New Happiness Website
The Lodge of Happiness 7952 has launched a new website. The site has been created with the simple aims of publicising the Lodge, explaining what Freemasonry is all about and encouraging new members to join.
Commenting on the launch, Derek White, the Worshipful Master, said: "We believe that our new website is both interesting and informative and sets new standards in terms ease of use. It will show the wider public what our values are and let them know about the good work Freemasons do to help those less fortunate than ourselves”
"In launching the site, we are also issuing an open invitation to men of all faiths, who would like to develop themselves in a supportive, friendly environment, and help society in the process, to find out more about our Lodge and about Freemasonry in general.”
He concluded by noting "Our Lodge certainly lives up to its name; you won't find a happier place to become a Mason."
The website includes information about the Lodge of Happiness and Freemasonry in general. In addition there is information about the charitable work Masons do to help those in need and why Freemasonry is so relevant in today’s society.
Anyone who would like to approach the Lodge with a view to joining is welcome to make contact via: www.lodgeofhappiness.org.uk, or by telephoning Alastair on 0845 474 7952.
Lodge of Stability 8667 will be celebrating the 60 years in Freemasonry of W Bro Henry Walker Holmes, PGStB, PProvSGW, at Yenton Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 4th October 2011.
There will be a special presentation by the Provincial Grand Master to recognise this milestone.
Brethren from other Lodges are very welcome to attend, please contact the Lodge Secretary W Bro Marcus Ward.
75 year old attends Grand Lodge University Conference
The University of Birmingham Lodge 5628, which was consecrated on 31st October 75 years ago, was the second to join the ever increasing ranks of the University Scheme, initiated by the Assistant Grand Master, RW Bro David Williamson in 2005, the first being Apollo University Lodge 357 of Oxford. Details of the Scheme can be seen at www.ugle.org.uk/how-to-become-a-mason/university-section/
The Master of the Lodge W Bro Ron Parker, accompanied by hard working Secretary W Bro Clive Neal-Sturgess attended a conference at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London held specifically to discuss the progress and possible improvements of the scheme. Most of the 40 or more participating Lodges were represented.
They were personally greeted as representatives of their Lodge by the Assistant Grand Master and co-ordinators of the scheme, including W Bro Stephen Tucker, whose comments about how well they were performing in their role were taken very kindly.
Ron and Clive were introduced to the Grand Secretary, RW Bro Nigel Brown after his introductory speech to the delegates, and took the opportunity to have a photographic record made whilst standing in front of the Grand Master’s Chair on the dais in the Grand Lodge Temple.
The Lodge celebrates its 75th Birthday at its 300th meeting to be held at The Clarendon Suites, Stirling Road, Edgbaston on Monday 28th November at 5.30pm.
All masons, whether linked to the University through education or work, or just keen to visit, are cordially invited to attend the meeting at which there will be a double raising ceremony and a presentation to the Lodge of masonic artefacts from a Cheltenham Lodge.
(l-r) Clive Neal-Sturgess, Nigel Brown, David Williamson, Stephen Tucker, Ron Parker
A Walk Around Our Lodge Room
Well known masonic writer and raconteur The Revd Neville Barker Cryer is visiting Aston Manor Lodge 6323 on Tuesday 18th October, where he will give a talk entitled 'A Walk Around Our Lodge Room'.
The talk is intended to have an audience that is all inclusive, i.e. Entered Apprentices upwards, and members of other Lodges are very welcome to attend.
Neville doesn't visit Warwickshire all that regularly, and the Lodge is very pleased he has accepted their invitation. They believe he is celebrating 60 years in Freemasonry around this time, so it is a very fitting opportunity to give him a warm and hearty Warwickshire Welcome.
It is also the very first time W Bro Simon Abel, who became Master on September 20th, will open a Lodge - he hopes he will not receive a fiery baptism!
The Lodge meets at Yenton Assembly Rooms, Erdington, and will open at 6.00pm prompt, dining fee is £17.00 to include wine.
Applications should be made to the Lodge Secretary W Bro Tony Greenshields who can be contacted:
Aston Manor helps Primrose Hospice
The Aston Manor Lodge 6323 held a charity evening to support Bromsgrove's "Primrose Hospice" with further raffles and donations totalling £1250.
Master of the Lodge, W Bro Julian A Davis, saw the Primrose Hospice's exemplary care to terminally ill patients when his father was swiftly struck down with Cancer in 2008. He died in May within a month of the diagnosis and it was the Hospice that aided 'Care at Home', allowing Mr David Davis to pass on in his own home with loved ones. A priceless service, with the majority of the income to support the work of the Hospice being from donations.
(l-r) Julian Davis and Alvin Robertson.
When Julian handed over the donation, Alvin Robertson, Chief Executive of Primrose Hospice said "We are very grateful for this donation, as the Hospice requires over £10,000 per week to operate. This is collected from many sources with fundraising charity events being the most important to us".
The donation is a good example of the tremendous amount of support freemasons give to their local communities, in addition to their regional, national and international charitable activities. The Hospice has been the recipient of over £40,000 from Masonic Charities during the last couple of years.