Bats for Cubs
The Wilson Stuart Cub Pack, which is a pack especially for disabled youngsters based in Erdington, Birmingham, received a welcome visit from the Charity Steward for the Lodge of Faith and Hope 4772, W Bro Roger Chapman, who had presented them with £400 from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association and a further £150 from the Lodge.
There were 12 cubs present and everyone had a great time playing games. The huge bats pictured were purchsed from the donations, and greatly excited the cubs as it was the first time ever that they were able to hit a ball with them.
Many of the youngsters are in wheelchairs, and all have severe disabilities. The Lodge has supported this group for many years, and will continue to do so, and is grateful for the Province's additional help.
Roger Chapman (centre) with a delighted Arkela and her Assistant
Blast from the Past
All Warwickshire Masons are invited to attend a unique presentation by the renowned Masonic Historian and Raconteur Robert G Russell, author of "The History of Freemasonry in Warwickshire" et al. The talk includes a series of rare audio recordings of interviews with former Provincial Rulers.
It will be delivered after the meeting of the Chapter of Fortitude No 43 at The Clarendon Suites on Tuesday 14th February 2012, at 6.30pm.
Visitors who are Royal Arch Companions are very welcome to attend the short Chapter meeting (5.15 for 5.30pm opening) if they wish, and all other Craft visitors to the presentation at 6.30pm. Dinner will be served at 7.45pm for those who wish to partake and will include further anecdotes and answers to questions.
Bostin Time fer St Augustine
St Augustine's Lodge 3713 invite all masons to their meeting at the Redditch Masonic Hall on Wednesday 7th November 2012, where the Black Country Lodge Demonstration Team will be delivering their popular presentation.
Full details can be seen here
Burns Night Meeting in Warwick
The Lodge of Warwick 8011 is holding its Annual Burns Night Supper, following a short Lodge Meeting, on Wednesday 11th January 2012 with a 6pm start. It will be a Gentlemen’s Evening and all Masons and their friends are cordially invited.
The Supper, complete with Piper, will take the traditional format with the Address to Haggis, Address to the Skin and a Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robbie Burns.
The Menu is:-
Cock a Leekie Soup
Haggis, Tatties and Neaps (with a wee dram)
Blade of Beef and Seasonal Vegetables
Coffee and Mints
The meal will cost £20 per head.
Bro Stuart Reed of Trinity Lodge 254 and his crew raised a splendid £3,300 in sponsorship from their participation in the 26th Atlantic Rally fro Cruisers. Here is Stuart's "log".
16 DAYS IN THE ATLANTIC.
After 7 months of preparing Elphin 11 for an Atlantic crossing, and sailing her 2,700 nautical miles from Turkey to the start line in Gran Canaria we were excited about the event, which started on November 20th 2011 at 1300 hours. We were fortunate to cross the start line second out of 220 boats all trying to cross at exactly 1 o’clock, however it did take us 36 hours to settle down to the job in hand.
We found it surprising how quickly such a large fleet all going to the same destination could disappear from sight thus giving us a isolated feeling. Our briefing for the rally, was to leave Gran Canaria to starboard travel South until the butter melted, then turn right for St Lucia rounding North side to port! (straight line distance 2700 nautical miles) Somehow we managed 3186 nautical miles & blamed it on the butter not melting quick enough!
The adventurous side was 200,000 ton tankers disappearing in the swell & accelerating our own speed to a frightening 17 knots. As one young helmsman said ‘you cannot beat surfing a 12 ton yacht at that speed’
From the Marine life side came whales with curious young coming within 10 yards of our boat, flying fish trying to hitch a ride on our decks, and even gaining access to the salon through the hatch, just missing the frying pan. One day we were fortunate enough to catch a very large & tasty Dorado fish which kept us fed for two days.
One of our more disappointing days was losing our very powerful spinnaker overboard. This piece of equipment is equivalent to 42 double bed sheets & takes a great deal of skilful handling. Unfortunately we had overstepped the mark to which the boats morale went into mourning. However we fortunately had another on board regaining a happier atmosphere.
An interesting part of the challenge was keeping provisions for 6 hungry crew, over a voyage that might last for a month. Fresh fruit and vegetables were particularly difficult as the temperature & humidity climbed. The worst concern was when we lost the use of the generator thus disabling our ability to make fresh water & keep perishables refrigerated, however needs must, and we rectified this problem (no easy task in mid Atlantic). The one thing we could not fix was the wind which disappeared 36 hours out from St Lucia (our destination) Here we had to resort to the iron topsail (engine) as did most of the others in the fleet. After 16 days 5.5 hours we were all very relieved and thankful to be the 53rd boat to cross the finish line safely.
On contacting my wife I was very surprised to hear of the interest that this trip had generated and me and the crew of Elphin 11 thank most sincerely the brethren for their support and generous donations.
All that remains is to get Elphin 11 back into familiar waters, however this will probably be .........another story.
Mid Atlantic and a bit of a lilt!
Stuart plotting the charts
All safely ashore