Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Boldmere Lodge supports MS Support Groups

On Friday 30th June, 2017 a 50 year celebration of the formation of the Sutton Coldfield Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Support Group took place at their meeting room in Sutton Coldfield Youth Centre, Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Presentation to Lichfield and Tamworth MS Branch
Presentation to Lichfield and Tamworth MS Branch
Presentation to the Sutton Coldfield MS Branch
Presentation to the Sutton Coldfield MS Branch

Attended by Sutton Coldfield MP, Andrew Mitchell, a presentation took place of two cheques each of £675.50 to the Sutton Coldfield Multiple Sclerosis Branch and the Lichfield and Tamworth Multiple Sclerosis Branch. The funds were raised at several Lodge social functions throughout the year and presented by the Worshipful Master, Adrian Midddleton, of Boldmere Masonic Lodge 4704 which meets in Mill Street.  Also in attendance with him were the Lodge Secretary, W Bro Dr Dennis Trent the Lodge Almoner W Bro David Sparkes.

About MS Support

MS can be tough to deal with, especially when you've just been diagnosed. The MS Society ensures that you're not alone.

The MS Society can help you get

  • Emotional support
  • Benefits guidance
  • The right care

They also offer support to:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Carers and families

To find out more about the local branches you can visit the MS Society website at:

Sutton Coldfield District Branch: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/near-me/branches/sutton-coldfield-and-district-branch

Tamworth and Lichfield Branch: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/near-me/branches/tamworth-and-lichfield-branch

Lambeth Palace and Coventry Cathedral

On the hottest day of the year so far (21st June), a contingent from Coventry & Warwickshire travelled to Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, to meet the Archbishop and to hear the urgent need for additional funding for Coventry Cathedral. The group included the Bishop and Dean of the Cathedral and numerous members of the clergy at Coventry, with the Mayor and former Mayors of Coventry, and many supporters, donors and business personalities from the city. Also included in the group were the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Victor Keene, Provincial Charity Steward, W Bro John Hayward, and a number of Coventry freemasons with interests in the Cathedral.

VW Bro Victor Keene approaching Lambeth Palace
VW Bro Victor Keene approaching Lambeth Palace

The presentation commenced with an introduction from the Dean of Coventry outlining the needs of the Cathedral, followed by an inspirational address from the Archbishop, who clearly has a great affection for Coventry having spent a number of years of his vocation there before becoming head of the Church of England.

The appeal on behalf of Coventry Cathedral is known as "Investors in Hope" and is founded on the basis that:

"Coventry Cathedral is an extraordinary place, dedicated to inspiring and bringing reconciliation, hope and peace. The organisation is looking for some extraordinary people, committed to supporting this iconic place, and enabling the inspirational work to continue and flourish in the years ahead."

Coventry Cathedral is firmly rooted in the real world. Because the real world is often unforgiving, the inspirational presence offered by the Cathedral, together with the work and witness that flow from it, are in constant demand. But the world is also unforgiving materially and financially. Even a building as evocative and much-loved as this faces maintenance concerns and money worries.

These issues are now coming to a head – which is why the Cathedral is looking for some very special people who are being called Coventry Cathedral’s "Investors in Hope".

The need is for an additional £200,000 each year to enable them simply to keep the doors open, the lights on, and the work and witness alive. To help us sustain their vital work month in, month out, they are inviting "Investors in Hope" to join the committed giving scheme.

The evening presentation at Lambeth Palace was completed by a Compline – the final service of the day – personally conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who thanked everyone individually for their presence.

 

The interior of Lambeth Palace Chapel
The interior of Lambeth Palace Chapel

Turning to Warwickshire, a choral evensong service was held in Coventry Cathedral in October 2015, and a further service is planned later this year. This follows recent meetings and exchange of views between Freemasonry in Warwickshire and the clergy at Coventry Cathedral. The Provincial Grand Master and VW Bro Victor Keene have both been involved in these discussions, and the Province, via the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, has pledged an initial £5000. The Provincial Charity Steward is discussing matching this amount via the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Detailed information on Coventry Cathedral can be seen on their website here and full details of Investors in Hope can be seen here

JBH

 

Annual National Service Day – 25th June 2017

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas was once again the venue for the fifteenth National Service Day commemoration. A large audience with many invited guests and civic dignitaries, witnessed this spectacular event, which was again organised solely by Gerald Rose, who is the Founder & National Chairman of the National Service Foundation. W Bro Gerald is also a Past Master of Sutton Pilgrims Lodge, where he has been a member for over 50 years.

The introduction in the order of service, restates the aims of the Foundation, to remember all those from the three services who died in battle, and to educate future generations of the sacrifices made for the freedoms of today.

