75 year old attends Grand Lodge University Conference
The University of Birmingham Lodge 5628, which was consecrated on 31st October 75 years ago, was the second to join the ever increasing ranks of the University Scheme, initiated by the Assistant Grand Master, RW Bro David Williamson in 2005, the first being Apollo University Lodge 357 of Oxford. Details of the Scheme can be seen at www.ugle.org.uk/how-to-become-a-mason/university-section/
The Master of the Lodge W Bro Ron Parker, accompanied by hard working Secretary W Bro Clive Neal-Sturgess attended a conference at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London held specifically to discuss the progress and possible improvements of the scheme. Most of the 40 or more participating Lodges were represented.
They were personally greeted as representatives of their Lodge by the Assistant Grand Master and co-ordinators of the scheme, including W Bro Stephen Tucker, whose comments about how well they were performing in their role were taken very kindly.
Ron and Clive were introduced to the Grand Secretary, RW Bro Nigel Brown after his introductory speech to the delegates, and took the opportunity to have a photographic record made whilst standing in front of the Grand Master’s Chair on the dais in the Grand Lodge Temple.
The Lodge celebrates its 75th Birthday at its 300th meeting to be held at The Clarendon Suites, Stirling Road, Edgbaston on Monday 28th November at 5.30pm.
All masons, whether linked to the University through education or work, or just keen to visit, are cordially invited to attend the meeting at which there will be a double raising ceremony and a presentation to the Lodge of masonic artefacts from a Cheltenham Lodge.
(l-r) Clive Neal-Sturgess, Nigel Brown, David Williamson, Stephen Tucker, Ron Parker
A Walk Around Our Lodge Room
Well known masonic writer and raconteur The Revd Neville Barker Cryer is visiting Aston Manor Lodge 6323 on Tuesday 18th October, where he will give a talk entitled 'A Walk Around Our Lodge Room'.
The talk is intended to have an audience that is all inclusive, i.e. Entered Apprentices upwards, and members of other Lodges are very welcome to attend.
Neville doesn't visit Warwickshire all that regularly, and the Lodge is very pleased he has accepted their invitation. They believe he is celebrating 60 years in Freemasonry around this time, so it is a very fitting opportunity to give him a warm and hearty Warwickshire Welcome.
It is also the very first time W Bro Simon Abel, who became Master on September 20th, will open a Lodge - he hopes he will not receive a fiery baptism!
The Lodge meets at Yenton Assembly Rooms, Erdington, and will open at 6.00pm prompt, dining fee is £17.00 to include wine.
Applications should be made to the Lodge Secretary W Bro Tony Greenshields who can be contacted:
Aston Manor helps Primrose Hospice
The Aston Manor Lodge 6323 held a charity evening to support Bromsgrove's "Primrose Hospice" with further raffles and donations totalling £1250.
Master of the Lodge, W Bro Julian A Davis, saw the Primrose Hospice's exemplary care to terminally ill patients when his father was swiftly struck down with Cancer in 2008. He died in May within a month of the diagnosis and it was the Hospice that aided 'Care at Home', allowing Mr David Davis to pass on in his own home with loved ones. A priceless service, with the majority of the income to support the work of the Hospice being from donations.
(l-r) Julian Davis and Alvin Robertson.
When Julian handed over the donation, Alvin Robertson, Chief Executive of Primrose Hospice said "We are very grateful for this donation, as the Hospice requires over £10,000 per week to operate. This is collected from many sources with fundraising charity events being the most important to us".
The donation is a good example of the tremendous amount of support freemasons give to their local communities, in addition to their regional, national and international charitable activities. The Hospice has been the recipient of over £40,000 from Masonic Charities during the last couple of years.
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Bro Ivan Smart of Greville Lodge 4773 and his wife Alison have headed off to Costa Rica & Nicaragua for 4 months volunteer charity work with Raleigh International.www.raleighinternational.org
Alison will be running one of the Project Teams of around ten 17-24 year olds, in the building of toilets, schools or water supplies in what can best be described as 'The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, in a jungle'. Ivan will be running the Field Base as Programme Manager responsible for around 200 volunteers across 15 project sites in the two countries.
During his advanced 4x4 driver-training course organised by Land Rover, Ivan commented on the task ahead: " This is an outstanding opportunity and a huge privilege to help some of the poorest people in the world along with developing our next generation of leaders, although Alison & I are unlikely to see each other for more than a couple of days each month. I am of course disappointed to be missing half a Masonic season, however our DC has instructed me to take a Ritual book along to pass away any spare time. Somehow I am not sure that qualifies as 'a luxury' in true 'Desert Island Disks' style! "
Greville Lodge members and Alison, (l-r) David Jerrin, David Butcher, Paul Hollis (Master), Alison Smart, Trevor Lightowler, John Shaw, Miles Schofield, Ivan Smart
W Bro Roger Parker, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, had this advice on the trip: " My message to all those of this current generation who are fortunate to have the means of reasonably priced travel is to enjoy the opportunity of seeing how other people live happily with far fewer of the advantages that we all enjoy here in UK, to share their hospitality and generally appreciate the work of God in the grand design of things around us. "
A joint farewell party was arranged for 45 friends and family in Stratford-upon-Avon. This raised a further £300 for Acorns Children's Hospice, bringing the total for the year donated to them to £8,650, thanks to everyone's continued generosity. The toast of good luck and best wishes to Ivan and Alison was given by W Bro David Butcher. David is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Hospice, which is a regular recipient of support from Masonic charities.
Busy Year for WM
W Bro Paul Rowlands, Master of Charterhouse Lodge 5690, is having a very busy year, with 44 in attendance to see Bro Jason O'Neil at his initiation. Jason was the second candidate during Paul's year in the Chair, with a third to be initiated at an extra meeting being held by dispensation in April, and two more in the wings for next year. He is even contemplating a further extra meeting in May for a double passing, which would still leave a full programme for his successor!
Pictured are (l-r), front row, Bro Adam Sands (the son of the resident Steward at Coventry Masonic Hall, Bro David Sands who is currently Senior Deacon), Bro Jason O'Neil, Bro Bill Clisham (initiated in December) and Bro Martin Ney.
Both Adam and Martin will be raised in the current session. In the back row is W Bro Roger Parker (Assistant Provincial Grand Master), WM Paul Rowlands and the Lodge's Grand Officer W Bro Alex McDowall.