Celebrating 300 years

A sense of optimism

With planning for the Royal Albert Hall celebrations well in hand, Coordinator of Tercentenary Planning Keith Gilbert looks forward to the expanding calendar of events in the Provinces and Districts

The team of volunteers planning the central Tercentenary events is growing. In addition to myself, we have Tim Pope, the secretary of the Planning Committee; Ian Chandler, who is responsible for organising the transport for our distinguished guests over three days, as well as our own brethren, from the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) to Battersea Evolution (BE); and Gerry Hann, who is masterminding the major celebration at the RAH.

Taking on coordination of aspects of the three-day central events are Marc Wentworth (Mansion House), Stephen Finch (BE), John Clark (streaming the RAH across the country and the world) and Bob and Darren Upton (Grand Connaught Rooms).

Places at the RAH and BE have been allocated to Metropolitan, Provinces and Districts, who are now considering best practice for distribution among their brethren. Recent successes, such as the tickets for the Grand Ball selling within a short time of release and the sale of Tercentenary Jewels already passing 14,000, gives me a total sense of optimism.

The number of enquiries about dining places at BE means that we would be able to fill the venue twice over. Feedback from 2017 Provincial and District representatives on interest in their events suggests large numbers will be attending, and leads me to feel that 2017 will be a highlight in our masonic lives.

Spreading the word

Another success was the distribution of the Tercentenary Sticker in a copy of Freemasonry Today. What a great opportunity to show people we Freemasons have a very important birthday to celebrate.

John Parry, the organiser of the Met’s contribution to the Lord Mayor’s Show, set up the hashtag #tercentenarychallenge on Twitter and started using the tagline ‘Where will you stick yours?’ Just five days after launching the challenge, it had 1,000 hits a day, and by day 15 it had more than 22,600 impressions on Twitter.

But you can help us get more. Just put your Tercentenary Sticker, which would have come with your previous copy of Freemasonry Today, in an interesting or fun place, take a photo and tweet it to @JohnMetevent. Use the hashtag #tercentenarychallenge and you could win a prize for the best idea, most unique photo or largest number of retweets.

Published in UGLE
Sunday, 01 May 2011 16:59

Martin Foss Award

Michael Sawyer, Provincial Grand Master for Bedfordshire, accompanied by Provincial Grand Secretary Tim Pope, recently attended the graduation ceremony at the University of Bedfordshire to present the Martin Foss Award to Kayleigh Martin. The annual award named after the late Martin Foss, Past Provincial Grand Master for Bedfordshire and a former surgeon, is made to a final year student in nursing and midwifery who has made the greatest contribution to the life of the Faculty of Health and Social Science. Kayleigh was described by her tutors as one of the most motivated and conscientious students they had ever had.
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 16:28

Linda Receives Bedfordshire Award

At the University of Bedfordshire Graduation Ceremony, Provincial Grand Master Michael Sawyer, accompanied by Provincial Grand Secretary Tim Pope, presented Linda Henness with the Bedfordshire Freemasons’ Martin Foss Award, named after a former Provincial Grand Master. This is an annual award made to a final year student who, in the opinion of the university, has made greatest contribution to the life of the Faculty of Health and Social Science.

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