Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Manchester Bombing Appeal

Following the Manchester bombing on 22nd May, an appeal fund has been set up by the Province of East Lancashire. £5,000 has been sent by this Province via the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association to assist those affected by this horrendous act.

If a Lodge or individual wishes to make a donation, this should be sent to Ms Julie Ward, East Lancashire Masonic Charity. Hewlett Court Retirement Home, Newcombe Road, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9XJ. Cheques should be made payable to ELMC or by bank transfer to 01-10-01 88503372.

I have suggested this method of making donations as it will be quicker than sending it through the Charity Office, however if a donation is made, I would appreciate an email just to keep track of our overall contributions. Please send any details to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W Bro John Hayward

Poppy Appeal Display

Poppy Appeal

A donation of £400 has been made by the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association to “Warwick Poppies” for their 2018 Appeal, to help fund an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War. The donation was presented on our behalf by V W Bro Alan Wellan, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

An exhibition will be held at St Mary’s Collegiate Church Warwick, in conjunction with the Royal British Legion – their aim is to “fill the church” with a display of handmade poppies and this is how our donation will be used.

St Mary's Church Warwick has a long history of involvement in military life, through the famous Royal Warwickshire Regimental Chapel (outside which hangs the Garter Banner of Lord Montgomery) and has a central role in civic life. The church is proud to be involved in the commemoration of the end of the First World War in 1918 through this special event in 2018.

An installation of knitted or handmade craft poppies will be on display throughout October and November 2018, donated by members of the congregation and beyond. They will be  flowing out from the Regimental Chapel and out into and around Church. A campaign will be launched in 2017 to invite the public, particularly those with Regimental links and those whose relatives served in the Armed Forces, to contribute a handmade poppy and if they wish dedicate a poppy to a specific person.  The display will be available for a number of functions during 2018.

Website details. including our acknowledgement can be found here

 

Lodge of Happiness No 7952 – the fruits of a website

On Tuesday 23rd May, the Lodge of Happiness No 7952 welcomed 20 men of mature age, looking to start a Masonic journey, into their Severn Street home for a “White Table” evening. All except one of these gentlemen are the product of Lodge website enquiries over the last 12 months.

Gentlemen visiting Lodge of Happiness
Gentlemen visiting Lodge of Happiness

The Worshipful Master, W Bro Geoffrey Weston, together with the assembled Lodge brethren welcomed all of our visitors into the bar for an initial introduction. This was followed by informal and lively discussion and buffet style Festive Board in the Dining Room, and finished with a short presentation by the Worshipful Master on Freemasonry in general and what the attendee’s interest in our Lodge means to us and how this interest would be progressed in the future by the Lodge.

Gentlemen learning more about Freemasonry
Gentlemen learning more about Freemasonry

The attendees were from a wide range of backgrounds, faiths and age ranges and expressed that the recent Sky documentary “Inside the Freemasons” had only further promoted an interest in joining our Fraternity.

Gentlemen visiting Lodge of Happiness
Gentlemen visiting Lodge of Happiness

The Lodge was amongst the first within the Province of Warwickshire to develop a website aimed at the promotion of membership in the Lodge and Freemasonry in general, back in 2010, having already initiated five new members from that source. Current interest from potential candidates is growing and the Lodge keeps “fine tuning” the process of welcoming, vetting and progressing this interest – a major learning curve in the early days.

 

The Search Begins

General Lodge of ImprovementOn 30th June this year, at 4.30pm an event will take place at FMH, Gt Queen Street, London, which will enhance Masonry in Warwickshire and be an inspiration to others, whether successful (or not).

W Bro Herrick a Past Master of The Fire Service Lodge, No 8401 and Assistant Preceptor Elect of The General Lodge of Instruction No 587 [The only ‘Recognised’ Lodge of Instruction in Warwickshire], has been invited by The Committee of The Emulation Lodge of Improvement, London, to take the chair at their Festival for the ceremony of Passing. You must be a Master Mason to attend and a booking form is attached.

This is a rare honour and their website extract below shows the stringent qualifications necessary to join the exclusive number of brethren.

A Brother who works a ceremony from the Chair “without standing in need of prompting or correction” receives a silver matchbox, engraved on the front with his name and on the reverse with the heading “E. L. of I.” and beneath it the ceremony he has worked, together with the year (e.g. “2nd. Deg. & T.B. 1975”). If the Brother subsequently works a different ceremony without correction, that is recorded in the same fashion, and if he has worked all four ceremonies without correction, the words “Complete Record” are added at the foot of the list. In order to qualify, the ceremony must be worked by the Master without any mistakes in either words or actions.

Further information may be had from Geoffrey Stevens Secretary GLoI on 07709-996787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PGM's Address to Provincial Grand Lodge 2017

The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David F Macey
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David F Macey
May I welcome you all, once more to this magnificent building and thank you all so much for turning out in such great numbers to support us. This was always going to be a special event for Warwickshire to celebrate the Tercentenary Year for Freemasonry but by your presence here today you have made it very special.

