The Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire Provincial Grand Lodge meeting at St George's Avenue Northampton on Thursday 19th May proved to be a momentous occasion with a record number of members of the Province in attendance. This was undoubtedly due to the fact of it being the last such meeting to be presided over by RW Bro Barrie Hall as PGM. Bro Barrie had, earlier in year, announced that he was to retire at the end of June. There can be no doubt that the turnout at this meeting was a testimony to the affection with which he is held throughout the Province.
In his address the PGM reflected on the warmth and affection shown to him throughout the past six years and thanked his Executive and the whole membership for their support. He wished his successor, VW Bro Max Bayes every success for the future confident in the knowledge that the Province's happy approach to Masonry would continue. At his Installation by the Pro Grand Master on 27th July, RW Max Bayes commented that he will uniquely enjoy the support of no less than five of his Past PGM predecessors (RW Bros Peter Palmer, Richard Sandbach OSM, Brian Smith, Nicolas Hart and Barrie Hall).