The Great and the Good
Birmingham Old Edwardian Lodge 7115 enjoyed a splendid attendance at their Installation meeting, with VW Bro Alan Wellan, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, being installed as Worshipful Master, prior to which he presented a 50 years Service to Freemasonry certificate to W Bro Edward Lloyd Lloyd-Hughes JP, PProvSGW.
During the course of his presentation the Deputy PGM outlined Edward's roots and education, leading to a distinguished career as an Architect and Town Planner. This had been interrupted by the second World War, during which Edward served in the Royal Navy, rising from Midshipman to Lieutenant RNVR, having seen action in the Mediterranean, Normandy (D Day), Burma (Arakan Campaign), Dutch East Indies and the surrender of Singapore by the Japanese.
He married Naomi in 1948, being blessed with a daughter and a son (deceased). After her death in 1989 he took over land she owned, adding to the house or garden each succeeding year. A trekking visit to Canada led to Edward and Nellie Evans becoming partners in 2001 and they are still happily together.
Having worked for leading architectural offices in the country, Edward returned to Birmingham in 1954 joining a Black Country practice, and acquired land in Edgbaston on which to build a family home. He has ever since taken an active role within the community and several professional bodies, which have included teaching, and holding various offices (Vice-President in 1966) in the Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association. He has been Warden of St George's Church Edgbaston, President of Dudley Rotary Club and a long standing Magistrate on the Birmingham Bench. Other duties and interests embrace vocational service, as well as leading local Fellwalkers and Ramblers Associations.
Edward was Master of the Lodge in 1975 and 1994, and has been continuously in office since becoming a Steward in 1963.
The Ladies Gift Fund for Masonic Charities
Valerie Edwards, Chairman, reports:
The annual Spring Lunch was held on Sunday 27th March, this being a problematic date since it is the day after the clocks change. It soon became apparent that one very well known brother and his lady had forgotten to change the alarm clock. No names mentioned!
Nevertheless the lunch proved to be a great success. The buffet meal was prepared and served by the ladies of the committee of "The Gift Fund" and a bar was run by the husbands of some of the Staffordshire committee members.
The Ladies Gift Fund is thought to be a unique organisation, since it brings together three masonic Provinces - Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire - to raise funds. Indeed all three of the Provincial Grand Masters were present as usual, along with many of the other rulers of the three provinces.
After the lunch had been enjoyed cheques were presented to the three Provincial Grand Masters, each to the value of £3,300 These sums are the results of the funds raised in 2010, in addition to which a cheque for £2,000 has been sent to The Masonic Samaritan Fund.
This splendid total is thanks to the brethren and their ladies from the three Provinces who attend and support the two events held each year, namely the Spring Lunch and the Christmas Fayre. Also to the Ladies of "The Gift Fund" and their many helpers.
It is reported by the Treasurer that the lunch on 27th has realised over £2,700 to go into the fund for the year 2011. All thanks to those who attended.
Dates for your Diary:
The 2011 Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 19th November at The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston.
The 2012 Spring Lunch will be held Sunday 25th March at Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath.
Thanking you all once again on behalf of our President Helena Goddard and the ladies of "The Gift Fund"
Valerie Edwards - Chairman
W Bro Spencer Fenn will be giving a colorful presentation titled "Life after the Three Degrees" outlining the many additional Orders associated with English Freemasonry, following the meeting of Aston Manor Lodge 6323 on Tuesday 15th March 2011.
Following the annual Installation meeting of Saint Barbara Lodge 4930, at which W Bro Michael Morris, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, presided, the new Master is W Bro Alan Harwood.
Alan appointed as Senior Warden his twin brother Bro David Harwood, and as Junior Warden his elder brother Bro Reginald Harwood.
Tylers' Workshop - with a difference
Arising from his popular Tylers' seminars which have recently taken place around the Province, W Bro Ian Hart, Provincial Grand Tyler, has responded to the persistent question 'can we have a meeting that is aimed at the general work of the Tyler'?
A seminar will consequently be held on Saturday 12th March at Stirling road, from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, to which every Brother in the Province (including Tylers of course) is invited. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served from 9.30am.
At this meeting Ian will show brethren how to set up a Lodge room should their Tyler become unavailable. It is not aimed at training attendees to become qualified Tylers, but all present will receive a copy of the Tyler's Handbook for reference by themselves or their Lodges.