Dick to the Rescue
Local children were again enthralled by the annual pantomime held at the Provincial Headquarteres in Edgbaston, organised in conjunction with TOA Taxis.
The show – Dick Whittington - got off to a great start with the children soon booing wicked pirate Captain “smelly socks” Bogey and roaring with laughter at the antics of idle Jack, pretty Sarah the cook and wealthy merchant Fiztwarren’s daughter Alice. After rescuing the giant cat, which Dick named Elvis, the children were soon singing and clapping along with them to an appearance of Cluck the chicken. The Queen of Maldavia later arrived and after Elvis had cleared her palace of rats made Dick rich enough to marry Alice and see off the pirate for good!
There were two performances, the morning one catering mainly for children with learning and physical disabilities, and the afternoon one being aimed at children who might perhaps never have been to a live theatre show. Over 600 children attended, together with more than 100 carers, all being introduced to Santa as they left, and being given a Christmas gift before they departed.
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey introduced the show in the morning, during which he welcomed the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines and the Lady Mayoress Kathleen Lines, presenting the Lord Mayor with a cheque for £500 towards his charities. He thanked everyone who had taken part in organising the event, in particular TOA Taxis for arranging all of the transport; West Midlands Police for liaising with local schools, and ensuring the traffic flows; “Office Christmas” for providing the magnificent room decorations; the Staff and helpers from the Clarendon Suites and the schools attending; Father Christmas and his helpers, and the Birmingham South West Group Residents Association.
In addition to the show, magician Peter Pocelli/Astfalck entertained the children (and adults!) before and after the performances, keeping the merriment going throughout the day.
The show was produced by professional theatre company Chaplins, who went on to appear the following day at a similarly successful event organised by Coventry Freemasons at the Standard Triumph Club, where over 450 children plus carers attended the morning and afternoon performances.
The Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress and PGM David Macey with members of the cast.
Santa with some of his not so little helpers - Graham Humphries (l) and Jack Chetwynd (r)
A circular drawn to the attention of Grand Lodge outlines a proposal by a company “Forward Move” regarding commemorative souvenir programmes relating to the Supreme Grand Chapter Bicentenary in 2013.
The United Grand Lodge of England do not recommend contact with this company and have not endorsed, sanctioned or authorised any such approach by this company, and regard any involvement as inadvisable. The company have contacted business owners inviting them to pay £595 to advertise in their publication, with only a vague reference to “a substantial portion” being donated “without obligation” to the Bicentenary Appeal. No Freemason nor member of the public should believe such an approach is endorsed by regular Freemasonry.
Any schemes endorsed by UGLE will tend to display the UGLE Crest, which is copyrighted, and for which misuse can lead to prosecution.
The circular can be seen here
Oh Yes They Are
Coventry Masons are holding a Festival of Fellowship (in the form of a Class of Instruction) on August 22nd, to raise funds for the Coventry Children’s Charity Pantomime which they are organising in December.
The Warwickshire branch of the Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity needs volunteers to help at its fourth event for disadvantaged children at the Heathcote Lakes Trout Fishery in Warwick on Thursday 20th September 2012. The children will be attending from approx 10.00am to 3.00pm and the helpers will be needed from 8.00am to 4.00pm.
A qualified First Aider with own equipment is also needed, please contact Ian Hart for further details.
Details of the last event can be seen here
Those able to attend, including any Masonic or none Masonic fisherpeople, should in the first instance contact local organiser Bob_Croxall, and will need to complete and return a CRB registration form.
On Saturday 13th October 2012 the Province will launch the Freemasonry Cares initiative.
This will not involve any fundraising, and has been held back until after the conclusion of the 2012 Festival.
It is a Grand Lodge initiative which seeks to explain how freemasons can use one point of contact to avail themselves, their families and dependants of the support from any of the four great Masonic Charities. It is also an educational initiative which many Provinces have already ‘rolled out’ and who report that it has been a great success.
Held at the Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston, Birmingham, coffee and tea will be available from 10.30am with the presentation commencing at 11.00am. The Provincial Grand Master would like each Lodge to put this date into their diaries so that their Almoner and Charity Steward can attend the launch. If neither are available, please may other Lodge members be nominated.
A detailed explanation of the scheme will be provided, together with publicity materials for every member and their families. This is an exciting scheme aimed at giving all members a greater understanding of the four main Masonic Charities and how they can gain access to them. It has the full support of the Provincial Grand Master, who would like every Warwickshire Lodge to embrace the initiative with enthusiasm.