Brethren of London Mark, here we are – the 1st of September at what should have been the start of our 2020/21 season of Mark and R.A.M. meetings. Sadly many of these are not going ahead but my Executive and I are in touch with Lodge Secretaries before each meeting to discuss individual circumstances and to offer guidance and assistance where this is needed. Remember that there are Grand Lodge guidelines available to enable and facilitate adapted Advancements, Elevations and Installations should Lodges wish to carry out these ceremonies; but it is perfectly acceptable and understandable that, where members are unwilling to travel to Central London, wear masks in MMH and forego the conviviality of Festive Boards, support for a physical gathering may be insufficient. Remember, however, that Virtual Business Meetings can still be held to despatch important items of business and I am aware that several of these have been taking place.
Nevertheless, it is this Province’s policy to encourage and support any Lodge which wishes to hold a meeting, provided its members feel safe in returning to a physical environment. If a ceremony is to be worked, there should be a critical mass of Lodge members (or their own visitors) present and able to conduct that ceremony. The standard of ritual and ceremony should not be compromised, however well-meaning the Lodge’s intentions are for getting back together in a physical environment to introduce candidates to the “Magic” of the Mark Degree or install a new Master/Commander; and the Official Visitor will work with the Lodge and seek support from across the Province to help fill any vacant offices.
From the number of ‘likes’ and comments which T@3 Facebook posts have attracted since its inception back in March, I know that many of you have followed these Executive messages very faithfully. Thank you all for that tremendous support, which has helped everyone stay in touch and kept our spirits high during the initial dark days of lockdown, Suspension and throughout the summer; but we feel that these have now run their course, so there will be no further regular T@3 posts from the Executive. However, as Facebook has proved to be such a popular and useful medium for cascading information to a section of our membership, you can expect to see the occasional message pop up from time to time whenever it is appropriate to communicate in this way. And of course the London Mark Facebook Group page is not closing down – so please feel free to continue generating your own T@3 or other messages which are relevant to London Mark. I will enjoy reading what you post, but please leave the jokes and funnies for WhatsApp or your personal Facebook accounts!!
There will be another edition of the London Mallet mid September with loads of articles and photos describing what has been going on during the summer. I hope that you will all take the opportunity to read that once it lands in your inboxes. In the meantime stay safe, keep healthy and Mark Well Brethren.