Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Hundreds attend funeral of Battle of Britain pilot


Ken Wilkinson

The service was held in St Alphege Church in his home town of Solihull on 8th September 2017, with dozens lining the streets outside to pay their respects. W Bro Wilkinson’s coffin was carried into the church draped in the British flag, whilst a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire cascaded through the sky above.

W Bro Wilkinson was one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots and was described as “a true gentleman” by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

Those present included Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon, representing The Prince of Wales, as well as senior military commanders of the Royal Air Force and members of the Royal British Legion.

W Bro Ken was an Honorary member of the Warwickshire Royal Air Force Lodge, Frankley Beeches Lodge (Worcestershire), Grosvenor Chapter and also of the Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge and Warwickshire First Principals Chapter.   Until his later years he had been a very active Freemason in both Warwickshire and Worcestershire, and held the rank of PProvSGW in both.

W Bro Wilkinson died on 31st July 2017 at the age of 99.


Warm Welcome at new Master and Wardens’ Seminar: 2020 Vision

2020 Vision

2020 Vision – The Future of My Lodge

The first group of Masters and Wardens to attend the new 2020 Vision – The Future of My Lodge presentation met at Severn Street on Monday 4th September with 25 Masters and Wardens attending. This was the first of 16 presentations being held over a two week period in Masonic Centres throughout the Province aimed at all WMs and Wardens who have been personally invited to attend by the Provincial Grand Master.

The Seminar was opened by Asst PGM Peter Manning who welcomed all present, and confirmed the aim of the presentation was to focus on following up the Three Year Plan initiative launched to Lodges in 2015 by encouraging the Masters and Wardens to revisit their Plans, rethink how they want the Lodge to move forward and to adapt their Plan for a further three years and secure the future of their Lodge.

Peter then introduced the members of the Education and Development Committee who would run the event, Mike Hogarth and John Handley, who led the presentation in a lively and engaging style.

The aim of the presentation was to share best practice and encourage and motivate the brethren present to focus on developing, with the Lodge members involved and with a shared commitment, an updated, effective Three Year Plan which covered the key areas within a Lodge and would ensure its continuing success – Succession Planning, Recruitment, Retention, Re-engagement, Mentoring and Social Media and Communication.

The attendees were encouraged to relate the suggestions made in the content to their own Lodges and consider how their current practices can be enhanced and improved, to implement some of the initiatives outlined after discussion involving their Lodge members and where appropriate change how the Lodge operates.

Finally, Peter Manning thanked them all for coming and hoped that they would share some of the best practice ideas outlined with their Lodge members, seek their commitment to try something new and instil in them a determination to ensure their Lodge will prosper.

The feedback was positive and the key messages well received by all attendees.

The Warwickshire results are in

Edwards Trust
Edwards Trust
Once again, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the MCF Community Awards by voting and encouraging their friends and families to vote.

The six charities nominated in Warwickshire received a fantastic amount of support from their local communities and we are pleased to announce the following results:


Congratulations to Edwards Trust who received the most votes in Warwickshire and have secured a grant of £25,000!


The Stonehouse Gang has been awarded a grant of £15,000


Birmingham Crisis Centre has been awarded a grant of £6,000


Birmingham Settlement has been awarded a grant of £4,000


FastAid Birmingham and Solihull has been awarded a grant of £4,000


Tiny Tim's Children's Centre has been awarded a grant of£4,000






Famous Five Initiative - aiming for our target

Famous Five
Famous Five
Launched by the Provincial Grand Master at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in May 2013, the ‘’Famous Five’’ initiative has achieved a great deal since the first donations were made in July 2014. After the first year, amounts totalling £40,733 were donated to the four non-Masonic Charities.  In 2015, a further £37,500 was donated followed by £35,000 in 2016.

The ‘’Famous Five’’ has been incredibly well supported by the majority of Warwickshire Lodges since it was launched in 2013. The announcement has now been made that the 2023 Masonic Charitable Foundation Festival will be launched on 15th January 2018. The Famous Five will therefore conclude at the end of 2017, so that the emphasis from then on will be firmly focussed on the Festival. It is my hope that by its conclusion at the end of 2017, the target of £150,000 for the Famous Five Charities will have been achieved.

Donations made at present total as follows:

Acorns Children’s Hospice £30,000
Birmingham Children’s Hospital  £30,000
Midlands Air Ambulance £15,000
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air ambulance £15,000
St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick £24,346
Awaiting distribution £24,000
Total £138,346

This means that in the remaining period, I am looking to achieve just under £12,000, which I know is a lot to expect, but I am hoping that our £150,000 target will be achieved with the help of every Lodge. I would ask that every Lodge makes a donation during that period, of at least one charity collection, or a donation from Lodge funds if preferred. I am sure we can rely on the generosity of all Warwickshire Lodges to help us meet this target.

John Hayward
Provincial Charity Steward
September 2017


Single & Double Flats available at Reading Court

Reading Court is a Sheltered Housing Scheme run by the Masonic Housing Association and is situated a short distance from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon. The scheme has 32 single and 13 double flats, each with a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom; there is a resident Warden and all the flats are fitted with an emergency pull cord.

Single and Double flats will soon be coming available in this beautiful location, with lounge, kitchen and bathroom with shower in Sheltered Accommodation.

Reading Court, Tiddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7SA

Single and Double flats will soon be coming available in this beautiful location near to Stratford. With lounge, kitchen and bathroom with shower in Sheltered Accommodation.

Resident manager, central heating, communal lounge, laundry and social club, shared maintained garden, lift. Car Parking and Mobility Scooter Garaging

Minimum age 60. Weekly rent £144.91 single and £155.56 double (this includes £10.65 and £11.15 supplement respectively per week for some staff and services which is not eligible for Housing Benefit). 

Landlords: Masonic Housing Association.

Contact the Scheme Manager, Pam Jowers for further details and application form – 01789 297301 or David J Bateman on 01386 792856

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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