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policy of openness with thepublic, and the creation of amentoring system to ensurethat every newcomer is madeto feel very welcome from theday he joins.“The days are gone whenProvincial ofﬁcers did not talkto initiates,” he says. “I alwaysmake a point of talking toinitiates. After all, they are thefuture of the Craft.”Worcestershire Masons maytake for granted the constantpresence of acting Provincialofﬁcers at their lodgemeetings but go to someother provinces and you ﬁnda marked difference. In someparts of the country it is rareto see senior Rulers even atinstallation ceremonies.“I have been very fortunatein having such a strong teamaround me,” says the PGM.“We are more active than inany other province I know.”He also praises the hugesupport he has had from hiswife Helena. “Without herhelp I could not have done it.” Ask him what has been thehighlight of his years in ofﬁceand he immediately cites the2011 Festival. “The amountraised during the ﬁve-yearcampaign – over £1.67million – was astonishing,” hesays. “That was a wonderfulachievement .“Other special occasionsfor me have been theconsecration of three newlodges - Morgan, GeorgeTaylor and Wenceslas –and the building of the newtemple at Kidderminster. Thatwas a fantastic achievementand shows what can be doneif everybody pulls together.”He also nominates the closingof the Stechford centre as amemorable event.“While it was naturally asad occasion, Stechfordhad its own triumphs whenall the lodges there weresuccessfully accommodatedelsewhere and the sale of the premises allowed us toset up our special buildingfund amounting to around£200,000. This now allowsus to lend money to Masoniccentres who want to improvetheir amenities and donecessary repairs.”So how will the PGMspend the extra time that“retirement” will bring?“Well,” he says, “I have myLodges in the Province haveresponded enthusiasticallyto an invitation to donate toa special fund as a tribute tothe retiring PGM. At his request, the fundwill pay for a Day of Musicat Worcester Cathedral inperpetuity. He expressed aown Masonry still, of course,and will be able to devotemore time to my othergreat hobby – the Goddard Association.”This is a world-wide societywith about 300 members of the Goddard clan. It beganin America and our RW Broof that ilk has been a leadinglight in setting up a GB branchand as its president producesa quarterly newsheet.His own personal researcheshave so far traced ancestorsback to the 14th century.He says he will also havemore time for his largegarden at his home at LeighSinton, near Malvern. “Mindyou, Helena does the expertstuff, I’m just the labourer.”
W Bro Peter Ricketts is a member of the Lodge of Hope and Charity No 377
A lasting tributeA strong team around me
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Every Master Mason inthe Province is eligibleto attend the Installationof the new PGM.It will take place atabout 10.45am onJune 15 in the GreatHall at the University of Birmingham.The Provincial AGM willtake place in the GreatHall after lunch. Detailswill be given in the AGMsummons sent to everybrother.
Wall-to-wall Provincial Wardens was a rare sight when they supported RW Bro Richard Goddard (centre) as heofﬁciated at his last installation as PGM.The Wardens had all been appointed by the PGM during his years in ofﬁce. Theevent took place at Northﬁeld when W Bro Tony Swain assumed the Master’schair of the Province’s youngest lodge,Wenceslas No 9836.With the PGM are Maynard Burton, MikeDancer, Bob Clark, Gerrard Oldham,Chris Firminger, Kerry Parkes, JulianTurner, Joe Marzouk, Alan Dally, KeithEvans, Rick Abbotts, Stephen Wyer,Charles Dyer, Bob Gameson, IrvingHome, Patrick Firminger, George Barrow, and John Phenix.
An historic event
wish that he did not receive apersonal gift.The chosen day is 19 January– the PGM’s birthday and italso coincides with the birthof St Wulstan, the Saint mostclosely associated with thecathedral.