Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Tylers Perceived at Perception

Oct 20 2014 7:21 PM

Following a hearty breakfast at the Stirling Road Masonic rooms in Edgbaston, members and guests  of the Lodge of Perception 8492 assembled for their regular meeting, opening the lodge at 11.45am.

The main item on the agenda was to receive a paper on “Further Reflections of the 1st Degree”, from the Provincial Grand Tyler, W Bro Ian Hart, who is well known for his informative and enjoyable presentations, as well as his deliveries of the more formal official Orations.

Ian commenced by setting the scene of a builder’s yard occupied by apprentices, craftsmen and master masons, together with the tools of their trade, this being their place of lodgement, suitably secured against unwelcome outsiders. This then led to an interpretation of their training procedures  and an examination of the wording and actions relating to the ceremonial aspects of speculative masonry, concluding with references to the furniture of the lodge and its association with modern terminology.

With time on hand, those present were then treated to a second paper from Ian, “Every Brother is a Tyler”, during which he made many thought provoking observations in support of the need to protect valuable information such as confidential trade secrets, concluding with the suggestion that if in doubt, masons should “keep their lips tyled”!

The Master, W Bro Robin Whitehouse thanked Ian for his splendid presentations, observing that the audience interaction and elements of banter made them particularly entertaining and interesting.

Ian can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


(l-r) Robin Whitehouse, Ian Hart

Best Behavior for Installed Masters

Mar 12 2014 12:49 AM

Those attending the next meeting of Warwickshire Installed Masters’ Lodge 4538 will undoubtedly be showing their best behavior as the guest speaker, VW Bro Graham F Redman will be talking about Masonic Etiquette. VW Bro Graham, who is the Deputy Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, is an engaging speaker with a wealth of knowledge of everything Masonic, well known for his enlightening and entertaining talks and publications.

All  Masons, including Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts are encouraged to attend the meeting, on Monday 31st March 2014, to be held at the Clarendon Suites, Stirling Road, Edgbaston B16 9SB, opening at 6.00pm. The usual festive board will be held after the meeting, dining fee £25 (including wine).

Further details and a summons can be obtained from the Assistant Secretary, W Bro Simon Beckett tel: 01564 823402 or 07831 279074(m) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

100th Anniversary Makes Headlines

Mar 12 2014 5:07 PM

Following the highly successful Centenary Celebration of St Augustine’s Lodge 3713, held at the Redditch Masonic Hall, at which the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey presented the lodge with its Centenary Warrant, a splendid picture and article appeared in the Redditch Standard, courtesy of Bro Ian Dipple, who is the Editor.

The article provides an excellent report from the event and can be seen here

Master Shares Wisdom, Strength and Beauty

Nov 10 2014 7:39 PM

The Master of Birmingham Old Edwardian Lodge 7115, VW Bro Alan Wellan, was supported by W Bro Gerald Grant in the Senior Warden’s chair and W Bro Edward Lloyd–Hughes in the Junior Warden’s chair. He later invited W Bro Don Yetman to occupy the Master’s chair to close the lodge.

Gerald, Edward and Don are the senior Past Masters of the lodge, into which all three of them were initiated. Between them they have achieved a remarkable 157 years in Masonry.

Having being Initiated a mere 39 years ago Alan can only bring the total service up to 196 years!


(l-r) Gerald Grant 45 years, Alan Wellan, Don Yetman 59 years and Edward Lloyd-Hughes 53 years

The Differences that Make the Difference

Nov 23 2014 12:45 PM

Members and visitors at Francis Burgess Lodge 9287 were enthralled by a joint presentation from the Provincial Grand Secretary of Warwickshire, W Bro Christopher Rogers and his counterpart from Worcestershire, W Bo Michael Cole. Entitled “Each Province is Different, and it’s the Differences that make the Difference”, this provided a fascinating insight into the life and times of Provincial Grand Secretaries and all they encounter.

The duologue, which was accompanied by a series of informative and often amusing slides and anecdotes, was preceded by introductions by Chris and Mike, both of whom had entirely coincidentally acquired a crystal ball during the course of their tenure! It included many salient observations, including the misperception that much of their time was spent happily cruising, whereas the reality was more akin to sailing across many rough waters in search of calm seas. Reference to the Monty Python sketch “What have the Romans ever done for us” gave a clear indication of the resolve needed to fulfil the office by our often unsung heroes at the heart of any Province! The sketch can be seen here (possibly after an advert).

Considerable detail and many examples, including Appointments and Promotions, the hidden mysteries of Form P and Internet Candidates, demonstrated the need for skills in patience and tolerance, as well as an ability to recognise the UGLE Book of Constitutions as being a definition of common sense, to be interpreted accordingly.

A question and answer session followed the talk, which confirmed that different Provinces do follow different operating procedures, although as regards important issues there would unlikely to be different answers, with any help required by individual lodges or members being freely and readily available.

The presentation had been arranged by the Master, W Bro Christopher Grove MBE, himself a senior figure in both Provinces, who gave a magnanimous vote of thanks for such an entertaining and educational talk.

Our congratulations go to W Bro Michael, who is to become the next Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Worcestershire.


(l-r) Mike Cole, Chris Grove, Chris Rogers


Sitting on the fence.
Peter Manning, Past Senior Warden of both Provinces,
wearing his Warwickshire Collar, Jewel and Pocket Hankie,
with Worcestershire Apron and Tie!

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ

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The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for freemasons within England and Wales and districts overseas.