Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Warwickshire Young Carers

Warwickshire Young Carers

On Friday the 25th May, the Province's retiring Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward, accompanied by Geoff Walker, the newly appointed Provincial Charity Steward, went to visit the Warwickshire Young Carers Project based in Ryton on Dunsmore, to present a certificate to mark the grant of £5,000 donated by the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

John Hayward at WYC

The scheme provides care and support to over two thousand children and young people in Warwickshire, who are themselves carers, caring for parents and siblings with a wide range of physical and emotional disabilities.

For these children their caring responsibilities requires them to grow up far too quickly, interrupts their education and social development and impacts on any free time they might enjoy.

When on the visit the CEO, Deb Bignell, told John that the staff were taking over 40 children under the age of 12 on a residential week during half term. This was to allow the children some respite from their caring responsibilities and allow them to focus on themselves and have some fun.

Brethren the staff working on this project have our admiration and support and any Lodge which feels they want to make an additional donation can contact Deb Bignell on: 02476 217740 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The charity is fundraising for a project to support children aged 6-7 who are young carers and to provide breaks and activities taking place in school holidays or at weekends.

A surprise at the Annual Provincial Meeting

 

Steven PriceW Bro Steven Price PPSGW awarded the

Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit

 

At the Annual Provincial Meeting on Saturday 10th May, following the conclusion of the formalities, the Provincial Grand Master asked the Provincial Grand Secretary if there was any further business for the meeting. Those used to this formality were taken aback when the PG Secretary announced that the Provincial Grand Master was to honour one of his brethren. The PGM then instructed the ProvDC to bring W Bro Steven Price to him.

The Provincial Grand Master explained to the brethren the incredible amount of work that W Bro Steven has put into Freemasonry over more than 4 decades, including exemplary service to Alderson House in Warwick, as the chairman of the rooms since 2010. Steven is also leading an initiative to help the Masonic rooms across the Province in 2018. Steven is not one to seek the limelight, but works tireless for the good of Freemasonry and the Provincial Grand Master has declared him worthy of recognition for all that he has done. He was then presented with the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit, which was subsequently proclaimed by the ProvDC and applauded by all present.

Steven’s recollection of the event is as follows:

“For the first time in many years, I had not actually intended to attend Provincial Grand Lodge at all on Saturday, as we had family things on in the afternoon.  That changed when I had a telephone call from Peter Manning one evening last week, asking if anyone had been in touch regarding collecting the “Lodge in a box” from Alderson House.  We had a chat and he said “see you on Saturday then” to which I replied, “no, I’m not going this year.” He came back with, “well I think you ought to” but wouldn’t say why and eventually I agreed.

“I suppose I thought that I might get a mention and perhaps a “stand up so we can see who you are” sort of thing if the PGM launched the centres Initiative in which I am involved, or I wondered if he might mention me then as a sort of Assistant Prov. Grand Superintendent, but no and again when he had finished mentioning all of the initiatives for this year and no mention again, I thought, well that is it then!

“And then it happened.  When the D.C. was walking me down the room I asked what was going on, he just said, “shush, the mic’s on.”  It was quite surreal when the PGM started on my masonic career.  I have always just though of myself as an ordinary Joe, who loves his Freemasonry and everything that he is involved in and just trying to encourage others to get as much out of it as I do.  I thought that I had reached my peak when I was promoted to PPSGW in 2010 and PPGSN in Chapter.  I love Alderson House and have been very privileged to be its Chairman since 2010, but it is not all me, we have a strong Executive who support and encourage me, only occasionally looking askance at some of my suggestions!

“Obviously, I feel very honoured and it probably has not really sunk in yet, just how very special this award is.  The feeling of being applauded by so many people as we walked back, albeit to the wrong seat and then being saluted, well!  

“I suppose I should have said a few words and thank you, but in all honesty I was just shell shocked.

“When the dust has settled, I shall just carry on, doing what I do and hoping I can serve Freemasonry, in Warwickshire in particular, to the best of my ability and live up to this very special award.”

