Tags: 2012 Festival
The 26th Atlantic Rally leaves the Grand Canaries on 20th November 2011, covers 3,200 non-stop miles and involves about 225 boats. Finishing in St Lucia, it is a significant and demanding challenge. Bro Stuart Reed of Trinity Lodge 254 will be skippering his 50 foot sailing yacht Elphin II with a crew of 5 and has invited Lodges to sponsor him, with proceeds to the 2012 Festival.
All Lodge Almoners and Festival/Charity Stewards have been sent details, and Stuart’s progress can be monitored on the website www.worldcruising.com/arc/ by clicking DAILY LOGS. From 20th November there will be a separate part of this website dedicated to the yacht's progress on the voyage.
Lodge Secretaries Seminar
This was a very well received presentation from the Provincial Grand Secretary, during which he introduced Barbara and Wendy from the Office. Presentations were made by Roger Parker, APGM, and Garry Malpas, ProvG Registrar.
The new Provincial website was also previewed by the Prov Information Officer who advised about the re-introduction of Lodge Information Officers
The full presentation slides are available for download: Lodge Secretaries Seminar Final.pdf
Lunch with a Spring
Val Edwards, Chairman of the Ladies' Gift Fund for Masonic Charities, cordially invites all Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire masons, their families and friends to the Annual Spring Lunch to be held at Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath, Birmingham on Sunday 27th March 2011
The Ladies of the "Gift Fund" will provide a buffet lunch of cold meats, quiches, home made salads, a selection of home made puddings, cheese and biscuits, coffee and chocolates ….. all for £12 per head! There will also be a pay bar for wine and soft drinks.
They will be running a raffle on the day, any prizes anyone wishes to donate will be gratefully received.
At the end of the meal The Ladies Gift Fund will present substantial donations to their three Provinces, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, these donations being made from the proceeds of fundraising efforts in 2010.
Many Happy Returns
The Bicentenary Celebration of Athol Lodge 74 saw an extremely warm lodge room at Severn Street Masonic Hall, Birmingham, attended by some 85 members and visitors, matched in equal measure by the warmth of welcome to all present at the Lodge’s 200th Anniversary.
In setting the scene, RW Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master, pointed out how rare such an occasion was, and how privileged those present were to be participating in such a significant Masonic event.
In a ceremony conducted by him and his Provincial team, which was both officially precise and personally charming, the bicentenary warrant was escorted around the Lodge whilst a rapturous hymn was sung, and duly received into the safe keeping of the members.
The Provincial Grand Chaplain delivered a thoughtful and meaningful oration, after which the PGM individually presented every member present with a bicentenary jewel, commenting on its rarity in the Province with only four other Lodges permitted to wear them.
Thanking the PGM for the magnificent support from the Province, W Bro John Biddell, Master, presented him with a bicentenary jewel, as well as jewels for the Provincial and Grand Lodge museums, and to the Association of Atholl Lodges, of which the Lodge is a member.
The assembled Brethren were then treated to a fascinating summary of the origins of Atholl Lodges (direct descendants of the “Antients” Grand Lodge under the patronage of the Dukes of Atholl) given by association member W Bro Geoffrey Abraham.
This was followed by a retrospect of the History of Athol Lodge 74 given by the WM, outlining the military heritage of the Lodge from its inception by the 7th Dragoon Guards in 1811, and their purchase of the former Synagogue in the mid 19th century which they converted into the present day masonic temple in Severn Street.
The formalities were followed by a Champagne reception and a splendid 6 course luncheon, this being a worthy finale to all the hard work by W Bros Ron Field and John Bates who organised the celebration.
In commemoration of the 200th Birthday and the Lodge’s military connection the Athol members presented to the Lodge an oil painting depicting the 7th (Royal) Dragoon Guards protecting their standard at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743. This was unveiled by the PGM and will hang in the Dining Room opposite the antique Masonic clock that was similarly presented to mark the first 100 years of the Lodge’s history.
WM John Biddell (centre), with his Wardens Ron Field and Jonathan Wood, and Lodge Secretary/ProvJGW Les Long on his left, together with David Macey, Geoffrey Abraham and PGSec Chris Rogers on his right, flanked by members of the Association of Atholl Lodges wearing period costume.
Masters and Wardens Dinner
The Annual Dinner was very well attended and included an enthusiastic message of support from the Provincial Grand Master, details of the Small Lodge Support initiative from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and the unveiling of the brand new Provincial Website by the Provincial Information Officer