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Introduction to Insight Issue 5
Since the last issue of Insight the Province has consecrated a new Scouting Lodge and we have also attended the Service of Thanksgiving at Winchester Cathedral. These events occurred during “Movember” and so pictorial records show me sporting a beard - grown to help raise awareness of prostate cancer and the importance of regular testing which can lead to early diagnosis which is so important in combating the disease.
In my address at the CathedraI service reception, which was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, and some 12 Mayors from across the Province, I mentioned the number of Freemasons who were put to death in Second World War concentration camps. This was not generally known and prompted civic awareness which resulted in a formal invitation to attend a Holocaust Memorial Day Service with my Deputy and Assistant.
The Province has embraced social media, and now has open Facebook pages
and Twitter accounts which enable brethren and any member of the public
who is interested to see what is going on across the Province. Individual lodgesandgroupsoflodgeshavesetuptheirownFacebookpageswhich Kay at the Winchester Cathedral Service provide a very effective means of communication. Reception
Social media communication has a varied reputation having been abused by certain celebrities and high profile individuals for their own purposes. Nonetheless it is the means of communication of the future and used properly, and not abused, it is the most effective way of communicating with a large audience. Those concerned about the use of Social Media need not use it pro-actively – but if they open Facebook and Twitter accounts they will have sight of what is going on across the Province.
I do hope that all will enjoy this issue of Insight which has a growing circulation outside the brethren of our Province and which
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Fundraising for the 2016 Festival continues
For the second year in a row, the Provincial Grand Master, Michael Wilks, supported by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, other members of the Provincial Cabinet and senior Hampshire masons (pictured) presented the First Degree Lecture in support of the 2016 Festival.
Horndean Masonic Centre was full to capacity as the Lodge of Hope hosted an excellent and entertaining evening as winners of the 2012 Charity Lecture Draw. Once again, the winning lodge used this event as a vehicle for further fundraising activities: including a BBQ ‘meet and greet’, ‘Pickle Night’, Quiz Night, Race Night and a Christmas Carol Evening, which were held in the weeks leading up to the main event. As a result, the Worshipful Master, Peter Close, was able to present the Provincial Grand Master with a further cheque for £2,500. An additional £380 was raised by a raffle at the dinner that followed.
The success of the charity draw and the evening in particular once again proved that ‘fundraising and fun’ can go hand in hand and everyone involved expressed
their appreciation of what was both an extremely enjoyable occasion and solid support for the 2016 Festival.
The lecture initiative has so far raised over £80,000, and this year lodges from across the Province purchased draw tickets in aid of the 2016 Festival.
The Charity Lecture has become an annual event. With a third charity draw planned, it is hoped that many more lodges will participate to help boost the fundraising total over £100,000.
Frank Milner
The Cathedral photographs on the cover and page 4 were kindly supplied by Winchester Cathedral and cannot be reproduced without their permission. Thanks to Simon Barwood from Winchester Cathedral Media and Communications.
I hope will increase our Followers on Twitter, and Facebook.
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The Provincial Grand Master with his wife
The Insight team : Peter Martin - Editor Roy Quin - Mailing List
Ken Day - Coordinator and Assistant Editor Dave Laurence - Advertising
Published by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, 85 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hants SO53 2GG
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