R W Bro Michael Price CBE, Past Provincial Grand Master
celebrates 50 years in Freemasonry
On Tuesday 23rd May, the Lodge of Happiness No 7952 welcomed 20 men of mature age, looking to start a Masonic journey, into their Severn Street home for a “White Table” evening. All except one of these gentlemen are the product of Lodge website enquiries over the last 12 months.
The Worshipful Master, W Bro Geoffrey Weston, together with the assembled Lodge brethren welcomed all of our visitors into the bar for an initial introduction. This was followed by informal and lively discussion and buffet style Festive Board in the Dining Room, and finished with a short presentation by the Worshipful Master on Freemasonry in general and what the attendee’s interest in our Lodge means to us and how this interest would be progressed in the future by the Lodge.
The attendees were from a wide range of backgrounds, faiths and age ranges and expressed that the recent Sky documentary “Inside the Freemasons” had only further promoted an interest in joining our Fraternity.
The Lodge was amongst the first within the Province of Warwickshire to develop a website aimed at the promotion of membership in the Lodge and Freemasonry in general, back in 2010, having already initiated five new members from that source. Current interest from potential candidates is growing and the Lodge keeps “fine tuning” the process of welcoming, vetting and progressing this interest – a major learning curve in the early days.
In celebration of the Tercentenary, a Special Meeting will be held at the
starting at 11.00 a.m.
Mike Hailwood Lodge, No. 9839 will be hosting this event with the main business being an Initiation Ceremony with Worshipful Masters of all other Rugby Lodges and other Visiting Brethren, taking part in celebration of this unique and momentous occasion.
You are invited to attend and witness the occasion and enjoy the warmth and friendship of our hospitality.
A Summons will be forwarded to all Brethren wishing to attend giving full details, including a Dining Form with Return Slip at the end of July 2017.
Should you wish to attend, or require further details, you are invited to contact:
Over many years the Warwickshire Installed Masters' Lodge 4538 has had many speakers whose Masonic pedigree has been second to none. At the meeting of the Lodge on 8th June 2017 this pedigree is extended beyond Masonry to a World Class Olympic Champion.
A seasoned Paralympian, Rio 2016 was Claire’s fourth Paralympics and most successful to date. She entered the world stage at only 16 years old, qualifying for Athens and coming home with 2 bronze medals, a bronze at the games in Beijing in 2008, and a further 2 silvers and a bronze in London 2012.
London 2012 saw a big boost in Claire’s profile as she was chosen to be one of the faces of Channel 4’s hugely successful Meet the Superhumans campaign – she was featured on billboards nationwide and in a number of adverts on Channel 4 speaking candidly about her disability.
Claire’s performance in the pool at Rio 2016 was impressive. With experience under her belt, she won silver in the SB8 100m breaststroke and her first gold in the 4 x 100m medley relay.
Claire is a great ambassador for disability sport and regularly gives motivational talks to children and adults.
Our Worshipful Master, W Bro Trevor Sturt, would welcome as many masons from Warwickshire and other provinces as possible, to come along and enjoy what promises to be a very special evening and to help support Claire’s Charity
Congratulations must go to Brother Matthew, one of Loyal Travellers Lodge's newer members, on completing the 2017 Three Peaks Challenge in 21 hours 19 minutes, well ahead of
the 24 hour deadline. Matthew raised £1500 for the Birmingham Children's Hospital charity fund. A magnificent effort, well done Brother.
The whole event raised a very creditable £60,000 for a variety of charities so Matthew's fund raising was a significant contribution to that total.
Not content with that achievement Matthew has signed up for the Hadrian's Wall Challenge and no doubt with the generous sponsorship of his Lodge Brethren will raise at least as much again if not even more.
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ
For Masonic enquiries:
Tel: 0121 454 4422