EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT
As an alternative to a paper, demonstration or practice at meetings when lodges do not have any candidates, why not consider holding a “Masonic” Quiz?
These are very easy to organise, are great fun and appeal to old and young alike.
Created by W Bro Peter Sorrill, the quizzes intersperse Masonic questions with sport and general knowledge ones, which leads to a very happy and entertaining presentation. When first trialled at the Lodge of Hope and St Alphege 4436 the response was so enthusiastic and encouraging that the E&D Committee immediately decided to offer these to all Warwickshire lodges.
They have been created specifically for lodge meetings, or occasions when only Masons are present, with their length and content being tailored to the specific occasion at which they will take place.
Peter is quite prepared to visit lodges and present a quiz, or copies can be requested from him.
For further details and information please email the Provincial office:
mentioning that you are interested in lodge quizzes, giving your email address and telephone number, and asking for your enquiry to be forwarded to Peter, who will respond accordingly.
LODGES ON THE INTERNET
Internet "code of practice" and UGLE website guidelines
"Freemasonry is the world's oldest secular fraternal society, with members spread over all the Earth's surface. It is fitting that such an Institution should have International representation, and the World Wide Web allows us as Freemasons to be represented internationally and can be a major tool in the process of better informing the public about Freemasonry." David F Macey - Provincial Grand Master
Assistance with Lodge Websites
Individual Lodges are actively encouraged to set up their own websites. Frequently Asked Questions PDF can be downloaded below along with guidance notes and resources enabling Lodges to create their own websites.
W Bro Ron Parker PProvSGD will be happy to provide further support if requested:
Lack of control over access to and the placing of information on the Internet may cause problems. The Province of Warwickshire has produced guidelines which incorporate those issued by the United Grand Lodge of England.
To ensure accuracy and consistency on policy matters all sites must be approved by the Provincial Communications Officer via his appointed representative W Bro Ron Parker.
Web sites of a Masonic nature or which include Masonic material which are established by or in connection with Lodges or individual Brethren, and which contain material which is considered by the Provincial Communications Officer to be injudicious or contrary to Grand Lodge policy, will be required to amend or remove this material. Refusal or dilatory response would be likely to render the Lodge or Brethren involved to Masonic disciplinary action.
The Province offers the following guidelines for the use of Twitter, Lodge feeds & Provincial feeds both of which can be downloaded below.
The use of Twitter, Facebook and the such like are encouraged as they provide another route for communicatiing our love for freemasonry.
Taking better photographs
The Taking Pictures for your Lodge Website PDF can be downloaded below.
Interfacing with your local Press and other media organisations
Tips on how to get the local media to publish your news PDF can be downloaded below.
DOWNLOAD WARWICKSHIRE LODGES WEBSITES FAQ's PDF
DOWNLOAD WEBSITE GUIDANCE NOTES PDF
DOWNLOAD LODGE TWITTER PROTOCOL PDF
DOWNLOAD PROVINCIAL TWITTER PROTOCOL PDF
DOWNLOAD TAKING PICTURES FOR YOUR LODGE WEBSITE PDF
DOWNLOAD TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE LOCAL MEDIA TO PUBLISH YOUR NEWS PDF
Lodge Newsletters are a valuable means of communication for all members of a Lodge but particularly for those who are not able to attend meetings on a regular basis such as country and honorary members. The Provincial Grand Master is keen to encourage and support the publication of such Newsletters and wishes to see more and more Lodges in the Province adopting the idea.
There are a variety of styles of newsletter circulating in the Province and all are to be highly commended for content, imaginative use of typefaces, photographs, colour and their regularity of publication. The Provincial Grand Master has no wish to stifle creativity or style but, like the rules for Lodge web sites, he does believe that Lodges would welcome guidance of a broad nature to ensure compliance with the principles of Freemasonry and the policies of both Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge.
This is the guidance:
The principle of the publication of a newsletter should be agreed by the Lodge following discussion in, and recommendation by, the Lodge Committee.
It might be beneficial to have a small editorial committee, of no more than, say, three members of the Lodge, to oversee publication and to approve the content with perhaps one member of the Lodge having responsibility for drafting the items for inclusion in the publication. That member, the editor, would need to have the necessary facilities for preparing and printing the newsletter, but its distribution might usefully be left to the Lodge Secretary to coincide, where practicable, with the sending of a Lodge summons to all members of the Lodge.
Lodge Newsletters should not be regarded as private or secret but editors will need to ensure that any of those Brethren named in the newsletter for whatever reason or whose photographs might be included are aware of the public nature of the document and are given the opportunity to have their name and/or photograph withdrawn prior to publication.
Lodges should feel free to send copies of Lodge Newsletters, for example, to the press and to members of local authorities, deposited in local libraries, doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries, provided that the Lodge has agreed and that all members are aware that this will be done.
Lodge Newsletters should not comment on political or religious issues arising in the locality.
At all times Lodge Newsletters should comply with the policies and edicts of the United Grand Lodge of England and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire.
No material may be published which is subject to copyright and no material in a Newsletter should be made the subject of copyright since the press, among others, should be able to have the freedom to publish the Newsletter or extracts from it.
At least one copy of each edition of every Lodge newsletter should be sent to the Provincial Grand Secretary immediately following publication.
Much is said and written about Freemasons and Freemasonry, some of which is complimentary, and some less so. Sometimes there are serious mistakes and inaccuracies in reports which need to be addressed, especially the old myths and fictions so often put out by the critics and detractors of Freemasonry.
The Provincial Communications Officer, Ian Slesser, would like to be told about all newspaper, radio and television coverage whenever there is any mention of Freemasonry however published - good, bad or indifferent.
Reading your local newspapers, listening to your local radio stations and watching local television, may lead to you such information and Ian would like to know about it. Whether or not you are a Mason, he would be grateful for your assistance in gathering this information, which should be sent to:
or to postal address:
1 Foster Close, Timberland
Lincoln LN4 3SE
SOLOMON - YOUR JOURNEY OF MASONIC LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
Who can have access to the system?
Solomon is open to all. There is no password protection other than for your account and there are no hidden areas. We do not authenticate users as Freemasons and people are free to look around the system. However, we do recommend you do not look or search in areas of Solomon that your level does not entitle you to look at. It is nothing secret, it's just a spoiler alert. If anyone has ever spoiled a film for you by telling you the plot you will know what we mean. The less you know, the greater the impact. It's as simple as that.