Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

A Sihill Family Affair

(l-r) David Macey, Piers Clinton-Tarestad, Michael Morris
(l-r) David Macey, Piers Clinton-Tarestad, Michael Morris
Those who braved a chilly evening to attend the Knowle Masonic Centre were treated to a wonderful evening at Silhill Lodge’s installation. It was obviously to be a special evening with the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey presiding, escorted by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies – well, Silhill is the Deputy Provincial Grand Master VW Bro Michael Morris's Mother Lodge and his son-in-law, Bro Piers Clinton-Tarestad was the Master Elect!

Once the lodge had been opened by the PGM, the labour soon moved to the main item on the agenda. The strong family connection was reinforced as the Piers was appropriately presented by his father-in-law. He was then installed by W Bro David George in a very sincere and dignified manner. The working tools were presented in an exemplary way by three of the lodge’s junior brethren – a wonderful advertisement of what is clearly a very successful class of instruction. This was reinforced by the superb way in which the new Worshipful Master invested his officers with the additional addresses used for Chaplain, DC and Organist – a delightful moment when W Bro. Mike Grillage was for once quiet as he was instructed on his duties! The new Worshipful Master was prudent when investing his new Stewards to remind them to look after the welfare of the brethren at the Festive Board, especially his father-in-law. That family association once more came to the fore as the Deputy PGM, and not the PGM as expected, gave the address to the Master – apparently, the PGM had ‘suggested’ to his Deputy that he would like to address his son-in-law!

No visit to Silhill would be complete without the Pike family getting involved. They certainly left their mark on this occasion with W Bro Jamie Pike delivering the address to the Wardens followed by his brother, W Bro Rob, who delivered the address to the Brethren, both in a most accomplished manner. W Bro Dad, aka W Bro Jim Pike, was not to be left out – as Charity Steward he appealed on behalf of St Mary’s Collegiate Church which resulted in a collection of over £200. Silhill is clearly a very generous lodge as Bro Almoner announced in his report that the lodge had raised and distributed £4000 over the past year – a wonderful achievement, epitomising one of our organisation’s core principles. The family connections were not quite complete with a brief, but none the less important moment when the retiring Worshipful Master was presented with his father’s Past Master’s jewel.

Having enjoyed a fantastic meeting, the brethren then moved to the festive board where they were treated to another Masonic feast of a Scottish flavour with a Burn’s Night supper complete with indecipherable address to the haggis courtesy of W Bro Derek Howie, as well as the toast to the immortal memory from W Bro John Handley. All in all, it was a splendid occasion with the brethren leaving having been most ably fed both from the meeting and from the meal. So, if you would like a splendid evening out, keep the fourth Tuesday free as you will be made most welcome at Silhill Lodge.

Delivering the Trinity

Trinity Lodge 254 stalwarts W Bros Tim Goddin and Tony Richards were guests at an initiation ceremony at Hiram Lodge 37 in Sofia, Bulgaria which uses English emulation ritual.

During the proceedings, to his great delight and surprise, Tim was awarded honorary membership of that lodge which he had regularly attended and supported during the eight years up to 2013 when he had owned a holiday home in Samarkov. He was also presented with a beautiful bronze statuette of Tubelcain, sculptured by MW Bro Janko Bolev, an internationally acclaimed artist and a previous Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Bulgaria, whom they had visited in his workshop earlier that day.

At the Masonic meeting, at which only the English language was spoken, Tony delivered the charge after initiation while Tim introduced to and conducted the Brethren in the Trinity version of the entered apprentice’s song and chain. Among the many Lodge members present were their principal host, RW Bro Lubomir Parmakov (a Past Deputy Grand Master), another Past Grand Master, MW Bro Borislav Sarandev, the organist Bro Nikolo Kotzev, who had been part of the Bee Gees musical team, and Bro Ben Cross, an actor famed for his starring role as Harold Abrahams in the 1981 Oscar winning film ‘Chariots of Fire’.    

Welcome to Bro Santa

Our lodges would be very dull during the Christmas Season without a visit from Santa, and here he is at Fraternity Lodge 4032 with their Master, W Bro Bhop Rahanu and his wife Nenda at their informal Ladies' Chritmas Dinner held at the Clarendon Suites, Stirling Road, Edgbaston.

Welcome to Bro Santa

Fourth Win for Goldieslie Defenders

Congratulations go to Goldieslie Lodge 6174, who won the Ogley Hay Challenge Cup for the fourth time at their annual Skittles Evening.

The competition is expertly organised by W Bro Barrie Davies of Ogley Hay Lodge 8917 from the neighbouring province of Staffordshire, with whom Goldieslie Lodge share a very successful and most enjoyable reciprocal lodge visiting arrangement.


The inaugural cup was won by Goldieslie Lodge’s W Bro Tony Phipps in 2010 and has subsequently been won by Goldieslie members in 4 out of the 5 years; the latest being (2 times winner) W Bro Alan Jones with a magnificent score of 41 over three rounds. Ogley Hay have so far been unsuccessful in winning the cup but their organisation of the evening is second to none! This year’s event attracted 67 players and included a fish supper and a raffle, with the proceeds (approx. £350) being donated to PHAB Camps -http://www.bhamphabcamps.org.uk/www/home/aboutus.shtml , a charity for whom the current Master of Ogley Hay, W Bro Bryan Sargeant,  is a volunteer.

Pictured are members of the ‘Goldieslie Defenders’ team who, together with their wives, also won the team challenge with the highest average score. (L-R) W Bro Alan Jones (Individual Winner 2011 & 2014), W Bro Simon Phipps (Current Master of Goldieslie Lodge), W Bro Tony Phipps (Individual Winner 2010) & W Bro Derek Newton (Individual Winner 2013).

Other events in the Goldieslie Lodge Social Calendar were a very successful (for some) evening at Perry Barr Dogs, an excellent Sunday Lunch held at The School House, Weeford and a wonderfully glamorous Formal Ladies Evening at Drayton Manor Hotel, which together raised over £800 for The National Autistic Society http://www.autism.org.uk/about-autism.aspx , a charity close to the hearts of Simon and his lady Sarah.

Composite Donation from Summer Fun

Pictured (centre) is Simon Hough, manager of the WNAA shop at Rugby, receiving a cheque from John Dillon (l) and Chris Robotham (r) of Composite Lodge.
Pictured (centre) is Simon Hough, manager of the WNAA shop at Rugby, receiving a cheque from John Dillon (l) and Chris Robotham (r) of Composite Lodge.
Members of Composite Lodge 5727 who meet at Rugby Masonic Hall, have organised two very successful summer events over the last two years and with the help and support of their friends and families, raised a total of £2500 for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

On a scorching hot day in June 2013, with John Dillon as Master, a Pig Roast was held at a local farm with over 120 people attending.  Money was raised through the generosity of those present participating in a raffle, games and an auction on the day.

In 2014, with Chris Robotham as Master, they held a Proms on the Farm Pig Roast at Bondon Farm, Birdingbury, with entertainment provided by Bilton Silver Band.  Despite it being a very damp and dismal June afternoon, a great time was had by all, sheltering in marquees and gazebos, feasting on the generous buffet, and finishing off with a rousing concert by the 30 piece band.  Once again money was raised through a raffle, tombola, games & an auction. 

Pictured (centre) is Simon Hough, manager of the WNAA shop at Rugby, receiving a cheque from John Dillon (l) and Chris Robotham (r) of Composite Lodge.

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