Any meeting of the Warwickshire Installed Masters’ Lodge is special. It is often described as the Premier lodge in the Province and is certainly the largest; and in fact the second largest lodge in our Constitution – a proud boast! The September meeting was somewhat very special. Not only was it the installation meeting but it also saw W Bro Peter Manning invested as our newest Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
The meeting was opened as a Provincial Grand Lodge by the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Wardens, the Provincial Grand Master started his Provincial business by presenting W Bro Phil Hall with his collarette as a Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master, thanked him for all that he has done for the Province especially with the Universities scheme and congratulated him on his appointment as our Grand Superintendent. W Bro Phil responded with thanks, adding that he was looking forward to his new role.
The ProvGM then formally announced that he had appointed W Bro Peter Philip Manning as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master. Once his patent was confirmed to be in order, a deputation was formed, unsurprisingly from his Mother Lodge - the Lodge of Unity No 567 – to escort him into the meeting. One delightful touch was the inclusion of his two sons, Brothers Ben and Ollie Manning, carrying his chain and patent respectively. W Bro Peter was obligated and invested by the Provincial Grand Master, after which he was superbly proclaimed by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and then saluted by the assembled throng.
The Worshipful Master was returned to the chair and the Lodge business was commenced with the installation of Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Trevor Sturt, the Master Elect, into the Chair of King Solomon. In true Warwickshire Installed Masters’ fashion, the ProvGM presented the Master Elect who was then installed as the 92nd Master in a delightful and sensitive manner.
The Worshipful Master then delivered his address and gave a précis of the (nearly) 300 years of Freemasonry in Warwickshire, thanking W Bro Bob Russell for writing the two books which cover the history of the Province of Warwickshire. Once completed, the Provincial Grand Master congratulated the Worshipful Master for his wonderful address, adding that he had made what could have been a boring subject, an enthralling and interesting one.
The newly installed Worshipful Master started his year by giving up alcohol for October in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, we wish W Bro Trevor well, anyone wishing to support him in this challenge can do so here: https://www.gosober.org.uk/users/trevor-sturt