Tudor Rose Granddaughter
On learning that the Granddaughter of one of the support service staff at the Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield meeting rooms had been diagnosed with bone cancer, Tudor Rose Lodge 5660 decided to express its concern by sending her gift tokens.
The letter received from her in reply can be seen here. Personal details have been removed to preserve anonymity.
Unity Cuts to the Chase
The Lodge of Unity 567 have organised a masonic Charity Ball on Saturday 10th November at Ettington Chase Hotel near Stratford upon Avon in order to have a great time whilst raising money for their Worshipful Master's very worthwhile cause, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
All brethren, their friends and families are cordially invited to attend, and will be well looked after at what promises to be an excellent night out at a great location with superb live entertainment.
Full details can be seen here.
New Happiness Website
The Lodge of Happiness 7952 has launched a new website. The site has been created with the simple aims of publicising the Lodge, explaining what Freemasonry is all about and encouraging new members to join.
Commenting on the launch, Derek White, the Worshipful Master, said: "We believe that our new website is both interesting and informative and sets new standards in terms ease of use. It will show the wider public what our values are and let them know about the good work Freemasons do to help those less fortunate than ourselves”
"In launching the site, we are also issuing an open invitation to men of all faiths, who would like to develop themselves in a supportive, friendly environment, and help society in the process, to find out more about our Lodge and about Freemasonry in general.”
He concluded by noting "Our Lodge certainly lives up to its name; you won't find a happier place to become a Mason."
The website includes information about the Lodge of Happiness and Freemasonry in general. In addition there is information about the charitable work Masons do to help those in need and why Freemasonry is so relevant in today’s society.
Anyone who would like to approach the Lodge with a view to joining is welcome to make contact via: www.lodgeofhappiness.org.uk, or by telephoning Alastair on 0845 474 7952.
Lodge of Stability 8667 will be celebrating the 60 years in Freemasonry of W Bro Henry Walker Holmes, PGStB, PProvSGW, at Yenton Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 4th October 2011.
There will be a special presentation by the Provincial Grand Master to recognise this milestone.
Brethren from other Lodges are very welcome to attend, please contact the Lodge Secretary W Bro Marcus Ward.
75 year old attends Grand Lodge University Conference
The University of Birmingham Lodge 5628, which was consecrated on 31st October 75 years ago, was the second to join the ever increasing ranks of the University Scheme, initiated by the Assistant Grand Master, RW Bro David Williamson in 2005, the first being Apollo University Lodge 357 of Oxford. Details of the Scheme can be seen at www.ugle.org.uk/how-to-become-a-mason/university-section/
The Master of the Lodge W Bro Ron Parker, accompanied by hard working Secretary W Bro Clive Neal-Sturgess attended a conference at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London held specifically to discuss the progress and possible improvements of the scheme. Most of the 40 or more participating Lodges were represented.
They were personally greeted as representatives of their Lodge by the Assistant Grand Master and co-ordinators of the scheme, including W Bro Stephen Tucker, whose comments about how well they were performing in their role were taken very kindly.
Ron and Clive were introduced to the Grand Secretary, RW Bro Nigel Brown after his introductory speech to the delegates, and took the opportunity to have a photographic record made whilst standing in front of the Grand Master’s Chair on the dais in the Grand Lodge Temple.
The Lodge celebrates its 75th Birthday at its 300th meeting to be held at The Clarendon Suites, Stirling Road, Edgbaston on Monday 28th November at 5.30pm.
All masons, whether linked to the University through education or work, or just keen to visit, are cordially invited to attend the meeting at which there will be a double raising ceremony and a presentation to the Lodge of masonic artefacts from a Cheltenham Lodge.
(l-r) Clive Neal-Sturgess, Nigel Brown, David Williamson, Stephen Tucker, Ron Parker