2012 Grand Ranks Announced.
Offers of promotion in and appointment to Grand Rank have been made to the following Warwickshire Brethren:
Martin John Graham Bates PAGDC
Rex James Lowin PAGDC
Philip Wills PAGDC
Michael Adams PGStB
Philip Laurence Hall To DepGDC
Christopher John Grove To PAGDC
Lt Cdr Kai Hughes GOrat
We congratulate all these Brethren on their preferment, particularly W Bro Phil Hall on being appointed to the Acting Rank of Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies having been an Acting AGDC previously. This is an outstanding achievement and reflects the hard work, effort and natural ability of our Provincial Director of Ceremonies. It is gratifying to see this talent recognised by Grand Lodge. His new appointment means that he will have to relinquish his role in the Province and the RW Provincial Grand Master has appointed as the new Provincial DC, W Bro David Stanford, who was a Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2008/9 and the Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2010. He will be invested at the PGL Annual Meeting in May.
We thank Phil for his superb mastery of the Provincial DC’s art and congratulate David on his appointment.
Grants to Warwickshire Hospices from FGC
Hospices througout England and Wales have long since welcomed funding from The Freemasons' Grand Charity www.grandcharity.org which this year alone totals a magnificent £600,000. The Charity has a long tradition of funding hospices, donating £9.3 million since 1984. All donations are raised by Freemasons and their families and aim to assist hospices in their vital role in helping those affected by terminal or life limiting illness.
Included in the overall amount, which was distributed between some 185 hospices, a total of £18,924 was donated to six hospices in the Province of Warwickshire. This sum is in addition to funds already donated by local Freemasons, who raise thousands of pounds for their chosen charities every year.
Speaking about the donation RW Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire, said: "Supporting hospice services remains very important to Freemasons in Warwickshire and we are delighted that The Freemasons' Grand Charity has continued to provide this funding this year. The care provided by local hospices is exceptional, but ongoing financial support is necessary to ensure such a dedicated service. For that reason we are delighted to be able to demonstrate our continued commitment to their cause".
Cheques were presented to representatives of the hospices at a special luncheon held at The Clarendon Suites. The lunch also included the annual presentations from Warwickshire Masons to many of the other 150 local charities, who were given nearly £100,000 between themselves.
David and Sandra Macey with representatives from Warwickshire hospices
Happy New Year
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, and his wife Sandra hosted both the newly appointed and outgoing acting Provincial Officers at the annual Pre-Season Supper, held at the Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston.
During his welcome the PGM thanked all the ladies present for allowing their partners to participate in the Provincial programme, hoping this very special role brought particular enjoyment to them all. He introduced senior members of the Province, and thanked the outgoing officers for their support, asking them to pass on the benefit of their experience to their successors.
Attending Lodge Installations and Special Meetings as well as Provincial events, as part of the Provincial Team, provides a plethora of different experiences and all acting officers are encouraged to enjoy as many of these as possible. Team members would on every occasion be treated with the greatest respect and should expect to see many thought provoking ideas which could be taken back to their respective lodges.
Various matters of protocol and administration were outlined, with a great deal of information being available from the Provincial website. Particular reference was made to the Warwickshire Installed Masters’ Lodge 4538 whose prestigious programme had resulted in accolades from the United Grand Lodge of England, with the Deputy Grand Master visiting the Lodge on 30th November 2012.
Following the PGM’s informative and lively presentation, which included reference to the Ladies’ Gift Fund 60th Christmas Fayre on 17th November 2012 (see What’s On), the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Alan Wellan, thanked the PGM for his tremendous enthusiasm, which everyone should all thoroughly enjoy sharing, and expressed the appreciation everyone had for his energy and leadership.
(clockwise from front left) Keith and Dianne Marchington, Michael Morris, Peter and Denise Clarke,
Nigel and Carol Bridge-Wilkinson, Claire Whitehead-Wall, Stephen Wall
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Helping HRH success with GBP 250k
A splendid afternoon was enjoyed by all who attended the West Midlands Prince’s Trust Awards, which recognises the achievements of exceptional young people in education, enterprise and in the community. Held at Aston Villa Football Club, this was one of eleven award ceremonies taking place across the UK, fully supported by the Province of Warwickshire as part of the £250,000 grant awarded by the Freemasons Grand Charity, shared across all of the Trust’s regions.
In the West Midlands last year alone, the Prince’s Trust helped nearly 5,500 disadvantaged people across the Region, offering them practical support including training, mentoring and basic financial assistance, to help them move into jobs, education and training.
The event was hosted by TV personality Nina Nannar, an Ambassador of The Prince’s Trust, and attended by many well known dignitaries. The audience was presented with details of all the nominees, after which senior representatives of the several organisations which support and help facilitate the work of the Trust then announced and presented the winners in the various categories with their awards.
Information about the Prince's Trust can be seen here
Provincial Almoner Bill Clark with Nina Nannar