Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Single & Double Flats available at Reading Court

Reading Court is a Sheltered Housing Scheme run by the Masonic Housing Association and is situated a short distance from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon. The scheme has 32 single and 13 double flats, each with a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom; there is a resident Warden and all the flats are fitted with an emergency pull cord.

Single and Double flats will soon be coming available in this beautiful location, with lounge, kitchen and bathroom with shower in Sheltered Accommodation.


Reading Court, Tiddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7SA

Single and Double flats will soon be coming available in this beautiful location near to Stratford. With lounge, kitchen and bathroom with shower in Sheltered Accommodation.

Resident manager, central heating, communal lounge, laundry and social club, shared maintained garden, lift. Car Parking and Mobility Scooter Garaging

Minimum age 60. Weekly rent £144.91 single and £155.56 double (this includes £10.65 and £11.15 supplement respectively per week for some staff and services which is not eligible for Housing Benefit). 

Landlords: Masonic Housing Association.

Contact the Scheme Manager, Pam Jowers for further details and application form – 01789 297301 or David J Bateman on 01386 792856

What a Difference a Grant Makes!!

Each year, the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association donates sums to a variety of charities – some large, and some very small.  With some, our donations go into general funds, but others tell us exactly how we have helped the organisation.  Here is a small sample of a few of those where we have received very positive feedback:

1st Hartshill Scout Group (Nuneaton)

 Scouts We have recently been reviewing and replacing our Group’s equipment and our latest request was for some new tents. With your very generous donation we have been able to negotiate an excellent price, and purchase from a local supplier seven new tents. This has come at a very opportune moment as the scout section are intending to camp on July 15th, and they will be the first to use them. Our heartfelt thanks for your continuing support.

Northleigh House School, Warwick

 Northleigh Thank you for the very lovely cheque that has just arrived. It could not be more appreciated. We are saving to build another outside wooden classroom and we will use the money towards this project, which when complete will mean we can take more children.  Thank you for your kindness.

British Lung Foundation

British Lung Foundation  Your donation will help support one of our 230 Breathe Easy groups for a whole year, offering people with lung disease the chance to build friendships with others who understand what they’re going through. You help us to fund research and find new ways to prevent, cure and treat lung disease, and campaign for a positive change in the nation’s lung health.

Douglas Bader Foundation

DBF  Thank you so much for your generous donation to the Douglas Bader Foundation, in particular for our Bader Braves Project for amputee and disabled children in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Your generosity means we are able to continue offering amazing experiences like the Young Aviator days, Activity Weekend, Go-Karting experiences and Sailing.

Priestley Smith School, Great Barr Birmingham
(For Blind & Partially Sighted Pupils)

Priestley Smith  We have put your very generous donation towards the purchase of a Braille Note – this enables our blind pupils not only to have parity with sighted pupils in the use of information technology, but also gives them access to the internet. We are very pleased that you consider our school to be a deserving cause.

BID Services
Birmingham Institute for the Deaf

BID  We have split your kind donation between two worthwhile projects that we feel meets the charitable objectives of the Freemasons. These are our Summer holiday scheme for deaf children and young people, and our weekly Life Skills group for deaf adults with additional learning difficulties. Your donation enables us to do so much more for to support our deaf people.

Riding for the Disabled, Lowlands Farm, Warwick

RDA  What a lovely surprise when I opened your letter yesterday. Lowlands Farm riders really appreciate such generosity, as we can offer them the pleasure and therapeutic value that riding a horse or pony gives them at a greatly reduced cost. (Horses and ponies are not the cheapest animals to keep). Our sincere thanks for enabling us to benefit from your charity.

Springfield Mind, Stratford on Avon

MIND  We are extremely grateful for your very kind donation. All the donations we receive are a key part in keeping our services running consistently and to a high standard as well as enabling us to work towards our vision of a society where people with mental health distress can live free of stigma, discrimination and achieve their own personal wellbeing. Thanks again for your support.

Stratford upon Avon Stroke Support Group

 Stroke You may recall that your last donation was used to purchase an IPad and software programs suggested by the Stroke Association. It is our intention this year to obtain a projector and associated items for use when we have visiting health care specialists and speakers, and also exercise mirrors to enable our survivors to measure their development effectively with visual aids.   Once again, thank you for your generosity.

Carers Trust Heart of England, Coventry

Carers Trust  Your donation will be used to support our free core service to support carers throughout Warwickshire. This service is to directly support carers by giving them a well-earned break from their caring responsibilities for a few hours. Your donation will provide 63 hours of support. Our carers tell us that our service is a “godsend” and your generous donation is very much appreciated.

Caudwell Children

Caudwell  It is with great pleasure that I am writing to confirm receipt of your donation towards Therapy Cycles for disabled children living in Warwickshire. You are bringing real change not only to the life of a disabled child but also to the lives of their whole family.   Caudwell Children relies totally on voluntary income and without your support we would be unable to continue to provide essential services to those that really need them.

222nd Birmingham (Wilson Stuart) Disabled Scout Group

 Scout Your donation will again be put to good use for the ongoing requirements of the group to acquire all that is required to enable children to have all their uniforms provided and all equipment in order that they are able to carry out their badge work. It also means the funds are available to take an increased number of children both in the disabled group, and a larger number able to camp.


This small sample gives an idea of the help we are providing in our local community.  The full summary of our donations this year can be viewed here , totalling almost £150,000.  Many of our donations have also featured on individual websites, facebook pages & twitter comments, giving Freemasonry in general and this Province in particular some good publicity.

Many of the donations we make are as a result of recommendations from Lodges and individual members, as well as direct requests.   Any Lodge or member wishing to nominate a registered charity operating within Warwickshire is welcome to contact John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward, for consideration in the 2018 allocation from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association.  

