Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Keeping Freemasonry Afloat Floating

In the Uganda Room aboard P&O’s cruise liner MV Aurora, at 5.45pm on a Sunday afternoon in September, nineteen Freemasons and their ladies, three guest couples and one Masonic Widow, were able to keep Freemasonry Afloat floating by meeting up for a very convivial drinks reception.

Brethren emanated from many different Provinces, and it was particularly pleasing to find that one of them was a Master Mason.  It was also cheering that the reception was graced by the presence of the ship’s Captain, Angelo Vago, who was most grateful to receive for his selected charity half of the collection of around £300 that had duly been raised; the other half being routed to the Masonic Samaritan Fund.

The “Freemasonry Afloat” initiative, which to date has generated over £100,000 in charitable donations, was established several years ago by Warwickshire Mason W Bro Trevor Wellings, whereby a record of the events and resolutions is faithfully recorded by the appointed Secretary, in a minute book which is held on board each of the P&O ships. When these become full, they are delivered to the Library and Museum at UGLE headquarters in Great Queen Street, London, where Trevor has arranged for them to rest. This will always depend upon a diligent enthusiast spotting that the minute book is full, and arranging for delivery to London, and of course a new minute book to take its place. 

The convivial atmosphere aboard the Aurora was further boosted via a humour flavoured Toast to the Ladies, given by W Bro Arthur MacTier, (who is a member of Mercia Lodge 6246, which meets in Warwick, where he was Master in 1992 and 2009), followed by a response of similar flavour, kindly given by his wife Anne.

A good time was certainly enjoyed by all, and nobody present could ever have been deemed to be like Edward Lear’s old man:

There was an Old Man in a boat,
Who said, 'I'm afloat, I'm afloat!'
When they said, 'No! you ain't!'
He was ready to faint,
That unhappy Old Man in a boat.

Lear’s “A Book of Nonsense” can be seen here


TV Star Thanks Fraternity Master

Following his Installation for the second time as Master of Fraternity Lodge 4032, W Bro Bhopinder Rahanu organised the lodge’s annual Sunday Lunch at Cielo’s Italian Restaurant in Brindley Place, Birmingham, which was thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed by all the lodge members, their wives, partners, families and friends who attended.

Whilst the splendid repast was taking place a card was quietly passed round the tables for everyone to sign, congratulating Bhop and his wife Nenda on their 25th Wedding Anniversary, which had just taken place.

The card was presented at the end of the meal by the senior Past Master at the lunch, Honorary Member W Bro Robert Paddock, who also expressed his thanks on behalf of all present to Bhop and Nenda for organising the event, and for their generous hospitality.

A few days earlier Robert had appeared on ITV Midlands Today, who had spotted that he was now playing, at the age of 92, the fast paced sport of racquetball, following procedures to replace both his knee joints. 

(l-r) Bob Paddock, Nenda Rahanu, Bhop Rahanu

Loyal Service Invites All

Lodge of Loyal Service 5890 extend a cordial invitation to their Christmas Party at Yenton Masonic Hall in Erdington, Birmingham on Friday 12th December 2014, where entertainment will be provided by the Salvation Army. Also to their Ladies’ Festival to be held at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth on Saturday 11th July 2015.

Further details and contact information can be found in the lodge’s latest newsletter, which can be seen here. The newsletter also includes an intriguing suggestion for avoiding parking tickets!


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New Year and New Home for St Philip's

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris presided at the induction of W Bro Jamie Pike into the Master’s chair at St Philip’s Lodge 5580, and was joined by a host of senior Grand and Provincial officers, Masters and visitors from other lodges at St Philip’s’ new home in Knowle Masonic Centre. The lodge meets on a Wednesday morning at 11am, followed by lunch, which made the turnout even more impressive, with everyone present being treated to an excellent ceremony by the Installing Master, W Bro Mike Warner who celebrated his 81st birthday at his Installation in 2013 and had worked hard all summer to Install his successor in a splendid manner just days before his 82nd birthday.

St. Philip’s lodge was consecrated in 1935 and one of the founders is the grandfather of the current Director of Ceremonies, W Bro Robin Hart who was initiated into St. Philip’s by his father 50 years ago. Robin will be receiving his 50 year certificate in December 2014 and as a tribute to the dedication of three generations of his family, members of St Philip’s will be presenting an explanation of the Second Degree ceremony on his special day. This will be based around extracts from the book by the late W Bro Revd Neville Barker Cryer entitled "What Do You Know About Ritual - The Complete Masons Commentary", which the lodge believes will be the first time that this type of ceremony has been performed in the Province.

At their November 2014 meeting the lodge welcomed W Bro Dr Michael Grillage, winner of the Provincial Education and Development Committee competition for members  who have progressed to the Master’s chair, who gave a talk entitled "Through The Looking Glass - A History Of Anti Freemasonry" .

St. Philips also proudly boasts a full social diary, with members frequently getting together with their families and friends throughout the year outside the lodge. In Jamie’s year as Master this will include a fine dining experience at Simpsons Michelin starred restaurant, a canal trip under Dudley mine workings, a summer river cruise and evening meal along the scenic River Avon as well as Ladies Nights with the two other St Philip’s lodges in England and their own Ladies Informal at Knowle in May 2015.

Many other social events are planned and Freemasons from throughout the Province would be welcome to attend either the lodge meetings or social events. The best way to keep up to date is to follow their Facebook page at where lots of pictures can also be seen.

The lodge is one of just a few throughout the United Kingdom which meet on a weekday morning and  would heartily welcome newcomers to participate in its members’ enthusiasm for Freemasonry, as well as enjoying the brotherly affection that they and their families are lucky enough to share between themselves.

(l-r) W Bro Rod Burlton (Tyler), Bro Mike Fry (Senior Deacon), W Bro Peter Fry (Secretary), W Bro Mike Warner (Junior Warden/Almoner), W Bro Jamie Pike (Master), W Bro Neal Hewlett (Senior Warden), Bro Dave Reeves (Junior Deacon), W Bro Robin Hart (Director of Ceremonies), W Bro Gerry Logue (Inner Guard/Charity Steward), W Bro Peter Clarke (Chaplain/Treasurer)

Scholae are Taught

Members and visitors at Schola Warwicencis Lodge 9321 received a real treat from members of the General Lodge of Instruction 587 (GLoI), who gave them a wonderful presentation of The Walking Charge by W Bro Derek Hughes. In addition, Bro Marcus Brown assisted GLoI Preceptor W Bro John Norman to work the 5th section of the Second Lecture, and Bro Jonathan Herrick assisted GLoI Preceptor Mike Hogarth to work the 2nd section of the Second Lecture.

The presentations were received with great acclaim from all present at the meeting, the Master, W Bro Len Rose, particularly remarking on the dedication it must have taken from Bros Marcus and Jonathan to learn such huge pieces of work.

The GLoI was commended for laying on a really interesting evening for all present. Further information can be obtained on request by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Full details about the GLoI (which currently meets at Stirling Road, Birmingham), including its programme for the year, as well as the Rugby Masonic Lodge of Instruction, the Five Points Circle Lodge of Instruction, (meeting at Severn Street, Birmingham) and the Yenton Lodge of Instruction (meeting at Erdington) can be found in the Warwickshire yearbook. An extract of the relevant pages can be seen here

(l-r) Marcus Brown, Jonathan Herrick, Roy Dixon (SW), Len Rose, Alister Page (JW), John Norman, Mike Hogarth, Derek Hughes

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.