Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire


The Famous Five and St Mary’s Collegiate Church Warwick

St Mary's Collegiate Church, Warwick
St Mary's Collegiate Church, Warwick
A cheque for £5,000 being this year’s contribution from the Famous Five, was presented by VW Bro Alan Wellan, PGSwdB, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, in front of a large congregation at St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick. The church and Warwickshire Freemasonry have many links, some of which are summarised below. This summary was written for the St Mary’s Church magazine by Alan, and was also printed in the brochure for this year’s Annual Church Service in June. Alan is a member of St Mary’s Parochial Church Council.

“We can conjecture that some of the stonemasons who came to Warwick in the 18th century, to work on the rebuilding of the church, and many other parts of the town, after the Great Fire of 1694, stayed behind. One who certainly did was Francis Smith. Not only did he become Mayor of Warwick but, during his time in office, he is recorded as being one of the founder members of the Freemasons Lodge that was formed at The Woolpack Hotel in April 1728. Thus we can see a link between the Operative stonemasons who worked in Warwick and the fraternal society that is known as Freemasonry.

The Lodge formed at The Woolpack had as Master the Vicar of St. Mary's, the Rev. W. Greenwood, and one of the members was Churchwarden Humphrey Hands. The Provincial Grand Master was James Prescott, a lawyer in Warwick, who is recorded in the church burial register as having been buried at St. Mary's on March 6th 1732.

Another link is the wonderful oak pulpit in St. Mary's which was presented by the Freemasons of Warwickshire. The timber came from Stoneleigh Park, the seat of the then Provincial Grand Master Lord Leigh. It was unveiled in 1897 by the Earl of Warwick, who was in fact Provincial Grand Master of Essex!

Now to the recent past.

The Madonna and Child
The Madonna and Child
St Mary's continues to hold a special place in the hearts of Warwickshire Masons and they have contributed to the cost of the restoration of the magnificent medieval Beauchamp Chapel and then in 2015 funded the carving of the Madonna and Child that sits proudly towards the apex of the outside of the east wall of the chapel, the original having virtually disintegrated over the passage of time.

The fraternity is strong and The United Grand Lodge of England, the 'governing body', is headed by the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent. Throughout the centuries Monarchs, Princes, Archbishops and Bishops, Statesmen and other men of honour and integrity have been active members joining together in the love and harmony of Lodge life. A fundamental necessity for a man who wishes to join is to acknowledge a belief in a Supreme Being, in our case God, men of all religions who meet that criterion being welcome.

As presented in the St. Mary's Church Magazine and with thanks to VW Bro. Alan J. Wellan, PGSwdB., Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master. Acknowledgements to W. Bro. Robert G. Russell, PJGD, author of the History of Freemasonry in Warwickshire.


Shakespeare's New Place - The Official Opening

Shakespeare's Place Opening

Warwickshire Freemasons donate over £112k to local charities

Whilst the Five of Nine Club provide practical help

Set up by the Provincial Grand Master, the "Famous Five’" initiative which has been running for just three years, has donated over £112,500 to non-masonic Charities in Warwickshire. Cheques are being presented to the charities over the next few weeks. This remarkable amount has been raised by Warwickshire Freemasons at their meetings and social events, in addition to their support for other charities. The "Famous Five" has been incredibly well supported by the majority of Warwickshire Lodges since it was launched during 2013, and has benefitted the following charities:

The first cheque – for £10,000 - was presented to the Acorns Children’s Hospice on August 13th, at an event which shows that Freemasons offer practical help as well as purely financial donations.  The Five of Nine Club – a recently established group for new and young Freemasons were helping to redecorate parts of the Acorns Hospice in Selly Oak.  The large conference room, part of which is shown in the photograph is used not only for meetings but also by Acorns sibling groups and also the Parents & Grandparents groups, was given the full makeover, decorated from floor to ceiling, entirely dismantling, redecorating and reassembling the room. Fencing surrounding the car park was also repainted.  Well done to Dan Thomas and his splendid crew of guys & partners too.

The presentation of the cheque by John Hayward
The presentation of the cheque by John Hayward

This cheque will mean that Acorns has received £30,000 from the Famous Five initiative, which will continue for a further year. It will help them to meet the many £millions required to provide the help to cancer sufferers in Warwickshire.

The Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust, established in 1988, provides care for babies, children and young people to age 18 with life limiting or life threatening conditions and support for their families. In the last year, Acorns has supported over 800 children and more than 1,030 families, including those who are bereaved across Warwickshire & the West Midlands.

Warwickshire Freemasons are pleased and proud to be able to support Acorns in both practical and financial terms, and will continue to provide that support through the Famous Five and beyond.

John Hayward

Provincial Charity Steward


Famous Five Details are on the Warwickshire Freemasons website –

Information on the Acorns Children’s Hospice can be found here –

Information on the Five of Nine Club is here -

Five of Nine Club
Five of Nine Club



Dogs for Good - The Annual Fun Day

A splendid day at the Dogs for Good Charity on Saturday 30th July was enjoyed by all present – particularly by the dogs! As I said in my initial note, there were an amazing number of dogs there – both trained dogs and many guest dogs who had come with their owners for a fun day out. A very entertaining day, enjoyed by all ages – not just the dogs!  There are a couple of shots below – more can be found here

Dogs for Good 2016
Dogs for Good 2016
Dogs for Good 2016
Dogs for Good 2016

John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward

The Dogs for Good Annual Fun Day - Stoneleigh Park

Dogs for GoodThe Dogs for Good Charity (formerly Dogs for the Disabled) will be holding their annual Fun Day on Saturday 30th July at Stoneleigh Park, near Kenilworth (CV8 2LG).

This is a charity which the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association is pleased to support, and we have an open invitation to attend. Having attended last year, it is amazing to see so many dogs together in one place – there are numerous demonstrations, including the West Midlands Police Dog Unit, a Fun Dog Show, and demonstration involving disability assistance by the charity itself. There are also sideshows, music, stalls, a magician, and rides for children. Members, family & friends are all welcome.

John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward

Dogs for Good's Vision

A world in which everyone and every community is able to benefit from the help of a trained dog.


Dogs for Good bring trained dogs and people together to help them overcome specific challenges and enrich and improve the lives of both.

What Dogs for Good do

  • They train assistance dogs to help adults and children lead more independent lives, at home and in the community.
  • They provide advice and support to people who want a pet dog to help them overcome specific challenges within their family.
  • They train and support activity and therapy dogs and their specialist handlers to work in communities and schools.
  • They continually explore new ways that dogs can help people.

Dogs for Good Fun Day

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ


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The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for freemasons within England and Wales and districts overseas.