Provincial Grand Installed Master
On a day when temperatures were more akin to the Mediterranean in the middle of August, rather than the UK at the end of September, Warwickshire freemasons flocked to the Provincial Headquarters in Edgbaston for a very special occasion.
This was the Installation of RW Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master, as Master of the Warwickshire Installed Masters' Lodge 4538.
It was an action (and brethren) packed meeting which included a variety of delightful elements and surprises.
Following the preliminary routines the retiring Master, W Bro Roger Mac, gave a hearty welcome to eleven new members, after which he thanked his Officers for their support. He then installed the PGM as Master of the Lodge in a particularly sincere and dignified manner, for which he was thanked by VW Bro Alan Wellan, Deputy PGM
After the investiture of the new Lodge Officers, and the presentation of an IPM Jewel to retiring Master Roger, the new Master presented the brethren with an inspiring and thought provoking address titled Communicating our love of Freemasonry in which he stressed the importance of doing such with non-masons in a clear and concise manner. He referred to the initiatives and progress being made by Grand Lodge, hoping this will help us all become more articulate ambassadors for the Craft.
The WM also gave guidance outlining best practise as followed by the most successful Lodges in our Province, and strongly advised finding time for using the Masonic Lectures, which the Provincial Support team would be able to offer. He also referred to the initiative being led by the Duputy PGM to support small Lodges, and concluded by reminding us that our future is dependant upon attracting and retaining good quality candidates, our aim always being to make sure we enjoy our Freemasonry.
A transcript of the address can be seen here. Communicating our love of Freemasonry.pdf
The Deputy PGM thanked the WM for his passion, enthusiasm and encouragement.
W Bro Trevor Sturt, 2012 Festival Director, implored brethren to sponsor the transatlantic crossing being made by Bro Stuart Reed of Trinity Lodge 254 in November, proceeds going to the Festival, and to attend the 2012 Spring Harmony Concert being held next 25th March in the acoustically superb surroundings of Bedworth Civic Hall (where the CBSO make their recordings), again, all proceeds going to the Festival. He then proceeded to present sixteen mauls to Lodges having reached their Festival target, which with two further Lodges receiving theirs shortly brought the total number having so far done so to a splendid 101.
Before the meeting closed, the WM attended upon W Bro Harry Owen, thanked him for his greatly appreciated ongoing efforts in promoting and selling Provincial merhandise, which had recently enabled the purchase of two new organs, and presented him with the Brass Plaques which would be attached to the instruments recording this ahievement.
A magnificent portrait of RW Bro David Macey was then unveiled, and received with acclamation by the brethren of the Lodge, which had commisioned the work. The portrait will hang above the Warwick Suite.
Senior Warden W Bro David Butcher (l) and Junior Warden W Bro John Hayward with the portrait.
The Provincial Grand Charity Steward W Bro Tony Newby attended the Presentation of Awards ceremony of the St John Ambulance, West Midlands County, Solihull & South Birmingham Sector at Shirley, where he presented a Bicycle on behalf of Warwickshire Freemasons.
The Bicycle was obtained with the donation made by the WMCA to Warwickshire St John Ambulance earlier this year. It is fitted with extensive emergency equipment and will be used to quickly reach those in need of help in situations such as pedestrian only areas, marathon runs, large events, etc.
Tony Newby (l) presenting the specially equipped, high visibility bike
Service of Remembrance
Over 150 freemasons, their families and friends, together with several past and present members of the armed forces and youth groups gathered for the annual Service of Remembrance held at The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston. Members of the Royal Arch Lodge Representatives' group, as well as enthusiasts from the Jewels of the Craft Study and Collectors Circle, all of whom were meeting in the building that morning, also attended.
The congregation was greeted by the Provincial Grand Master RW Bro David Macey, who observed that he was the first PGM who had not experienced active service since the Second World War. He had throughout his teaching career always been determined to ensure that younger generations were made fully aware of the unselfish sacrifices made by those who were being remembered, and trusted that this would long continue.
This moving Service, which commenced with messages from five different faiths, was conducted by the Provincial Grand Chaplain W Bro John Cowan and Provincial Assistant Grand Chaplain W Bro Paul Wheeler. The Bugle player was W Bro Norman Blackburn.
Wreaths and tributes were placed by the PGM and other senior members of the Province, as well as leaders of different orders and several other groups from the congregation, spanning several generations, including former and present servicemen who are members of Lodges in Warwickshire.
(l-r) W Bro Ian McCloskey, W Bro Ken Wilkinson, W Bro Paul Wheeler, Bro Senior Aircraftsman Adam Wills, W Bro Stuart Cappell, Bro Major Steven Reynolds, W Bro Lynn Harris, W Bro Raiff Burton, W Bro Harry Hunjan, W Bro John Cowan, W Bro Sailesh Panchmatia together with members of the Cubs.
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The Directors of Athol Masonic Buildings Ltd
Shouts at the Television
One of the most senior members of the Province, W Bro David Old, was honoured to receive his 50 years Service to Freemasonry Certificate from RW Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master.
This momentous occasion took place at David's Mother Lodge, Perseverance 4622, of which he was Master in 1975 and 1990.
W Bro David Old (r) with the Provincial Grand Master
In the course of a relaxed and informative repartee between David and the PGM (during which at times it was difficult to determine who was leading the conversation!), David's extensive involvement with freemasonry was unveiled. In the Craft, this included service as Provincial Grand Secretary for five years, and subsequently as Assistant Provincial Grand Master for six years.
During this time he was also very active in the Holy Royal Arch, being Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies for five years, after which he held office as Third and Second Provincial Grand Principal, subsequently becoming Deputy Grand Superintendent in 2006, from which office he will retire in June.
David is also a member of several other orders and Masonic activities, all of which he supports enthusiastically, in many of which he holds senior positions.
Having qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, David became Assistant City Treasurer at Birmingham City Council and subsequently Head of Financial Services at Birmingham International Airport PLC, as well as acting as a Consultant to major firms within his profession.
His main hobby is Rugby football, although his participation is now restricted to being relegated to shouting at the television set and from the Clubhouse Bar! He was the Skipper and President of Handsworth Rugby club and Treasurer for 20 years. He enjoyed winter sports and skiing in Austria, now a far off dream.
David is married to Jan, they have 3 daughters and are proud grandparents of Eleanor, Adam and Isabelle.