The annual Remembrance Service held at Stirling Road was attended by nearly 200 freemasons, their families and friends, including several past and present members of the armed forces, the Scouts, and members of the Royal Arch Lodge Representatives' group who were meeting in the building that morning.
This moving service, which included messages of remembrance from five different faiths, was led by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, and conducted by the Provincial Grand Chaplain W Bro John Cowan and Provincial Assistant Grand Chaplain W Bro Paul Wheeler. The Last Post was bugled at exactly 11.00am by W Bro Norman Blackburn of Concord Lodge 3239, followed by two minutes silence and Reveille.
Wreaths and tributes were placed by the PGM, the Deputy and all of the Assistant PGMs, as well as leaders of different orders and several other members of the congregation, including our own ex-servicemen.
(l-r) Ken Wilkinson, Rory & Ian McCloskey, Capt. Patrick Wood, John Cowan,
David Macey, SAC(T) Adam Wills, Norman Blackburn, Phil Worton.
In Atherstone, the Master of Athelstan Lodge 1333 W Bro Robert Evans, with a number of other brethren, marched with representatives of other Atherstone-based organisations to the Memorial Hall where a service was held.
Details can be seen here
Lesson from Lodge of Instruction
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey presided at the General Lodge of Instruction's 94th Annual Festival, which was also attended by last year's President, Deputy PGM VW Bro Alan Wellan as well as 60 other brethren.
The evening consisted of brethren below the Chair opening and closing the Lodge in all three degrees along with the working of the 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th sections of the First Lecture, which they presented with great aplomb.
The Provincial Grand Master complimented the brethren along with the Preceptors for what he felt was a masonic treat for all those present. He particularly congratulated the junior brethren who took part in the lectures.
The respondent to the visitors toast was W Bro Monte Engleson who was the farthest travelled visitor, having clocked up 3700 miles to be at the Festival, from the Province of British Colombia and Alaska. He had come to see his nephew Bro Jonathan Herrick from the Fire Service Lodge 8401 perform as Senior Warden.
Look, Listen and Learn
The Provincial Grand Tyler for Warwickshire, W Bro Ian Hart has arranged another of his highly informative and enjoyable seminars, open not only to Lodge Tylers but to all masons who would like to enhance their knowledge of this important aspect of our ceremonial and practical activities.
This will be held on Saturday 3rd November at The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 9SB. Tea and Coffee will be available from 9.30am for a 10.00am start, finishing by 12noon.
Masons Reveal All
Tags: Open Days
Nine of the Masonic Centres in Warwickshire are participating in this year’s Heritage Open Days event between the 6th and 9th September.
This provides an ideal opportunity for everyone to have a look at what Freemasons get up to, with members present to talk about and explain any aspect of their 300 year history.
Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
The centres taking part are:
Birmingham Headquarters, The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston, Saturday 8th 10.00–16.00 see details here
Birmingham Severn Street, Saturday 8th 10.30–14.30
Knowle: Friday 7th 10.00–16.00, Saturday 8th 10.00–12.00, Sunday 9th 10.00–16.00
Redditch: Saturday 8th 10.00–16.00
Rugby: Thursday 6th 10.00–14.00, Friday 7th 10.00-14.00, Saturday 8th 10.00-12.00, Sunday 9th 10.00-14.00
Stratford-upon-Avon: Saturday 8th 10.00-16.00, Sunday 9th 10.00-15.00
Sutton Coldfield: Saturday 8th 10.00-15.00
Warwick, Alderson House: Sunday 9th 10.00-14.00
Warwick, Guys Cliffe: Saturday 8th 10.00-16.00, Sunday 9th 10.00-16.00
Further details can be seen here
MBE for MWLB
Our congratulations go to W Bro Martin WL Burton, PProvJGW, Past Master of Lodge of Service Above Self 9421 and Lodge of Goodwill 3899, who has been made an MBE in the New Years Honours list.
The award is for services to the Charity Sector in the West Midlands Region, Martin having for many years been lead “mover and shaker” of the Lord Mayor’s Charity activities.
Martin Burton (r) with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, W Bro Councillor John Lines