Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

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Installation at Stanley Lates Lodge

In December VW Bro Victor W Keene, PDepPGM was installed as the new WM of the Stanley Lates Lodge 9683. He delivered an inspiring address to those who attended which is shared below:


 

Victor Keene and the Provincial Grand Master at Coventry Cathedral

Installation address - 2 Dec 2017.

Following the trauma of the closure of Stirling Road, Freemasonry in Warwickshire is settling down. It is sad that we have lost some lodges and units of the additional degrees but the closure of our headquarters only accelerated a process which had already begun.  

I was privileged to attend the presentation of RW Bro Michael Price’s 50 year certificate at the Lodge of Hope and St Alphege the other evening. A very memorable occasion, not only for the presentation, which was made very kindly and generously by our Provincial Grand Master, but also for the very impressive dedication of their new banner. In this lodge we can see how the merger of two lodges can be happily and successfully accomplished.

It appears that many Lodges are flourishing and have attracted new and younger members, often through web sites and social media. A new University Lodge, Collegiate Lodge, has been formed in Coventry and new members have already been introduced. Retention of new members will improve as Lodge Mentors learn how to encourage junior brethren and, as experienced masons, we must give Mentors every assistance.

Let me share some more good news with you. You will know that happy relations have been restored with Coventry Cathedral. The Bishop at the time of its consecration in 1962 was Cuthbert Bardsley, PGChap, the Provost was H C N Williams, PAGChap and the Provincial Grand Master was Michael Clark, Rector of Westonbirt. In those days we were welcome in the Cathedral. In 1962 there was a service dedicating the gift of a window from the Freemasons of Warwickshire and I remember attending a Provincial Service there in 1969.     (There was also a service in the Methodist Central Hall but that’s another story).    

In following years the regime at the Cathedral changed and the relationship deteriorated to the extent that Grand Charity donations were twice refused but then subsequently accepted after some discussions. The gift of the window was forgotten. A conversation with the Dean last year led to a meeting with his team at which the Provincial Grand Master very eloquently put the case for Freemasonry.    

This was followed with a letter of thanks from the Dean for the meeting in which he expressed his understanding of Masonry as a community of high principled men dedicated to work for the common good. He was happy to be reassured of the ethical and moral basis of Masonic life and understood that members were encouraged to follow their own religious faith.

Since that meeting there have been two services of Evensong in the Cathedral, one commemorate the gift of the window and one to celebrate 300 years of Grand Lodge.      

This has been a remarkable 300th Anniversary year. There have been celebrations and services throughout the country and the Sky TV series shown earlier this year. In Warwickshire a huge effort by the Provincial team has resulted in so many Provincial and individual Lodge events. The great highlight was, of course, the Provincial Meeting which took place at Grand Lodge. This brought immense pleasure to the Brethren and their guests. Mfest was an amazing inter-province weekend and hugely successful.  

We were twice able to process through the streets, firstly of Warwick for the annual Provincial Service at St Mary’s and then again in Stratford to dedicate the bronze desk and chair donated by Freemasons to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. There was also a Provincial Service at the Birmingham Synagogue. We are greatly indebted to our Provincial Grand Master and his team for their vision, leadership and sheer hard work.    

At our next meeting I hope to have our recently retired Grand Secretary to address us and share his experiences and insights over the past few years.

I close with a verse from a Charles Wesley hymn which describes one of the important aims of Freemasonry and which has been one of the guiding principles of my life:

He bids us build each other up; and gathered in to one,

To our high calling’s glorious hope we hand in hand go on.

Thank you for your attention, have a Happy Christmas and I hope we all enjoy the coming year.

 

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Mike Hailwood Lodge Newsletter 3 - 2017

Mike Hailwood

Brethren, welcome to the Third newsletter of 2017

September 2017 Key Events

15/09/17 Mike Hailwood Lodge Ladies Festival Isle of Man

23/09/17 Special Tercentennial meeting of Mike Hailwood Lodge 9839 at Rugby Lodge Rooms.

24/09/17 Pistons and Props festival at Sywell, Northampton

(Public event not Masonic)

15/09/17 Isle of Man Ladies Festival

Held every two years, this year was a new date, and was greatly enjoyed by all 70 who attended. Our WM had negotiated a super deal at the Sefton Hotel in Douglas. I am sure we all are looking forward to the next visit.

23/09/17 Tercentennial special meeting MHL 9839 at Rugby

Despite last minute issues, the meeting was very successful with a large team of acting and past provincial officers attending. Special thanks to Our own Bro Ian Hart and Bro David Greenwood of Rokeby Lodge for being orators for the superb demonstration ceremony. Our WM was in control with masters of other Rugby lodges taking the key offices for the ceremony. The day was very well attended followed by an enjoyable festive board. A truly memorable occasion which was the result of a great deal of work by all.

A special mention to our Bro Secretary Richard Bache for the huge amount of work he (and our WM) put into making this event so successful.

