Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Everyone welcome to a weekend of family fun at MFest 300

MFest300

Weston Park, the stately home on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border will be home to a weekend of family fun celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry this June. The event invites all to come along for an entire weekend of exciting activities and entertainment for everybody to enjoy.

The highlight of the weekend will be the much anticipated re-enactment of the Battle of the Alamo, with eight hundred Mexicans in full uniform attacking a mock fort defended by one hundred Texans. The demonstration will use real gunpowder, cannons and explosives - making the event really go out with a bang.

Other events to enjoy throughout the weekend will be firework displays, hot air balloon ‘Night Glow’, animal displays and a Kids Fun Run, as well as free Fun Fair and Railway rides for all visitors.

Live music will also be present over the weekend, brass and string bands performing, the “Abba Reunion” tribute band making an appearance, and a performance from the Kaleidoscope Theatre Group.

The event is being organised by the Provinces of Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

MFest 300 Chairman, John Treanor, says "The weekend celebrates 300 years of Freemasonry and has been three years in the planning! The celebrations are open for everyone to enjoy, not just those associated with the Freemason Society. As one of the largest fundraising bodies in the UK we will be donating any profits generated to Midland Air Ambulance.

We have visitors travelling from all over the world, especially from Texas, who are particularly looking forward to the Battle of the Alamo re-enactment! We are looking forward to an action packed weekend."

The event will take place on Saturday 24th June – Sunday 25th June at Weston Park.

Adult tickets cost £15 in advance, or £20 on the day. Children’s tickets cost £7. Tickets are valid for both days.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at mfest300.org

 

It doesn't get much better than this

Two years planning, teams from Grand and Provincial Grand Lodges and 200 Brethren, including 28 Founders all came together at the University of Warwick on 3rd June 2017 to do something that does not happen very often these days; witness the consecration of a new Lodge, The Collegiate Lodge No 9943; in the brand new and impressive Slate Conference Suite at the University Campus.

This Lodge has been brought into being as part of the pioneering Universities Scheme which is helping young people find Freemasonry; in this case forging links with students, alumni and workers of the University of Warwick, Coventry University and Coventry Colleges.

The founders of Collegiate Lodge with the Consecrating Team
The founders of Collegiate Lodge with the Consecrating Team

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Many will have watched the Sky 1 Series 'Inside the Freemasons' and been delighted to see how successful the Scheme is. In support of further growth the Lodge was consecrated by the RW Assistant Grand Master and President of the Universities Scheme, Sir David Wooton, supported by the Provincial Grand Master of Shropshire, RW Bro Peter A Taylor, and the Provincial Grand Master of Worcestershire RW Bro Robert C Vaughan. The Assistant Grand Master used the consecrating elements of corn, wine, oil and salt according to ancient custom and was assisted by the Grand Chaplin, VW Bro Rev Canon Michael Wilson, who delivered a splendid Oration worthy of the occasion. RW Bro Sir David Wootton welcomed the newly consecrated lodge into the Universities Scheme, it being the 74th Lodge to join.

The consecrating team from London with the three Provincial Grand Masters
The consecrating team from London with the three Provincial Grand Masters

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Also supporting the event was the Past Assistant Grand Master,  RW Bro David K Williamson, founding President of the Universities Scheme together with W Bro Edward Lord, the current Chairman of the Universities Scheme who together with the Consecration Team were subsequently proposed as Honorary members.

The Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire, RW Bro David F Macey, then Installed W Bro Mark J Greenburgh as the first Master who then in turn invested him as the Immediate Past Master. The Master, who is shortly to be appointed as the Chairman of the Universities Scheme, finally invested his Officers including W Bro John F R Handley as Senior Warden and W Bro David Joyce as Junior Warden.

