Fire Service Ruby Anniversary
On the 11th and 12th May 2012 The Fire Service Lodge 8401 celebrated the 40th anniversary of its consecration. On Friday 11th May at Stratford upon Avon’s Masonic Hall the lodge was honoured by the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey. After personally welcoming the PGM, the master of the lodge, W Bro Gerry Sansom invited him to witness the initiation of Nadhim Zahawi MP.
Gerry Sansom (l) with the PGM
During the risings, the Provincial Grand Master asked for WBro Douglas Edmondson to be brought to him, who he promoted on the spot to the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden. This move was a total surprise for not only an emotional Secretary of 16 years standing, but to the Lodge itself.
Doug Edmondson proudly presenting his Certificate of Promotion
At the festive board it was clear that everyone had enjoyed what the PGM termed ‘a cosmopolitan’ working of the initiation ceremony. In a warm toast to the PGM it was explained that the lodge is made up from members from all over the UK, meeting just four times a year. With no rehearsals it was inevitable that Welsh, Scottish and other Provincial workings would creep in to a stirring ceremony. Whatever is missed in ritual is made up for in enthusiasm and delivery. In his response it was very clear to the members of the Fire Service Lodge that not only was the PGM proud to have the lodge meeting in Warwickshire, but he wholeheartedly supported it.
On Saturday 12th May 2012 a celebration was held at the Draycott Hotel. The Guests of Honour were the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Alan Wellan and his wife Joy. In a splendid evening that was well attended by the brethren and their wives several presentations were made. Most importantly of all was a booklet to all members on the history of the lodge's first 40 years.
(l-r) The Edmonsons, Sansoms and Wellans
First for Elkington Bucks
Some years ago Elkington Lodge 1016 went through a very difficult period, but the hard work and determination of its members resulted in them pressing on with a program of recruitment and retention, the fruits of which they are now enjoying.
During the past five years the Lodge has reached a stage where it now has a team of Officers almost exclusively with light blue aprons (Junior Warden being the only exception), which is a great achievement for them. At his Installation W Bro Gary Roberts became the first of these Brethren to become Master of the Lodge for some time, and he stated how helpful and inspiring the General Lodge of Instruction had been during his Masonic journey.
The well attended Installation meeting was presided over by Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro John Emms, who congratulated the Installing Master W Bro Michael Burman on a delightful ceremony, and praised the Master and Lodge members for their energetic and enjoyable enthusiasm.
Amongst the many distinguished visitors present was Worcestershire Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Raymond Rooke who took great pleasure in presenting the Lodge with an old Past Master's jewel which he had discovered in a bric-a-brac shop during the course of his travels.
(l-r) escorting DC Avtar Panesar, John Emms, Gary Roberts, Michael Burman, Ray Rooke
Food and Fireworks Fun
There just a few places left for the evening meal being held by the Lodge of Warwick 8011 on Saturday July 14th 2012 at Alderson House, to which any others who would like to join in would be welcome. This coincides with the classical music concert and fireworks display at Warwick Castle, so those who wish, after the meal, will be able to take their chairs out into the car park and enjoy the music and firework display.
Full details can be seen here.
Fraternal and Doubly Paternal
The Installation meeting of Etone Lodge 5981, at which the Provincial Grand Master RW Bro David Macey presided, was a very special and well attended evening for the Hawkins family and the Lodge.
Bro Barrie Hawkins was installed as Worshipful Master and then proceded to appoint and invest his two sons Bros Tony and Tim as Senior and Junior Wardens respectively.
(l-r) Tony, Barrie & Tim Hawkins
Fraternal and Paternal
Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Michael Morris took great delight in installing his son Christopher into the Chair of Shenstonian Lodge 5544. Fellow APGM Eric Rymer presided at the meeting, which the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey also attended.
The Lodge, of which Michael was Master in 1999, is closely linked to Solihull School and is a member of the Federation of School Lodges.
(l-r) Michael Morris, Christopher Morris, Eric Rymer, David Macey