Remembering Roundy - A Celebration
A special event to remember W Bro Anthony (Roundy) Rudell is being held Wednesday 20th June at The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston. It is not a formal masonic meeting but is being arranged by St Paul's Lodge 43 (Roundy's mother Lodge) and will consist of a short meeting followed by a dinner. The Provincial Grand Master has sent a message for the meeting and the Deputy PGM is attending. All the lodges with connections to Roundy have also been invited.
Everyone who knew Roundy is very welcome to attend, full details and an application can be seen here.
It is now a year since Roundy died suddenly, whilst serving high office as our Provincial Senior Grand Warden, just prior to last year's Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge.
Rugby Masons on Parade
As the whole country celebrated the Queen’s diamond jubilee, freemasons from Rugby were cheered as they joined in the fun by taking part in the parade through the town’s crowd lined streets dressed in full Masonic regalia.
Some of the 28 Masons who participated. They included an Entered Apprentice, Master Masons,
3 Lodge Masters, Provincial Stewards and other Officers and a Grand Officer.
Around 30 different organizations, including local charities, military personnel, youth organizations and various associations processed to the Rugby Clock Tower (which dates from 1887 and was built to mark the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria) where The Lord Lieutenant unveiled a commemorative plaque in honour of the occasion. Rugby Borough Council had commissioned the plaque, which was crafted by local stonemason and freemason Paul Timms, who is a member of Three Spires Lodge 6940.
The parade then moved off again, finishing in Caldercott Park, where the celebrations continued. Throughout the day several charities made a point of approaching the lodge members to thank the Freemasons of Rugby for their very generous support over many years.
(l-r) Provincial Mentor Stuart Esworthy
and retired Deputy DC David Greenwood who got everyone at least to walk in the right direction!
Rugby is fortunate to have seven full-time and three part-time Craft Lodges, two Royal Arch Chapters, a Mark Master Masons Lodge and various other additional Masonic Orders. The members own and operate the Masonic Hall which is in Church Walk.
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, has forwarded his Christmas message to all Warwickshire Lodges. It can be seen here
Senior Appointment for Stoneleigh Senior
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey was accompanied by the Provincial Senior Grand Warden W Bro Stephen Townsend, the Provincial Junior Grand Warden W Bro Graham Venn and the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies W Bro David Stanford on a visit to Stoneleigh Lodge 725 meeting at Leamington Spa.
The Master, W Bro Dip Lall welcomed the distinguished visitors to this happy occasion where the PGM promoted the Lodge Chaplain, 96 year old W Bro Bob Wale to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden. Also present to help celebrate was fellow Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden W Bro Peter Turnbull, aged 97.
(l-r standing) David Macey, Stephen Townsend, David Stanford, Graham Venn, Dip Lall
(l-r seated) Bob Wale, Peter Turnbull
Members of Apollo Lodge 301 were privileged to have the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey with them at their meeting in March, and presented him with a magnificent cheque for £1,050 towards the Warwickshire 2012 Festival.
The donation had arisen as the result of six Brethren of the Lodge - W Bro M Banner (Master), W Bro K Hogan, W Bro S Hogan, W Bro G Hogan, Bro N Pearson and W Bro A Cheetham – having entered the “Three Peaks” challenge the previous June.
This entailed climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon within a 24 hour period, which they commenced at Ben Nevis and after a long (and fast) drive and thankfully very kind weather the Brethren completed the challenge at the foot of Snowdon with 15 minutes to spare.
Thanks go to everyone who was kind enough to sponsor the Brethren in this challenge, to be followed later in 2011 with the “Coast 2 Coast” Bicycle Ride, again to support the 2012 Festival.