Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

We hope that this latest website, which is easily accessible from all types of device, will tell you more about Freemasonry in general and the Province of Warwickshire in particular. Within this Province we have around 4,000 members meeting in 170 Lodges at 17 different locations. This will enable you to find somewhere close to where you live or work.

Freemasonry is a fraternal society that expects a high standard of personal conduct of its members and it promotes Fellowship, Charity and Integrity as well as care and concern for the family and the wider community.

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David F Macey
Provincial Grand Master

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Provincial News

  • Together for Short Lives - £17,000 donation

    Together for Short Lives - £17,000 donation

    The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of £17,000, which has been enthusiastically received by the charity "Together for Short Lives".  This is a charity that helps parents of children with life-shortening conditions to get access to medical care, benefits, housing and other essential services. The latest figures show that there are 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with life-shortening conditions – that is one child in every 270 or one in every school. According to recent research, there are at least 4,493 children aged 0-19 with life-limiting conditions in the West Midlands region alone. Parents who should be devoting their time to the needs of their sick children and other family members may be having to spend a great deal of time dealing with separate organisations in order to access the services they and their children need. Together for Short Lives runs the "Voices for Families" Advocacy Support Service in conjunction with the LawWorks legal charity. The service matches families with legally trained advocates who can offer support including writing letters, presenting claims and applications to local authorities and other agencies and liaising with third parties. Last year the service supported 72 families with specialist legal advice, helping them to resolve complex issues from accessing the right housing to welfare, benefits and support. The grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales, will establish monthly clinics in four children’s hospices around the country, including Acorns Children’s Hospices in the West Midlands. There will also be a helpline for families in distress, and in-depth legal support can be provided for the most challenging cases.   Although the funds were sent directly to Together for Short Lives, John Hayward the Provincial Charity Steward for Warwickshire was pleased to present a certificate to Ms Lizzie Chambers, Development Director for the charity, who was accompanied by Julianne Oliveri-Knight, the Programme Funding Manager. The presentation was made at the Acorns Hospice in Worcester, which will be one of the centres to benefit from the grant. A tour of the hospice also demonstrated the work that Acorns, Lifelites and Together for Short Lives are all doing to help children and families in this sad position, and it was good to be able to reinforce the help that the Masonic Charitable Foundation and Freemasons across the country provide to these charities. John HaywardProvincial Grand Charity Steward  
  • Provincial Junior Grand Warden sees his son raised in Surrey

    Provincial Junior Grand Warden sees his son raised in Surrey

    It is a very special thing for a father to experience the ceremony of his son being raised and the journey to Surrey was not going to be a barrier for our very own Provincial Junior Grand Warden. His son, Nicholas, lives and works near to Surbiton and is a member of the Upper Thames Lodge No 6138 in the Province of Surrey. He was raised to the third degree at Surbiton Masonic Rooms on Monday 6th February 2017 in the presence of his dad. The ceremony was conducted by the Worshipful Master, W Bro Mark Donovan and W Bro John Arnold in an exemplary manner. Also in attendance from the Province of Warwickshire were W Bro Alan Ellis, who has a number of his brothers in the Lodge, and W Bro Peter Clarke.
  • Ladies Gift Fund - Spring Lunch

    Ladies Gift Fund - Spring Lunch

    STAFFORDSHIRE, WARWICKSHIRE and WORCESTERSHIRE PROVINCES  Registered Charity No 519281  There are two areas of activity hosted by the Ladies’ Gift Fund each year. Firstly, The Christmas Fayre held in November and secondly the Spring Lunch held at The Masonic Hall, Kings Heath.  These two events are very well supported by Brethren and Ladies from all three Provinces. This year the Spring Lunch will be held on Sunday 2nd April 2017.  Plans are now being made to make this day live up to its reputation. The lunch will take the form of a three-course salad buffet. There is always an overwhelming demand for places, but due to fire regulations at the venue we are restricted in numbers so please apply for your tickets early.  The ladies of the committee offer our thanks to all who attend or help with these events.  The support given helps us to raise a considerable amount for charity each year. If you are able to offer any items for the raffle we would be happy to receive them via any of our members. Download the application form here.       
  • Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge 2017

    Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge 2017

    The Brethren of Warwickshire and their partners are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge at The Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ on Saturday, 20th May 2017 and should be seated no later than 10.30 am. Please note that this is a unique opportunity which is open to all Brethren within the Province, not just Master Masons. This will be a very special occasion and also a unique opportunity for you and your partners to visit and enjoy Freemasons' Hall. On the day On arrival at Great Queen Street please enter via The Tower Entrance and proceed to the Robing Room to change into your Masonic Regalia. Brethren should then proceed to the first floor to register. You will then be directed to the Grand Temple to be seated. Entered Apprentices, Fellowcrafts as well as Master Masons are invited to attend. Brethren should return the attached application form together with their cheque for dining, if applicable, by Friday, 31st March 2017. Dining numbers are restricted this year and therefore an early response is recommended. Those Brethren appointed or promoted to Acting or Past Provincial Grand Rank have already been notified separately. Dress Code Brethren: Usual Masonic attire with Warwickshire Tie Ladies: Formal daywear, no hats or fascinators Gentlemen (non-masons): Lounge suits with collar and tie   Download the booking form here: Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat PDF format For those without Microsoft Word the PDF document can be opened and printed using the free Abobe Acrobat Reader.
  • £14.2 Million Provided in Support

    £14.2 Million Provided in Support

    Thanks to your generous donations, nearly 4,500 members of the Masonic community have received grants totalling £14.2 million from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) How it breaks down During the last 12 months, the MCF has provided over £14.2 million in support of Masonic families experiencing a financial, health or family need: £2.4 million was given to households in financial distress, who were unable to afford everyday living costs. £2.9 million helped people access the medical treatment, mobility aids, home adaptations, respite care and counselling they need to live healthy and independent lives. £3.8 million helped parents afford IT equipment, course materials, school uniforms and extracurricular activities for their children in full-time education. £5 million was provided to support the RMBI  in funding a range of nursing, residential and dementia care to meet the needs of older people. In the Province of Warwickshire, 56 Freemasons or their family members have benefited from the wide-range of support and services with grants amounting to £213,146. Visit the MCF website to learn more about the range of support available to Freemasons and their family members >>   Gladys   Every year the MCF supports hundreds of widows like Gladys. Their support for a Freemason’s family does not end once he has passed away. Find out how they helped Gladys with her mobility needs >> Bill   They've helped over a thousand people facing long waits for NHS treatment by funding private healthcare.  Read how Bill's cataracts operation helped him stay in touch with the outside world >> The Davies Family   They support families for as long as they need us. "I had no home, no husband and no money. I truly did not know how I was going to cope." Find out how they helped Claire and her four children for 15 years >>   Looking for help or advice? If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call the confidential enquiry line on: 0800 035 60 90 or email: info@mcf.org.uk Read more about the grants for Masonic families at: www.mcf.org.uk/support

