RW Bro Paul Gower
Provincial Grand Master
A response from the Provincial Grand Master Designate:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all you that have sent me messages of congratulations since the announcement from the Provincial Grand Master. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serve the Province as your next Provincial Grand Master.
As we know, Paul Gower has led our Province in such a manner that has enabled us all to enjoy our Freemasonry and for us to live up to our reputation of ‘Happy Hertfordshire’ and it is my intention to continue in this vein in the manner established by him and his predecessors.
Brethren, Freemasonry is at a point where it is important that we develop new strategies to remain relevant in a modern society but also that we do not lose the things that make our Institution unique.
I look forward to seeing you all throughout the remainder of this Masonic year.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Provincial Grand Master Designate