Also at the meeting, the brethren approved Bro Jason Culverwell as Master Elect for 2018.

What’s happened since the last newsletter ?

MFest at Weston Park.

Greatly enjoyed by all who attended. Bro Andy Hare took his RV for the weekend. A very successful and enjoyable festival.

30 May 2017

I had the pleasure of visiting Tu Felix Masonic Motorcycle Club in Austria, extending it into a full week long touring holiday. Being the first time I have attended a lodge abroad, I did check the lodge was approved by UGLE. The weekend meeting is organised, along the lines of our weekends to the IOM, including excellent accommodation, a lodge meeting in Innsbruck on Friday night, plus guided ride-outs into the local mountains on Saturday and Sunday. The lodge meeting was held in an underground specially built room and music featured heavily in the proceedings. The lodge discipline and ceremony was very strong and impressive, even if much of the workings were in German! A unique experience. Afterwards at the festive board, everyone spoke English, so we could find out what had happened! The social side of the weekend was very good, our hosts very informal and welcoming, with well-planned ride-outs for the 30 or so riders attending if required, or just do your own thing. The weather was very good, and overall I had a very pleasant tour, made special by the masonic experience and comradeship. Next year the meeting will be held in Vienna, with ride-outs planned into Hungary and Croatia! I want to go, so please let me know if you are interested, as I can make this into a tour if required. It is anticipated this will be mid to late May 2018

BOB lodge meeting 22 July at Broadway

The WM was escorted by Bros R Bache, A Hare and myself to a regular meeting held in the Snowshill arms in Broadway. A very different meeting as no doubt you may know …but full of humour and informality. I particularly liked the drawing from a hat the lodge officers for their installation meeting. Our own Bro Ian Hart is a member. A pleasant ride-out both ways with a nice ploughman’s FB. I diverted across rural Warwickshire on the way home, and got pleasantly lost! This is an easy lodge to visit on bikes, and is a good introduction for any brethren who wish to visit a lodge on their bike.

November 10 to 12 Classic Car and Bike show NEC

Following on from the successful stand Bro Andy Hare established last year, this year even more work has gone into the stand. Brethren helped out across the weekend, and reports are that there was great interest in our lodge, including masons and non-masons from all over Europe!

A special thanks is extended to Mike Adams, WM Colin Fox, Paul Banks, Alan McMurray, Richard Fensome and Bob Fellowes for their support in lending their classic bikes for use on the stand. None of this could have happened without the hard work and long hours given freely by Andy Hare. Well done!

Classic Car and Bike show NEC

Members of MHL A group shot of some of many MHL members helping on the stand and even a visit from the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey ! 

Lodge Visits

Autumn is upon us, it is “visiting“ season, and so far the following lodge visits have been reported to me:

Coborn Lodge 1804 21 October 2017

Bro Andy Hare bravely battled solo to ride down to this meeting, and was pleasantly surprised to see Bros Phil and Jason Culverwell also in attendance. Next visit will be 21 April 2018! Coborn continues to be a vibrant and growing motorcycle lodge, and their own style of meeting is well worth a future visit …

St Peters Lodge Market Harborough 26 October 2017

Our second visit to this lodge, held in the middle of Market Harborough. A superb lodge ceremony of passing and festive board. Brethren in attendance- Andy Hare, Jon Pitt, Paul Vernon and Richard Bache. Our WM was unable to join us sadly. Big thanks to Andy who drove us all there.

Rugby Lodges Visiting Schedule-

Attached is the lodge visiting schedule for Rugby, for any wishing to attend. Also note that many Rugby lodges hold special Christmas meetings, and of course some ladies nights in December. Contact our WM for more details as he is a regular attendee.

January 13 2018 Mike Hailwood Lodge Installation

At the September meeting, Bro Jason Culverwell was approved as our master elect for 2018, and this will be his first installation as a master .We all look forward to the first meeting of 2018, which is also the 10th anniversary of the lodge. It would be good if we can celebrate this with a special event or meeting during the year.

If you would like us to feature an event or a social meeting in our newsletter, please contact Bro Secretary Richard Bache who will pass it on to the news team .We welcome input from all the brethren of the lodge.

Finally, an early season’s greetings as this may be the last newsletter of 2017.

Yours sincerely and fraternally
Bro Jon Pitt

 

RUGBY LODGES SCHEDULE

(September – December 2017)

Lodge No. Lodge Sept Oct Nov Dec
9420 Compass Rose   24th    
5727 Composite 19th 17th 21st 19th
5945 Darell 27th 25th 22nd  
6442 Dunsmore   13th 10th 8th
8959 Eastfields 6th 4th 1st 6th
9737 Griffin I.M.   31st    
3497 Laurence Sh.   26th 23rd  
9839 Mike Hailwood 23rd      
502 Rectitude 12th 10th 14th 12th
4118 Rokeby 1st 6th 3rd 1st
9754 W. Webb Ellis       2nd

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