The new master and wardens with the Assistant Grand Master and Provincial Grand Master
The new master and wardens with the Assistant Grand Master and Provincial Grand Master

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So what a great day it was. 'Inside the Freemasons' had given us a brief insight into the consecration of a new Lodge, here was an opportunity for many of the assembled Brethren to see and be involved in their first such event watching some of the 'stars' of that series at work including Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and soon to be Chief Executive Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England, W Bro Dr David Staples acting as the Director of Ceremonies; and for those who watched the programme he did not 'do a Staples!'

After the meeting, the guests dined at the University’s Scarman House dining hall and enjoyed a splendid Festive Board meal befitting such an occasion.

With the party over the hard work begins; making this Lodge a success. Discussions are already taking place with potential candidates with a first regular meeting to take place in October.

Past Provincial Grand Master celebrates 50yrs in Freemasonry

RW Bro Michael Price, Past Provicnial Grand MasterR W Bro Michael Price CBE, Past Provincial Grand Master
celebrates 50 years in Freemasonry

 
The Lodge of Hope and Saint Alphege No 4436 is delighted to announce that the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David F Macey, will present a  certificate to R W Bro Michael J Price CBE, Past Provincial Grand Master celebrating 50 years in Freemasonry at the Kings Heath Masonic Temple on 23rd November 2017. R W Bro David Macey has also graciously agreed with his Provincial Team to dedicate a new banner to the Lodge celebrating the  merger of the Lodge of Hope 4436 and  Saint Alphege Lodge 1431 in 2010, over which he presided.
 
It promises to be splendid occasion. Places at the ceremony and the Festive Board thereafter will be in high demand, if you would like to receive a summons and make a  reservation please email the secretary of the Lodge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Help our local charities receive a share of £3million

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Masonic Charitable Foundation Tercentenary Awards for nominated Warwickshire charities

Brethren,

Charities in Warwickshire need your help to receive up to £25,000 through the MCF Community Awards – Tercentenary Fund. You will recall that in September last year, we asked your Lodge to nominate charities that you would like to support – well the time has now come to finalise the result of those nominations.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is giving away £3 million to 300 charities across England and Wales to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

A number of charities in our Province have been nominated for an award and it’s up to the Masonic community and the public to decide which charities get the largest grants through an online vote at www.mcf.org.uk/vote.

The vote will open from 12 June – 31 July 2017. When the vote is open, have your say, and help your favourite Warwickshire charity win a share of the £3 million.

Once you have voted, please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

300 charities, 3 million pounds, 300 years of Freemasonry

Send this email on to your Lodge members, and encourage them to send far and wide to help the voting process.

Warwickshire’s nominated charities are:

Best wishes,

John Hayward

Provincial Charity Steward

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The Annual Church Service - set to be a very special day..

Collegiate Church of St Mary's WarwickThe procession through Warwick to the Annual Provincial Church Service is always a special occassion in Warwickshire, but this year it is going to be better then ever. The links between the Collegiate Church of St. Mary's in Warwick and Warwickshire Freemasonry are very strong and date all the way back to 1728.

This year’s Church Service is to be a special celebration of our Tercentenary and will include pieces of music specially composed for the occasion by three of our musicians in the Province.

  • Dr Mike Grillage has written a Grand March to accompany the entry of the Provincial Grand Master & Grand & Acting Provincial Officers into the Church.
  • Peter Summers the Provincial Grand Organist has written an Introit based on the words round the ceiling of the Grand Temple at Great Queen Street.
  • Michael Irving has written the words and music of a new hymn celebrating the Tercentenary.
  • Michael has also written a prayer and set it to music adapted from Arthur Sullivan – a Past Grand Organist.

The service is being held at St. Mary’s Church, Warwick on Sunday 11th June at 3.00 pm. It will be an ecumenical Service and Brethren and families of all faiths are welcome to attend. Representatives of the Jewish, Sikh, Hindhu and Muslim faiths as well as Christian will be taking part.

The Director of Music is W Bro Peter H Summers, Provincial Grand Organist, The Provincial Choir will be under the direction of W Bro Michael Irving PAGDC, while the Assistant Director of Music at St Mary’s, Mr Mark Swinton will be playing the organ.

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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