W Bro Ron Eamonson reads a poem entitled “To Those Who Served”
W Bro Ron Eamonson reads a poem entitled “To Those Who Served”

The service was led by Commander David Childs RN, CBE, Founder of the National Memorial Arboretum and President of the National Service Foundation. Parades of representatives of the forces with standards, including the Masonic standards of the Provinces of Warwickshire, Derbyshire & Staffordshire were very impressive.

W Bro Ron Eamonson, PAGDC, a continuing trustee of the National Service Foundation, laid a wreath on behalf of all Freemasons who had made the supreme sacrifice, and also read a most moving poem entitled “To Those Who Served” written by T W Ward, a poet from Scarborough who has composed many moving pieces. Following the Last Post, Observation of Silence, Reveille, and laying of the wreaths, Air Chief Marshall Sir Peter Squire, GCB, DFC, AFC, DL, FRAES, RN, gave a personal address. This included his pleasure in being present at such a moving service, and reference to the continuous work at the National Memorial Centre.

The Province of Warwickshire was represented by W Bro Christopher Rogers, Asst Provincial Grand Master, and W Bro John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward with their wives, together with W Bro Mark Homes and W Bro Alan Harwood, both Provincial Grand Standard Bearers appointed in May this year. Representatives of Staffordshire & Derbyshire were also present for the service. A donation by the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association had been made earlier in the year in support of the National Service Veterans Foundation, as has been the case for several years.

Provincial Standard Bearers on Parade. W Bro Alan Harwood and W Bro Mark Holmes are the last in the line-up
Provincial Standard Bearers on Parade. W Bro Alan Harwood and W Bro Mark Holmes are the last in the line-up

The new Masonic Memorial, which was dedicated earlier this year, is situated just to the left of the area where the service took place, and with the pillars on either side, catches the eye of every visitor entering the centre.

The New Masonic Memorial at Alrewas
The New Masonic Memorial at Alrewas

Despite the threat of rain throughout the service, a splendid and impressive day was enjoyed by all present.

JBH

 

Tercentenary Organ Recital - September 2017

All brethren and their wives, partners, family and friends are most cordially invited to attend the latest in the series of “Tercentenary” one-hour, free organ concerts at 19:15 on the 13th September 2017.  The concert is being given by John Kitchen, OBE, the City Organist of Edinburgh, on the refurbished Grand Temple organ.

The works being played (subject to final confirmation) will include music by Bach, Handel and Elgar as well as the well-known and dazzling ‘Widor’s Toccata’, accompanying lighter pieces such as Handel in the Strand, by Grainger and a selection of Scottish dances arranged by Michael Thomson. 

Tickets can be reserved, free of charge at: https://goo.gl/5L7Hby

Tercentenary Organ Recital

 

Orders unite to help the Stratford Cancer and Eye Hospital

W Bro Martin Grahame-Dunn has this year found himself in the chair in four orders simultaneously, so decided to take the opportunity to bring the orders together for a ladies night in order to celebrate the support received by our ladies and to raise money for the Stratford Cancer and Eye Hospital appeal.

The orders represented were:

  • Monolithos Lodge No 8475 (the host Lodge)
  • The Shakespeare Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 40 TI
  • The Shakespeare Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 40
  • The Leamington Priors Preceptory of Knights Templar No 647

The event raised a total of £950 and pictured below is W Bro Martin Grahame-Dunn and Brother Damien Isaak who made a presentation of the cheques, along with Miss Kate Hughes, the principal lady at the Ladies Night. This is in addition to the donation of £500 from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association earlier this year.

Bro Damien Isaak, Miss Kate Hughes (principal lady at the Ladies Night) and W Bro Martin Grahame-Dunn
Bro Damien Isaak, Miss Kate Hughes (principal lady at the Ladies Night) and W Bro Martin Grahame-Dunn

 About the Stratford Cancer and Eye Hospital Appeal

Stratford Hospital is run by South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.  The Trust runs four hospitals across South Warwickshire and provides safe, effective, compassionate care for a population of over half a million people.

There are exciting plans to build a new state of the art hospital in the centre of Stratford.  The first phase will provide first class Cancer and eye services for local residents of Stratford and surrounding districts.

Without these services near to home, patients previously  had to travel long, tiring distances to other facilities which are further afield to receive treatment. In some cases cancer patients decided to go without their treatment as they were unable to travel long distances every day, when they may already be feeling weak from treatments.

The new treatment centres for cancer and eyes will make a huge difference to the local community by expanding the choice and services available in their home town.

The South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund is registered charity no. 1056424. The Trust has launched The Stratford Hospital Cancer and Eye Appeal to raise £1 million to pay for special enhancements to the new hospital.

The Appeal is entirely independent from the NHS. Run through our independent charitable fund, it receives no statutory funding but relies entirely on the generous support of the local community, businesses and grant making trusts. It is thanks to our donors, fundraisers and volunteers that the Trust can invest in special enhancements, equipment and services to provide best possible care and comfort for patients.

To find out more watch the video of the Stratford’s Cancer and Eye Hospital Appeal

 

 

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