Dear Brethren and Companions of the Province of Bristol
Last evening, we held an Emergency Crisis Committee meeting to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 virus on our activities. The committee looked at advice from UGLE, the Government and also applied a risk assessment based on the demographics of the membership in the Province. We formed the opinion that this a highly sensitive area for discussion with a large number of diverging views. However, in the light of the evidence under review and the potential risk to the lives of brethren, and their families, we have made the following determinations. Following that meeting, we are making the following statements and recommendations to Lodges and Chapters in the Province. These recommendations will be shared with the other Orders meeting in Freemasons’ Hall.
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Brethren, You are no doubt aware that the Government's Cobra Committee met yesterday to review and advise on the on-going Coronavirus situation. Additionally you should all have received an email today from the Grand Secretary, Dr David Staples, outlining UGLE's current recommendations. The Province of Bristol are taking the matter very seriously with the welfare of our members being paramount. As such a previously arranged meeting of it's own "Cobra" committee will be held on Monday, the outcome of which and any further recommendations will be advised to members of the Province on Tuesday.
Until then if you are feeling under the weather – stay at home and wait until you feel better and those over the age of 65 years old and those with hypertension, heart disease, lung disease or diabetes should not attend Lodge for the foreseeable future. Also please be extra vigilant in washing your hands. On arrival at Freemason’s Hall you should wash your hands – hot water and soap – and then repeat at least once more during the evening. Hand sanitizer can also be used.
Thank you brethren.
Jonathan M W Davis
Provincial Grand Master
PAST DEP.PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER V.W.BROTHER ROYSTON WILLIAM MALONE HOWES 60YEARS A MASON
At the Canynges Lodge meeting held on Saturday 7th December 2019 attended by The PGM for Bristol, The PGM for Somerset, The DPGM of Bristol, The two PDPGM’S of Bristol, The SGW of Bristol, The SGW of Gloucestershire and a number of Grand officers.
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Brethren, I am sure that you will have already received huge amounts of information on the Corona Virus and this message is simply to offer two pieces of advice, for the benefit of us all.
Read more: Corona Advice
The DLBs are leading with a new initiative that is underway in the Bristol (South West) area and creating a team of volunteers in the Bristol Province that can work as part of a wider UK scheme.
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Bristol Masons in the Community, Bristol Waste Company ‘Thank You’ Event
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