Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Bedford Lodge CARE Meeting raises £1,000

Bedford Lodge

We recently reported that Bedford Lodge No 925 were hosting the world renowned lecturer Sir Keith Porterwas due to speak about the West Midlands Care Team on Friday 13th October 2017 at Severn St masonic rooms, Birmingham City Centre.

We are now delighted to report that the meeting was a great success, raising £635 for the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation and Emergency (CARE) Team charity. The £635 has been very kindly topped up by £365 to £1000 By the Provincial Grand Charity Steward W Bro John Hayward through the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association 2017 allocation.

Thank you to all who supported the event and congratulations to Bedford Lodge on raising the much needed funds for a very important local charity.

Lodge of St Blaise Superhero does it again

W Bro Pete Woodfield, from Lodge of St Blaise, has found himself at the Birmingham Children's Hospital yet again, this time with a cheque for £770.

Presentation of cheque to BCH
Presentation of cheque to BCH

This is his third visit to the hospital this year, with the previous two being £1,100 from his Ladies Night and £1,200 from collections by the Lodge of St Blaise, No 6113 during his year as Master.

In his own words, "Today, I finally managed to get along to the Birmingham Children's Hospital, to hand over the donations from my 70th birthday bash.

"I am pleased to inform all those who attended, that the sum raised was £770 (£11 for each of my years).  My grateful thanks to all who contributed. in a way though, the best thanks are those you will never receive.

"I am thinking of the children who will have cause to thank the wonderful facilities of Ward 15 (Children's cancer ward), in the years ahead."

Athelstan LoI Festival Success

The Athelstan Lodge of Instruction Festival very well, with the Presiding Officer, Bill Orton, perhaps understandably (given that it is the LOI for his Mother Lodge!), paying fulsome and deserved praise to all who took part. To show there was no bias, the Grand Lodge Officers present, VW Bro’s Roger Parker and Charles Marshall were similarly generous in their praise!

Masters in the Chair flanked by Provincial Representatives, W Bro Bill Orton, Presiding Officer & W Bro Rob Evans, Grand Pursuivant. + Lodge Almoner, Jim Foster and our Master, Gerard Somers.Masters in the Chair flanked by Provincial Representatives, W Bro Bill Orton, Presiding Officer & W Bro Rob Evans, Grand Pursuivant.
Lodge Almoner, Jim Foster and Master, Gerard Somers.

There were 38 brethren present and for this occasion we dined in the Lodge rooms, which lent a nice informality to the proceedings.

W Bro Jon Bowley with his lovely wife Jo, ready for her ‘shift’ behind the bar!
W Bro Jon Bowley with his lovely wife Jo, ready for her ‘shift’ behind the bar!
‘Guest’ Organist, W Bro Roy Taylor
‘Guest’ Organist, W Bro Roy Taylor

It was difficult to single any one performance out but the 1st degree tracing board takes the prize, not only for the fact that one hears it so rarely – and it is rarely done so well (1st time in the Lodge rooms since they were consecrated) but also for the fact it was delivered by such a Junior Brother in the Lodge, still a Fellowcraft, Bro Andrew Foster. He was of course watched closely by proud father, the Lodge Almoner, W Bro Jim Foster.

Masters in the Chair, Bro’s Matt Keeing, Ray Archer and Tim SnaithMasters in the Chair, Bro’s Matt Keeing, Ray Archer and Tim Snaith

The Chair work was shared extremely competently by Bro’s Tim Snaith, Matt Keeling and Ray Archer, with working tools equally so by Bro Andy Hollis. An exemplary Charge to the Initiate was delivered by Bro Philip Salmon, acting as Junior Warden.

All who took part with the guests

St Philip unites lodges across the Provinces

On Thursday 18th October 2017 Worshipful Brothers Pete Clarke and Peter Fry, two intrepid members of St Philip's Lodge 5580, braved the M42/M1 to venture to Tapton Hall, Sheffield to visit St Philip's 7116. On arrival they were to find that they had been elected as Honorary Members in recognition of their long and frequent attendance.

W Bro Pete Clarke, W Master of 7116 Tim Watts, W Bro Peter Fry

It all started in the spring of 2002 when W Bro Pete Clarke realized that his forthcoming installation would coincide with the 400th meeting of his Lodge. He made contact with and visited the two other St Philip's Lodges in the UK - St Philip 4221, Southend, and St Philip's 7116, Sheffield, and extended an invitation to his installation in the October.

Both Lodges were delighted to accept, the rest, as they say is history.  Members visit Southend at least once a year and Sheffield for most meetings, there are reciprocal visits both to Lodge and social events - particularly Ladies' Evenings - much enjoyed by brethren and ladies alike.

You can follow the explots of St Philips Lodge on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stphilipslodge5580/

 

 

I Heard Three Knocks …

 

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