Shouts at the Television
One of the most senior members of the Province, W Bro David Old, was honoured to receive his 50 years Service to Freemasonry Certificate from RW Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master.
This momentous occasion took place at David's Mother Lodge, Perseverance 4622, of which he was Master in 1975 and 1990.
W Bro David Old (r) with the Provincial Grand Master
In the course of a relaxed and informative repartee between David and the PGM (during which at times it was difficult to determine who was leading the conversation!), David's extensive involvement with freemasonry was unveiled. In the Craft, this included service as Provincial Grand Secretary for five years, and subsequently as Assistant Provincial Grand Master for six years.
During this time he was also very active in the Holy Royal Arch, being Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies for five years, after which he held office as Third and Second Provincial Grand Principal, subsequently becoming Deputy Grand Superintendent in 2006, from which office he will retire in June.
David is also a member of several other orders and Masonic activities, all of which he supports enthusiastically, in many of which he holds senior positions.
Having qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, David became Assistant City Treasurer at Birmingham City Council and subsequently Head of Financial Services at Birmingham International Airport PLC, as well as acting as a Consultant to major firms within his profession.
His main hobby is Rugby football, although his participation is now restricted to being relegated to shouting at the television set and from the Clubhouse Bar! He was the Skipper and President of Handsworth Rugby club and Treasurer for 20 years. He enjoyed winter sports and skiing in Austria, now a far off dream.
David is married to Jan, they have 3 daughters and are proud grandparents of Eleanor, Adam and Isabelle.
Kind weather for the Masonic Service which was held at Singers Hill Synagogue, Birmingham enabled the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies W Bro Philip Hall to organise a full procession into the Synagogue.
The Chief Minister, Rabbi Yossi Jacobs, led the service, having warmly welcomed everyone present into the Synagogue (which was modelled on King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem) on behalf of the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation.
He was assisted by W Bro Cantor Henry Black, W Bro John Cowan (the Provincial Grand Chaplain) and Bro Rabbi Shlomo Odze.
Senior members of the Province also delivered prayers, readings, psalms and biblical extracts, with the Choir adding to the sense of occasion throughout.
An address was given by Hertfordshire freemason Bro Rabbi Meir Salasnik, who talked about Jewish names, his reasons for becoming a freemason, and the attributes and similarities of Judaism and freemasonry, and their respective support for society.
After the service, refreshments were enjoyed by all present, which included the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Anita Ward.
(l-r) Philip Hall, Henry Black, Meir Salasnik, Yossi Jacobs, Shlomo Odze
Warwickshire Freemasons in Procession
Assembled at the entrance of the Synagogue
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, being escorted into the Synagogue
The Service gets under way
The Synagogue Choir under the direction of Keith Rowe
W Bros Ron Davis and Harry Owen open the Ark, with W Bro Sir Bernard Zissman offering a Prayer for the Royal Family
The Bard helps back
Shakespeare Lodge 284 witnessed a unique event in its 208 year history when W Bro Gordon Capstick (pictured below left) was presented with his 60 years Service to Freemasonry Certificate by RW Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master, at a superb meeting which was combined very successfully with a social evening.
W Bro Gordon Capstick and The Provincial Grand Master
Having been born in Lancaster, Lancashire, Gordon was educated at Sedburgh School in Yorkshire, after which he entered the Royal Air Force in 1942 at the age of 19. He joined Bomber Command, training on Wellington Bombers, and eventually very fittingly on Lancasters. After the war in Europe had ended, he was posted to Canada for engagement in the Japanese conflict, which luckily for him finished with the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atom bombings shortly before he completed his conversion training on Mitchells and Liberators.
Being demobbed in 1947 and accepting a Graduate Apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering, Gordon was initiated into Rowley Lodge 1051, in Lancaster, by his Father. He married Doreen in 1951, subsequently being blessed with their daughter Jayne, following which he accepted a posting with his company to India in 1955. It was during that time when Gordon became extensively involved with freemasonry, joining several different Orders, four others (in addition to the Craft) in which he has received 50 year Service Certificates. He attained high office in the Knights Templar as Vice Chancellor for the Sub Continent of India, which entailed organising meetings for members located thousands of miles away from each other.
