GUIDANCE TO OUR MEMBERS
The below Important Announcement from The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, was sent on 17th March 2020:
In view of the latest Government advice on the coronavirus pandemic, all Lodge and Chapter meetings within England and Wales are suspended for a period of four months with immediate effect.
The Most Worshipful Grand Master
United Fraternity of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of England.
Message from the Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons, Peter C. Kinder. 17th March 2020:
The latest announcement from the Most Worshipful Grand Master regarding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is to suspend all Masonic meetings for a period of four months.
Please note, this applies to ALL Masonic meetings.
As the situation has been changing on a daily basis, and as the government has been responding and issuing guidance to the country, as we have in communication with our brethren, it has been quite difficult to keep you fully abreast of the latest information with regard to Lodge meetings. This announcement gives absolute clarity on our situation.
The country is facing a national emergency that requires every person and organisation to pull together to ensure that this period of uncertainty is managed as effectively and efficiently as possible. Freemasonry, whilst being extremely important to us all, is a sociable and fraternal pastime that, in itself, is not essential. We all have to appreciate the work behind the scenes that is being done on our behalf, and this will continue.
What is essential in the meantime is that we continue to look after our families, friends and Brother Freemasons alike during these difficult times. Please keep in touch with each other by telephone and help where you can. Consider formal arrangements within your Lodges and Chapters to share the work of Almoners and Care Team members to support brethren and Lodge widows, particularly those who are alone or in any way vulnerable.
I recognise that you will no doubt have many questions about the impact of this cessation of our activities; how to manage, for example, missed installation ceremonies, and what to record in your minute books. Please understand that at the moment we don’t have all the answers to give you, but these will be forthcoming in due course. There will be busy times ahead when we resume ‘business as usual’, whenever this may be. As always, rest assured that I and the team here in the Provincial office will share further updates as soon as information is available. Please keep returning to this page of our Provincial website for updates as they happen, and also emails from the Provincial Grand Secretary.
Thank you for your continued support, we all look forward to this being over, where we can return to our Lodges and Masonic business.
Stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
Peter C. Kinder
Provincial Grand Master, Leicestershire & Rutland