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Freemasonry@86

3 January 2020

The Grand Secretary & Team at Mark Masons' Hall, wish you a belated Happy New Year
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 8 January 11am - Scarlet Cord Consecration of Vale of Glamorgan Consistory No.135 - Penarth
Thursday 9 January - Mark Centenary of 
Hertford Military & Athol Lodge No.408 - Severn Street, Birmingham
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 
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. 
This is a Curiously Wrought Stone

… and how many have walked past it at Mark Masons' Hall without stopping to find out exactly what it is? Wonder no more - click on this link >>> for full details on this block of stone from King Solomon's quarries in Jerusalem. 
Website Developments
We've started work on re-skinning our websites - updating the look and feel of  markmasonshall.org, shop@86.co.uk and 86hospitality.info
Part of that will be giving them a complementary, co-ordinating and uniform appearance - 'matching luggage'. That is, of course, only a small element of the development work. Whilst being sleeker, we also want to make the navigation more user-friendly, providing you with easily accessible information, whilst also serving as a shop window to our ten Orders. The following are on our shopping list:
- A members' area for all administrative items.
- Keeping to 12 fields, a home page, the 10 Orders and a page about Mark Masons' Hall and the team.
- Charities go under the Order to which they relate.
- Latest news can be fed by Twitter and Facebook, other more detailed news stories can be posted under the relevant Order.
- Testimonials from members and personalised intros from each Grand Master to be sourced.
- An intro to each Order to be written, possibly along the lines of the FMT pieces (KT, RSM, AMD and Mark already covered).
- Diary and links to Provincial websites to be reviewed.
- Ticketing system/help desk to be reviewed.
And now the important part - these are your websites and they should fulfil your requirements, so please let us know what you'd like to see and improvements you'd like us to make. Perhaps, let us know the details of websites you think are great and which we should emulate.
We look forward to hearing from you on communications@mmh.org.uk
#Tweet of the Week

In spite of being tweeted at 5pm on Christmas Day, this clearly struck a chord with the thousands of Knights who saw it.
Facebook Post of the Week

Harry is a member of Carnanton RAM Lodge in the Province of Cornwall and a past member of four other Orders in Devon/Cornwall - a truly inspirational man and Freemason. Click on the image above for the video story on Facebook.

#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 Masonry on the Move
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