On Monday, 5th July 2021, Freemasons throughout England and Wales will be leading the first celebration of a unique and special day dedicated to NHS, Social Care and other Frontline (Key) Workers from 10 a.m. This is an initiative that was launched on 2nd January 2021 by the Daily Express newspaper, who is the event’s National Media Partner.
It will comprise a series of events involving every aspect of society, as well as raising money for two excellent causes: – NHS Charities Together, which supports 250 hospitals and their charitable trusts; and the National Care Association, representing 1.6 million workers caring for some of society’s frailest citizens.
The full programme of national events is as follows: –
• 10:00 Fly the flag / Display Bunting.
• 11:00 Observe two minute’s silence to remember NHS, Social Care and other Frontline (Key) Workers and all those who have died from COVID-19.
Throughout the Country the two minute’s silence will be followed by the playing of the Last Post and Reveille by buglers.
• 13:00 The Nation’s toast to the Heroes of the NHS, Social Care and other Frontline (Key) Workers.
• 16:00 Afternoon tea – raise ‘a cupper’ with the NHS Big Tea celebration. This can be a lot of fun.
Dress up for the occasion (formal or fancy dress) and take tea at home, in the garden, on the village green, up a mountain or on a boat.
There is a prize of £1,000 on offer for the group that goes the extra mile and takes tea in the wackiest location !
If your Lodge or Chapter won you could promote this to a charity of your choice.
• 20:00 Evening clap for NHS Key Workers – Church Bells will be rung 73 times (to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the birth of the NHS)
The Members of the Province of Middlesex are invited to take part in some or all of these events, either individually, or collectively with other Members of your Lodge or Chapter.
If you decide to do so, please let the Provincial Communications Committee have any details of your participation so that they can be posted on the Provincial website and social media platforms. Thank you.
With kindest fraternal regards,
Peter R A Baker
Pro Provincial Grand Master for and
Grand Superintendent in and over Middlesex
1st July 2021
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