Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Mike Hailwood Lodge Newsletter - May '17

 

    Wednesday, 3 May 17                  Lodge newsletter 2

IPM Andy Hare, Secretary Richard Bache, Treasurer David Humphries and W.M. Colin Fox enjoying the “Cinderella Club” at Hoar Park on Wednesday mornings.

Cinderella Club
Cinderella Club

Visit to 1804 Coborn Lodge, in Chingford Essex, by Jon Pitt and Richard Bache, installing the new master, full details below…

Visit to Coborn

Regular social activities-

Hoar Park Garden Centre just outside Nuneaton hosts a regular get together on Wednesday mornings a plethora of Classic vehicles from buses to motorcycles. There is a good café on site, and as such is a great place to visit and have a natter and look at the vehicles.

If possible you could then ride across country to Mallory Park on the Wednesday afternoon to watch practice sessions used by all classes of racing motorcycles up to and including British Superbike. Last year admission was a couple of quid for which you get full access to all areas, and there is a good café on site and in the paddock.

Any more suggestions will be gratefully received , please send to either myself pitternator @sky.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Coborn Lodge 1804 Visit Easter Saturday April 15 2017

It has become an informal custom within our lodge to attend the April Installation meeting of this lodge since its “rebirth” as a motorcycle lodge in 2014. We wanted to support them in their growth and as a show of thanks for their regular visits to us. Whilst not the most enthralling ride on Britain’s motorways to get there, we have always received a warm welcome, seen excellent ceremonies and enjoyed their ritual and style at the festive board, Which is an “all day breakfast!”

The ride down was quiet being Easter Saturday, and after a few attempts we found the “ride in” meeting point just off the M25. There were 17 “Brothers on Bikes”, all masons, and a column was duly formed, with myself and Richard at the rear. We were convoyed through some very nice woodland roads where cars dutifully gave us way so we could all keep together, and arrived at the Chingford Lodge rooms which are very conveniently located on the edge of town.

The ceremony was indeed very moving as I had met Chris Cox the IPM, in previous years and he was a “larger than life” figure, who sadly passed to the Grand Lodge above earlier this year, he will be dearly missed by the lodge brethren. A Lodge of Sorrow was called on and Chris’s trademark Cowboy hat was solemnly paraded through the lodge. All the brethren paid their respects in dignified fashion, by personal reflections in silence, and I for one felt uplifted by such brotherhood. The rest of the installation passed well and I wish their new W.Master a very happy year. (The breakfast was as good as ever!)

I shall look forward to our return in 2018 if not before. It would be great to get a healthy contingent for the return. All members are welcome to join us for the next visit.

Coborn Lodge

Last Weekend’s Bike4Life Charity Run in aid of Midland Air Ambulance from Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford was supported by 7,500 bikers, including our Secretary!

Dates for your diary

May 06/05/17-07/05/17

Donington Park lodge stand, with bikes, 6 passes for each day, contact IPM for these, first come, first served.

Consecration of a new motorcycle lodge at Southampton.

12/05/17 13/05/17. Mike Adams Old Ben Lodge. 25th Anniversary.

20/05/17 Provincial Grand Lodge at Great Queen Street, to support Paul Vernon on gaining his Provincial Rank.

21/05/17 Classic 300 Festival at Windsor Castle, with the Grand Master.

25/05/17 W.Bro Howard Davis is being installed in the chair of his London lodge, please contact secretary for details ASAP.

03/06/17 Regular MHL Meeting, with the raising of Vincent Potter.

24/06/17 Tercentenary celebrations at Weston Park.

15/07/17 Isle of Man TT Lodge Installation.

15/09/17 W.M. Ladies Festival Isle of Man.

23/09/17 Rugby Tercentenary meeting, Hailwood and other Rugby Lodges at Laurence Sheriffe School.

RUGBY LODGES SCHEDULE

(March – April 2017)

Lodge No. Lodge March April May
9420 Compass Rose 28th   23rd
5727 Composite 21st 18th 16th
5945 Darell 22nd 26th 24th
6442 Dunsmore 10th 14th 12th
8959 Eastfields 1st 5th 3rd
9737 Griffin I.M.   27th  
3497 Laurence Sheriffe 25th 27th 25th
9839 Mike Hailwood 11th    
502 Rectitude 14th 11th 9th
4118 Rokeby 3rd 7th 5th
9754 William Webb Ell      

(Please note Easter Day is Sunday, April 16th.)

Please Contact our Secretary for details for any brethren wishing to visit any of the above Lodges.

HOT NEWS!!!

Hot news for May is the Mike Hailwood stand at Donington Park Classic Bike Endurance Races on 5th, 6th and 7th May 2017. We need six Brethren to help out and, ideally, bring a motorcycle for the stand. I shall try to cover Saturday and Sunday with my trusty Fazer 1000. Please contact Andy Hare for free passes and tickets (for the 6 helpers only).