Lodge News

  • A Special Day for a Special Brother

    A Special Day for a Special Brother

    It was with very mixed emotions that a presentation took place on Friday 17th February 2017. This was to W Bro Malcolm J Wright, Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden and a holder of the Certificate of Merit. Two members of The General Lodge of Instruction (GLoI), No 587 visited Malcolm at his home in Hockley Heath to present a plaque in memory of his support and attendances as Senior Preceptor over many years at the GLoI. This had been handmade by W Bro Ron Walker of The Lodge of Justice, No 5092 and the picture of the gift above, bears the words: ‘’In Grateful Appreciation to W Bro Malcolm Wright for his support of The General Lodge No. 587 from members past and present ‘’. The pleasure of the visit was tempered by Malcolm’s inability to attend lodge for the foreseeable future, due to failing health. Malcolm is approaching 80 years of age, and lives quietly with his wife Judith who arranged and took the photos with expertise. It is not widely known that Malcolm holds The Silver Matchbox – A Complete Record of all 4 ceremonies, presented by The Emulation Lodge of Improvement for working a Ceremony from the Chair,“without standing in need of prompting or correction”. Subsequent Ceremonies worked as such, get a ‘Scratch’ and the additional engraving then says A Complete Record.No mistakes are permitted in either words or actions, and amazingly only slightly over 120 complete records have been achieved since 1897, to the present day. So Malcolm really is a Special Brother. Once it had been suggested that a memento gift be commissioned, the exact style and form was left to W Bro Walker and judging by the emotional way it was received, it certainly ‘hit the spot’. The donations were oversubscribed in a very short time, and W Bro David Fair [Treasurer], holds the balance in the account to be allocated in the fullness of time. Thanks from the GLoI membership go to all who supported the call for money. Really today was symbolically from The Craft in general, and Warwickshire Masons who have benefitted from Malcolm’s efforts to pass on the enjoyment of the ritual in particular. Further information may be had by contacting the Secretary or Treasurer of The GLoI. Secretary, Geoffrey Stevens: geoffrey.stevens@blueyonder.co.uk TReasurer, David Fair: david@fairfair.plus.com  
  • A daily advancement at the Lodge of Justice

    A daily advancement at the Lodge of Justice

    The Lodge of Justice, 5092 cordially invites Brethren to a special event next Wednesday 15th February 2017 at Severn Street Rooms to hear a talk by The Prestonian Lecturer 2006 on The Victoria Cross as applicable to Masons. This will be given by W Bro Granville Angell MEd BSc BA Royal Navy (Retired) and we are proud to present an evening of Daily Advancement. Car parking code will be advised on receipt of confirmation of attendance. Suggest arrival 5.30pm for 6pm opening. Menu [£22] for the Festive Board is as follows: Cheese & Chive Potato Skins Roast Topside of Beef Treacle Sponge with Custard Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements. For Attendance and Dining please contact: W Bro Geoffrey Stevens LGR, PPSGD (Secretary, Lodge of Justice, No 5092) - Tel: 07709 996787 or Bro T O Haynes - Tel:07463 878019 Email: lodgeofjustice@outlook.com
  • Call to arms brethren - come and visit the Loyal Travellers!

    Call to arms brethren - come and visit the Loyal Travellers!

    The scene is set, bow ties are on and the Loyal Travellers have just completed a sumptuous 4 course dining bonanza with our 20 visitors. Forty-five brethren sit in anticipation of the forthcoming speech as the Junior Warden, Brother Andrew Irving, takes to the dining room floor to give what has become a highlight of the evening … the visitors’ speech. The visitors were greeted by the Brethren in great Loyal Travellers’ tradition warmly, genuinely and sincerely as, led by the words of our Junior Warden, everyone reflected on the evening’s work. Casting our minds back just two hours previously, we realise that Past Masters night is something special at Loyal Travellers lodge when once a year the Past Masters provide a tantalising treat of Masonic ritual, wittiness and word perfect demonstration. Tonight the ‘A Team’ of Past Masters had to be operating at their very best for the forthcoming ceremony of Raising. As the first of three Masters took the chair good humour was established from the outset. A ripple of expectation ensued as the Provincial Grand Master took the role of Junior Deacon watched carefully (and noted for future reference!) by the Visiting Officer W Bro Barrie Ratcliffe. As the degrees passed two further WMs took the Chair with their unique style, both demonstrating enviable standards as they raised Bro Paul Bannister to the Third Degree. Ritual complete, salutes and ceremony over; the Brethren retired to the dining room where the festivities continued. And here we return to where we began each with a glass in hand as Brother Andrew concludes his speech to reflect the sentiment of our lodge: “Brethren, you enter our lodge as our visitors, but you leave as our friends”. Brother Freemasons, I invite you to come and break bread with the brethren of Loyal Travellers, for we can assure you of a fantastic evening, in and out of the lodge room, and a night to remember. So why not come along to the next meeting on Saturday 18th February at 5pm when we shall install Bro Dr Andrew Hardie as our new Master, you will be made very welcome. Bro Simon Bennett Loyal Travellers 2733 meet on the third Saturday of the month at Knowle Masonic Centre normally around 5pm. To receive a summons feel free to contact our Lodge Secretary via email or through our website.    
  • Chevron's 500th and the Black Country Demonstration Team

