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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, UGLE during the 17th March have officially suspended all Lodge and Chapter meetings for a period of 4 months. In the current circumstances, this action was welcomed and thankfully cleared away all the confusion for secretaries and scribes in directing and making joint GPC decisions for suspending meetings.

In respect to the Albert Lucking we have two meetings suspended - Lodge (21st March) & Chapter (23rd May) both of which will be re-scheduled at a later date, once it is safe to do so.

This pandemic has become unprecedented throughout the world and is changing our lives and the way we live our lives.

It is therefore, essential that we keep in touch with our widows and members, particularly with those who are vulnerable and have underlying medical problems.

Paul Marshall our Assistant Almoner has taken the lead on this by calling for volunteers to assist, if and where possible? - His email outlines the proposals

Paul has had a very good early response with offers of help and he has expressed much appreciation.

However, if you feel you may be able to help, in whatever way even just perhaps calling a brother up, please contact Paul.

His phone number is shown on your summons or you can email him at:



As Deputy Almoner, I would like to ask if any of you would consider helping me, if required, in providing practical assistance to any of our older Bro’s i.e. 70+ for Four months onwards as maybe soon directed by UK government. Also, any Bro’s who are declared to have Corvid-19 and are self-Isolating (for 14 days) if they do not have any other help available to them.


The assistance that could be offered to those in need could include:

1. Basic shopping

2. Collection and delivery of prescriptions; this to be put through the letter box or left at their door with no physical contact. 

3. Any URGENT ONLY matters that do not put others at risk of contracting the Corona Virus.


I should  state that, given our limited resources, we cannot  be considered as an “alternative service” to their own families who have the responsibility to look after their own or to increase the risks to anyone who wishes to help. If you would like to assist me please can you provide me with your contact details, these will not be passed on to any third-party organization or used for any other purposes.


Sincerely & Fraternally


W Bro. Paul Marshall

To all, please take care…

During this very difficult and for many, a sad time, there emerges some heroes who by their studious dedication and work, make things happen - Front line NHS Doctors & Nurses, Care Home workers/assistants, Pharmacy staff, Police Officers, Public Transport drivers, Supermarket staff and Delivery drivers can all be included as Hero’s and also the many thousands of unknowns, who are helping whether, delivering food packs or just calling on those in difficulty. We also have a ‘big’ unknown, Captain Tom who raised over an astonishing £30 million for the NHS - outstanding!

Our Lodge also has some new heroes, namely “W Bro Paul Marshall and Bro Chris Bull” - Paul our Deputy Almoner, dived straight into action by checking on all members and organising help for those in need. Chris Bull, then proposed our supplying PPE to our local hospitals which was taken up in earnest by the Lodge GP whereby, donations were made available from Lodge & Chapter funds together with heartfelt “member donations” to aid the cause.

Through their magnificent efforts they have supplied the following

to Basildon and Southend Hospitals - so far…



8,000     Aprons

   424     Coveralls

2,100     Gloves

2,000     Nurse Caps

1,200     Overshoes

1,800     Wipes

Some photo’s showing Paul & Chris delivering the PPE together with several hospital representatives…

In addition to these efforts the Lodge has transferred £1,000 to the Provincial Initiative of supplying Face Masks to Essex Care Homes…

Also £250 to Kim Cannon, a local dressmaker who is now producing Hospital Scrubs for our local hospitals…