Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Warwick Hospital - Birth & Babies - The New Maternity Unit Appeal

birth and babiesWarwick Hospital wants to ensure women have the choice about where they give birth. To support this, a Midwifery Led Unit is being developed on site at the hospital.  South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust has committed to investing £1.5million at Warwick Hospital to provide a new midwife led birthing unit (MLU) for the local community in South Warwickshire, offering more choice to women and their families, considering where to give birth. 

The development of this new unit commenced in August 2017 and is due to open in Spring 2018. This will be the first in the area and it will benefit families across South Warwickshire and beyond.

The Midwifery Led Birthing Centre will enable expectant parents to have their babies in a comfortable, relaxed, homely environment rather than a more clinical setting. This will complement the full Consultant Obstetric Unit which is also based at Warwick Hospital.

The MLU will have 4 birthing rooms each with ensuite facilities, a family snug, kitchenette, dining room, a therapy room and a triage assessment room.

To ensure the new Midwifery Led Unit is the best it can be there is a £200,000 fundraising appeal. The money raised from this will go towards enhancements that NHS funds can’t provide.

  • Buy special baby cribs and stands, rather than standard plastic cots
  • Provide birthing pools for every room
  • Upgrade furnishings to make the unit feel like a home-from-home
  • Develop a therapeutic room for parents to use 
  • Provision of many other additions to provide the best birthing facilities

The Province has joined with the Lodge of Unity No 567 to donate a total of £1500 to the appeal fund. Pictured below are several midwives with former and future patients, together with W Bro Seb Samperi, Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Unity, with Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Peter Manning, and Provincial Charity Steward, W Bro John Hayward.

 Presentation of cheques from the Lodge of Unity and the Province



Coventry Football Team wears the Provincial Logo

A prime example of a small donation going a long way has been demonstrated by a school in Coventry which now displays the Provincial Logo proudly on its football team shirts.

The head of Physical Education at West Coventry Academy (formerly Tile Hill Wood and Woodlands Academy) approached us for sponsorship in order to facilitate new kits for their football, rugby and basketball teams.

The school has a wonderful history of performing above and beyond expectations in both local, regional and national competitions and there are over 800 young people taking part in sport on a regular basis.  The school is very proud of its achievements and the hard work of a lot of people connected with the school has led to recognition at all levels.

There are many expenses connected with running the school teams and they rely on the support of local businesses and organisations to help them out. The major expense at the current time is paying for new kit in the new school colours and with the new school logo. In return, the school were willing to wear a relevant logo on team shirts and other literature.

School Football team

As can be seen from the photograph, this is the Year Eight football team in the new kit which recently arrived. The Warwickshire logo on the front of the shirts looks great and the students are very pleased and proud to be wearing the kit, emblazoned with our logo.


Lodge of Loyal Service - Christmas Newsletter

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Masonic Charitable Foundation donate £110,000 to support Caribbean relief efforts

Although little publicity has been given to this large donation by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, I thought members should be aware of the support that has been provided after the devastation caused by the hurricanes earlier in the year.


Devastation in the Caribbean

A series of grants totalling £110,000 have been donated to support ongoing relief efforts on islands across the Caribbean, hit hard by this summer’s hurricanes.

The largest grant, of £50,000, will support Plan International UK’s work in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

More than a million people in these countries are still badly affected by the hurricane and are in urgent need of help.

Despite major coverage of the recent hurricanes, the crisis in Haiti and the Dominican Republic has been largely ignored by the media. Haiti in particular has tens of thousands of people still living in makeshift shelters following the devastating earthquake of 2010, the cholera outbreak which followed, and the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew last year.

The grant to Plan International UK will provide food and kitchen kits, clean water supplies, mattresses and bedding and hygiene kits specifically aimed at women and children. There will also be aid to help farmers restore their livelihoods and replacement school items to help children resume their education as soon as possible.

Tanya Barron, Chief Executive of Plan International UK said:

"The media may have moved on but rebuilding takes time. People are struggling to piece their lives back together after the latest in a series of disasters which have devastated these countries. We are hugely grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous grant, which will make a big difference to thousands of people across Haiti and the Dominican Republic."

Caribbean Masonic Districts receive £60,000

Three further grants totalling £60,000 have been awarded to the Masonic Districts of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Turks as well as Trinidad and Tobago, to help people in these areas following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The emergency relief grants will help those living without access to safe shelter, food, drinking water and sanitation.

David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, said:

"The recent hurricanes in the Caribbean have left many thousands of people at risk of malnutrition and disease, some of whom have been largely forgotten.

"I am very pleased we are able to help with Plan International UK’s long-term, life-saving work as well as working directly with the overseas Masonic Districts to assist those in need."


Mike Hailwood Lodge Newsletter 3 - 2017

Mike Hailwood

Brethren, welcome to the Third newsletter of 2017

September 2017 Key Events

15/09/17 Mike Hailwood Lodge Ladies Festival Isle of Man

23/09/17 Special Tercentennial meeting of Mike Hailwood Lodge 9839 at Rugby Lodge Rooms.

24/09/17 Pistons and Props festival at Sywell, Northampton

(Public event not Masonic)

15/09/17 Isle of Man Ladies Festival

Held every two years, this year was a new date, and was greatly enjoyed by all 70 who attended. Our WM had negotiated a super deal at the Sefton Hotel in Douglas. I am sure we all are looking forward to the next visit.

