Lincolnshire's Provincial Communications Officer Stuart Pearcey was stunned to be awarded a Certificate of Merit by PGM Dave Wheeler in a surprise ending to the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting
It's an honour bestowed only 14 times before in Lincolnshire. It was given for 'outstanding contributions during the pandemic', when Stuart, who's also currently the Province's Senior Grand Warden , turned 50 years' experience working in all forms of media to shining a light on the great work being done by his fellow Freemasons.
He said: 'Whilst Freemasonry's meetings had ground to a halt, the pandemic by no means stopped Freemasonry's core values of integrity, friendship, respect, and charity. Rather it presented an opportuinity for us to demonstrate those qualities to the communities in which we operate.
'A great many Lincolnshire brethren got involved in a host of activities to support people in those communities, from cooking and delivering thousands of meals, collecting prescriptions, setting up and stewarding at Covid vaccination centres, making and providing PPE, and making funds available to individuals and charities either on their own account or through the MCF.
'As PCO, news of all that activity passed across my desk, so there was a lot to write about. With some very able colleagues we were able to share it not only with our own members, but also with the world at large through social media, where our reach as a Province is significant. There was so much news to share that we were able to produce an extra edition of our Provincial newsletter Masonic Lincs, published to co-incide with the resumption of meetings.
'I didn't expect to be awarded the Certificate, but I'm honoured to receive it – though I couldn't have done the work I did if other Freemasons hadn't put in the effort to create good things to write about.'