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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. In addition to Solatron's answer, there has been some recent-ish discussion regarding Provincial Stewards...
  5. There's a sad sort of knocking from the clock in the hall...
  6. I was wrong then... Thanks Guy. But I stand by the second part 😉
  7. 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
  8. I may be completely wrong, but I don't believe Hampshire's Province employs anyone... but the volunteers are well (ab)used.
  9. Fair point... I have a copy, shared by my secretary 🙂 I'd just not read it properly
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. Thanks... my Daily Advancement 🙂 Not a member of KT, never mind KTP
  13. Let's go back to the original quote... AIUI, in England, the only way to get to be a 33rd degree Mason is via the Ancient and Accepted Rite (aka Rose Croix) - the A&AR year book lists all holders of the 33° and The Right Honourable Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is not listed. The Studholme Lodge No. 1591 was Winston Churchill's Lodge... but since it has been the United Studholme Alliance Lodge since 1957, I don't think Blair will have been a member of the (just) Studholme lodge! Equally, Blair has no (known) connection with Surbiton. Thus, having disproved the two "facts", I think it is reasonable to be doubtful of any Masonic career?!
  14. Thanks for the clarification... it is certainly the impression of many, still, though. Of course, I'm still well away from such consideration, although I do tick that particular "box" :-)
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