Thursday 30th November saw a full house at the Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge in Birmingham. W Bro Eric Rymer, Past Assistand Grand Master, the current Worshipful Master opened the Lodge and welcomed the assembled members and visitors, once the formalities were completed he handed over to the Provincial Grand Master, W Bro David Macey, who then asked the Provincial Grand Wardens to take the Warden's chairs.
The Provincial Grand Master then appointed the Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W Bro Peter Clarke, to the role of Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. Peter had little time to take this in, as he immediately took up post for the remainder of the work.
The Provincial Grand Master then addressed W Bro Trevor Sturt, and thanked him for his five years of service as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire. Trevor has been heavily involved in the Province both before he was appointed as APGM and during his tenure. He worked closely with W Bro Eric Rymer on the 2012 Festival, which was a great success. More recently he represented Warwickshire on the committee for the MFest celebration and a number of other very enjoyable events to mark the Tercentenary of the first Grand Lodge. The Provincial Grand Master thanked W Bro Trevor with approbation, and his contribution was recognised with spontaneous applause from all assembled. The Provincial Grand Master than presented Trevor with a Past Assistant Grand Master Collarette and a silver plate engraved with his achievements. W Bro Trevor was invited to enjoy his retirement from office - but not for too long, there is always plenty of work to be done!
Having thanked one Assistant Provincial Grand Master for five years of service, it was then time to install a new one to the role. W Bro David Stanford was then escorted into the Lodge by his son, son-in-law and members of Stoneleigh Lodge. David has served the Province in a number of roles, but is perhaps best known as the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. The Provincial Grand Master spoke of the contribution that W Bro David has made and that this experienced, energetic and enthusiastive Mason will continue to be a great asset to the Province in his new role. W Bro David was then duly obligated and invested as an Assiatant Provincial Grand Master and greeted by the brethren. Our congratulations to W Bro David and best wishes for his new role.
The Provincial Grand Master then handed the Lodge back to the Worshipful Master and the Lodge Wardens were reinstated. The Worshipful Master then congratulated our newly appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
The winners of the 2016-2017 Masonic Paper Competition were then invited to deliver their papers to the Lodge. Bro Paul Fernandez-Montes of Stoneleigh Lodge No 725 delivered a very interesting presentation on the informal history of Stoneleigh Lodge. This was followed by a presentation on the Lodge Candles by W Bro Ian Slesser of the Lodge of Unity No 567. Both winners were then congratulated and presented with trophies by the Provincial Grand Master.