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Freemasonry@86

13 March 2020

Welcome to your news and information update for the progressive/companion Orders of Freemasonry administered from Mark Masons' Hall, 86 St James's.
This bulletin is emailed to all 'leaders' in the Provinces, Districts & Divisions and their Secretariats.
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Updated guidance on reducing the risk of infection with the coronavirus (COVID-19)
In response to the changing situation relating to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Grand Secretary has reviewed the guidance given to all MMH Units in the joint statement issued with UGLE and the Ancient & Accepted Rite last week and updated it. Please read the briefing
on this link carefully and note the guidance to members in the higher risk categories; the option to postpone planned meetings or abandon them if there is an insufficient attendance; and the requirement from next Monday not to hold any meetings where more than 100 people may attend.
Dates for your diary - all are subject to cancellation/postponement.
Please check with event organisers before making plans to attend.
Saturday 14 March 11am - OSM Installation of new PGSR of Province of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire - Bingham Hall, Cirencester
Monday 16 March - Mark Centenary of Claughton Lodge No.705 - Birkenhead
Tuesday 17 March - St Patrick's Day
Friday 20 March - Red Cross of Constantine Consecration of Metropolitan Conclave No.533 - Mark Masons' Hall
Saturday 21 March - AMD Installation of new District Grand Prefect, Sussex - Brighton POSTPONED
Tuesday 14 April - Mark Installation of new Prov. G.M. (Sussex), V.W.Bro. Roger Francis Richardson, P.G.J.O. - Brighton
Tuesday 14 April - Mark Centenary of Lancastrians Lodge No. 689 - Manchester
Saturday 18 April - Scarlet Cord Provincial Grand Senatus Cheshire & North Wales, Investiture of new Provincial Grand Summus - Christleton
Monday 20 April - AMD Centenary of Commemoration Lodge No.39 - Macclesfield
Tuesday 21 April 12:30pm - Royal & Select Masters Grand Council - Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London
Thursday 23 April - OSM Consecration of Luminatus Conclave No.632 - MMH
Thursday 23 April - Scarlet Cord Consecration of Luminatus Consistory No.136 - MMH

Thursday 23 April - St George's Day
Monday 27 April - Scarlet Cord Consecration of Stretton Hills Consistory - Masonic Hall, Wolverhampton
Tuesday 5 May - Knights Templar Provincial Priory North & East Yorkshire Installation of new Provincial Prior - York
Wednesday 6 May - Scarlet Cord conferral of 4th and 5th Grades - MMH
Thursday 7 May 12:30pm - Scarlet Cord Grand Senatus - MMH
Wednesday 13 May - Royal Ark Mariner Centenary Nottingham Lodge No.344 - Nottingham
Thursday 14 May - Mark Sesquicentenary Keystone Lodge No.107 - MMH
Wednesday 20 May 12:30pm -
Knights Templar Great Priory - Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London
Enigmatic and colourful, and all yours for only £25

.... which
was the princely sum paid by the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons to Morton Edwards. Quite what right or authority, as 'Grand Commander', he believed he had to sell the Order, is dubious to say the least.
You can find out more about Morton Edwards, on
this link to the flyer about the sculptor and the Ancient & Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner.
The following is
a link to the article about the Order in the latest edition of Freemasonry Today.
Pushing the boat out in the north-east corner

Pictured are R.Ill. Comp. John Harvey DGM Northumberland Royal and Select Masters, M.W. Bro. Thomas Firth Jackson Grand Master, Adrian Don RNLI and R.W.Bro. Danny Guy DGP Northumberland & Durham
At the AMD Northumberland & Durham District meeting on 7 March the Grand Master presented  a cheque for £1500 to Tynemouth RNLI on behalf of the Brethren of the District of Northumberland & Durham and the District Grand Council of Northumberland Royal and Select Masters. The funds were the proceeds of a bottle draw at the annual
Croft dinner at Tynemouth Golf Club.
Adrian Don, the Press Officer, accepted the cheque on behalf of the RNLI and expressed his appreciation of the brethren's generosity. The donation will help towards the target of £2.5 million pounds for a new lifeboat.
New Scarlet Cord Province - Hampshire & the Three Islands

The venue was the stunningly beautiful village of Botley (home of the famous journalist and radical politician William Cobbett, who described the village as the most delightful in the world). The occasion was the formation of the 'new' Province of Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.
Presiding, as ever, was Grand Summus, M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans with his trusty Tzaddikim (occupying the back row of the photo below).

Front row left to right: R.Dist.Comp. Ryan Williams (Grand Recorder), Dist.Comp. Ken Rondel,
R.Dist.Comp. Ian Campbell (Prov. Grand Summus), M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans (Grand Summus),
V.Dist.Comp. Richard Batchelor (Deputy Prov. Grand Summus) and R.Dist.Comp. Trevor Currans (P.G.Vice Chan.)
Facebook Post of the Week
And a fitting tribute to a truly great man and Freemason.

The image below is a typical example of the deep affection with which
V.W. Bro. Walter Randall was held.
Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons Meeting and Charity Parade
 

There wasn't a power cut at Freemasons' Hall on Tuesday, rather representatives from Lifelites and several of the children's hospices supported by the MBF, lighting their way with symbolic lanterns.
Please click on this link for the special Charity Parade booklet.
Presiding at the meeting was Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Prizeman, with Assistant Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Stephen Davison and
R.W. Bro. Gordon Craigs (Prov.G.M. Northumberland) alongside.
Click on this link for a copy of the Deputy GM's address.
Please click on this link for an album of photos taken at the meeting >>>
#Tweet of the Week

A very popular piece about a Grand Master installing a President, who appropriately happens to be the eponymous Lewis Clement.
Some Provincial Level Dates for your Diary
Saturday 14 March - Kent Red Cross of Constantine Divisional Conclave meeting - contact Malcolm Smith, Divisional Recorder,
malcolm.smith737@ntlworld.com for full details
Monday 16 March - OSM Province of Suffolk Annual Conclave at the Masonic Centre, Ashlar House, 23 Eastern Way, Bury St. Edmunds
Saturday 21 March 11.30am - Provincial Grand Senatus of Middlesex at the Harrow District Masonic Centre, Kenton, Harrow
Saturday 21 March 10.45am - Mark Province of Surrey Annual Meeting at Croydon Masonic Centre - click on
the following link >>> for the Calling Notice
Saturday 28 March 11am -
 Annual meeting of the District of Surrey Royal and Select Masters at the Croydon t Masonic Centre
Saturday 4 April - Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire AMD District Grand Council  at the Metropolitan Police sports club in Bushey
Saturday 2 May - Provincial Priory of Lancashire Knights Templar AGM at Park Hall Hotel, Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Nr. Chorley - Mike Beesley, Provincial Chancellor
mike_beesley@btinternet.com 
If you have 'Provincial' meetings you'd like to promote please send details to us at communications@mmh.org.uk

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