First, thank you for the deluge of letters congratulating MQ on its launch. They were very heartening, and some of the comments and suggestions are most helpful. A selection of your letters begins on page 44.
The 94-year-old Hertfordshire Mason who rang Grand Lodge, particularly touched me. As he has been housebound for
some years because of osteoporosis, he feels cut off although receiving his Lodge summons and Provincial
newsletter. He rang to thank us for sending him MQ and bringing him back into the fold again.
We have included some changes to our second issue not least addressing the point from a large number of readers about poor eyesight and type sizes. Point taken!
We hope this issue is easier
As to the photograph at Freemasons' Hall of the Warden's pedestal with the vacuum cleaner nearby referred to by a number of readers - no, it is nothing to do with a peculiar form of
ritual - it was left in deliberately to see if you were paying attention. From the post bag, you most certainly were.
We had some adverse
comments, but that is only to be expected with such a radical departure in promoting our public image. Even so, the criticism was largely constructive. With 320,000 readers we cannot please everyone all the time.
As this second issue of MQ
arrives on your doormats, Freemasonry in the Community Week will have
come to an end. In the next issue we will highlight some of the major events around the country. Old relationships with communities have been
strengthened and new
alliances formed. It has been a monumental effort by all concerned, and shows Freemasons at their
We have much of which to
be proud in our communities, but we must not just be selfcongratulatory and lock ourselves inside our Lodge rooms. we must ensure that
our renewed involvement in these communities is ongoing. Perhaps many of the initiatives in Freemasonry in the Community Week can now become annual events?
The need to promote the positive side of Freemasonry is not a seven-day wonder, but a
continuous drip-feed of communication with
individuals and organisations not least the media. While there must remain the private side of Freemasonry, we have still only scratched the surface of what we can achieve in the
And, as has been shown with our week of community action, there is an enormous
fund of goodwill out there for Freemasonry in the big, wide world. Freemasons have, in the past, been too defensive. Now we can follow on from the week of action and be
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