Congratulations from all in the Province on this very special and richly deserved recognition

Provincial Grand Lodge – Summary from the Provincial Poet

The Provincial Poet – otherwise known as W Bro Bill Clark, PGStdB, retired Provincial Grand Almoner – after a lengthy illness, which had us all worried, has been producing his poems again, and has given us his summary of the recent Provincial Grand Lodge meeting as below.

 Bill Clark

PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE 

SATURDAY 19th MAY 2018

STONELEIGH WAS THE VENUE PICTURE THE SCENE
BLUE SKIES AND SUNSHINE ALL CALM AND SERENE
BRETHREN OF WARWICKSHIRE WEARING NEW TIES
WHATEVER THEIR STATURE RANK POSITION OR "SIZE"

ALL GATHERED TOGETHER WITH ONE AIM IN VIEW
TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AND HONOUR THE FEW
WHO WERE RETIRING WITH DISTINCTION ON THIS DAY
ALLOWING OTHERS TO BE APPOINTED THEIR PART TO PLAY

THE PROVINCE WAS TRULY SEEN TO BE IN GOOD HEART
THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER PLAYING HIS PART
LEADING THE WAY WITH SOME HUMOUR AND FUN
"FOR(C)ANDLES TO BE LIT" AND THIS WAS DULY DONE

WITH VISITING DIGNITARIES WELCOMED TO THE EVENT
CONSIDERABLE TIME THEREAFTER WAS PROPERLY SPENT
ACKNOWLEDGING THOSE WHO HAD GIVEN OF THEIR BEST
IN SERVING THE PROVINCE WITH GREAT ZEAL AND ZEST

WITH NEW BRETHREN IN POST ALL POSITIONS FILLED
CEREMONIAL PERFORMED BY THE "D C" WELL SKILLED
THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER GAVE HIS "ADDRESS"
ENCOURAGING ALL TO USE THE SKILLS THEY POSSESS

TO PROMOTE THE GOOD OF FREEMASONRY TO OTHERS
WHO THEY MIGHT SEE AS POTENTIAL BROTHERS
A SUMMER BREAK TO BE ENJOYED --A WELL EARNED REST
MAY THE ENSUING YEAR PROVE TO BE -- ONE OF THE BEST

W T CLARK PGStB

 

Where do our donations go?

Each year, the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association donates sums to a variety of charities – some large, and some quite small. With some, our donations go into general funds, but others tell us exactly how we have helped the organisation. Here is a small sample of a few of those where we have received very positive feedback:

Cardiomyopathy UK
We simply couldn’t do this without you. Thanks to your donation we can be there for more people affected by Cardiomyopathy with our information and support services.  Every penny we receive makes a real difference to the work we are able to do.
Lily Mae Foundation
 

The donation from your central fund will enable us to continue to provide Memory Boxes and Baby Loss Support Services to bereaved parents, living in the Warwickshire & West Midlands areas, who have tragically lost a baby to still birth or neonatal death. We really appreciate your help, support and kindness.

Focus Birmingham

Please accept our sincere thanks for choosing Focus Birmingham and supporting our ongoing work with blind and partially sighted children and adults across Birmingham. Services such as our emotional support services for both children and adults who have who have visual impairments, or our befriending service for those who are experiencing isolation and loneliness as a result of their sight loss would not continue without your support.

Chicks 
Your wonderful support will enable very deserving children from not only Warwickshire but from the rest of the UK as well, to enjoy a week of essential respite, far away from the challenges they face in their home environment.
Lowlands Farm Riding for the Disabled
 

On behalf of our 100 riders, many of whom are young and all who are coping with disabilities of one form or another, we thank you for your generous donation which will help enormously in keeping our horses and ponies fit, well and available for our clients. RDA UK will soon be building their National Training Centre at Lowlands Farm, and we plan to continue to run riding sessions throughout the year for the other local groups who serve specialist schools in our area. Thank you for choosing to support Lowlands Farm.

