Herefordshire Freemasons came together at Masonic Halls around the county of Herefordshire to celebrate the hard work that the NHS, social carers and frontline workers have done for us, the general public, during this awful pandemic and also to remember all those who have sadly lost their lives
The event in Hereford was honoured by the presence of Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Edward Harley OBE, the High Sheriff of Herefordshire, Mrs Jo Hilditch, and the Deputy Mayor of Hereford Councillor Mark Dykes. All appeared to enjoy the event and took a great interest in the activities of Freemasonry in general.
The Herefordshire Freemasons were also delighted to welcome representatives of the NHS, social carers, and front-line volunteers and to thank them, and all their colleagues, for their dedication and hard work on behalf of all of us during the pandemic.
The day began with the raising of the flag at 10:00. The guests then arrived and were addressed by the Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire, Michael Holland. Local buglers played the Last Post at 11:00, followed by two minutes' silence in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to Covid in the service of others. After Reveille, the Lord-Lieutenant spoke on behalf of the guests, and he thanked all those involved in the event, and acknowledged the work done by Freemasons in supporting Covid-related charities and their voluntary work as part of the effort to combat the pandemic.
In Kington, Arrow Lodge held an event and among the guests were the Rev Ben Griffiths, Vicar of Kington. Also representing care services in the area were local nursing home workers, and a nurse who had assisted with the vaccination programme, representing the NHS. A local trumpeter played the Last Post followed by two minutes' silence.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master Graham King attended the event in Leominster, organised by Royal Edward Lodge. The event was honoured by the presence of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Leominster and a further 14 visitors. These included local health care staff and social and welfare workers. Special Inspector David Taylor sounded the Last Post and Reveille before and after the two minutes' silence at 11am.
It was unfortunate that Covid restrictions placed some limitations on what form the events could take, in particular making it impossible to hold the planned lunches indoors. Nevertheless, the Herefordshire Freemasons were able to honour the NHS, social care and frontline workers in a significant and meaningful way.