Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Meet the Masons! -Open Day in Warwick

Have you been watching "Inside the Freemasons" on Sky 1?

Have you ever been inside a Freemasons Lodge Room? – Would you like to?

All are welcome to come to our Open Day on Saturday 13 May 2017  

In Warwick, we have the most beautiful Georgian Building and on 13th May, between 10.00am and 4.00pm we will be holding an Open Day celebration to mark the Tercentenary of organised Freemasonry in this country, to include: -

  • A guided tour of Alderson House - with photographs and its history and development (including our new, public access defibrillator)
  • The Charitable aspects of local Freemasonry
  • What a Lodge room looks like and how it’s used
  • Why become a Freemason – what are the advantages
  • The splendid dining room and how you can book this for events
  • Light refreshments
  • The opportunity to ask all those questions about Freemasonry that you always wanted to and dispel some of the myths.

Alderson House
Alderson House

Alderson House is at:

23 High Street,
Warwick,
CV34 4AX
(Note – access is from Back Lane)

There is no need to book, simply turn up, there is even free car parking on site (via Back Lane).

 

Chelsea Pensioner takes the chair at Lodge of St Andrew

Saturday the 19th November 2016 was the date of the Installation Ceremony for the Lodge of St Andrew No 4056. The Ceremony was quite special as it was the second occasion that the Lodge had the privilege of installing our second Chelsea Pensioner, W Bro Tony Hunter, into the chair. Two other Chelsea Pensioners attended making four in all, and all quite resplendent in their Red Uniforms. The event was well attended and the Provincial Representative, W Bro Richard Barker was suitably impressed.

Installation Meeting at St AndrewInstallation Meeting at St Andrew

The Lodge of St Andrew has now moved to the Solihull Masonic Temple at Knowle and meets on the second Saturday in October, November, (Installation). January ( Burns Night ), February and March, ( Last two both morning meetings).

Joining members will be made very welcome.

Ladies Gift Fund – Spring Lunch

LADIES’ GIFT FUND FOR MASONIC CHARITIES

PROVINCES OF WARWICKSHIRE, WORCESTERSHIRE and STAFFORDSHIRE

Registered Charity No 519281

The Spring Lunch, organised by the Ladies Gift Fund, took place on Sunday 2nd April at the Kings Heath Masonic Hall.

A capacity attendance of almost 150 enjoyed a splendid three course lunch, following which cheques were presented to the Provincial Grand Masters for the three Provinces. The cheques for £2750 each, were acknowledged by each in turn, but with a common destination theme – to assist with the fast approaching Festivals in the three Provinces. The Masonic Charitable Foundation will also receive a cheque for £500.

Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire, David Macey, acknowledges his cheque for £2750 received from Chairman Mrs Sandra Rouse.
Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire, David Macey, acknowledges his cheque for £2750 received from Chairman Mrs Sandra Rouse.

On the day, £3100 was raised from ticket sales and a mammoth raffle organised by Vicki & Ian Hart.

Commenting on the event, Mrs Sandra Rouse, Chairman of the Ladies Gift Fund said - Thanks to everyone in working towards today and giving your time and contribution to today’s event.  I think we should be proud that a good time was enjoyed by everyone, and we also raised a substantial amount for Masonic Charities.  I would also like to thank the many husbands who have helped to make today such a success.

Ladies of the Committee with the Provincial Grand Masters
Ladies of the Committee with the Provincial Grand Masters

The three Provincial Grand Masters all praised the efforts of the Ladies who had organised the event, for their continued enthusiasm on behalf of Masonic Charities, and for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

 

Lodge of Israel Victoria Cross recipient to be honoured

 

Birmingham World War One Victoria Cross recipient amongst 63 ‘Brothers in Arms’ to be honoured with new memorial

  • All 63 were Freemasons and members of the United Grand Lodge of England(UGLE)
  • Their medals represent one in 10 of all VCs awardedduring World War One
  • The memorial at Freemasons’ Hall in London will be unveiled by HRH The Duke of Kent as part of UGLE’sTercentenary celebrations

Tuesday 25 April 2017: The 63 Freemasons awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) during The Great War (WW1) will be honoured with special commemorative stones bearing their names to be laid outside the iconic Freemasons’ Hall building in Covent Garden, London. The building is one of the largest peace memorials of our time and was built in honour of every Freemason who fell in WWI.

The ceremony is not only part of the celebrations to mark this year's 300th anniversary of The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), but also looks ahead to the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 in 2018.

The Victoria Cross is the highest award within the UK honours system that recognises ‘conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy’. It can be awarded to anyone serving with the Armed Forces with no distinction of rank or class, a value shared by Freemasons who come from all backgrounds and walks of life. The 63 being recognised include:

Alfred Wilcox, born Birmingham 1884 (died Birmingham 1954)

Alfred Wilcox
Alfred Wilcox
Until 2006, Alfred was the only recipient of the Victoria Cross whose exact resting place was unknown.

