Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Retention Strategy and Exit Planning

Provincial LogoYou will probably be aware of the recent changes to the Visiting Officer scheme which will hopefully improve its effectiveness and speed up the Provincial response to requests for help from Lodges.

As a further improvement to the scheme, the Provincial Grand Master has decided to implement a retention and exit strategy to work in conjunction with the VO scheme to help Lodges identify and retain Lodge members who are at risk of falling by the wayside.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris, PGSwdB, has been appointed to lead the Retention and Exit Strategy Initiative.

This exciting and timely approach will centre around two new structures:

A Retention Team, headed by the Deputy PGM and comprising senior and experienced Masons from various Masonic disciplines to be called upon as and when appropriate. These will include certain senior Acting Provincial Officers, Past Provincial Wardens and representatives from the Education and Development Team, Provincial Lodge Support Team, 5 of 9 Club and such other co-opted members as may be appropriate from time to time.

The Retention team will act on information provided by Lodge Secretaries through two new forms; the Assistance Form and the Exit Form.

When either of these forms is received from a Lodge, the Deputy PGM will assess the content and allocate the most appropriate one of the Retention Team to take whatever action is required. This could be to meet with your Lodge SVO to engage the VO structure, enlist Provincial Support through the Mentor or Almoner or contact the Individual to offer non-partisan support.

It is imperative that Lodges immediately advise the Deputy PGM, through the Lodge Secretary, when a resignation is received, or when a resignation may be imminent.

Celebrate the Tercentenary at Alderson House

Alderson House

The celebration of the Craft Tercentenary is almost over and Alderson House is hosting a very special dinner to celebrate the anniversary, on Saturday 4th November. There are still approximately 12 places available and we invite you to join us.

The evening will comprise of:

  • A drinks and Canapes reception in the Lodge Room.
  • A presentation of the highlights of the Grand Lodge celebration in London, held a few days earlier.
  • A very special 5-course dinner to include soft drinks, table wine and port.
  • Wonderful entertainment by the renowned Maggie O’Hara who has been with us to great success on previous occasions.

For the very special price of £39.00 per person inclusive.

The menu for the evening will be:

  • A Mushroom and Leek Brioche
  • Sole Veronique
  • Rump of Lamb with Seasonal Vegetables
  • Crème Brulee
  • Cheese and Port
  • Coffee and Mints

There will be options available for vegan, vegetarian or other dietary requirements. Please advise me with your response and cheque, using the reply slip below.

The evening will commence at 6.15 pm for the drinks and canapes reception and it is anticipated that carriages will be called at 11.15 pm. Dress code is formal for men and evening/cocktail dress for our ladies.

Do please support our final event, to make this a truly splendid occasion. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 90 so it really is first come first served by Friday 27th. October.

To secure your place please download the attached application form

Local Air Ambulance proudly displays the Tercentenary Logo

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Proudly displays the United Grand Lodge of England Tercentenary Logo

The Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance now has the United Grand Lodge of England Tercentenary Logo firmly affixed to both sides of the helicopter fuselage as shown in the photographs below.

Tercentenary Logo WNAA

The WNAA is strongly supported by the Province of Warwickshire via the Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five initiative, as well as the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association in their annual allocations, and of course by the Masonic Charitable Foundation.  

The PGM and Charity Steward with the WNAA

Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, together with Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward were amongst the first to see the prominent logo displayed, which is there for all to see during rescue missions and publicity opportunities.

All concerned are proud to be associated with the wonderful work carried out by the Air Ambulance Service, and will continue to fully support them in their endeavours.

JBH

 

Yenton Gala Dinner

On Saturday 4th November 2017 Yenton Assembly Rooms will be holding a Gala Dinner to celebrate the completion of our Tercentenary Celebrations.

Tercentenary Dinner

We have great meal planned, we also have the TV celebrity Charles Hanson as an after dinner speaker, a fantastic surprise attraction and a top quality band to dance the night away.
 
Full details of the evening are above together with the main menu below and the booking form is here.
 
Yenton Terc Menu
 
 The vegetarian option is:
  • Sliced seasonal melon
  • Stuffed aubergine with chunky ratatouille and seared goats cheese
  • Rich lemon and raspberry compote served with Chantilly cream and a crisp shortbread biscuit
  • Cheese and biscuits
  • Coffee and mints
Guests should arrive at 5.45pm in time for Dinner at 7.00pm. Carriages are at midnight.
 
The cost is £37.50 per person, which excludes wine.
 
Please note there will be a cash/cheque only facility to purchase wines and soft drinks. No debit/credit cards facility will be available.
 
The closing date for applications is 28th October 2017 which is only four weeks away.
 
So why wait, get your application forms and cheques in as soon as you can to avoid the disappointment of not being able to reserve your places at what will be a night to remember!
  
Regards,
 
The Tercentenary Committee

 

New equipment for Warwick Hospital

Warwick Hospital Physiotherapy Ward

Following the presentation of a much needed piece of equipment, the article below has been posted on the website of the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. The article is reproduced exactly as it appeared, and shows the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David Macey, with W Bro Alan Johnson and W Bro Michael Bolton, both of Jephson Lodge 4336, with “equipment tester” John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward. The staff of the department gave us a very warm welcome, and are delighted with the equipment.

The plaque on the equipment reads ”Provided by the kind generosity of Warwickshire Freemasons”.


Physiotherapy gift from grateful patient

The new leg press presented to Warwick Hospital

The physiotherapy department at Warwick Hospital have received a generous gift of a new leg press machine from a grateful ex-patient.

Alan Johnson received treatment with the pulmonary rehabilitation service in Physiotherapy at Warwick Hospital earlier this year. The pulmonary rehabilitation course helps people manage their lung conditions by increasing overall fitness. Mr Johnson heard that the team needed the new piece of equipment and went on to ask his Masonic Lodge whether they would consider gathering enough funds for the leg press.

 

Upon receiving the leg press, Elizabeth Sullivan, Physiotherapist, said: “This leg press will enable patients to exercise their legs as a way of regaining and maintaining strength and function. It is great that our patients are so generous is helping us to provide the best care.”

Paul Saunders, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, added: “The leg press machine is a great machine to both assess and treat patients with a variety of hip, knee and ankle injuries. This means that we will be using it on a daily basis with patients who attend Warwick Hospital Physiotherapy department.”

Following Mr Johnson’s request, £250 was donated from Jephson Lodge, £200 from the Round Table and £1350 from Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association. The ex-patient and his wife Hilary also donated £200 to make up the £2000 for the leg press to be purchased.

Alan Johnson, commented: “We are very pleased that together with Jephson Lodge, Lodge of the Round Table and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association we have been able to help in acquiring this equipment and hope that it will help treat many physiotherapy patients in the years to come.”

To learn more about fundraising for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, contact 01926 495321 ext. 8049 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ

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