We are proud to be involved in NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day on 5th July 2021.
The Freemasons of Nottinghamshire are playing their part in NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day to celebrate all those who have worked so tirelessly to help our country through the Coronavirus crisis, and who continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Organised nationally by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day takes place on 5th July this year, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man.
All of our Masonic Halls across the county will be raising banners and at 10.00 a virtual flag raising can be viewed on the Provincial website www.nottinghamshiremasons.co.uk or by clicking the image below
We encourage all our members, their families and friends to support this and the national events throughout the day.
Philp Marshall our Provincial Grand Master, the head of Freemasonry in Nottinghamshire said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to pay tribute to all the local doctors, nurses, care workers and other frontline staff who played such a key role in saving lives and keeping essential services going when Covid-19 struck our country. Their commitment and sense of duty was an inspiration to everyone and this is our chance to say a huge thank you to every single one of them.”
NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day was conceived and organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, who has organised national and royal events for 40 years, including key aspects of Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations and 90th Birthday Beacons celebration.
Bruno said: “July 5th 1948 was an historic moment in our country’s history. It was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to everyone. We have treasured it ever since, but never more so since March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK and utterly changed all our lives.
“We were suddenly at war with a ruthless, invisible enemy and on the front line were our NHS doctors, nurses and paramedics, plus platoons of critical workers keeping our shops open and stocked, our streets safe and our essential services running.
“Now we have the chance to show our gratitude to all NHS and frontline staff with what I believe will be an annual day of thanks, and remembrance of those who lost their lives because of this dreadful disease.”
10am Raising and Displaying the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day Flag.
11 am Two-minute silence and playing of The Last Post and Reveille.
1pm The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers*
1pm Street, Garden and Village Parties, and Parties at Home.
4pm Afternoon Tea.
8pm Clapping our Heroes and the Ringing of Church Bells 73 times to represent each year of the existence of the NHS.
More information on NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day can be found at www.nhsfrontlineday.org.
(Banners already displayed at Worksop,Mansfield , Newark , Retford and Nottingham & West Bridgford Masonic halls)
For further information or interviews on Freemasonry in Nottinghamshire please visit our website: https://www.nottinghamshiremasons.co.uk/
* Four Peaks Toast
The Nation’s Toast will be led by women and girls climbing the UK’s four highest peaks - Captain Katy Connor from the top of Slive Donard, Northern Ireland; Katy Espresatti and her daughters, Tiana Sophie, 7, and Kaila Emily, 11, from the summit of Ben Nevis, Scotland; Rowena Roberts from the top of Mount Snowdon, Wales, and Tara Haines, from Scafell Pike, England.
Tara Haines said: “What a wonderful idea. I have worked for the NHS for over 25 years and have seen first-hand the care, love and compassion shown by my colleagues within the James Paget University Hospital where I have spent so many happy years, so would be delighted and proud to lead the Nation's Toast to the Heroes of the NHS and Frontline Workers on behalf of the women of our country, from the top of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.”
Katy Espresatti said: “I am honoured to be asked to climb Ben Nevis on the 5th July 2021 with my daughters Kaila Emily, who will be 12, and Tiana Sophie, who will be 8, to give the Nation's Toast to the NHS and frontline workers at the summit. I can think of no better role models for my girls than the frontline women who manage to treat us under the most stressful conditions with empathy, competency and positivity. They are an essential, often overlooked, part of our world, and I am delighted to be able to mark our respect this way.”
Rowena Roberts said: “I am excited and proud to be part of this extremely worthy event in support of the NHS and frontline workers, especially my colleagues in the NHS.”
The Four Peaks Contacts
Captain Katy Connor 07889 654 058 firstname.lastname@example.org
Katy Espresatti 07875 144 869 email@example.com
Rowena Roberts 07851 999 062 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Haines 07738 887 321 email@example.com