Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2016

Lodge of Serenity No 9312 – Rise Brother Brother!

At Dalecote House in Coventry on Wednesday 15th June 2016 the Brethren of the Lodge of Serenity and all the visitors to the Lodge took great pleasure in the Worshipful Master, W Bro Taz Bhachoo conducting the ceremony to initiate his younger brother, Amandeep Bhachoo into the Craft. In addition to being initiated by his brother, he was escorted around the Lodge by his father, W Bro Balbir Bhachoo, who acted as Junior Deacon and is the current Worshipful Master of Coventrian Lodge No 5982. It was a real family affair and a proud moment for Brother Dad – quite an achievement with two WMs and now a Brother Initiate in the Bhachoo household.

The Meeting was also attended by the Provincial Visiting Officer, W Bro Derek Hughes on his second official visit to the Lodge. W Bro Derek brought greetings on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master and he congratulated Bro Amandeep on becoming a Freemason.

Newly made Brother Bhachoo with the initiating team
Newly made Brother Bhachoo with the initiating team

The Charge in the North East and also the 1st Degree Working Tools were presented by Bro James Dalton of Stivichall Lodge No 5799 and the Charge after Initiation was given by W Bro Russell Starr in a most exemplary manner.

Surprisingly, this was the first Initiation of a Brother into the Lodge of Serenity, being the only summer lodge in Coventry, since W Bro Taz was initiated in 2010 and with 5 new joining members this year, the Brethren are hopeful that Serenity is now re-emerging and growing in strength for the future of the Lodge.

Barnard Lodge Supports the Midlands Air Ambulance

Bro Steve Kelly with his wife Jane
Bro Steve Kelly with his wife Jane
At a splendid and well supported Ladies Evening, Barnard Lodge and friends supported the Midlands Air Ambulance at the Hilton Hotel, Bromsgrove.

The Worshipful Master, Bro Steve Kelly with his wife Jane, had organised the entire evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. During the evening, Midlands Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager Adam Williams gave a brief overview of the organisation, and received over £1000 as a result of the collection, raffle and auction on the evening. As one of the PGM’s Famous Five charities, this is a thoroughly deserving cause which receives little Government support.

Barnard Lodge Ladies Evening

A cheque presentation is being arranged at the Strensham Air Base. The Midlands Air Ambulance website can be viewed here

Photographs by Simon Coates Photography.

Any Lodge which would like a presentation by the Midlands Air Ambulance at a meeting or a social event should contact John Hayward in the Charity Office for further details.

St John’s Lodge donate to Prostate Cancer Research

At a specially arranged meeting in Coventry, the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey presented cheques for £3,731 to the Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer Research, Professor John Masters. This was on behalf of the St John’s Lodge 2811, represented by W Bro Paul Skinner and W Bro Hosey Davoudian.

The funds were raised during Paul’s year in the chair of the Lodge, by events such as Quiz Nights, a Curry Night, a Golfing Event & Gala and a Christmas Sunday lunch.  In addition, the main fundraising event was the St. John's Ladies' Ball, organised by Amanda and Paul Skinner which 162 people supported, and this culminated in the overall sum raised of £3,531.31 for this worthy charity.  A further £200 was also donated by Priors Chapter Rose Croix, in which Paul is the current Most Wise Sovereign.  This is a splendid achievement for a relatively small Lodge, and RW Bro David Macey expressed his grateful thanks to W Bro Paul Skinner and Amanda together with other members of the Lodge, and said he felt very proud of their achievement. He went on to say how pleased he was to meet the CEO of Prostate Cancer research, Professor John Masters, and was pleased to support the research into this problem area, which affects many of our members.

Members of St John’s Lodge with the cheque prior to the presentation

Members of St John’s Lodge with the cheque prior to the presentation.

Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Paul W Skinner, Professor John Masters and W Bro Hosey Davoudian

The Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Paul W Skinner, Professor John Masters and W Bro Hosey Davoudian.

Any Lodge which would like to support Prostate Cancer Research and receive further information or gift aid envelopes should contact John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward.

