On November 28th 2011 The University of Birmingham Lodge 5628 celebrated its 75th birthday and 300th meeting by raising two of its members in a double ceremony. Bro Jake Harvey and Bro Dipesh Bhundia had entered Freemasonry though the Universities Scheme being initiated into the University of Birmingham Lodge. The Lodge benefited from the assistance provided by the Provincial Support Team who supplied Assistant Deacons for the evening. Jake Harvey is a Lewis and his father W Bro Ade Harvey, a member of Chase Lodge in the neighbouring Province of Staffordshire, assisted W Bro Ron Parker, the new Master of the University of Birmingham Lodge, by raising his son Jake.
The evening was further complemented by members of Foundation Lodge 82 in the Province of Gloucestershire, who presented some elegant regalia and jewels that had belonged to a deceased brother who had also been a joining member of the Lodge. The provinces of Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire were all well represented.
Faith, Hope and Provincial Charity
The Lodge of Faith and Hope 4772 has continued its many years' support for the Wilson Stuart Disabled Cub Pack, with the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association once again providing additional funds.
Pictured is the Lodge Charity Steward, W Bro Roger Chapman, with the Arkela and her deputy of the Pack, which is based in Erdington, Birmingham, after presenting them with £550 (£400 from the Province and a further £150 from the Lodge).
All of the Cubs are disabled, some mentally, some physically, and some sadly both. The money presented will enable them to go on a summer camp, which is extremely expensive with the disabled children.
Sue and Kath were absolutely delighted with the cheques Roger presented. They cannot believe how well they have been supported by the Masonic organisation, and offered their thanks to both the Lodge and the Province.
First Initiate reaches Chair
The Worshipful Master of the Lodge of the East and West 9785, W Bro Rajesh Sethi, held his Ladies Festival at The Masonic Centre, Wretham Road, Birmingham. This was an extra special occasion for the Lodge as the Master was the first initiate of the Lodge, which was consecrated in 2004.
The Ladies Festival was celebrated in style with 60 guests in attendance. The evening included a Quiz at the festive board, which included a picture round called 'Famous Freemasons'. The Festival was a roaring success thanks to the organisation of the Festival Secretary W Bro Ramesh K Sethi PProvJGD, the WM's father. The guests included many of the founder members of the Lodge and also Mrs Rosemary Lates MBE, the wife of the late Past Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Stanley Lates (the founder Worshipful Master of the Lodge). The charity collection during the evening was for a non-Masonic charity, namely the Neurosurgery Unit of the Birmingham Children's Hospital.
The first 'home grown' Master of the Lodge of the East and West 9785 W Bro Rajesh Sethi, and his lady Mrs Kathryn Sethi
The Fraternity Lodge 4032 annual Sunday Lunch in October took place at an unusual venue – aboard the “Pride of the Midlands” leisure cruise boat along the River Severn.
The event had been brought forward slightly from it’s usual autumn date in order to avoid possible disappointment from the weather, and a glorious warm and sunny day with clear blue skies proved this to have been a shrewd move.
WM elect Dr Andy Thompson and Marie were excellent hosts and a superb lunch ensured that all present enjoyed a convivial and relaxing afternoon, as can be seen from the photographs.
Andy and Marie Thompson
Gold Medal for John
Long standing Treasurer of Greville Lodge 4773, W Bro John Shaw is well known in wider circles around his home town of Warwick. For the past 21 years he has been Chairman of the town's Royal British Legion branch. Under his tenure the Warwick Poppy collection has raised nearly £500,000
John stepped down as Warwick Chairman after this year's Remembrance Service to take up a new role within the Legion, that of Vice-Chairman for Warwickshire county.
In his final act as Chairman John presented long service certificates to other members of the branch at the Remembrance Day Luncheon and received a heart warming thank you speech from the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Mr. Martin Dunne
In recognition of his efforts to date he was presented with the Legion's prestigious 'Gold Medal', of which there are only 3 other living recipients within the whole of England.
John Shaw (r) with the Lord Lieutenant