JBH

 

Boldmere take a road trip to deliver a 50 year certificate

On Saturday 15th July, the Lodge Mentor of Boldmere Lodge No 4704, W Bro Graham C Holt accompanied by the Lodge Secretary, W Bro Dennis R Trent, travelled to the village of Woolminstone in Somerset to the home of W Bro Donald Fraser, an Honorary Member of the Lodge, to present him with his 50 year certificate in Freemasonry, on behalf of The RW Provincial Grand Master, W Bro David F Macey.

W Bro Don, who is now wheel chair bound after suffering a stroke several years ago, had been unable to attend the March meeting to celebrate his 50 years service and Boldmere Lodge had sought permission from the Provincial Grand Secretary to complete the certificate presentation by means of a home visit.

W Bro Graham Holt presenting the certificate to W Bro Donald Fraser
W Bro Graham Holt presenting the certificate to W Bro Donald Fraser

Don was initiated into Boldmere Lodge in 1967 and after just a few years membership he moved to Nigeria with his business. Upon his returning to Sutton Coldfield, he quickly became an active member once again, and subsequently was elected as Worshipful Master in 1985. He continued his very active participation as a Past Master and became a Preceptor and later Director of Ceremonies during the late 80s until his retirement in 1992. It was then that he moved to his delightful cottage in the tiny village of Woolminstone, near Crewkerne with his wife Irene who sadly has since passed to the Grand Lodge above; Don continued to make the long trip back to Boldmere on a regular basis until the journey became too arduous and, eventually, he was elected an Honorary Member for his services.

W Bro Don has retained his endearing sense of humour despite his mobility problems; he proved to be the perfect host during the visit and his sense of pride in showing us around his beautiful and extensive garden was very evident. With the help of some photographs and other Lodge memorabilia which we had taken with us, Don took great delight in remembering members, both present and past during our almost three hours spent with him.

It was, indeed, a great honour and privilge to conclude the afternoon by presenting W Bro Don with his 50 year certificate, on behalf of The RW Provincial Grand Master, and send him the greetings, and congratulations, of fellow Warwickshire masons.

W Bro Graham Holt

 

The photograph is courtesy of 'cameraman' W Bro Dennis Trent,  Provincial Grand Stward and shows W Bro Graham C Holt, Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden (right) presenting the certificate to W Bro Donald A Fraser, Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon (seated).

MCF Community Award Vote is closing - don't miss your chance

 Voting closes on Monday 31st July - have your say before it is too late

MCF

Six local charities in Warwickshire have been nominated to receive an MCF Community Award

Find out more about the charities nominated in Warwickshire and vote for your favourite >>

Edward's Trust

Edward's Trust

The Stonehouse Gang

The Stonehouse Gang

  FastAid

FastAid Birmingham and Solihull

  Tiny Tim's

Tiny Tim's Childrens Centre

  Birmingham Crisis Centre

Birmingham Crisis Centre

  Birmingham Settlement

Birmingham Settlement


MCF COMMUNITY AWARDS – TERCENTENARY FUND

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons have nominated 300 local charities across England and Wales to receive a grant from the Foundation.

Depending on the size of each regional area across England and Wales, four, six or eight charities operating locally have been nominated and have a chance to receive a grant between £4,000 and £25,000.

Every nominated charity will receive a grant, but it's up to you to decide how much each charity gets!

The public vote is open from Monday 12 June until 31 July. The results of the vote will be announced in August.

Last few days to have your say in the MCF Charity Vote

 All of the good causes nominated by Warwickshire were invited to work with us to promote their organisation for the MCF Vote. this article is the submission by FastAid.

In Freemasonry, we benefit from many members personal experience  in the running of our Lodges - many accountants are Treasurers of Lodges, many administrators are Secretaries of Lodges.

How many times, I wonder, does a Mason’s other hobbies come into play in such a dramatic way as one of our Warwickshire members?

W Bro Stuart Jenkins, of Forest of Arden Lodge No 3826 and Shenstonian Lodge No 5544 has been called upon to practice a peculiar set of skills on two occasions in the past couple of years, both within the depths of Masonic Ceremony.

FastAid
Stuart is a Community First Responder (CFR) for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), and secretary of FastAid Birmingham and Solihull, one of the First Responder Charities working with WMAS.  Community First Responders are volunteers who stand by at their homes or workplaces, and respond to critical 999 calls when they are able to reach an incident faster than the nearest ambulance resource.

The first time in Lodge that Stuart was called upon to use his diverse skills, was when a visitor to his lodge collapsed during the Installation, just as Stuart was about to invest the new Master.  Switching roles from Installing Master to CFR without batting an eyelid, Stuart called further assistance and assisted the attending Paramedics, before seamlessly resuming the role of Installing Master.

On another occasion, Stuart noticed the Junior Warden in another Lodge become ill during the ceremony.  He was able to remove the poorly Brother from the Lodge, and administer help whilst calling for further assistance from WMAS.

CFR’s are a vital resource in our communities.  Trained by the Ambulance Service and equipped with Oxygen, a defibrillator and other equipment, they all volunteer to spend at least 20 hours per month on call, and also to support Medical Event Cover, and defibrillator training. FastAid is currently working with the Province to train Brethren in the use of the Defibrillators located in each Masonic Centre in the Province. WMAS trains these volunteers to a high standard, and it costs £1850 to equip each volunteer.

FastAid has been nominated to receive an award from the MCF as part of the Tercentenary Celebrations.  If you would like to help FastAid gain funds which will undoubtedly go towards equipping the 8 new CFR’s currently under training, please visit https://mcf.org.uk/region/warwickshire/ and vote for FastAid!

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for freemasons within England and Wales and districts overseas.