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Freemasonry@86

27 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.
Please share this content with your members - forward this email, send a copy of the PDF or let them know that it's available on the MMH website and TeamApp.
This newsletter is on the Mark Masons' Hall website latest news section - the front page - on this link >>>
The PDF version of this newsletter is available on this link >>>
Locked down but still here to help

Mark Masons' Hall may have been 'closed for business' during the imposed lockdown, but all departments and teams are available on email to help and support.
If you're not sure who to contact, please email

communications@mmh.org.uk
and we'll direct you to the right person.
Please click on this button for a copy of the Mark Masons' Hall email contact list >>>
Dates for your diary - given the current general suspension of all Masonic activity, all previously advised events have been postponed/cancelled.
Mark Masons' Hall Guide to #StayAtHome & Freemasonry

‘Social distancing’ does not mean that we should be socially distant from
the members of our Lodges and Chapters.
We've pulled together guidance and suggestions to help you during this period of 'isolation', including:
  • Keeping in touch - it's good to talk
  • Letters and email
  • Video calls and conferencing
  • Volunteering
  • A daily advance in knowledge incl. book clubs
  • Social Media and Team App
  • Websites and newsletters
  • #TimetoToast or #TeaAtThree
  • Almoners and Visiting Deacons
  • Province Level Actions
  • Give Blood and Blood Bikes
We will continue to update the guide and would love to hear from you to understand what you're doing to provide support and contact during these unprecedented times communications@mmh.org.uk
Please click on this link for the latest guide to #StayAtHome & Freemasonry >>>
“Distracted from distraction by distraction” T S Eliot

It would be inappropriate to suggest that the coronavirus pandemic is a 'distraction', but we would suggest that social media provides an excellent distraction in times of severe adversity.
It really is a terrific way of keeping in touch  - you may be self-isolating but with social media you do not need to be isolated. 
Please click on this link for our updated social media best practice guide >>>
Congratulations - the champagne is being kept on ice

.... unfortunately, the Curried Eggs, Fresh Grilled Salmon, Fresh Fruit Salad & Cream (the planned menu for last Saturday's Allied Masonic Degrees District of Sussex investiture meeting in Brighton) will not keep.
Many congratulations to R.W.Bro. Eugene Roderick Earland the new District Grand Prefect for Sussex and his newly appointed District Officers. The 'celebratory' event may have been cancelled but the appointments have now been confirmed.
The champagne is also on ice for 
Thomas Purvis Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 702

who should have been celebrating their Centenary in Newcastle on Monday 23 March in the presence of the Assistant Grand Master,
R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison.
The Lodge shares its 100th  birthday with the Province of Northumberland which became a Mark Province in its own right in 1920.
Facebook Post of the Week

It was heartening to see the popularity of last week's tongue-in-cheek post - just part of our relentless quest to eradicate the use of the term 'Side Orders' in reference to the progressive and companion Orders at Mark Masons' Hall.
'Side Orders' are chips and onion rings, aren't they?
#Tweet of the Week

It seems that even during these challenging times we take great heart from our contribution to others - one of our principal values 'Care'.
Shame that Twitter decided to recolour the MBF logo - won't mention that to Darren Coleman-Heald and the 'brand police'. 

#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 communications@mmh.org.uk 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 Freemasonry on the Move
Check out the  Mark Masons' Hall Team App, which is ready and waiting to be filled with useful information - it's what smart phones were made for.
Content posted so far includes:
  • all News from Freemasonry@86 bulletins
  • key events and booking details (where available)
  • Social Media Guidelines and Best Practice 
  • TeamApp User Guide
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