Lodge of St Blaise presents £1100 to Children's Hospital

On Monday, 16th May, the Worshipful Master of Lodge of St Blaise, W Bro Pete Woodfield presented a cheque of £1,100 to Vikki King and other nursing staff in Ward 15, Cancer Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital.  He was accompanied by W Bro John Morrison, Charity Steward and W Bro Jonathan Amies, Senior Warden.  This money had been raised from the Ladies Night held in April.

Presentation of the cheque to Birmingham Children's Hospital
Presentation of the cheque to Birmingham Children's Hospital

To keep up to date with the latest news from the Lodge of St Blaise please visit their website, or follow them on twitter.

Bike Ride Raises Over £3,000 For Acorns Children’s Hospice

Following the success of last year’s ride to Paris, 4 Redditch Masons,  W Bro Paul Buck with Brothers Mark Broadhurst and Jon Hughes of St Augustine’s Lodge and W Bro Paul Beaumont of Forge Mill Lodge accompanied by 5 friends embarked on a bike ride from Redditch Rugby Club to Amsterdam to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice, a local charity that cares for terminally ill children in the Midlands.

W Bro Paul Buck, Matt Burke, Bro Mark Broadhurst, Ian Strutt, Gary Carter, Rob Gall, W Bro Paul Beaumont, Bro Jon Hughes & Dan Moorehouse
W Bro Paul Buck, Matt Burke, Bro Mark Broadhurst, Ian Strutt, Gary Carter, Rob Gall, W Bro Paul Beaumont, Bro Jon Hughes & Dan Moorehouse

The 7 cyclists and 2 support drivers faced a 450 mile journey over 4 days, leaving Redditch Rugby Club at 8.00am on Friday 8th April and arriving in Dam Square, Amsterdam at 5.30pm on Monday 11th.

Day 1 – Redditch to Guildford - 122 miles

Fairly uneventful day with the exception of an early set back due to one bag, complete with passport and money, not being loaded into the van causing an unscheduled stop after only 5 miles. The weather was good with no rain and not too hot. The day ended with a meal and a couple of beers to celebrate Dan’s 40th birthday in The Wooden Bridge, Guildford.

Day 2 – Guildford to Dover - 113 miles

An early start at 6.30am, with a ferry to catch and the weather turning the cyclists knew it was not going to be easy. Having braved all sorts of weather from glimpses of sunshine to sleet and all things in between with the addition of almost gale force winds on the south coast, plus several punctures the team arrived at Dover with borderline hypothermia, uncontrollable shivering and inability to talk properly. After changing on the roadside, loading the bikes into the van and boarding the ferry spirits rose with the prospect of better things to come. However the drama was not over, cyclists taking a wrong turn out of port at Calais turning a 10min walk into 1 ½ hours and it was raining, again.

Day 3 – Calais to Vlissingen - 108 miles

After a night in possibly the smallest hotel room for 3 the first thing to be done was some much needed maintenance on the bikes, cleaning and re-greasing etc. Blue cloudless skies promised a good day ahead. Terrain was flat, cycle tracks well signposted and generally dead straight along canals, the only drawback was the headwind, but with no deadlines to meet there was time for rest stops in some of the picturesque towns of Northern France and Belgium. Arrived in Vlissingen and after storing the bikes and freshening up it was time for a Pizza and beers at Lungo Mare.

Day 4 – Vlissingen to Amsterdam 107 miles

First part of the ride was along the coast exposed to brutal winds whipping sand across the track keeping the pace down, but once away from coast with a bit of shelter, spirits rose again as the finish got ever closer. Last stop, by another canal saw the cyclists in good mood with only 30 miles to go. After the nightmare of trying to park a transit van in a city dominated by bikes, the drivers made their way to Dam Square to await the arrival of the cyclists. On their arrival, amidst the hundreds of bikes in the square, celebratory pictures were taken and then celebratory beers drunk. With the words “Never again! Well maybe “ being muttered all round.

Dan Moorhouse, Bro Mark Broadhurst, Bro Jon Hughes, Ian Strutt, Rob Gall, Matt Burke & Gary Carter
Dan Moorhouse, Bro Mark Broadhurst, Bro Jon Hughes, Ian Strutt, Rob Gall, Matt Burke & Gary Carter

 

With the money still coming in the original target of £3000 has been exceeded but any donations would be welcome. The just giving page is still open for donations to this worthy cause. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Redditch-RFC

 

 

 

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