I congratulate those of you that I have had the pleasure of appointing or promoting today. These ranks of course have been conferred upon you to recognise the sterling work that you have done within your Lodges. However it also points out the further support you will be expected to be giving to the Province to support this special year and to further aid the progressive developments that we initiate within Warwickshire.

I thank the retiring team of Acting Officers who have been magnificent in their support throughout the year. You have set an enviable standard for this Year’s Officers to emulate and I know that you have all enjoyed it enormously.

I particularly wish to thank W Bro Bill Clark who today retired after five years as a truly great and caring Provincial Almoner. Thank you Bill for all that you have done, and the way in which you have done it. Thank you too to Anne for all of her support.

Congratulations to all within our Province who were appointed to Grand Rank last Month; namely Mike Reeve PAGDC; John Harris; PAGDC; John Handley PAGDC; Andrew Sweeney PAGDC; Joseph Masouck PAGDC and Peter Manning PJGD; whilst Michael Irving was promoted to PAGDC for his continuing services to our Province.

As I have already alluded to this is a special year for all of us as we celebrate 300 years of the founding of UGLE. We have many events planned throughout the year which started with us supporting a wonderful consecration of the Masonic Memorial Garden at the National Arboretum so very well organised by the PGL Staffordshire.

Today kicks off Warwickshire’s celebrations and thank you, once more for your support.

We consecrate a new Lodge; Collegiate Lodge, in Coventry on Saturday June 3rd. Please get along if you can.

Our annual Church service is on Sunday 11th June where we parade down the High Street in Warwick to the church.

Asst PGM Trevor Sturt, and his team have been working tirelessly to ensure that our MFest weekend is a success, and I offer them all huge thanks. We could still do with more of you attending on Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th June, with all of your families. So please get onto the website and respond to the recent information sent to you to ensure that we get a great Warwickshire turnout.

On Sunday July 2nd we consecrate the desk and chair that we have sponsored at Shakespeare’s New Place Garden, and this is an event not to be missed. When we add to that the four Classic Car rallies taking place in our region, the celebratory service in the Royal Albert Hall on October 31st followed by celebratory dinners at our Masonic Halls the following weekend, we shall have a wonderfully busy year.

It will only be successful if you all support these events that have taken so much time and care to put together.

The Education and Development Group, chaired by Asst.PGM Peter Manning, is currently putting finishing touches to the refreshment and updating of our Lodge three year planning initiative. This is entitled 2020 Vision: the future of MY Lodge. This will be explained during a number of seminars to be held throughout the Province in September.

This initiative will then be collated by the Dep PGM, Michael Morris. So watch it Brethren he will be after you if your returns are tardy!

The Visiting Officers scheme, so well organised by Asst PGM Chris Rogers will make sure that all Lodges have the help and guidance that they require.

The museum and library, led by Asst PGM Richard Barker will soon all be relocated into our Masonic Centres. I thank them for their help and cooperation and indeed Richard, and I suspect Karen, for all of the hard work they put into this project.

Thanks must also go to W Bro Mike Tarrent for so kindly storing all of our artefacts and furniture these past two years.

Last year, at our annual meeting, I launched our new Young Masons’ club; called the Five of Nine Club. Under the Chairmanship of Dan Thomas, and with his massively enthusiastic committee, they have had an outstanding year, outstripping all of their membership targets. Well done to you all and we wish them continued success. Indeed they have been chosen to hold the National Young Freemason’s’ Conference in October this year in Birmingham. A real feather in the cap for Warwickshire.

As you are aware we run a Masonic papers competition each year. The committee, chaired by W Bro Keith Marchington have chosen the following winners:

  • Winner: W Bro Ian Slesser - "The Candle and the Flame".
  • In second place: W Bro Dr Mike Grillage - "Veiled in Allegory and illustrated by Symbols"
  • Winner: Bro Paul Fernandez-Montes Stoneleigh Lodge "An informal history of Stoneleigh Lodge"
  • In second place: Bro R Scott - "Why is the number 7 so important?"

This is the last year of our Famous Five Charities, and today our collection will be for the Air Ambulance.

The way, in which you have supported these five local charities, whilst we have been out of festival, has been magnificent. I thank you all for your generosity and I am so proud to be associated with brethren as generous as you.

Finally I thank each and every person who has worked so hard to make today such a success. To Prov Sec Mike Reeve, Wendy and all of the staff for their hard work. Prov DC David Stanford for his endless meticulous work in liaising with the team here to make this all work, and to Caroline for putting up with it all. To the Prov Stewards team for their tremendous help, and the Prov DCs for the ceremonial.

In fact thank you all for coming to make this significant day so special.

It is a privilege, and pleasure to be your Provincial Grand Master. I thank you for all of your support and urge you all to continue to enjoy your Freemasonry, and do tell others how wonderful it is.

D.F.Macey

May 2017.

 

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
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