10 January 2020

Welcome to your news and information update from the ten progressive Orders and higher degrees of Freemasonry administered from Mark Masons' Hall, 86 St James's.
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Dates for your diary 
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
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
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 - Venue TBA 
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
Please note that the Summons and dining registration details for the
10 March Communication of Mark Grand Lodge will be available on the Mark Masons' Hall website from 17 January. 
Croeso i Cymru Ian...... 

.... was the greeting awaiting Grand Summus, M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans when he rolled into Penarth on Thursday 8 January for the consecration of Vale of Glamorgan Scarlet Cord Consistory No.135.
He was ably assisted and supported by Deputy Grand Summus, R.Dist.Comp. Frank Spencer, Assistant Grand Summus, R.Dist.Comp. Howard Markham and many more, including his trusty Tzaddikim.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted the Grand Master of Knights Templar, M.E.&S.Kt. Paul Clement, but here as P.Dep. Grand Summus and Grand Recorder, R.Dist.Comp. Ryan Williams (acting as translator).
And as they say in Penarth cafwyd amser da gan bawb.
Province of Cornwall OSM - funding more missions, saving more lives

On Friday 20 December, R.Wy. Bro. Michael Barnard MBE, PGSR for the Province of Cornwall, Wy.Bro. Chris Sharrinton and Wy.Bro. Trevor Conroy PGSwdB, ProvGRec visited the Cornwall Air Ambulance staff to present a cheque to the Trust towards the cost of buying a new helicopter.

The cheque for £1,000 included £500 from the Brethren of the Province and £500 matched funding from the OSM Benevolent Fund.

It was a very informative day, and we are told that the trust are well on the way to achieving their target of £2.5million.

It was clear to see that in a county as remotely populated as Cornwall there is a real need for their services - the air ambulance crew attend to over 800 missions each year.

The new helicopter is faster, more powerful and has double the fuel range of the current helicopter, meaning more missions and saving more lives.

Social Media Top Tip - Get to the Point

The first 19 words of your Posts and Tweets should effectively tell the whole story. You can then elaborate with further detail (if you have capacity on Twitter with its 280 character limit), remembering that by default Facebook only shows the first 400 characters (typically 5-7 lines) before it cuts off. This is denoted by ‘See More’ - these can be expanded, but a casual viewer may not be engaged enough to do so.
Leave out the waffle.
Click on this link for the full MMH Social Media Best Practice Guidelines >>>
#Tweet of the Week

From the significant feedback and retweets, based on the  personal experience (and opinion) of members, it is very clear that there is no single solution. But what is very clear is that 'the next step' must be based on a member-centric approach - what is best for the individual and not for the organisation/Order.
#Retweet of the Week
We are indebted to the Junior Warden of Erlegh Lodge in the
Mark Province of Berkshire for this excellent response.

Facebook Post of the Week
HELP - who should I contact at Mark Masons' Hall?

We will be 'publishing' a monthly updated database with contact numbers and email addresses of the support team at Mark Masons' Hall. We hope that it covers all of the areas of enquiry you may have.
This not intended to be a replacement, rather more a complement, to the Help Desk service on the Mark Masons' Hall website.
It must be stressed that in the first instance all enquiries should be channelled through your Lodge/unit Secretary or Province/District (and equivalents).
Please click on this link for the latest Mark Masons' Hall Contact List >>>

#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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