Then it’s two visits to other lodges with our WM, Friday 12th May to the Consecration of new Motor Cycle Lodge in Hampshire, closely followed by a Ride to Old Ben Lodge in Shrewsbury on Saturday 13th May to support the father of our Lodge, Mike Adams. I do know a pleasant ride back if anyone fancies it! Both these visits are ideal opportunities to participate in the social side of the Lodge with a Masonic purpose!

Later in the month there is a visit to Grand Lodge where Paul Vernon will be getting his first Provincial Promotion. Andy Hare will be taking part in the Classic 300 Festival the next day in Windsor. Finally, Brother Howard Davis is being installed in the Chair of his London Lodge on 25th May.

 

Looking ahead to June . . . .

3rd June

Is the raising of Brother Vincent Potter. We have had a good response and several Past Masters are assisting in the ceremony. We look forward to seeing Vincent’s progress furthering his Masonic career.

Sadly, I shall not be able to attend this meeting, but wish you all well. I shall be attending the Motor Cycle Lodge meeting (Tu Felix) in Austria in Innsbruck as part of a week-long bike trip to Austria, back through the Swiss and French Alps.   This could be the start of a potential relationship with a foreign Lodge! I will give a report in the next News Letter and, of course, at the following Officer’s Meeting.

24th June  - M FEST at Weston Park

Much has already been said about this event. I am thinking of hosting a Ride Out on either Saturday or Sunday to visit what looks like a great day out, if you fancy going for a day only. Please let Richard know if you would like to come along. I shall send out another News Letter before M FEST to cover this event and set out activities for the summer and into September.

Lastly the riding season is now well with us and once more I call upon you for any ride out suggestions which we can publish to all Brethren.

Yours sincerely and fraternally

Jon Pitt

 

The Alderson Family History Society visit to Alderson House

Visit of the Alderson Family History Society to Warwick Masonic Rooms – Alderson House

On Wednesday 26th April 40 members of the Alderson Family History Society visited Warwick Masonic Rooms, Alderson House, 23 High Street, Warwick led by the Secretary of the society, Godfrey Alderson from Harrogate.

The Society exists to promote the Alderson family name and explore its history and genealogical lines. At least once a year they make a visit to a place or region which has strong connections with the name Alderson and chose Alderson House as a venue having recently discovered the family connection with Warwick and Freemasonry.

W Bro Frank Collier from Greville Lodge No 4773 and Archivist of the rooms gave an illustrated talk about the history of the building and the life and Masonic career of Gerald Graham Alderson FRCS. Gerald Alderson was a Past Senior Grand Warden and Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire, and it was after him that the rooms were named in 1961. The talk was followed by a conducted tour of the building.

The Alderson Family History Society on the steps of Alderson House – Georgina Alderson is at the front right with her mother Barbara and father Jeffrey to her left.

Present with the group was Jeffery Alderson, the son of W Bro Gerald Alderson. He was accompanied by his wife Barbara and daughter Georgia. Jeffery was pleased to visit the rooms and learn more about his father’s Masonic activities. He was able to give W Bro Frank some additional information about his father, that in addition to being a Mason he was a Member of the Guild of Plumbers. He was also a Freeman of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, an honour since conferred on Jeffery and his daughter.

Jeffrey Alderson standing with a portrait of his late father, W Bro Gerald G Alderson.

The morning was organised by W Bro Peter Round, Steward of the Rooms who provided the group with a superb buffet prior to them leaving for a guided tour of the town.

Frank Collier
Secretary and Communications officer
Greville Lodge 4773

 

St Peter's on the road North again, are you coming along?

Visit to Glasgow, Scotland

Saturday 25th November 2017

Lodge St. Bryde

Members of St Peter’s 7334 are again planning to attend the Installation meeting at Lodge St Bryde No 579 on 25th November 2017

  • Lodge St. Bryde No 579,
    The Masonic Temple,
    Gardenside Street,
    Uddingston,
    G71 7BX

Hotel – Holiday Inn Express Strathclyde Park £58.00 per room single or twin, breakfast included

Transport – Car Sharing

Travel – Leave Birmingham early Saturday 25th November 2017 Lodge meeting starts at 3pm

Meal – cost is about £12.00 Excluding Drinks.

Return – Sunday 26th November 2017 arriving back late afternoon.

Please can you register your interest – Contact Martin Parrack – Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mike Hailwood Lodge Newsletter

Mike Hailwood Lodge

April Newsletter

Bike sport news-

Moto GP starts 26th March in Qatar

Wed March 22nd free entry to British Superbike and Supersport practise at Donington !. Season starts the following week!

Dates for your diary

Sat 3rd June Next Regular Meeting of the Lodge at Rugby, labour is to raise Bro. Vincent Potter.

Any Bro wishing to assist in this ceremony please contact Richard Bache asap.

This is the first newsletter of 2017 with our new WM Colin Fox at the helm. He is very committed to keeping all brethren informed of social events during the coming year, and encourages us all to share activities and events with the rest of the lodge , to boost participation, and grow the Lodge’s social calendar. This 2017 is a becoming a busy year already , and in the coming weeks more and more events will be communicated.

