Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Tercentenary Celebration Gala Dinner

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Friday 3rd November 2017

 

 

 

As this celebration year comes to an end and we look back on the fabulous events that have taken place, it’s time to plan the culmination event.

To finish the year in style, Rugby has been chosen to host one of the official Provincial events under the presidency of one of the Provincial rulers.

We have secured the services, for one night only, of a chef from Coombe Abbey, who along with our own team will produce an exceptional six-course, fine dining menu, we will be showing highlights of the celebration event from The Albert Hall and be entertained by Stringfever.

The program for the evening will be as follows;

6.45pm Prosecco and canapes reception

7.30pm Dinner to be served.

Menu

Amuse Bouche - Mini tomato and red pepper soup with a cheese straw

Starter - Griddled watermelon, melon pearls, thyme, honey & yoghurt dressing

Main course – Textures of lamb, lamb sauce, feta and rosemary crumble

- Appropriate vegetables & potatoes.

Pre-dessert - Autumn fruit jelly

Dessert - Apple tart, calvados cream, apple crisp.

                  - Cheese & biscuits, apple, celery and Port

                  - Coffee and chocolates

Entertainment throughout dinner will be an acoustic set from Stringfever and following dinner a full electric set.

For those who are not aware, Stringfever are a quartet who have appeared with Graham Norton on the BBC and we have been very lucky to secure their services.

10.30 Evening to conclude

The cost for the evening will include the drinks reception, full menu, port with cheese and the entertainment. Menu alterations can only be for dietary requirements.

Wine will be available for purchase.

Please support this fabulous event. All are welcome and lets celebrate a momentous year and our extraordinary hobby in true Rugby style.

The event will be Black tie for Gentlemen and cocktail dresses for the ladies.

Pleaae see the attachment here for full details.

 

Sky Diving brother raises £2000 for charity

Over £2000 has been raised by Warwickshire Mason, W Bro Bill Stammers, PM of Wyley Lodge 3836 meeting in Warwick. At the young age of 74, Bill has taken his first sky dive with his daughter Sally Smith and her work colleague Michelle Lowe, to raise funds for Stroke Club UK. Just about to enter the clouds, descending from 13000 feet, the parachute deployed at 5000 feet. Bill (above) is anchored to dive instructor Dave Luke, a member of Castle Lodge 7302, Oxfordshire.

W Bro bill Stammers in Tandem

It was Bill’s son Will, who survived a stroke at the age of 38, and who inspired Bill to take the dive of his life.   Will, with his wife Sue and their children Thalia (9) and Alex (6), all support Stroke Club UK where stroke survivors, their families, friends and carers, can meet together socially. Their clarion call is “Let us brighten up your day”

You can still make donations via the Club website www.strokeclubuk.org, and “brighten up their day”!

Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association is pleased and proud to support Stroke Club UK, Registered Charity No. 1157370.

Final Classic 300 Midlands route with 78 mile journey

W Bro Charles Bennett hands the gavel to W Bro Peter Manning, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire

As the sun shone down on Sulgrave Manor, classic cars from as far away as Yorkshire and South Wales were flagged off by W Bro Charles Bennett, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire

This marked the start of the fourth and final Midlands route of the Classic 300.

The participants, on Sunday 27th August, followed a route taking them 78 miles from Sulgrave Manor – the ancestral home of Bro George Washington’s family - to the Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport - where Bro Sir Winston Churchill was born. 

On the way, the classic vehicles passed through the Cotswolds including Bourton on the Water and Burford. This route was organised by W Bro Dermot Bambridge and W Bro John Harmer – members of Silverstone Lodge No. 9877 and on the Classic 300 Midlands organising committee.

Before the first car departed from Sulgrave, W Bro Charles Bennett handed W Bro Peter Manning, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire, a specially made gavel to carry on the route.

The gavel was made from the con rod of a Jaguar D-type, which was the legendary model that won the 24 Hours at Le Mans for England no less than three times during the 1950s. This and four other identical gavels are being ceremonially carried by a car on each route.

The Classic 300 is a series of events for classic cars and was started by the Grand Master at Windsor Great Park in May. It is part of the Tercentenary celebrations of the United Grand Lodge of England and will finish at Brooklands on 1st October.

 

Hundreds attend funeral of Battle of Britain pilot

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE FUNERAL OF W BRO KEN WILKINSON, A BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOT AND MEMBER OF BOTH WARWICKSHIRE AND WORCESTERSHIRE PROVINCES

Ken Wilkinson

The service was held in St Alphege Church in his home town of Solihull on 8th September 2017, with dozens lining the streets outside to pay their respects. W Bro Wilkinson’s coffin was carried into the church draped in the British flag, whilst a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire cascaded through the sky above.

W Bro Wilkinson was one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots and was described as “a true gentleman” by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

Those present included Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon, representing The Prince of Wales, as well as senior military commanders of the Royal Air Force and members of the Royal British Legion.

W Bro Ken was an Honorary member of the Warwickshire Royal Air Force Lodge, Frankley Beeches Lodge (Worcestershire), Grosvenor Chapter and also of the Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge and Warwickshire First Principals Chapter.   Until his later years he had been a very active Freemason in both Warwickshire and Worcestershire, and held the rank of PProvSGW in both.

W Bro Wilkinson died on 31st July 2017 at the age of 99.

 

Warm Welcome at new Master and Wardens’ Seminar: 2020 Vision

2020 Vision

2020 Vision – The Future of My Lodge

The first group of Masters and Wardens to attend the new 2020 Vision – The Future of My Lodge presentation met at Severn Street on Monday 4th September with 25 Masters and Wardens attending. This was the first of 16 presentations being held over a two week period in Masonic Centres throughout the Province aimed at all WMs and Wardens who have been personally invited to attend by the Provincial Grand Master.

The Seminar was opened by Asst PGM Peter Manning who welcomed all present, and confirmed the aim of the presentation was to focus on following up the Three Year Plan initiative launched to Lodges in 2015 by encouraging the Masters and Wardens to revisit their Plans, rethink how they want the Lodge to move forward and to adapt their Plan for a further three years and secure the future of their Lodge.

Peter then introduced the members of the Education and Development Committee who would run the event, Mike Hogarth and John Handley, who led the presentation in a lively and engaging style.

The aim of the presentation was to share best practice and encourage and motivate the brethren present to focus on developing, with the Lodge members involved and with a shared commitment, an updated, effective Three Year Plan which covered the key areas within a Lodge and would ensure its continuing success – Succession Planning, Recruitment, Retention, Re-engagement, Mentoring and Social Media and Communication.

The attendees were encouraged to relate the suggestions made in the content to their own Lodges and consider how their current practices can be enhanced and improved, to implement some of the initiatives outlined after discussion involving their Lodge members and where appropriate change how the Lodge operates.

Finally, Peter Manning thanked them all for coming and hoped that they would share some of the best practice ideas outlined with their Lodge members, seek their commitment to try something new and instil in them a determination to ensure their Lodge will prosper.

The feedback was positive and the key messages well received by all attendees.

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