The January meeting of Abbey Lodge 432 coincided with temperatures below freezing point, heavy falling snow and many dangerous or even impassable roads. Meetings around the Province were being abandoned, and apologies for Abbey’s meeting were coming in thick and fast.
But this didn’t prevent fifteen of Abbey’s members, and four visitors, braving the elements to attend the installation of Bro Tom Collins as Worshipful Master. Tom also brought with him one of their disabled brethren.
What is quite remarkable however, is that Tom is 86 years old. He has been a Mason for nearly 60 years, having been initiated in Gibraltar, and this is his first time in the chair. The Installing Master was W Bro Rex Perkins, a sprightly 5 years younger!
We wish Tom a wonderful year as Worshipful Master, and a speedy recovery from his recent fall.
Pride in Family Foundation
Coventry Foundation Lodge 4543 saw a three generation occasion when Lewis, Charles Ingram, was initiated by his proud father under the watchful eye of his very proud grandfather.
At an emotional meeting W Bro David Ingram was honoured to initiate Charles into his mother lodge, of which he was Master in 2007, expressing his gratitude to the current Master W Bro David Williams for the opportunity to do so. He also thanked all of the Officers who took part in the ceremony, in particular Charles’ grandfather W Bro John Ross- Barnard JP (Master in 2000) who delivered the Charge after Initiation in a very personal way.
The evening was a great success and a very happy time for all, made even more special by those who attended from near and far, including Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies W Bro Philip Hall and Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies W Bro David Stanford, giving Charles a solid Foundation on which to build his Masonic career in looking forward to the future.
(l-r) David Ingram, Charles Ingram, John Ross-Barnard JP
Members of the Michael Price Lodge 9853 and their guests visited the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, where a collection of ten beautiful and iconic Jaguar Heritage vehicles representing some of Jaguar’s finest sports car and racing history were showing. The vehicles on display are just a small selection from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust’s collection of over 140 classic Jaguar, Swallow, SS, Daimler and Lanchester cars
The Provincial Grand Master RW Bro David Macey with his wife Sandra, and Past Assistant PGM W Bro Roger Mac and his wife Freda, are pictured standing behind a 1954 Jaguar D Type. Both the PGM and Roger are Founder Members of the Lodge, all of whom are Jaguar enthusuasts, Roger being the Immediate Past Master.
A compilation of film clips charting Jaguar's competition history from the late 1940s with the XK 120 through to the 1990s with the XJR-14, including the seven Le Mans 24 hours victories and three World Sportscar Championships can be watched here
(l-r) Freda & Roger Mac, David & Sandra Macey
Severn Street Invitation to Gentlemen
Athol Lodge 74 are hosting a Combined Gentleman’s Evening on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 for all potential/prospective candidates. It is supported by the Lodges and other Orders which meet at the Severn Street Masonic Hall and is an initiative to help all, but especially gentlemen to feel less intimidated and more relaxed at an evening into the unknown.
A presentation about freemasonry will be given by Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Nigel Bister, as well as a history of the Severn Street rooms and case studies. These will be followed by a two course meal which costs £16 (inc wine).
A leaflet with full details can be seen here.
St Andrew Ruled by Chelsea Pensioner
Lodge members and visitors travelled from all over the country to attend the Installation meeting of the Lodge of St Andrew 4056, held at the Clarendon Suites in Birmingham, when W Bro Mike Shanahan, SBStJ, was proclaimed after being duly elected by the members to become Master for a second consecutive year. Whilst this in itself is not unique, it was the first time in the Lodge's history that they have had such a proclamation, which was delivered in extended form.
What did make the occasion very special however was that the Worshipful Master had taken up residence at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, earlier in the year, and attended wearing his beautiful 'Scarlets' and peaked cap.
Having joined the Army as a 14 year old Boy Soldier, seeing active service and being blown up in an incident, Mike lost much of his hearing and was pensioned off. He subsequently took employment with the Ambulance Service but kept contact with the Army as a Territorial Army Major, and was subsequently given the rare appointment as a Serving Brother of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, for his work in the field of First Aid.
After learning that Mike is a bagpipe enthusiast and joined the West Midlands Police Pipe Band as a Piper after qualifying through service as a Special Constable, the Presiding Officer, Provincial Grand Master RW Bro David Macey let slip that he has Scottish heritage on his mother's side and is entitled to wear the family tartan.
(l-r) David Macey, Mike Shanahan