    Chevron's 500th and the Black Country Demonstration Team

    Chevron Lodge is celebrating it’s 500th meeting on Friday 10th March, 5.30 pm at Knowle Masonic Centre Chevron Lodge No 6021 will be celebrating it’s 500th meeting on Friday 10th March, and will be hosting the Black Country Demonstration Team, who will be demonstratingan Initiation from the Victorian era, and you are cordially invited to attend. There will be a festive board afterwards, which you are also welcome to attend, at a cost of £25.00 (including wine). The menu is:- Cream of Mushroom Soup, Braised Beef and Seasonal Vegetables, Apfel Strudel and Cream, Cheese and Biscuits, Coffee or Tea.Vegetarian Alternatives are always available. If you wish to attend the Lodge Meeting, which opens at 5.30 prompt, please email: chevron6021_secretary@outlook.com Please indicate if you wish to attend the meeting only, or the meeting and the festive board. If staying for the festive board, we will contact you regarding payment. The Charitable Collection for the evening will be donated to the Royal Masonic Benevolent Fund.  
  • Goodluck Lead Mine - Digging Deep into Mining History

    Goodluck Lead Mine - Digging Deep into Mining History

    Good luck for some might be winning the lottery, or finding that you might retire early – but for one Warwickshire Mason it means something entirely different. It’s ‘his’ own mine deep in Derbyshire, not far from Cromford – the Goodluck Lead Mine.    Marked on the hillside by a spoil heap containing 40,000 tons of waste rock the mine is on a site containing the remains of original buildings including a changing area, and powder house. The entrance gives access to 4,000 ft of accessible passage plus an internal shaft 130ft high including ladder ways. Uniquely it has stone stempling or propping of its passages showcasing the skill of the old miners. When the veins of lead were removed the old miners packed waste rock onto stone sections to create a passageway. They represent an enduring work of art – still supporting the roof all these years later, despite having been placed by hand without any lifting gear or cement.  It also has its own ghost – one Gamaliel Hall, who fell down a shaft back in the 1700s. Tools and equipment can move mysteriously, but everyone reckons he’s more a friendly spirit.     Originally driven in 1830 to access much older workings and shafts on the top of the hill, it was open extracting lead and barytes till the 1950s. It was re-opened in the 1970s as a tourist attraction, but was due to close ten years ago, and be lost for ever. W Bro David Barrie of Goldieslie Lodge 6174, Sutton Coldfield fell in love with the mine in 1990 when he first visited. Together with a band of likeminded caving and mining enthusiasts he helped form a club to run it, carrying out maintenance and clearing of the site. It wasn’t an easy task – classed as a ‘working mine’ the mines inspectorate took an interest and had to be appeased. Funds had to be raised for new equipment, cap lamps and safety equipment. And since the intention is to make mining history accessible to all – plenty of tours for tourists and nearby residents. It’s also hosted numerous events, from ghost hunter nights, to practise rescues by local cave rescue.  Unfortunately as the mine is now so extensive the team needed help to find the ‘casualty’ that had been hidden for them!   Now the club has over thirty active members who double up as owners – their rights enshrined in mediaeval Derbyshire law. New passages and workings have been opened up, breaking into other mines on the hillside – meaning that visitors can also abseil in. The mine is now open every first Sunday of the month up to midday, or other times by arrangement for parties. David said “we particularly welcome parties from Lodges who are looking to do something different. We can do tours in the evenings and at weekends, and we often end up at the pub afterwards. We provide all lights, helmets, visitors just have to come wearing warm outdoor wear, and walking boots/gumboots.” Tours generally just involve walking, and there is no crawling or climbing, unless someone feels really adventurous. Location – just off layby on the A5012, just below junction with B5023 Middleton by Wirksworth. Secretary - 07808 326469 Website www.goodluckmine.org  

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