Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

A Warm Welcome

The annual Initiates’ Dinner saw the introduction of a new booklet written and given to the wives and partners of new members who attended this highly enjoyable event, which was held at the Clarendon Suites in Edgbaston, Birmingham. The booklet includes a revealing introduction from the Provincial Grand Master’s wife Sandra Macey, a copy can be seen here.

Following a splendid meal the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael C Morris summarised the development of Freemasonry since its formal establishment nearly 300 years ago, providing a fascinating insight and many salient facts about the fraternity and its objectives.

He also outlined the present day structure in Warwickshire, his views on the management of lodge procedures and gave recommendations for maintaining the high standards expected from all members.

The detail of much of his presentation is included in the booklet, which can be found in both the Education and Development section of the Provincial website and under the FAQs on the front page.

In conclusion, he emphasised the pleasure to be derived from Freemasonry as a result of active participation in all of its aspects, whether arising from Masonic formalities, social events or charitable giving, and expressed the great appreciation all Masons have for the support received from their wives, partners, families and friends.

The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey concluded the evening by thanking everyone for attending, emphasising the importance placed upon the reception of new members, inviting them to circulate the new booklet and let the Provincial Office know of any suggestions for improvements.


(l-r) Michelle Baylis, Bro Stephen Baylis (Temple Lodge 4929)
Carole Mace-Humphries, W Bro Brian Mace-Humphries (Darell Lodge 5945)
Catherine Murley, Martyn Murley (Darell Lodge 5945) 

Roll of Honour in Memory

The Annual Service of Remembrance, held at The Clarendon Suites in Edgbaston, again saw over 200 Freemasons, their families and friends, including several past and present members of the armed forces and youth groups, together with Royal Arch Lodge Representatives.

In a slightly revised format, which included a reading of the Roll of Honour from the original memorial stone laid to commemorate those brethren from the Province who died in the Great War 100 years ago, this moving Service was conducted by the Provincial Grand Chaplain, W Bro John Cowan and Provincial Assistant Grand Chaplain, W Bro Paul Wheeler. The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey delivered the Acts of Remembrance and Commemoration, with the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris reading the Kohima Epitaph after the Last Post had been bugled at exactly 11.00am followed by two minutes silence and Reveille.

Wreaths and tributes were placed by the Provincial Grand Master and other senior members of the Province, as well as leaders of different orders and several other individuals and groups from the congregation, spanning several generations, including former and present servicemen who are members of Lodges in Warwickshire.


Back Row (l-r)  W Bro Paul Wheeler, W Bro Ron Eamonson OBE, RW Bro David Macey, Bro Major Steven Reynolds,
                     Bro SAC(T) Adam Wills, Rory & Ian McCloskey, Alphie Pike, W Bro John Cowan.
Seated (l-r) W Bro Gerald Rose, W Bro Raiff Burton, W Bro Lynn Harris, W Bro Ken Wilkinson  

A Young Man's Paradise

The Master of Knowle Lodge 8001, W Bro Rod Hinton together with members and guests, saw the presentation of a 50 year Service to Freemasonry Certificate to W Bro Fred Wunderley, Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden, by Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Trevor Sturt who had, coincidentally, installed Fred into the chair of Oaks of Arden Lodge in 1988.

Born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1933 Fred was educated at Salford Grammar School and experienced considerable trauma during the war prior to being conscripted into the Royal Air Force, when in 1952 he was posted to RAF Barnwood, where some 60 airmen and 4,000 civilian girls were based. A young man’s paradise indeed! Following his National Service he pursued a very successful career as an Electrical Engineer, holding senior positions with major British companies prior to starting his own company. 

He was initiated into the Duke of York Lodge 2449 in Manchester in 1964, becoming Master in 1973 and following his move to Warwickshire became a Joining Member of Oaks of Arden Lodge in 1980, and then Knowle Lodge in 2012. 

Fred married Shirley in 1960 and they have two daughters and three grandchildren. He is a regular churchgoer and keen sportsman, particularly cricket, and has supported Manchester United FC since the age of ten, knowing many of their players who lived nearby during his time there, even having gone tenpin bowling with football legend George Best. 

The presentation was followed by a splendid proclamation by Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies W Bro Howard Smith, duly acknowledged by W Bro Wunderley.


(l-r) Trevor Sturt, Rod Hinton, Fred Wunderley

A Lovely Fisherman's Tale

Twelve children who attend a special needs department from a school in South Birmingham were treated to a day’s trout fishing by the Warwickshire branch of the Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity (MTFSC). The event was held at Heathcote Lakes Trout Fishery, near Warwick and was organised by W Bro Ian Hart (Provincial Grand Tyler) and W Bro Bob Croxall (Lodge of Grace 6211).

The children had never been trout fishing before and their individual helpers - Masons and non-Masons alike - assisted them to catch 20 rainbow trout during the day, much to their delight. Their teachers were full of praise for the day, saying how wonderful it was to see the children actively participating, especially those who were normally shy, withdrawn or from various ethnic backgrounds.

The MTSFC is funded purely by donations from Lodges, Chapters and Provinces. The Ancient and Accepted Rite in Warwickshire has been particularly generous, as have the Craft Province and the Mark Benevolent Fund. It costs approximately £50 per child per day to put on such an event, so if any Almoners would like to donate to the Charity, please contact Bob Croxall, Treasurer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Two further events are being planned for 2015.

This event was successful due to the support of MTSFC volunteers who came from Warwickshire and Worcestershire Provinces to help support the event.

After the fishing session, the children were given a slap-up lunch, once again prepared by Bob’s wife Julia. Following that, each child was presented with a certificate, with further certificates for most determined participant, most patient participant and for best fish. The presentations were made by W Bro Ian Hart.

The minibus full of happy children – and teachers – left to go back to their school in South Birmingham, with lots of smiling faces!

For more information, see www.mtsfc.org.uk, or contact Eric Rymer email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  tel: 07785 573554 or Ian Hart email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   tel: 07887 836128.


The children with their helpers

2015 Emulation Festival Announced

The Emulation Lodge of Improvement will hold its Annual Festival at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ on Friday 27th February 2015. All Master Masons and Past Masters, regardless of rank or ritual background, are very welcome to attend.

Full details and an application form may be seen here.

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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