Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

The Masonic Paper Competition 2017/18

Education and DevelopmentAs part of the Development and Education Committee, we are continuing to set up a central database of papers written by members of our Lodges, and which can be drawn on by all. This will be in addition to continuing to deliver Orations.

The Development and Education Committee is chaired by Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Peter Manning. We have had some wonderful papers submitted over the last two years and, I am looking for further interesting papers this year.

As I am sure you are aware, there are two silver cups available to the winners, one to keep and the other to return after 1 year. There are two categories also, one for Brothers below the Chair and the other for W Brothers. The committee has decided that new papers be sent to me in the first instance to collate and, through our Communications Officer, update the database. I would therefore welcome any submissions you may have whether these are old or new.

Papers can easily be sent to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date is 30th April 2018. The papers are adjudicated by the Orations team and myself with the winners announced at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in May of next year. They will also be able to present their papers to an Installed Masters Lodge meeting later in that year as last year’s winners will this year. If they prefer I would happily deliver them on their behalf.

To give you a few ideas, the following may encourage you to put pen to paper! I have selected 10 categories which you may wish to consider as areas of research. The internet is a great source of material. A 20 minute delivery time would be perfection!

  1. 300 Years of English freemasonry and beyond.
  2. Freemasonry during the Second World War.
  3. The development of today’s lodge room and its furniture.
  4. Masonic etiquette.
  5. The bible and freemasonry (e.g. Chronicles and Kings).
  6. Famous freemasons over the years.
  7. The Three Grand Masters, their lives and background.
  8. How foreign English Lodges developed, where and why (e.g. Naval Lodges in the Commonwealth)
  9. 960 BC – what was happening?
  10. The Priory of Zion and its relationship to today’s freemasonry.

Do have a go, you will find it more interesting than you think!

Yours sincerely and fraternally


W Bro K Marchington PAGDC

A Feast of Masonic Ceremonial

Monolithos Lodge

For brethren who love their Masonic ceremonial and want to see not just one but two live ceremonies, then Monolithos Lodge 8475, who meet in Leamington Spa is the place to be on 5th October. They will be performing a Raising and a Passing ceremony on the same evening.

The lodge will open at 5:30pm sharp under the guidance of the Worshipful Master, our Provincial Grand Sword Bearer, W Bro Trevor Siddall. A lodge well known for the quality of their ceremonies and fun at the Festive Board there can be no finer place to be on that evening.

For those wishing to attend contact Chris Walton on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a place.

Please support the Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre

This year’s Ladies gift Fund Christmas Fayre takes place on Saturday 25th November at Lindon House, Wolverhampton, as shown on the poster below – your support for this event is encouraged.

Admission Tickets have been addressed to the Charity Steward of each Lodge and have been given to representatives meeting at each Masonic Centre, except for a few which have been posted direct to the Charity Steward, where a Lodge meets at a non-Masonic centre.  Please will all Lodges sell the tickets to members and friends, and send a cheque to the Ladies Gift Fund Treasurer.  A return envelope is  included with the tickets.   If ticket sales are low, a donation in lieu of sales would be appreciated from each Lodge.

The Ladies would very much appreciate a good attendance of members and friends from each Lodge – you can be assured of a very warm welcome on the day.  Tickets can also be purchased on the day.

If any Lodge has not received tickets, please contact John Hayward in the Charity Office, who will be pleased to assist.

All profits from the event are given to Masonic charities and the three Provinces. 

Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre

Gary rides for the QE Hospital

Lodge of Peace and Harmony

My name is Gary Hulme and I am a Member of the Lodge of Peace and Harmony. I have an auto immune disease and my health has not been great for many years and in particular the last six months.

I have received fantastic support from our National Health Service so I have decided it is time for me to give something back.

On Sunday 24th September 2017, together with 14,999 other cyclists I shall be cycling in the inaugural Velo Birmingham, a closed road event.  I will be riding 100 miles from Birmingham, passing through Staffordshire and Worcestershire via Sandwell and then back to Birmingham. This is a tough event, with some hard hills to climb 1,754m of pain.

Because of my health this has amplified the difficulty of this challenge. My training for this has not gone to plan, however I am determined to ride the full 100 miles.

I will be riding for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, to support injured Servicemen and Servicewomen and their families. The amazing work that the QE Hospital does for injured Service Personnel and their families is far beyond the scope of the usual NHS work and rely on charitable funding to continue.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity supports patients and families at one of the UK’s largest hospitals, including wounded UK Military Personnel and children with cancer. From ground breaking research to world-leading cancer equipment, the Charity provides ‘added extras’ that go over and above what the NHS can fund.

Please donate if you can, the QE needs charitable funding to continue all of the excellent work it undertakes. For all the QE patients past present and future help me to contribute to this wonderful hospital.

You can help Gary raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page -

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association is pleased and proud to support the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. We wish Gary the best of luck in the ride, and a return to good health to follow.


Cheers!... from the Five of Nine Club

BeerWe all enjoy a nice ale, but have you ever wondered how it gets from field to tap?

If so come and join us on Saturday 30th September for our brewery tour and a social event being held at the Two Tours Brewery, Gunmakers Arms, 93 Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HG.

The tour will start at 3pm and will last approximately 2 hours where a guide will give us an informative talk on the ales that it produces.

Even better and included in the price will be the opportunity to try the ales. You will be issued with 4 free tokens (half pint each) to be used during the tour.

And to soak up the free ale, a small pub lunch will be provided included with the price (menu to follow).

There will also be the opportunity to purchase some of your favourite ales.

The price for this fantastic tour will be £22 per person which includes:

Brewmakers ArmsEntry into the brewery and tour lasting nearly 2 hours.

Four free half pint tokens to be used during the day.

Small pub lunch.

This event is limited to 25 attendees and is open to both family and friends and will prove to be very popular so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Unfortunately children will not be allowed to attend this event.

The Two Towers Brewery, Gunmakers Arms is just a few minutes walk from Snow Hill Station or a ten minute stroll from Birmingham City Centre. There is also plenty of car parking within the nearby numerous car parks.

A menu will be provided upon booking so you can choose in advance what food you would like (including any dietary requirements).

For those who then wish to partake in more liquid refreshment after the tour then we will continue our socialising at The Jekyll and Hyde and then into Colmore Row.

Please see our website for details on how to book


Contact Us

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


For Masonic enquiries:
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Tel: 0121 454 4422

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