Regular meeting of Mike Hailwood Lodge No. 9839, Sat 11th March 2017

On Saturday 11th March we raised Alan Potter to the third degree, our first meeting with the new WM in charge, we had a great time with many visitors. Weather was dry and we had a good contingent of brothers on their bikes!

Let us know of any other lodge meetings you feel we can visit as a group.

Mike Hailwood Lodge on Tour
Mike Hailwood Lodge on Tour

The WM assisted by IPM, Secretary and Tyler visited Shenstone Lodge on February 16th on our bikes! This was a special visit to see Lance Knight raised to the third degree, and our brethren assisted in the ceremony..Andy Hare acted as senior deacon, Richard Bache gave the exhortation and myself the charge and entrusting. A superb day was had by all. There was even a member visiting from the sunshine island of Ibiza ! Sadly the ride back was cooler and wetter than Ibiza…

Detailed below is the schedule of Rugby lodges meetings for this year, and encourage you all to let us know of any other lodge meetings you feel we can visit as a group. Dates we do know are as follows-

15th April – visit to Coborn Lodge installation at Chingford, Essex. I hope brethren on bikes will attend, we have visited this motorcycling lodge since its inception and we do get regular support from Coborn brethren to our meetings. I shall be posting up details of the run nearer the time.

25th April – Howard Davis is being installed into the chair of Hercules lodge in London tyling at 4.30pm at Freemasons Hall. Please contact Howard for a summons.

Upcoming social events / potential ride outs

Sun 30th April – Bike 4 Life charity ride in aid of midland air ambulance from Meole Green near Shrewsbury ending at RAF Cosford Museum.

Fri/Sat/Sunday 3rd to 5th May – Classic Bike Races at Donington race circuit. Our Lodge will have a stall promoting freemasonry and we are looking for 6 volunteers per day to man the stall. Andy Hare will be co-ordinating the weekend as before. Free entry tickets for the lucky 6 !

Regular ride outs-

The Lodge encourages any brother to suggest routes for rideouts which we can co-ordinate and publish for any brethren wishing to take part. I regularly ride on a Sunday to mid-Wales or Rutlandshire, and usually take in a breakfast along the way. The weather is improving , so it would be good to get out on the bikes. Andy Hare has a regular run to Hoar Park in Nuneaton on Wed mornings for a cuppa , bacon sarnie and see the classic bikes and vehicles which meet there. Wed pm is also British Club racing practice at Mallory Park, cost just a couple of quid for all areas access to watch . Often get British Supersport and superbike riders there. The Sleepy Sausage café just south of Towcester (and Jacks Hill café just north) are also popular biker haunts. We also are always welcome at the Friendly Inn at Frankton, run by our own brother, Nigel Headley, for refreshments/meals after a rideout.

Looking further ahead !...

MFest 300 at Weston Park 25th-26th June 2017 – Much has been put out by Bro Secretary on what is happening. This promises to be a great weekend out.

MHL Ladies Festival 14th -15th Sept – our biennial visit to the Isle of Man , a great deal set up by our WM at the Sefton Hotel. We always have a great weekend away, and all brethren who can make it are encouraged to go. Details from Bob Fellowes. Deposits £50 please asap.

Summer Tour 2017

I have not set anything up as yet for this year but I will be going somewhere! Possibilities from a weekend in Belgium or Normandy through to a week long visit to the Alps or Pyrenees including Northern Spain. Let me know if you fancy a foray into Europe and I will see if I can help out. I have been doing at least one European trip each year since 2004 and have been to most places.

Many thanks

Jon Pitt  

RUGBY LODGES SCHEDULE

(March – April 2017)

Lodge No. Lodge March April May
9420 Compass Rose 28th   23rd
5727 Composite 21st 18th 16th
5945 Darell 22nd 26th 24th
6442 Dunsmore 10th 14th 12th
8959 Eastfields 1st 5th 3rd
9737 Griffin I.M.   27th  
3497 Laurence Sheriffe 25th 27th 25th
9839 Mike Hailwood 11th    
502 Rectitude 14th 11th 9th
4118 Rokeby 3rd 7th 5th
9754 William Webb Ellis      

(Please note Easter Day is Sunday, April 16th.)

Please Contact our Secretary for details for any brethren wishing to visit any of the above Lodges.

 

Ps please send all communications direct to Bro Secretary Richard Bache who will feed it to the editor!

 

 

Chelsea Pensioner takes the chair at Lodge of St Andrew

Saturday the 19th November 2016 was the date of the Installation Ceremony for the Lodge of St Andrew No 4056. The Ceremony was quite special as it was the second occasion that the Lodge had the privilege of installing our second Chelsea Pensioner, W Bro Tony Hunter, into the chair. Two other Chelsea Pensioners attended making four in all, and all quite resplendent in their Red Uniforms. The event was well attended and the Provincial Representative, W Bro Richard Barker was suitably impressed.

Installation Meeting at St AndrewInstallation Meeting at St Andrew

The Lodge of St Andrew has now moved to the Solihull Masonic Temple at Knowle and meets on the second Saturday in October, November, (Installation). January ( Burns Night ), February and March, ( Last two both morning meetings).

Joining members will be made very welcome.

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