The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey has today appointed W Bro Peter Manning to the office of Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire at the Warwickshire Installed Master's Lodge.Lodge of Unity No 567, meeting at Alderson House in Warwick. He was initiated into the Lodge of Unity in 1980 by his Father in Law and became Master for the first time in 1993. In November 2013 he Initiated his two sons into the Lodge of Unity in a Double Ceremony. He has subsequently Passed and Raised them, again in Double Ceremonies.
W Bro Manning was born in Birmingham in 1948 although spent his childhood in Leicestershire and attended Lutterworth Grammar School.
He has been happily married to Jayne for 45 years and they have two sons, Benjamin and Oliver and four grandchildren, Maisie, Oscar, Arabella and Otillie.
In 1986 he established his own Architectural Practice in Leamington Spa, which he ran until 2010 when he amalgamated with a local Practice of Architects, “Retired” and now acts as a Consultant to them.
In 1994 he was invited by the government of Cera, a state in the North East of Brazil, to go out and advise on the provision of low cost housing. This project was for the rural communities who had set up ‘squatter camps’ on the outskirts of the major towns and cities. He developed a modular “self build” housing system based on the production of building board made from sugar cane waste, a commodity in plentiful supply.
He was subsequently involved in similar Projects in South Africa and in conjunction with the University of Central England, a housing scheme in St. Kitts in the West Indies and more recently he has completed a large Industrial Development in Gujarat in Northern India and produced a development appraisal for a Commercial and Retail Project in China.
In 1993 he was a Founder of 'Deafinitely Independent' and Chairman of Trustees of a Home for profoundly deaf young adults who also suffer from other physical and mental handicaps. He was instrumental in obtaining a Lottery grant for the purchase of a second home and the organisation now runs two homes in Leamington Spa catering for up to 30 residents.
In 2006 W Bro Manning was a Founding Member of The Morgan Lodge No. 9816, which meets in Malvern in the Province of Worcestershire and was their second Master in 2008. His first Worcestershire Provincial Appointment was as Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden.
In 1999 he was appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon, 2005 Past Provincial Grand Registrar, in 2011 Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden and in 2013 as Provincial Senior Grand Warden.
He was exalted into the Royal Arch in 1986 into Jephson Chapter No. 4336and was First Principal in 1996 and 2005. In 2002 he was appointed as Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and Past Provincial Grand Scribe N. in 2004. He is a member of Knight Templars and Mark Master Masons.
As the Tercentenary Co-ordinator for Warwickshire he has been extremely involved on the organising committees of both MFest300 and the Classic 300 Series of Classic Car Runs.
- All forms of Motor Sport - He has owned a variety of Morgan Sport Cars over a 30 year period and also an Austin Healey, MG, TVR and Maserati.He presently owns one of the last Rover V8 engined Morgan Plus 8’s, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage and a Lotus Elise, which he regularly uses on track.
- He is a Member of Worcestershire Masonic Motor Club.
- Rugby – Played for Old Coventrians, Claverdon – Club Captain from 1978-82 and South Warwickshire.
- Travel – has covered almost all of Europe in the Morgan including several Alpine Passes.
- Good food and wine
- Walking, his two Golden Retrievers who are all well versed in the Masonic Ritual.
We wish W Bro Manning all the very best in his new role.