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  1. I guess a question that needs to be asked is this: Why are you wanting to join the Freemasons? As a brotherhood that has a requirement for a belief in the GAotU, and based on morality and strict personal virtue, I respectfully suggest that anything other than an unequivocal "Yes" to the Question is merely deceiving yourself, and those who would be sharing your masonic journey.
  2. The Provincial Grand Master for Surrey has today officially launched the Surrey festival Stewardship (although it has been trailed by MMH!). "As Provincial Grand Master for Surrey I have the honour of presiding over the 154th MBF Festival, when the Province will host the Festival in July 2022 on behalf of the Mark Benevolent Fund. We are fortunate that Surrey has been selected to be the first Province to have the new Festival Stewards. I now invite the members of the Province to become a Steward of the Festival and to wear the Jewel with pride. Stewardship of the Mark Benevolent Fund Festival costs £100, this can be gift aided and donated to the Festival. That £100 will count towards your personal honorifics with the Mark Benevolent Fund." All Mark Master Masons are welcome to become Stewards of the Surrey MBF Festival... Surrey MMMs are *encouraged* to do so! http://www.markmastermasons.org.uk/mbf-stewardship.html
  3. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Surrey is honoured to be holding the Mark Benevolent Fund's 2022 Festival As part of this, we are holding a Virtual Balloon Race, launching from Jerusalem Old City on Easter Sunday, 4th April 2021 - this eco friendly computer game uses real time weather updates to affect the course of your balloon. Entry is open to everyone... Mark Master Masons, non-MMMs, family, friends... all. Balloons are just £3 each and can be personalised and decorated by changing shape, colours and patterns. They can be customised to aid winning. Follow your balloon’s progress on Google maps 24/7 over the 7 days of the race. To enter, please buy a balloon!
  4. As with all Provincial appointments, they are the gift of the Provincial Grand Master - aided by is advisors. Different provinces have different criteria. For example, in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, (active) Stewards are typically younger, just-out-of-the-chair, first-time Masters - they become the general duties bods while in Red, and usually become Active ProvADCs or ProvDeacons a few years later and then into other Provincial roles... Hampshire can award 17 ProvStwds a year, but with 255 Lodges that makes it quite an honour. Hampshire does not award PProvStwd.
  5. Now confirmed... but subject to change (and UGLE etc guidance) From May 17th, multi-household meetings, under the Rule of Six From June 21st, Rule of Six to be lifted I appreciate that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland's devolved Governments have their own dynamics, and their Grand Lodges will make their own calls.
  6. I suppose I could wait until around 17:00GMT, but if we are to believe the speculation, the road-map ahead provides: The "Rule of Six" indoors, from June Back to Normality, from July The rumour-mill does not have dates, so let's assume it is end of June and end of July respectively - although let's be honest it matters not much, given how few Lodges/Chapters/Conclaves/etc have meetings in July and August (yes, I appreciate there are the odd handful). What will be the UGLE and MMH response? Do we think September is viable? I note that (although I'm not a member) that the Masonic Order of Athelstan had already extended their suspension to 31st August...
  7. In addition to Solatron's answer, there has been some recent-ish discussion regarding Provincial Stewards...
  8. There's a sad sort of knocking from the clock in the hall...
  9. I was wrong then... Thanks Guy. But I stand by the second part 😉
  10. For any customers of SR, it would appear that deliveries may be delayed 🤕 🤕 https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/pictures-show-firefighters-tackling-large-blaze-bosham-3091701
  11. I may be completely wrong, but I don't believe Hampshire's Province employs anyone... but the volunteers are well (ab)used.
  12. Fair point... I have a copy, shared by my secretary 🙂 I'd just not read it properly
  13. Not seen that... but (as I've mentioned) in Hampshire we've had an "additional" Lodge Office (and Area and Provincial) Membership Officer for the past three years Likewise, we've had Area and Provincial Communications Officers for a bit longer, too I guess, this just makes it Official... and another pair of "active" Dark Blue appointments, rather than filled by Past Officers... which is actually probably a positive, as these Officers do an important job. PS: I'm not intending to belittle the work of the Assistant Secretary - in my Lodge, we've been fortunate that the ASec has been the Outgoing Sec or Planned Next Sec and has genuinely been as assistant... and in this (my first year as WM) both have been invaluable support!
  14. I understand my own Province of Hampshire was one of guinea pigs for the Membership Officer role - we've had one for three years now. But I'm puzzled why a new (non-designated office) role was created, as opposed to repurposing the role of Assistant Secretary - which seems to be little more than a euphemism for Dining Steward in many lodges?! This later role could (should?) be a "Senior" Steward (ie not a precursor to the ladder, but a PM slot) Assistant Secretary (Membership Officer) Senior Seward (Dining Steward) But best wishes to you all... and may 2021 be more friendly.
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