23/09/17 Tercentennial special meeting MHL 9839 at Rugby

Despite last minute issues, the meeting was very successful with a large team of acting and past provincial officers attending. Special thanks to Our own Bro Ian Hart and Bro David Greenwood of Rokeby Lodge for being orators for the superb demonstration ceremony. Our WM was in control with masters of other Rugby lodges taking the key offices for the ceremony. The day was very well attended followed by an enjoyable festive board. A truly memorable occasion which was the result of a great deal of work by all.

A special mention to our Bro Secretary Richard Bache for the huge amount of work he (and our WM) put into making this event so successful.

Also at the meeting, the brethren approved Bro Jason Culverwell as Master Elect for 2018.

What’s happened since the last newsletter ?

MFest at Weston Park.

Greatly enjoyed by all who attended. Bro Andy Hare took his RV for the weekend. A very successful and enjoyable festival.

30 May 2017

I had the pleasure of visiting Tu Felix Masonic Motorcycle Club in Austria, extending it into a full week long touring holiday. Being the first time I have attended a lodge abroad, I did check the lodge was approved by UGLE. The weekend meeting is organised, along the lines of our weekends to the IOM, including excellent accommodation, a lodge meeting in Innsbruck on Friday night, plus guided ride-outs into the local mountains on Saturday and Sunday. The lodge meeting was held in an underground specially built room and music featured heavily in the proceedings. The lodge discipline and ceremony was very strong and impressive, even if much of the workings were in German! A unique experience. Afterwards at the festive board, everyone spoke English, so we could find out what had happened! The social side of the weekend was very good, our hosts very informal and welcoming, with well-planned ride-outs for the 30 or so riders attending if required, or just do your own thing. The weather was very good, and overall I had a very pleasant tour, made special by the masonic experience and comradeship. Next year the meeting will be held in Vienna, with ride-outs planned into Hungary and Croatia! I want to go, so please let me know if you are interested, as I can make this into a tour if required. It is anticipated this will be mid to late May 2018

BOB lodge meeting 22 July at Broadway

The WM was escorted by Bros R Bache, A Hare and myself to a regular meeting held in the Snowshill arms in Broadway. A very different meeting as no doubt you may know …but full of humour and informality. I particularly liked the drawing from a hat the lodge officers for their installation meeting. Our own Bro Ian Hart is a member. A pleasant ride-out both ways with a nice ploughman’s FB. I diverted across rural Warwickshire on the way home, and got pleasantly lost! This is an easy lodge to visit on bikes, and is a good introduction for any brethren who wish to visit a lodge on their bike.

November 10 to 12 Classic Car and Bike show NEC

Following on from the successful stand Bro Andy Hare established last year, this year even more work has gone into the stand. Brethren helped out across the weekend, and reports are that there was great interest in our lodge, including masons and non-masons from all over Europe!

A special thanks is extended to Mike Adams, WM Colin Fox, Paul Banks, Alan McMurray, Richard Fensome and Bob Fellowes for their support in lending their classic bikes for use on the stand. None of this could have happened without the hard work and long hours given freely by Andy Hare. Well done!

Classic Car and Bike show NEC

Members of MHL A group shot of some of many MHL members helping on the stand and even a visit from the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey ! 

Lodge Visits

Autumn is upon us, it is “visiting“ season, and so far the following lodge visits have been reported to me:

Coborn Lodge 1804 21 October 2017

Bro Andy Hare bravely battled solo to ride down to this meeting, and was pleasantly surprised to see Bros Phil and Jason Culverwell also in attendance. Next visit will be 21 April 2018! Coborn continues to be a vibrant and growing motorcycle lodge, and their own style of meeting is well worth a future visit …

St Peters Lodge Market Harborough 26 October 2017

Our second visit to this lodge, held in the middle of Market Harborough. A superb lodge ceremony of passing and festive board. Brethren in attendance- Andy Hare, Jon Pitt, Paul Vernon and Richard Bache. Our WM was unable to join us sadly. Big thanks to Andy who drove us all there.

Rugby Lodges Visiting Schedule-

Attached is the lodge visiting schedule for Rugby, for any wishing to attend. Also note that many Rugby lodges hold special Christmas meetings, and of course some ladies nights in December. Contact our WM for more details as he is a regular attendee.

January 13 2018 Mike Hailwood Lodge Installation

At the September meeting, Bro Jason Culverwell was approved as our master elect for 2018, and this will be his first installation as a master .We all look forward to the first meeting of 2018, which is also the 10th anniversary of the lodge. It would be good if we can celebrate this with a special event or meeting during the year.

If you would like us to feature an event or a social meeting in our newsletter, please contact Bro Secretary Richard Bache who will pass it on to the news team .We welcome input from all the brethren of the lodge.

Finally, an early season’s greetings as this may be the last newsletter of 2017.

Yours sincerely and fraternally
Bro Jon Pitt



(September – December 2017)

Lodge No. Lodge Sept Oct Nov Dec
9420 Compass Rose   24th    
5727 Composite 19th 17th 21st 19th
5945 Darell 27th 25th 22nd  
6442 Dunsmore   13th 10th 8th
8959 Eastfields 6th 4th 1st 6th
9737 Griffin I.M.   31st    
3497 Laurence Sh.   26th 23rd  
9839 Mike Hailwood 23rd      
502 Rectitude 12th 10th 14th 12th
4118 Rokeby 1st 6th 3rd 1st
9754 W. Webb Ellis       2nd

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