17 January 2020

Welcome to your news and information update for the progressive/companiuon Orders of Freemasonry administered from Mark Masons' Hall, 86 St James's.
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Dates for your diary 
Tuesday 21 January - RAM Centenary St Bartholomew Lodge No.650 - Wednesbury
Wednesday 22 January - Red Cross of Constantine St Eanswythe Conclave No.260 presentation of 50 year certificate by M.Ill.Grand Sovereign - Folkestone

Friday 31 January - Mark Centenary of Unity Lodge No.708 - Morpeth
Saturday 1 February - AMD Installation of new District Grand Prefect, Southern Counties - Botley
Monday 10 February - Knights Templar Leicestershire & Rutland Annual Meeting and 50 Year Anniversary - Leicester
Thursday 13 February - Knights Templar Centenary of King Ina Preceptory No.211 - Taunton
Monday 2 March - Royal Ark Mariner Centenary of Moseley Lodge No.667 - King's Heath, Birmingham
Friday 6 March - Mark Consecration Collegia Fabrorum Lodge - Mark Masons' Hall 
Saturday 7 March - AMD Northumberland & Durham Annual District Meeting  - Gateshead
Saturday 7 March - Scarlet Cord Reconstitution of Province of Hampshire/Isle of Wight & The Channel Islands - Botley 
Tuesday 10 March 2pm - Mark Grand Lodge Communication - Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London
Thursday 12 March - Mark Sequicentenary of 
Roberts Lodge No.24TI - Rochdale
Monday 16 March - Mark Centenary of Claughton Lodge No.705 - Birkenhead
Friday 20 March - Red Cross of Constantine Consecration of Metropolitan Conclave No.533 - Mark Masons' Hall
Friday 20 March - AMD Installation of new District Grand Prefect, Sussex - Venue TBC 
Please note that the Summons and Minutes of the previous meeting for the March Communication of Mark Grand Lodge will be made available for download here four weeks prior to the meeting. The dining and registration details are now available on the Mark Masons' Hall website >>>

Slaying the Nemean Lion was just the beginning – the labours of Hercules Angus Rhodes

After a series of unfortunate events, outside of his control from 2014 to 15, left him on the brink of death Angus Rhodes was forced to undergo physical retraining just to be able to walk up the road.  Being big, Scottish and probably not wholly sane, he saw this as an opportunity to retrain to a much higher degree.  It also occurred to him that he had wished to complete a series of slightly undefined personal challenges for some years, plus having been enormously impressed by the work of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, he wanted to do some more for them. 
His 'labours' have included slaying the Lernean Hydra (!?!), catching the Erymathean Boar (that's running three marathons on three consecutive Sundays to you and me) and much more.

Click on the following link for Angus' full story ...... so far >>>
"Don't call us, we'll call you" Paul Lambert - Manager Ipswich Town FC

Representatives from the Mark Province of East Anglia, including Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. David Boswell, visited the EACH Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich this week, to add a little joy to the lives of the children in its care. 

The Mark Benevolent Fund granted £4,745 to buy Lifelites 'tech trunks', which are specialist assistive technology packages for children and young people to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate.
However, with less than impressive ball control was Provincial Grand Secretary, W.Bro. Richard (Tractor Boy?!?) Styles, and surely as a Freemason you should know that when doing the 'hokey cokey' it's your left leg in?
And shouldn't that trouser leg be rolled up?

Social Media Top Tip - a picture paints a thousand words

Great photos catch people’s attention and help tell a story with immediacy and impact.
  • Always include visual elements in your social media, unless it is absolutely necessary to leave out
  • Always be on the lookout for good photo opportunities and cultivate talent in your Province/District – those with a flair for photography or graphic design make great spotters
  • Build an image library - flickr is a great, free to use site
  • Contact to request stock images, but don’t use this option as an easy substitute for home grown ‘killer’ images’
  • Don’t rely solely on the classic ‘cheque presentation’ photos for charity stories
  • Try to find good images suitable for the story on the charity’s website, their social media, Google Images, royalty-free stock image websites etc. For example, if the money raised is for a Scout project, a photo of Scouts involved in the building work tells a far more compelling and engaging story than a Freemason in regalia – even if it’s just a chain - handing a cheque to a leader (the classic ‘grip & grin’)
  • See what great looks like, ‘faces’ and people are especially engaging - get a feel for which images work best on social media by following successful accounts (such as ours) and switching on notifications so you don’t miss anything
  • 'Commission' professional photographers for special events, and to create a stock of images for your flickr library
  • Try to get the highest resolution and quality - crop where necessary so the most important elements of the image are clearly visible, even when rendered on mobile screens
Click on this link for the full MMH Social Media Best Practice Guidelines >>>
#Tweet of the Week

… and I'm sure it was a case of "we three do meet and agree", but which was wisdom, which was strength and which was beauty?
Is there such a thing as a 'free' lunch?
Facebook Post of the Week
Fancy a spot of lunch?

The Carvery lunch is available from 12:00pm to 1.30pm and booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.
Bon appetit. 
Please click on this link for the latest Mark Masons' Hall Contact List - updated on 17 January 2020 >>>

#Friday Feeling
It's good to feel liked and followed - Mark Masons' Hall and our Grand Secretary are no exception. One of the very powerful ways of building awareness and consideration towards our ten Orders is to establish a presence on social media - Facebook and Twitter are a good start - and to have that conversation with your members and potential candidates. 
We would also like to share our appreciation of the great work you are all doing - please email us on with your Facebook and Twitter details. This will ensure that we like, share, follow and retweet in return - all emails will be acknowledged.
Thank you.
Progressive Masonry on the Move
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