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
Following the announcement that the Lodge of Hope 4436 and St Alphege Lodge 1431 were to amalgamate, the newly named Lodge of Hope and St Alphege 4436 has now arrived at the moment when Grand Lodge will ratify the coupling and grant a "Certificate of Amalgamation" at their December Meeting.
The first Meeting of the new Lodge will take place on the 20th January 2011 at Stirling Road, Edgbaston when the Provincial Grand Master RW Bro David Macey will be in attendance with a full Provincial Team to celebrate the occasion, with a new ceremony specially prepared by the Province for the amalgamation.