UGLE Press Release

17 September 2019

THE WORLD’S OLDEST SOCIAL NETWORK AIMS TO GO VIRAL WITH NEW CAMPAIGN

  • -The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is launching a social media campaign to be the most featured venue as part of Open House London this weekend.
  • Members of the public are being encouraged to visit the home of Freemasonry in England and Wales and post their pictures on social media using the hashtag #OHLFMH.
  • Freemasons’ Hall welcomes over 200,000 visitors through its doors every year.
  • UGLE has 50K Facebook followers, 26K Twitter followers and 24K followers on Instagram.

With a thriving social media presence of over 100,000 followers across its platforms, the United Grand Lodge of England’s (UGLE) headquarters, Freemasons’ Hall, aims to be the most photographed venue across Open House London this weekend.

UGLE will be taking part in the world’s largest architecture festival Open House London on 21-22 September – offering visitors architectural tours, fun family activities and access to the Museum of Freemasonry. UGLE is also inviting members of the public to visit its stunning Art Deco building in the heart of Covent Garden and post their pictures on social media using the hashtag #OHLFMH.

Freemasons’ Hall stands on Great Queen Street on a site that has been used to hold meetings for Freemasons since 1775. The current building was opened in 1933 as a peace memorial to honour the thousands of Freemasons who fought and died during the First World War.

With 50,000 followers on Facebook, 26,000 followers on Twitter and 24,000 followers on Instagram, UGLE – as the governing body for Freemasonry in England and Wales – has a strong presence on social media, in addition to the proactive daily engagement from regional Freemasons around the country.

Dr David Staples, UGLE’s Chief Executive, said: “Freemasonry is one of the oldest social and charitable organisation in the world, so it makes sense for us to use our social media channels to engage with the public.

“We know people are curious about Freemasonry and our recently launched Discover Freemasonry short film, which explains who we are and what we do – as well as showcasing our unique history – has already been viewed more than 150,000 times across social media.

“These initiatives are only the start of our drive to show the public what modern Freemasonry really stands for – integrity, friendship, respect and charity. It is a little known fact that our membership, of more than 200,000 individuals across England and Wales, donated £48m to charity and over 5 million hours of volunteer work in 2018 alone. This a fact we are very proud of and our social media accounts showcase the stories behind these stats, with hundreds of posts a day from dedicated Freemasons.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to Freemasons’ Hall throughout the year – but especially this weekend – and viewing the #OHLFMH posts, which will hopefully make us the most visited venue at Open House London this year.”

Discover Freemasonry video: www.ugle.org.uk/about-freemasonry/video-library

PCO

Argus ‘Health & Care Awards

On the 5th of September W.Bro. Vince White (ProvGAlm) along with
W.Bro. Des James, W.Bro. Phil Sefton and W.Bro. Andrew Crump, accompanied by W.Bro. Vince White’s wife Val (taking the place of W.Bro. Bob Jones who was unable to attend) represented Monmouthshire Freemasons at this years South Wales Argus ‘Health Care Awards’ – an evening attended by around 260 representatives of sponsors, with Monmouthshire Freemasons generously sponsoring this event.

The presentation of the “3rd Sector “Team of The Year” award was presented by W.Bro. Vince White to the winner, Mr.Ray Morrison of Bluebird Care. Ray has trained more than 1000 people including children, firemen, policemen,workplaces etc. to become dementia friends. He does this in his own time, and gets great pleasure sharing his knowledge alongside running a care agency of which he is extremely proud. The Monmouthshire team were proud to represent our province on such a splendid occasion.

The evening was a great success and very professionally organised. It was compared by journalist Mr.Rob Stokes with guest speaker Mr.Glyn Jones (Executive Director of Finance & Deputy Chief Executive NHS).

PCO

Monmouthshire Clay Shooting Team, 3rd in International Masonic Clay shooting competition.

Well we are home from our very first international shoot, eighteen provinces, six countries and one hundred and twenty three shooters gathered on a day where the weather was kind and stayed dry. Breakfast rolls with tea/coffee began the day at registration and by 9:30am. everyone was assembled on the patio for a welcome address by the Chairman, Brian Saidman, photo’s having been taken of the assembled group a short safety talk delivered by the Secretary Roger Wilkes and everyone went of their respective stands for the “Shotgun Start”.  Doveridge staff must be congratulated here as the whole day went off without a hitch, no technical problems and everyone was back in the club house by 1:45pm. where lunch was served.  Score cards were checked and verified and for this we must thank Doveridge’s excellent computer scoring system which checked and double checked our arithmetic, some excellent scores were recorded with the first five cards showing 95, 91, 91, 90 and 89. However there were also some in the mid thirties with most between 45 and 75.

The international competition was won by England with a collective score of 369  second was Scotland with 324 and in third place Wales with 310. High Gun for England was Dan Bishop (Hants/I of W) on 95  High Gun for India was Unnikrishnan Kodoth 73, High Gun for Ireland Richard Dennison 67, High Gun Jersey Jack Handby 77,  High Gun Scotland Tom Galasham 84 and High Gun Wales Scott Morgan 90.  The Guest Junior Score was Joe Dodds (West Lanc’s) 60, Guest Ladies Score Sadie Center (Scotland) 79 and Male Guest Richard Baker (Met GL) 92.  Lady Freemason High Gun Kath Wright (West Lanc’s) 49 Veteran Freemason Dave Smith (West Lanc’s) 92 and Masonic High Gun Dan Bishop (Hant’s/I of W) 95. In closing the Chairman thanked everyone for their support and hoped that they all had a wonderful experience and a very safe journey home. PCO


L-R Bob”Jack”Daw, Andrew Beese, Kevin Phillips, Martin Price, Scott Morgan, Paul Burley, Chris Evans