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~oOo~ Website Update - March 2013 ~oOo~
As you can already see, a few updates have already been made, and those items which are past their sell-by date are starting to get a makeover. (And you can play 'spot the platitude' in the new editorial content. I do.)
So please bear with us. Not everything can be / will be addressed immediately.
For example, the links to the Essex Oaths database will take a while to repair - but the contact points and e-mail addresses will be updated so that you can contact the Oaths 'Team' in the meantime.
And the Webmaster contact e-mail will be / has been refreshed. (We're leaving you to check this for yourself and work out when it's been done. Just to keep it interesting.)
You can help us by doing the following:
- being patient!
- passing to the Secretary or Webmaster any material that you know about, which would be appropriate to share with SMSC members and other visitors here. For example, we are happy to receive:
News items, editorial, articles of interest, photographs, upcoming events, links to other masonic sites, congratulations, shout-outs, gossip, rumours, dirt and outright scandal. (We won't publish anything actionable; it's just fun to hear about it.)
- actively use the feedback and 'mail us' facilities. Let us know of anything on the site which desparately needs a wash-and-brush-up. Or which is currently 'broken' from a webby point of view. Or is simply misspelled. Misspelt. Mis-spelled. (Whatever.)
and most importantly
- please enjoy the site, and come back again soon!
Welcome to our revised web site. We have retained the old favourites and added new articles which we hope you will find interesting and informative.
We particularly bid a hearty welcome to our many overseas visitors.
We hope you find it both interesting and useful and that you will visit us often.
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Disclaimer and Credits
The Disclaimer and Credits are necessary and important. Please read.
As Past President and a Founder of the Southchurch Study Circle, I wish to recommend most heartily the Circle's web-site, not only to the members, but, to all those connected with and interested in Freemasonry.
The new webmaster, W Bro Ian Whitley has taken up the task from Alec Hall and like Alec is constantly active in ensuring the quality of information displayed and would welcome your support and participation.
NEW SMSC SecretaryAt the May meeting, Pierre Waddoups handed over the reins of SMSC to W.Bro. Alasdair MacLeod.
W.Bro. Pierre said that after eight years he felt he was stepping down and leaving the Circle in good heart and leaving on a high point.
The Chairman, W.Bro. Mark Perkins, on behalf of those present and indeed all the members, thanked Bro. Pierre for his efforts and commitment to the Study Circle during his time as Secretary.
Bro. Pierre thanked the members for their loyalty to the Study Circle and added that he would still be involved whenever he could.
Bro. Alisdair said that he would endeavour to do his best.
When Bro. Alisdair has overcome the shock, he will give us a brief CV, no doubt!
MESSAGE FROM THE ESSEX PROVINCIAL GRAND SECRETARY.
The Southchurch study circle continues to go from strength to strength as is amply shown by the launch of the revamped website. Brethren as you can see the members of the circle do not just sit there gathering cobwebs but are a vibrant and integral part of our Masonic community.
The Essex oath project is a vast undertaking and will be of enormous use to Masonic researchers around the world. Well done again The Southchurch Study Circle.
W. Bro Andrew Bishop PAGDC
A tribute to Alec Hall
Alec passed to the Grand Lodge Above on 3rd January 2011.
Buckingham Palace: Duke of Kent suffers mild strokeThe BBC News website reports that the Duke of Kent was taken ill on Monday 18th March.
Buckingham palace said that the duke has suffered a "mild stroke" and was taken to a London hospital in the early hours.
A spokesman said "He's still being assessed and it's not thought to be serious" and was "feeling well and looking forward to resuming official engagements as soon as possible."
Next meeting: Thursday, 16th May 2013 (AGM)Click here for the Summons for the May meeting. Note that, as stated above, this is our AGM.
The Guest Speaker will be W.Bro. David West PPJGW and the subject "The Cowboy, the Devil and the Masonic hoax."
Dr. David West and Lawrie Morrisson will tell the story with lots of pictures, one or two of the devil, drawing on a bit of a book David is working on, entitled The Goat, the Devil and the Freemason.
Dress is smart casual, and guests are always most welcome. You are free to bring as many guests as you wish.
The Meeting starts at 8.00pm, at Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend on Sea.
For further information contact the Secretary, W.Bro. Alasdair MacLeod
New ArticlesThe Spring 2013 Newsletter from the Library and Museum of Freemasonry.
This edition of the Newsletter relates to the current exhibition, "Encounters: Artists and Freemasonry", which looks well worth a visit if you are in the London area.
You might not be aware of this, but the Museum, based at FMH, also provides a major online Masonic resource.
The latest edition of Essex Mason magazine (January 2013) can be viewed in a rather nice-looking electronic format on the Provincial Website.
(Note that this format is not-Apple-device-compatible.)
Brilliant article by our previous Secretary W. Bro. Pierre Waddoups concerning our Study Circle. Click here to read! A PDF article opens in a new window.
Bro. Allan de Luca has produced this splendid article on the Tracing Board or Decorative Altar - Found at Pompeii in 1874. An original article well worth reading.
SAXON HALL TEMPLE TIMES: Get the latest copy, March 2013, of the Saxon Hall Temple Times HERE.
Southchurch Masonic Study Circle has produced a database which we call "THE MASONIC INDEX". If you've ever wondered where you found a certain piece of information but just can't lay your hands on it, "THE MASONIC INDEX" is just what you have been looking for.
This database is an entirely original and unique device which can be used by any vistor to our site. You can look up information, edit what exists if you think you can improve it's accuracy or usefulness and make new entries that you think will be of use to other vistitors.
It will only work if you actually use it and make entries that will help you in future and help others. That's what Freemasonry is about, isn't it?
The Southchurch Masonic Study Circle Constitution places emphasis on Education which we promote and support.
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