Following his tour of duty in India, Gordon returned to England with Doreen and Jayne in 1965 and continued his career, moving around the country in senior management positions with the giants of his industry. The family eventually settled happily in Kenilworth, where Gordon was able to pursue his love of golf, becoming Captain and Director of Kenilworth Golf Club, together with his continued involvement with local Masonic activities.
In token of Gordon's service in the RAF, the collection (by gift aid) was for the RAF Benevolent fund, and amounted to £300, for which Lodge Almoner W Bro Robert Pearce thanked all members and guests for their generosity
The Great and the Good
Birmingham Old Edwardian Lodge 7115 enjoyed a splendid attendance at their Installation meeting, with VW Bro Alan Wellan, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, being installed as Worshipful Master, prior to which he presented a 50 years Service to Freemasonry certificate to W Bro Edward Lloyd Lloyd-Hughes JP, PProvSGW.
During the course of his presentation the Deputy PGM outlined Edward's roots and education, leading to a distinguished career as an Architect and Town Planner. This had been interrupted by the second World War, during which Edward served in the Royal Navy, rising from Midshipman to Lieutenant RNVR, having seen action in the Mediterranean, Normandy (D Day), Burma (Arakan Campaign), Dutch East Indies and the surrender of Singapore by the Japanese.
He married Naomi in 1948, being blessed with a daughter and a son (deceased). After her death in 1989 he took over land she owned, adding to the house or garden each succeeding year. A trekking visit to Canada led to Edward and Nellie Evans becoming partners in 2001 and they are still happily together.
Having worked for leading architectural offices in the country, Edward returned to Birmingham in 1954 joining a Black Country practice, and acquired land in Edgbaston on which to build a family home. He has ever since taken an active role within the community and several professional bodies, which have included teaching, and holding various offices (Vice-President in 1966) in the Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association. He has been Warden of St George's Church Edgbaston, President of Dudley Rotary Club and a long standing Magistrate on the Birmingham Bench. Other duties and interests embrace vocational service, as well as leading local Fellwalkers and Ramblers Associations.
Edward was Master of the Lodge in 1975 and 1994, and has been continuously in office since becoming a Steward in 1963.
The Ladies Gift Fund for Masonic Charities
Valerie Edwards, Chairman, reports:
The annual Spring Lunch was held on Sunday 27th March, this being a problematic date since it is the day after the clocks change. It soon became apparent that one very well known brother and his lady had forgotten to change the alarm clock. No names mentioned!
Nevertheless the lunch proved to be a great success. The buffet meal was prepared and served by the ladies of the committee of "The Gift Fund" and a bar was run by the husbands of some of the Staffordshire committee members.
The Ladies Gift Fund is thought to be a unique organisation, since it brings together three masonic Provinces - Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire - to raise funds. Indeed all three of the Provincial Grand Masters were present as usual, along with many of the other rulers of the three provinces.
After the lunch had been enjoyed cheques were presented to the three Provincial Grand Masters, each to the value of £3,300 These sums are the results of the funds raised in 2010, in addition to which a cheque for £2,000 has been sent to The Masonic Samaritan Fund.
This splendid total is thanks to the brethren and their ladies from the three Provinces who attend and support the two events held each year, namely the Spring Lunch and the Christmas Fayre. Also to the Ladies of "The Gift Fund" and their many helpers.
It is reported by the Treasurer that the lunch on 27th has realised over £2,700 to go into the fund for the year 2011. All thanks to those who attended.
Dates for your Diary:
The 2011 Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 19th November at The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston.
The 2012 Spring Lunch will be held Sunday 25th March at Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath.
Thanking you all once again on behalf of our President Helena Goddard and the ladies of "The Gift Fund"
Valerie Edwards - Chairman