Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2016

Shenstonian Lodge reunites chairs with their original Lodge

Shenstonian LodgeShenstonian Lodge, 5544, meets at the Old Silhillians Association clubhouse as they are an old School Lodge; in this case of Solihull School. The clubhouse had a lot of building work done on it recently and, as a result,  the storage space used by the Lodge was lost. The members have always had to set the Lodge up and take it down for each meeting. Following some lengthy negotiations, they managed to get an alcove blocked off with a stud wall with room for all their Lodge furniture, except the Master's and Wardens' chairs. These monumental pieces of furniture had always been with them, or so they thought.

Master and Warden's Chairs
Master and Warden's Chairs
 

The clubhouse contacted the Master Elect a few weeks ago and said that we had to get rid of the chairs as they could no longer hold them in the temporary storage. This was a bit of a problem and so he resolved to photograph them and try to sell them on ebay. Whilst doing so, he noticed some small plaques affixed to the chairs. Reading them was a revelation.

Chair Plaque
Chair Plaque

Shenstonian Lodge was consecrated in 1935, these chairs dated back to 1898! They were presented by the founding Master and Wardens, to the Albert Lucking Lodge, No. 2717 in Essex. The Mater Elect checked and, lo and behold, the Albert Lucking Lodge is still meeting and going strong in Southend-on-Sea. He contacted their Secretary who was initially sceptical, but that changed when they spoke and he saw the photographs. He was over the moon and even visited their provincial offices to look at the first minute book and the chairs are mentioned in there.

Of course, the right thing to do was to restore them to their rightful owners. Accordingly a short time ago, they were collected and taken to Essex. A serious win-win situation for all; they got their founders chairs back and Shenstonion Lodge got rid of three items that had become an encumbrance.

W Bro Simon Westwood with W Bro Barry Nichols, Worshipful Master of Albert Lucking Lodge
W Bro Simon Westwood with W Bro Barry Nichols, Worshipful Master of Albert Lucking Lodge
W Bro Simon Westwood & W Bro Paul Thurgood in Solihull
W Bro Simon Westwood & W Bro Paul Thurgood in Solihull

Happily, the Secretary and Treasurer from Albert Lucking Lodge were able to come to the recent installation at Shenstonian Lodge on October 10th and the newly installed Master, W Bro Simon Westwood, visited their Lodge in Southend on October 15th; his first visit to another Lodge as Master. They made him very welcome and presented him with a cheque for £250 in aid of Shenstonian Lodge charities.

Article provided by W Bro Simon Westwood, PPrJGW (Worcs)
Worshipful Master, Shenstonian Lodge No 5544

 

 

Loyal Service - Latest news of a busy year

Loyal Service LodgeThe latest Loyal Service Lodge newsletter is out and it promises to be a busy year for the brethren.

The November newsletter can be viewed here.

If you are interested in visiting Loyal Service Lodge meetings or events please contact:

W Bro Mike Smith, Provincial Junior Grand Deacon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Black Country Heritage Lodge Demo Team at Shipston on Stour

Shipston Lodge 25th Anniversary

Away Game for Provincial DCs

When W Bro Rex Lowin became Master of the Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies Lodge 9620 in September, he re-affirmed their ongoing commitment to giving a helping hand whenever other lodges might need support.

The first opportunity of the current season to do so arose when Rex’s mother lodge, Mercia 6246, requested assistance with a raising ceremony at their October meeting. Several members of the DC’s lodge turned out to support both Rex and Mercia, with many of them taking part in the ceremony and proceedings. They all thoroughly enjoyed a delightful and convivial evening, as indeed did everyone present, in particular the candidate Bro Jagdish Sachdev.

Pictured (l-r) are W Bros Peter Manning, AsstPGM (9620), Harjinder Gandham, (WM 6246) Rex Lowin (WM 9620)
Pictured (l-r) are W Bros Peter Manning, AsstPGM (9620), Harjinder Gandham, (WM 6246) Rex Lowin (WM 9620)

Mercia’s next meeting on Tuesday 20th December 2016, at Alderson House, Warwick, will be very special with the presentation of a 50 year certificate to W Bro Alan Martin. This will be made after the lodge has closed and to which members’ and guests’ wives and partners will be invited to enjoy, followed by what will undoubtedly, as always, be a first class dinner.

Further details are available from the Secretary, W Bro Ashwin Kagdadia, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lodges seeking support from the DC’s should contact their Secretary W Bro Bill Stammers, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Join Monolithos Lodge for breakfast

Monolithos LodgeMonolithos Lodge are gathering together for breakfast on Saturday 29th October at 9 am in the Leif Tearooms and Piano Bar in Leamington Spa. The members of the Lodge invite you to come along and meet them and find out what Freemasonry at Monolithos Lodge is all about, and maybe even apply to join If you are interested.

The Leif Tearooms and Piano bar can be found on Facebook, the address is:

116 Warwick St, Leamington Spa CV32 4QP

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