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.
Michell Worvell Communications director at UGLE is part of the management board of the NHS Frontline Day and is keen that Freemasons demonstrate their support by starting the day’s events by “Raising the Flag”, a specially designed flag at 10.00 am on the 5th July on Masonic Halls across the land. Provinces can also take part in any of the other events listed on the website by registering their involvement on the site. Pictures of the flags being raised and displayed could then be shared on social media and websites.
This is chance to show our gratitude to all NHS and front-line staff and will become an annual day of thanks and remembrance of those who lost their lives because of this dreadful Coronavirus disease. The first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day involves every aspect of society and will raise 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.
Raising and Displaying the NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day Flag and Banner – 10:00 AM
A special flag and banner has been produced bearing the event logo – including the stylised rainbow that came to symbolise our nationwide appreciation of those working on the frontline. We are encouraging councils, voluntary groups, professional bodies, companies, churches and cathedrals, hotels, hospitals, schools and other organisations, to purchase a flag and banner and proudly fly it or display it from their windows. £5 from every flag and banner sold will be equally divided between our two chosen good causes.
Participants will be asked to raise or display the flags and banners at 10am on July 5th to signal the official start the day’s celebrations, and to leave them flying for seven days. Three sizes of flag and two sizes of banner are available, including one for Government buildings. Flags and banners can be obtained from our official supplier J. W. Plant & Co Ltd.
MPs, Lord Mayors, Mayors, HM Lord Lieutenants, High Sheriffs, High Stewards, Leaders of Councils, and others should be invited to raise flags and banners in their local communities in the first celebration of its kind in the world.
TIPS ON TAKING PART
Here are some hints on how to make the most of your involvement in NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day on Monday July 5th 2021.
You will be able to register for one or more event between January 2nd 2021 and July 1st 2021.
If it is a private event please tick the appropriate box during registration and your celebration will not be listed publicly. Public events will be listed and shared with the media so that they can contact you direct to arrange publicity.
Here’s the day’s schedule:
10am – Raising the NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day Flag
11am – Two-Minute Silence and Playing of the Last Post and Reveille
1pm – Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of the NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers and playing of the brand new Brass Band Anthem
1pm – Street, Garden and Village Green Parties
4pm – Afternoon Tea, including a competition for the most unusual location
8pm – Clapping & the Ringing of Church Bells
Please ensure you have undertaken all the necessary health and safety measures outlined and, if appropriate, alerted the emergency services, undertaken risk assessments and taken out public liability insurance. This is your responsibility as the co-ordinator/participant in this event.
Invite your Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenant, Lord Mayor, Mayor, High Sheriff, High Steward, Lord Provost, Chairman or Leader of the Council to your activity.
Arrange to have photographs taken during your event. Immediately afterwards, please send no more than two high-quality, copyright-free photographs to email@example.com, including the name of the photographer, the location, county and country the event has taken place in.
Please use social media channels to promote your event using the hashtag #NHSDay.
A few weeks before the event, a press release template will be available from the Downloads page. Please localise it, updating it with information about your event(s) and your contact details so that you can send it to your local media.
If any groups wish to take part please let W.Bro.Keith Beaumont APGM, know your plans or to ask any further questions.
Comprehensive information is available at https://www.nhsfrontlineday.org/