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Freemasonry@86

06 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.
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Public Health concerns about the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Given the current public health concerns we would suggest to all of our members, to consider very carefully whether they should be attending meetings if they're feeling unwell, especially if they feel they're suffering from something that someone else might catch.
This is very much for the benefit of all members, as well as the individual.
We will update you as and when the situation changes and suggest that you keep informed via the NHS website bit.ly/NHScovid-19
The guidance from UGLE in the graphic above is worth noting.
Please click on the following link for the note sent out to all members by the Grand Secretary. It is also on our website and TeamApp.
Dates for your diary 
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 - Bookings for dining have now closed 
Thursday 12 March - Mark Sequicentenary of 
Roberts Lodge No.24TI - Rochdale
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
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
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
Registration details for the RSM Grand Council Meeting on 21 April are available on this link >>>
Deputy Grand Master & Grand Director of Ceremonies 'moseley' on down to King's Heath

Pictured left to right: R.W.Bro. Frank Spencer, G.M.R.A.C., P.Prov.G.M. (Worcestershire) – W.Bro. Dan Heath, R.A.M.G.R. – W.Bro. Paul Yarnell, R.A.M.G.R., A.Prov.G.M. – R.W.Bro. Eric John Rymer, Prov.G.M. – R.W.Bro. John Prizeman, G.M.R.A.C., Dep.G.M. – W.Bro. Michael Baxendale, Worshipful Commander – W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, R.A.M.G.R., Dep.Prov.G.M.
Brethren of Moseley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No.667 were joined by representatives from the Province of Worcestershire and Mark Masons’ Hall to celebrate the Lodge’s Centenary. All present were treated to an excellent Elevation ceremony conducted by the Worshipful Commander, ably assisted by the Officers and other members of the Lodge, as Bro. Sarbjit Lalli became the newest member.
After the Centenary Warrant had been presented and W.Bro. Gary Vale, Prov.R.A.M.G.R., Scribe, had delivered a precis of the Lodge’s history, the Brethren retired to enjoy a Black Country Supper of Beef Broth, Mini Fish & Chips in paper, Faggots & Mushy Peas, and Bread & Butter Pudding.
Following the meal, the R.W. Prov.G.M. presented the Deputy Grand Master with a memento of his visit, a bottle of Worcestershire Sauce. However, the Worshipful Commander upped the ante by presenting R.W. Bro. Prizeman with a splendid antique Royal Worcester vase.

Pictured: R.W.Bro. John Prizeman, G.M.R.A.C., Dep.G.M. and Bro. Sarbjit Lalli
Re-united after 32 months in abeyance

United Brethren OSM Conclave No.308 was resurrected on Saturday
29 February after its warrant had been in abeyance for nearly three years.
The meeting took place at the Pretoria Masonic Centre, with future meetings being held in the Pim Lorentz Memorial Hall in Manzini, eSwatini.
Overseeing proceedings was the Conclave Supreme Ruler, 
Wy.Bro. Richard Woodward P.G.Swd.B., who is also District Grand Recorder for South Africa - Northern.
Facebook Post of the Week

And here are just a few of the comments received for this inspirational
man and Freemason.
Supporting the Homeless, Marginalised and Vulnerable Members of our Communities

Sussex Mark Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Martin Wilson, was delighted to present a cheque for £68,000 to fund a custom fitted St John Ambulance mobile treatment centre for the homeless in Brighton and the surrounding areas, on behalf of the MBF.
This is a vital lifeline which enables St John Ambulance to:
  • Administer first aid 
  • Treat wounds and change dressings 
  • Discuss current health concerns
  • Specialised foot care with a podiatrist
  • Referrals to appropriate services
  • Give support and listen
  • Health assessments
  • Health promotion
  • Provide socks, shoes, space blankets, sun cream, and other items
  • Offer support attending health care appointments.
#Tweet of the Week
As regards reaction and engagement it was easily the same story as the Facebook Post of the week, but to show variety and to curry favour with the Latin scholars and followers of the College of Arms the following is a worthy second.

By way of a footnote I feel impelled to place on record the disappointment of the Grand Secretary that last Sunday's offering sadly didn't even
make the top 25.
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

If you have 'Provincial' meetings you'd like to promote please send details to us at communications@mmh.org.uk

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