Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

All Welcome to Ladies Festival

Lodge of Loyal Service 5890 extend a cordial invitation to all freemasons, their ladies, families and friends, to their Ladies Festival to be held at the fabulous Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, on Saturday 11th July 2015.

Full details can be seen here

LS Ladies Festival 2015 FLYER V2

Cash Coughed Up for Hospital Machine

Cash Coughed Up for Hospital Machine

Reported widely in the local press, a “Cough Assist Machine” has been presented to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, following months of fund-raising headed by W Bro Bill Roberts, a Past Master of the Doric Lodge 4167. The machine, which relatively few hospitals possess, is to help patients who suffer from a condition called Myasthenia Gravis – the machine helps to discharge lung secretions where the muscles around the lungs are weakened. The machine will help a variety of patients suffering from broncho-pulmonary conditions, both those attending the Redditch hospital and other surrounding areas of Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Many Warwickshire Lodges, together with both the Craft and Mark Provincial Grand Lodges of Warwickshire have contributed to the funds required for the purchase of the machine.

The Freemasons Grand Charity in London (FGC) and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association both make donations on an annual basis to many registered charities throughout the country.

For at least 30 years, the FGC has provided dedicated annual support to vulnerable people, medical research, hospitals and hospice services and many other organisations in England & Wales. Over £120 million has been donated by the FGC to charitable causes since 1981. The FGC is funded entirely by freemasons and their families.

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, operating independently from the FGC, donates funds from Freemasons in Warwickshire and the West Midlands to Registered Charities in the immediate area. Many individual Masonic Lodges will make their own donations, however the central fund of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire has been pleased to assist in this worthy cause. Freemasons from throughout the Province are pleased to support registered charities, and both the hospital and the Myaware charity www.myaware.org are fully qualified to receive this support, which will be of benefit to the hospital and its patients.

Well done to Bill, for all his efforts in co-ordinating this exercise, whilst coping with the condition.

Pictured with the machine are (l-r) front row: Bill & Sheila Roberts, Lynn Dale (Respiratory Matron at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust); back row: Warwickshire masons John Hayward (Provincial Charity Steward), Derek Griffin and Mike Saxon (Deputy PGM and Provincial Secretary of the Warwickshire Mark Master Masons) with Alexandra staff Amy Hawkins, Amy O'Hare and Joanna Richards

700th Conundrum for Goodwill

At its 700th meeting, members of the Lodge of Goodwill 3899 were surprised to note that their centenary would not be until 2019. However, as they now hold six meetings a year (previously seven) and have done so for a number of years, their centenary meeting in April 2019 will be their 725th meeting (or thereabouts, either the lodge's founders and predecessors having been extra busy, or someone having miscounted!)

700th conundrum for Goodwill group photo

W Bro Mike Hodkinson read the minutes from the the consecration meeting, and the celebrations included both a commemorative cake, made by Treasurer W Bro David Wright's wife, and a bottle of Black Square ale from the Black Sheep brewery for everyone present, all consumed on the night

The cake topper was made of rice paper, courtesy of ebay, with David's intimate knowledge of real ales ensuring an appropriate one for the party!

700th Conundrum for Goodwill Cake

Schola Warwicensis Educates Again

The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey has recently started a new initiative of a monthly visit to private lodges, which gives him a chance to see a more ‘normal’ meeting rather than the installations that make up much of his Masonic life as a busy presiding officer. Schola Warwicensis recently benefited from this in two ways – the lodge enjoyed a formal visit from the Province and their guest of honour provided the entertainment for the evening!

The summons didn’t give much away as it simply stated ‘an evening with the Provincial Grand Master’. The PGM didn’t disappoint as he effortlessly talked for around 45 minutes about some of his experiences of two great loves in his life – teaching and Freemasonry. He did start with a brief description of his early days. Born in the North East on the mouth of the Tyne, he developed a love of the outdoors. Scouting helped develop this further and he subsequently became a Queen’s Scout. After enjoying his education at a grammar school in the North East, he became a research chemist, a role that he found fascinating. Three of his friends decided to head down to Worcestershire to train to become teachers and he chose to join them. His parents were very supportive although his mother did suggest that he would have to sell his beloved Mini Cooper – which he did!

It was after his first time in front of a class of children when the PGM knew that teaching was for him and couldn’t believe that he would get paid for doing something he loved. His passion was science (“the only thing better than science is more science”) and, as a young teacher, he brought a new style of teaching which had a more practical approach. It was whilst at college that he met his wife, Sandra. They shared a love of biology (and the chemistry between them was good too!). Indeed, Sandra’s lab books were often ‘borrowed’ to ensure that the PGM's own books were kept up to scratch. In addition to teaching biology, he also taught maths and recounted an encounter with a former pupil, himself now a maths teacher, who still uses some of the PGM's (bad?) jokes. The PGM began to realise that he wanted to be a headmaster, to have an influence on an entire school, not just a classroom. He took a management degree and, at the tender age of 38, obtained his first headship and was to remain as such for 20 years until his retirement.

The PGM’s first experiences with Freemasonry were back home in the North East. His father was a Mason and would often be found sitting in the corner mumbling away with his little blue book. He couldn’t join up in Durham because of the distance involved but did express an interest with a colleague who was a member of Loyal Travellers Lodge 2733. He was initiated in 1978 and took 13 years to reach the chair. The October meeting was always special as it was the PGM's Masonic birthday and his father would come down to attend. One year, much to Sandra’s consternation, his parents duly arrived in October and stayed until the Installation meeting the following February! It was as a junior brother that the PGM learned patience as he gradually progressed though the offices, learning more and more ritual and developing great love for Freemasonry. His first Provincial appointment was as a Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, a great job that enabled him to get round the Province and support lodges. His advice for all those fortunate to have a first appointment as an acting officer is to enjoy their year and make the most of it. Further acting offices followed culminating in him being asked to become an Assistant PGM. As such he took on the running of the 2012 Festival, a position he held until he became Warwickshire's 16th Provincial Grand Master.

The PGM said that he had had a blessed Masonic journey, that he was very lucky to have such a supportive wife as well as such supportive brethren. He closed by saying that there is only one thing better than Freemasonry………. More Freemasonry!

Seijitsu Aikido Ryu donate £500 to Allegiance

Shihan Terry Bayliss presented a cheque for £500 to the Lodge of Allegiance 6000 from donations of members of Seijitsu Aikido Ryu. W Bro Terry is a member of the Lodge and the donation will go towards the Worshipful Master's charities, the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity for which he has intimate experience and gratitude.

Full details of the donation, together with news of the lodge's latest updates, thoughts, achievements and events can be seen on their website here

 

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