He was 33 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 2/4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 12 September 1918 near Laventie, France, when his company was held up by enemy machine-gun fire at short range, Lance-Corporal Wilcox rushed to the nearest enemy gun, bombing it and killing the gunner. Being then attacked by an enemy bombing party, the corporal picked up enemy stick bombs and led his company against the next gun, finally capturing and destroying it. Then, left with only one man he continued bombing and captured a third gun. Going up the trench, bombing as he went, he captured a fourth gun and then returned to his platoon.

In 2006 his nephew John Wilcox, who had attended his Uncle's funeral in 1954, helped historian Chris Sutton in locating his grave in Aston Church. A service was held, and a memorial unveiled on 12 September 2006, 88 years to the day after he captured the guns.

During the Tercentenary year, the memorial will act as a further reminder of the founding principles of Freemasonry: Brotherly Love, Truth and Relief - UGLE is one of the largest contributors to charitable causes in the UK after the National Lottery. These principles were demonstrated in great abundance by the 63 'Brothers in Arms', Freemasons from all four corners of the globe.

The Freemasons being recognised represent an astonishing 1 in 10 of all VCs awarded during The Great War, and that figure becomes 1 in 6 when including those awarded to Freemasons who were members of other Grand Lodges globally. Remarkably, these include three of the famous ‘Six VCs Before Breakfast’ awarded to members of the 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers during their capture of ‘W’ Beach at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

HRH The Duke of Kent, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, will be officially unveiling the commemorative stones as part of its Tercentenary celebrations, marking the 300-year anniversary of four London lodges coming together to form the first Grand Lodge in 1717.

HRHThe Duke of Kent attended RMA Sandhurst, was commissioned intoThe Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons) and subsequently served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Hong Kong. He retired from the Army in 1976 and was promoted to Field Marshall in 1993. He has been a Freemason for 53 years and in June will celebrate his 50th anniversary as Grand Master of UGLE.

The laying of the memorial stones is part of the Victoria Cross commemorative paving stones programme – a nationwide initiative led by the Department of Communities and Local Government in which every one of the VC recipients of the First World War is commemorated. The initiative aims to honour their bravery, provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within communities and to enable residents and visitors to understand how a community contributed to The Great War effort.

Brigadier Willie Shackell, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, said:

“To be awarded the Victoria Cross is the highest honour for bravery and we are immensely proud and inspired to remember our 63 brethren who exemplify the best in men.

“It is also appropriate that this event is taking place during our Tercentenary year when much of the activity is about highlighting the values of Freemasonry that we all hold dear – fraternity, charity and integrity. Camaraderie, new friendships and support are some of the main reasons people join Freemasonry, and numerous servicemen have been Masons since our founding 300 years ago.”

Peter Norton GC, Chairman of The VC and GC Association, said:

“That so many recipients of the Victoria Cross from the First World War are being honoured today is a remarkable achievement. These men, from all walks of life, were part of an extraordinary group of people recognised for their outstanding bravery. I am proud to represent them."

 

Collegiate Lodge No 9943

2017 is certainly a year of huge importance for Freemasonry in general with various events organised at both a local and national level to celebrate the Tercentenary.

For Warwickshire Freemasons, May and June will be particularly busy and exciting. On the 20th May our own Provincial Grand Lodge Annual Meeting will take place in the great splendour of the Grand Temple of Freemasons' Hall in London and then on 3rd June a new Lodge will be consecrated; the first in Warwickshire since 2009. It will be quite a few weeks.

University Lodge Coventry and Warwickshire
University Lodge Coventry and Warwickshire
The Lodge is to be called the Collegiate Lodge, No 9943. The Lodge will form part of the Universities Scheme, 'a pioneering attempt by the United Grand Lodge of England to forge links between well placed, enthusiastic Lodges and the many students and other young people who are seeking to become involved in freemasonry but who may not know where to begin'. This Lodge will be based in Dalecote Masonic Heritage Centre at Coventry to forge links with, students, alumni and workers of Warwick University, Coventry University and Coventry colleges.

The consecration meeting can be attended by existing Master Masons and will take place on Saturday 3rd June, at the Scarman Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7SH. The meeting will open at 11.30am.

The RW Assistant Grand Master and President of the Universities Scheme, Sir David Wooton has agreed to officiate at the Consecration and RW Provincial Grand Master, David Macey will be the Installing Master.

The success of the Universities Scheme has been demonstrated in many Lodges across the country and indeed as part of the scheme, here in Warwickshire, the University of Birmingham Lodge, No 5628 has flourished well in the past few years. The Collegiate Lodge aims to replicate that success and meet the Universities Scheme's objective; helping young people find Freemasonry.

This will be a very special event in the history of Freemasonry in Warwickshire and demand for places to attend will be high so do please support the Consecration, put the date into your diary and book early.

The Founders look forward to sharing the special day with you!

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge
of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ

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Tel: 0121 454 4422

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