Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge 2011
Our Stirling Road Provincial HQ was again packed to capacity for the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, with cctv transmitting pictures on giant screens allowing all present to have a clear view of the proceedings.
The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies gave a briefing to all present prior to the opening of Provincial Grand Lodge, following which the many distinguished guests, including visiting Provincial Grand Masters, Deputy and Assistant PGMs, Grand Officers and leaders of other Orders entered the Lodge in procession, with our own Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David F Macey being escorted into the meeting by his Officers.
After opening Provincial Grand Lodge in due form the PGM remembered Brethren who had departed to the Grand Lodge above since our last meeting, referring in particular to his great sadness, after having returned from the funeral of his own father, to learn of the death of the Provincial Senior Grand Warden, W Bro "Roundy" Rudell, the previous day.
The PGM individually welcomed the distinguished guests, then everyone else present, after which various reports were presented by Provincial Officers, together with other formalities. He then re-appointed the Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, making special reference to how grateful he was to have such a strong and supportive team behind him, as had been so amply demonstrated during the previous few days.
W Bro Peter M Sorrill, who had achieved so much by establishing the Lodge Support Team, and with others the amalgamated Lodge of Hope and Saint Alphege, was invested as Provincial Senior Grand Warden and W Bro Leslie J Long, who untiringly continued his support for both the Athol and Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies Lodges, as well as the 2012 DWG, was invested as Provincial Junior Grand Warden. The rest of the acting Officers were re/appointed, following which Past Ranks were conferred or confirmed for the new and existing Provincial Grand Officers.
Les Long (seated) with Phil Wills (l) and Trevor Sturt.
The PGM then addressed the meeting, advising all present that the theme for this, his first as Provincial Grand Master, was very much one of thanks, which he presented effusively, urging brethren to enjoy their own freemasonry as much as he enjoyed his own.
A full transcript of the PGM' address can be downloaded PGM_address_to_AGM_May2011.pdf
2012 Festival Director W Bro Trevor Sturt gave an uplifting report on the splendid progress being made, congratulating Lodge members for their efforts so far, urging them to keep right on until the Festival Celebration on Saturday 22nd September 2012, which would be held at The Clarendon Suites.
A full transcript of the Festival Directors address can be downloaded Festival_report_to_AGM_May2011.pdf
A sumptuous festive board provided by the Clarendon Suites followed, the date of next year's Annual Meeting being Saturday 19th May 2012
David Macey with Clarendon Suites General Manager Diane Hepworth.
Christmas Fayre Success
Congratulations on yet another great success go to The Ladies Gift Fund for Masonic Charities. Chairman Val Edwards writes:
"This year's Christmas Fayre held at Stirling Road proved to be a resounding success, the morning event realising £4000 profit. This magnificent result comes thanks to the efforts of the Ladies of the committee of the fund and also to the time given by the many loyal helpers. It is difficult to list all the names, however Father Christmas himself deserves a mention. He managed to attend at what must be his most busy time of the year! In addition there were musicians present to create a lovely festive atmosphere. Each year we have donations and goods contributed for the stalls, and for the raffles and tombolas. These are most generously given. Thank you to all who contributed. On behalf of our President Helena Goddard and The ladies of "The Gift Fund", may I thank all those who attended and supported our cause. I wish you all a happy Christmas and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. The dates for 2011 future fund raisers are: Spring Lunch Sunday 27th March and The Christmas Fayre 19th November."
Valerie Edwards - Chairman
Festival For All
The General Lodge of Instruction 887 will be holding its 93rd Festival of Instruction at 6.00pm on Thursday 16th May 2011, at Stirling Road, Edgbaston. The Ceremony of Passing will be rehearsed with the First Section of the First Lecture being worked. All the Brethren taking part are below the Chair.
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, has kindly agreed to be the Festival President.
All Brethren are very welcome to attend, particularly Fellowcrafts
Many congratulations go to the following Worshipful Brethren for their preferment in Grand Lodge, their investiture taking place in London on Wednesday 27th April 2011.
- David Leslie Allen, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
- Stuart Nigel Esworthy, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
- Dr Charles Morgan Gwynn, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
- Brian William Price, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
- David James Bateman, Past Grand Standard Bearer
- Peter James Wellings, Past Grand Standard Bearer
- John Leonard Saint, from Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer to Past Grand Sword Bearer
- Michael Clough Morris, from Past Junior Grand Deacon to Past Senior Grand Deacon
- Eric John Rymer, from Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies to Past Senior Grand Deacon
- Peter George Randon, from Past Grand Standard Bearer to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
- Lt Cdr Kai Hughes, RN, as Grand Orator
Half Century Apart
Fraternity Lodge 4032 members and a host of visitors which included several former masters and members of the Lodge gathered for a very special occasion at their November meeting.
This included not only the initiation of Bro Frank Taverner, but also the presentation of a 50 years Service to Masonry award to W Bro W Robert (Bob) Paddock.
Following the initiation ceremony, Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Emms entered into a delightful discussion with Bob, who was born in 1922, reviewing his background and highlighting important events in his life.
This included details of Bob's education in both Birmingham and Bristol (where he is a Freeman of the City), and his subseqent return to Birmingham when war broke out. His service commenced in a tank regiment with the army, progressing to being offered a commission, which took him to Sandhurst.
Bob originally commenced a career in banking, but this was not to his liking and he subsequently followed his father's footsteps as a Corn and Feed Merchant, eventually owning his own business in Birmingham.
He was initiated into Fraternity Lodge in November 1961, since which his lifelong enthusiasm for amateur dramatics became apparent on many occasions. His enjoyment of, and devotion to the Lodge culminated in him being made an honorary member in 2010.
Following receipt of his Certificate and Badge, and due Proclamation by the Provincial Director of Ceremonies, W Bro Bob symbolically presented the Worshipful Master, Bro Dr Andrew Thompson, with his Master's Collar, which had been fully refurbished and modified to provide space for engraving the Masters' names for the next fifty years.
An additional surprise during the meeting was the presentation of boxed gavels by W Bro Harry KS Hunjan, in memory of his father, who although not a mason had always supported Harry in his membership.
The Festive Board which followed the formalities was particularly joyous, celebrating the presence of both the "Old and the New", during which W Bro Bob, the most senior member of the Lodge present, conducted the Initiates Chain for the benefit of Bro Frank Taverner, the most junior.
(l-r) Bob Paddock, John Emms, Andy Thompson, Frank Taverner, Harry Hunjan