I was asked this question very recently and came up with the answer, “On the Ides of January.” Already Christmas and the New Year are long behind us and 2021 is well under way. In the last few days, my daughter Caroline graduated Master of Laws from City, University of London, and I was veryContinue reading “Exactly when do we stop saying “Happy New Year”?”
I had two great – although very different audiences – for my Masonic talks this last week. On Tuesday I ran an online Members’ Pathway session for West Lancashire’s Secretaries and Scribe Es, with an audience that peaked at 240. On Thursday I did my talk “Is belief in a Supreme Being really essential?” onlineContinue reading “From the Members’ Pathway to my garden (via South Africa and Women’s Freemasonry)”
Two weeks ago I wrote about my experiences as a virtual Masonic speaker. Like all of us, I have had to adapt to Covid-19, the lockdown and the suspension of Masonic activities. I have also learned very quickly to take my talks online. Having done so I have found new and bigger audiences. For example,Continue reading “Further confessions …”
Ten weeks ago I thought Zoom was an ice lolly. Seventeen online talks later it’s my direct link to an audience that has so far gone over 1,000. This is my story (so far). It all started when Josh asked me if I would deliver my talk, “The future of Freemasonry: evolution & change” (theContinue reading “Confessions of an online Masonic lecturer”
Welcome to my new style Prestonian 2012 website. Back in 2011 I started a blog to record my Prestonian journey and made a few entries before turning to use social media, and especially Twitter. W Bro. Trevor Brearley kindly set up and ran a separate website focused on my Prestonian Lecture, its deliveries, the book,Continue reading “Launching my new website”
First day of Gilwell Reunion! Come and say hello if you are here. I’m camping on Woodlands – with the big flagpole.
Another great day researching for the Prestonian. Thanks to Bruce, Carol and Daniel, at The Scout Association, and to Mark at the Library & Museum of Freemasonry. Thanks also to my “Research Assistant”, my daughter Caroline. Looking forward to visiting the Worshipful Company of Mercers in September.
My research is going pretty well so far. I have had tremendous support from KLA Lodges, UGLE, The Scout Association, etc, and have a number of good stories to tell. I’m hoping that my trip to Gilwell tomorrow will provide me with some good info about the benefits of The Grand Charity grant. And thenContinue reading “Research for the Prestonian”
I have chosen two charities to be supported from the proceeds of the 2012 Prestonian Lecture. One is a Masonic charity and the other a Scouting one. Both are worthy causes, much deserving of our support. The Masonic charity is the Masonic Samaritan Fund, which provides grants for medical, dental and respite care and supportContinue reading “2012 Prestonian Lecture charities chosen”
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