Armonico Consort

During March we staged a concert at the Royal Albert Hall involving over 2000 of our young beneficiaries from the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire areas, and I can confirm that your organisation was fully credited as one of the donors whose support made the event possible. Your support enables us to plan for the future and continue to innovate in our education interventions.

Woodlands School, Coleshill

As I am sure you will appreciate, the school budget supports the teaching and learning resources for our pupils but does not stretch to include all the additional extras that make such a difference to a child’s day. By necessity, equipment and facilities for disabled students is always very expensive so every donation we receive is very much appreciated. This donation will be used as part funding for an adventure away trip to the seaside, which may well be the first for some of our pupils.

Muscular Dystrophy Support Centre, Coventry

Your donation will help fund the specialist physiotherapy that we provide on an ongoing basis for adults who have muscular dystrophy. Life with this muscle-wasting condition can be extremely challenging for individuals and their families, but with you help, our physiotherapy service is able to help people manage their condition effectively and enjoy a much better quality of life.

Midland Freewheelers Blood Bikes

We are currently expanding our service to provide full 24/7 operation to hospitals, whilst continuing our service for the Milk Bank, taking on delivery of chemotherapy drugs and other urgent pharmaceutical products and continuing to deliver full blood daily of the Air Ambulance Major Trauma project. We are totally reliant on the generosity of our donors and your continued support helps us to provide this service free to the NHS.

Centre for Movement Disorders (NICE)
 

Your donation will help to fund the following:

Two sessions of Conductive Education rehabilitation for five adults who have Parkinson’s disease.

A group session for five young children between the ages of 3 and 5 who attend our Red Boots Nursery who were born with a movement disability, such as Cerebral Palsy.

Thank you for helping to improve the lives of children and adults with incurable movement disorders or have experienced a stroke.

Cavell Nurses Trust
  Your gift will help to provide a lifeline to working and retired nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are facing severe difficulties. One of our nurse patients had her fulfilling nursing care cut short when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer – Cavell Trust was able to ensure her bills were paid so that she could concentrate on the difficult road to recovery and getting back to the job she loves. Thank you for your support.

This small sample gives an idea of the help we are providing in our local community. The full summary of our donations this year can be viewed here , total approaching £150,000, which is the amount granted by the WMCA for this year.

Any Lodge or member wishing to nominate a registered charity operating within Warwickshire is welcome to contact the Provincial Charity Steward, for consideration in the 2019 allocation from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association.

JBH

 

£160,000 Donated By Warwickshire Freemasons to Local Charities

FamousFive

This will be the final report on the Provincial Grand Master’s "Famous Five" initiative, and I am delighted to tell you that following my appeal last year, the initiative which has been running since May 2013, has donated a grand total of £160, 346 to selected non-masonic Warwickshire Charities. Cheques have now been presented to the charities concerned and previous articles have documented these events.

This remarkable amount has been raised by Warwickshire Freemasons at their meetings and social events, in addition to their regular support for other charities. The "Famous Five" has been incredibly well supported by the majority of Warwickshire Lodges since it was launched, and has benefitted the following charities in stages over the last four years by the amounts indicated below:

Acorns Children’s Hospice £42,500
Birmingham Children’s Hospital £42,500
Midlands Air Ambulance £21,250
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance  £21,250
St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick £32,846

Warwickshire Freemasons are pleased and proud to be able to support all of these charities, in both financial and practical terms, and will continue to provide that support through the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association and individual Lodges.

The Relief Chest for the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association remains open with a small balance, and in time, a system may be developed to enable Lodges who do not have a Relief Chest of their own to make donations with gift aid added, to their own chosen Registered Charities. My recommendation, which has already been taken up by a good number of Lodges, is for each Lodge to open a Relief Chest of its own. This is easily and quickly achievable – full details are available on this link - https://mcf.org.uk/reliefchest/ or by a phone call to the MCF on 020 3146 3333. Enquiries to the Charity Office are welcome and assistance will be given if required.   Any Lodge which opens a Relief Chest retains full control over their charitable funds, which can subsequently be directed to registered charities or to Lodge widows and dependants.

John Hayward
Provincial Charity Steward

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