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  1. Snippet: An Inverness project providing vital food supplies for vulnerable people has been given an £800 funding boost. Inverness Foodstuff received the donation from Inverness’s Lodge St Columba. Full story: https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/news/lodge-gives-support-to-city-food-project-during-coronavirus-crisis-201129/
  2. Quite a nice video introduction to these guys:
  3. A video from Grand Lodge just giving a taster of some of the things that English and Welsh Freemasons are getting involved with to help.
  4. As mentioned above, good communication from Relief Chest Reps (Lodge and/or Provincial) would ensure that all members are already aware of the fact that they can donate direct to a (the Lodge's, the Province's or any other) Relief Chest here: https://mcf.org.uk/donate/ More info on all Relief Chests here: https://mcf.org.uk/reliefchest/
  5. I've not come across these devices in a Lodge setting but it's worth remembering that there are plenty of cashless options available for Lodges to use without having to buy them. The last few Lodges that I visited before the lock-down meals I pre-paid using direct credits through my on-line banking, the details having helpfully been supplied along with the menu by the Lodge Secretaries. All my costs for Mersey are paid in Subs by direct debit with any late visitors that I bring being settled up on the day or next day by direct credit to the Lodge's bank account. Drinks at the bar are the province of the establishment having card readers. The only Lodge Officers whose "takings" should really suffer from this is going to be the Almoner and Charity Steward who rely more on-the-spur of the moment or last minute contributions although with a bit of work and communication it can be arranged for members to make regular donations online too. When I go to a Lodge meeting nowadays I only tend to take a note for the Relief Chest (aka Gift Aid) envelope.
  6. It's been a few years so I feel no guilt, up to the top
  7. I've just stumbled upon the story of Steve Blake a young brother in a horrible situation and thought I need to share in case it could help his fund raising efforts for the Brain Tumour Research charity to other Freemasons. It is important to me not just because he is a brother but I also I lost my uncle to malignant brain tumours 3 years ago. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/war-hero-discovers-hes-months-13048720 Please have look and if you're interested you can buy a badge and make a at a cost of £8 which include P&P here: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/masonictwitterbadges?
  8. To be honest you're not actually missing much, it was a very "needy" piece with no real content.
  9. Hi Luigi, Welcome to the forum and I hope things are well with you in Italy.
  10. Warning you can only read the whole article if you're a subscriber. Snippet: The freemasons, a centuries-old network of fraternal lodges, have long provided fodder for thriller writers and folk with overactive imaginations. Suggestions of conspiracy range from the outlandish to the banal. Steve White, a former chairman of the Police Federation, a cops’ union, claimed they blocked reforms to the service. Masons roll their eyes at such claims. Link: https://amp.economist.com/britain/2020/04/25/the-freemasons-want-to-be-known-for-hand-wash-not-handshakes
  11. Hi there and welcome aboard. Unusual forum name I'm sure we'd be happy to answer your questions depending what they are. BTW,have you read the Forum rules?
  12. By Brother Dan Weatherington, from the Masonic e-mail journal CINOSAM Not one person ever joined Masonry because George Washington was a Mason. Not one person ever joined Masonry because Harry Truman was a Mason. Not one person ever joined because of any of our great Masonic heroes. Joining doesn't make you any of those people. Not one person ever joined in order to give a million dollars a day to charity, or homes, or crippled children. You don't have to be a member to give money. Not one person ever joined because our ritual is outstanding, or our minutes are accurate, or a hundred other things we worry about. They don't know about our ritual. They joined because someone they knew and admired was a Mason. It could have been a father, a friend, a man down the street, or someone a thousand miles away. Who, it didn't matter. They admired him and wanted to do the things he did, and they did it by the millions. Want to help our growth? Be the kind of man someone admires. Someone will notice.
  13. Interesting: https://britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/101393970-grand-connaught-rooms-holborn-and-covent-garden-ward#.XntBiIj7SUk
  14. I've corrected your title as the Grand Master of the UGLE has no say over the Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland.
  15. It seems that some members of the Catholic Church have actually opened their eyes to the reality of Freemasonry and the fact that the vast majority of it around the world holds absolutely no enmity toward the Church: Snippet: VIENNA (ChurchMilitant.com) - Eight popes over 200 years in a barrage of 20 legal interdicts have condemned Freemasonry, pronouncing automatic excommunication against any Catholic who becomes a member of a masonic lodge. Now, a new book by an official of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is claiming that a practicing Catholic can simultaneously be a Freemason and that the penalty of excommunication may "certainly not" be applied to "Catholic Freemasons Full story here: https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/catholics-can-be-freemasons-claims-pontifical-council-cleric And here: https://novenanews.com/freemasons-catholics-not-excommunicated-vatican/
  16. This is only of interest to our Scottish brethren but I know how people can miss notifications of such things: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/scottishmasonicsurvey2020
  17. Welcome to the Forum, I look forward to your participation in the topics here. Mike
  18. If you're intent on reading before your Initiation you should avoid ANY books that claim to be about philosophy/belief/explanation of Freemasonry as those written by Freemasons assume an audience of Freemasons so start with you already knowing the content of at least the degree ceremonies and those written by non-Masons are just guess work and so real chocolate teapot territory. ALSO beware books that loads of non-Masons tell you to read so all the Dan Brown and Bob Lomas stuff because again your Masonic BS filter does not work until you have actually been through the degrees and are able to spot the made-up stuff. There are some very good books about the development of Freemasonry in England and if you look in the books section you'll find a few reviewed there.
  19. Hello and welcome to the Forum. As well as the advice above, feel free to ask questions here as well. Despite what some people choose to believe about us Freemasonry is actually a very open and welcoming Fraternity.
  20. Remember you all now that I've hit the "big time" BY the "big time" I mean that I appeared in the last edition of Freemasonry Today 😀😀
  21. Lewis and Trouillogan, Please note that Medic is referring to an "Advancement" into a Mark Lodge, the Candidate appears to have already been made a member of a UGLE Lodge
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