FREEMASONS are working to dispel the belief that Freemasonry operates in the shadows.
Philip Bullock, the Provincial Grand Master for Wiltshire Freemasons, has announced his plan to increase transparency and inclusivity by developing the Province’s social media presence and in particular the use of online media such as Twitter.
Philip wants to use Twitter as a news and information channel letting people know what Freemasons are doing in the local community.
As an example, members of a lodge meeting in Bradford on Avon have been volunteering with the Canal and Rivers Trust to build a wall; while members of a number of Salisbury lodges are holding a Teddy Bears’ picnic in support of Teddies for Loving Care, a charity providing teddies for children attending the A&E departments of the Swindon and Salisbury hospitals.
The channel can be followed at @wiltspgl
Philip points out that Wiltshire Freemasons have a website firstname.lastname@example.org which is accessible to members of the public where details of what Freemasons are doing are available.
In addition the Province has a magazine which is published twice a year and is also available online.
In June the Freemasons Masonic Charitable Foundation is donating £50,000 to be shared between four Wiltshire charities with one grant for £4,000; one of £6,000, one for £15,000 and the top grant will be £25,000 and it is asking members of the public to vote for which one should receive the largest amount of £25,000.
The four charities are The John McNeill Opportunity Centre in Salisbury, Swindon-based SMASH, the Hope Nature Centre in Trowbridge and the Bobby Van Trust which covers Wiltshire. Details of how to vote can be found here: mcf.org.uk/vote
If you don’t have an email address, or you need help voting, call the voting team on 020 3146 3309.