The 2018 Provincial Meeting was held on Wednesday 23rd May at the King Georges Hall Blackburn, there were 354 in the Hall for the Meeting and 238 stayed on to dine. A copy of the Provincial Grand Masters Address to the Meeting is available by clicking on this link PGM Address 2018
Provincial Grand Treasurer’s Report for the Year Ended 31st August 2017
RW Provincial Grand Master and Brethren, I am pleased to present the Audited Accounts of the Province for the year ended 31st August 2017.
Although the accounts show a modest reduction in gross income, this is as a consequence of the timings of RAM Provincial appointments which can vary, rather than an absolute reduction in income.
The most significant feature of the accounts, however, is the reduction in expenditure of £4,946 which in turn is as a consequence of a reduction in Provincial Meeting costs of a similar amount. In 2016 the Provincial Meeting costs reflected the second meeting held that year for the Investiture of our Provincial Grand Master.
I continue to be very appreciative of the generous support provided by our Lodges towards the costs of the Annual Meeting and which is a very important factor in the continuing financial wellbeing of the Province.
Overall we achieved a net surplus for the year of £4,515 and our reserves increased by a like amount to £52,300 as at 31 August 2017.
Notwithstanding the level of our reserves, I wish to continue the policy of modest annual increases in Dues to try and avoid the risk of larger irregular ones. I shall therefore be giving a notice of motion at this year’s Annual Meeting of a proposed increase in Provincial Grand Dues of 10p per annum for each Mark Lodge Member and of 5p per annum for each RAM Lodge Member, payable from 1 September 2019.
I would like to place on record my thanks to the Provincial Secretariat and volunteers for their continuing support and also to the Auditors for the professional and courteous manner in which they carried out their duties.
Provincial Grand Treasurer
13 February 2018
A Copy of the Audited Accounts is available by following this link Audited Accounts 2017