Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Boldmere take a road trip to deliver a 50 year certificate

On Saturday 15th July, the Lodge Mentor of Boldmere Lodge No 4704, W Bro Graham C Holt accompanied by the Lodge Secretary, W Bro Dennis R Trent, travelled to the village of Woolminstone in Somerset to the home of W Bro Donald Fraser, an Honorary Member of the Lodge, to present him with his 50 year certificate in Freemasonry, on behalf of The RW Provincial Grand Master, W Bro David F Macey.

W Bro Don, who is now wheel chair bound after suffering a stroke several years ago, had been unable to attend the March meeting to celebrate his 50 years service and Boldmere Lodge had sought permission from the Provincial Grand Secretary to complete the certificate presentation by means of a home visit.

W Bro Graham Holt presenting the certificate to W Bro Donald Fraser
W Bro Graham Holt presenting the certificate to W Bro Donald Fraser

Don was initiated into Boldmere Lodge in 1967 and after just a few years membership he moved to Nigeria with his business. Upon his returning to Sutton Coldfield, he quickly became an active member once again, and subsequently was elected as Worshipful Master in 1985. He continued his very active participation as a Past Master and became a Preceptor and later Director of Ceremonies during the late 80s until his retirement in 1992. It was then that he moved to his delightful cottage in the tiny village of Woolminstone, near Crewkerne with his wife Irene who sadly has since passed to the Grand Lodge above; Don continued to make the long trip back to Boldmere on a regular basis until the journey became too arduous and, eventually, he was elected an Honorary Member for his services.

W Bro Don has retained his endearing sense of humour despite his mobility problems; he proved to be the perfect host during the visit and his sense of pride in showing us around his beautiful and extensive garden was very evident. With the help of some photographs and other Lodge memorabilia which we had taken with us, Don took great delight in remembering members, both present and past during our almost three hours spent with him.

It was, indeed, a great honour and privilge to conclude the afternoon by presenting W Bro Don with his 50 year certificate, on behalf of The RW Provincial Grand Master, and send him the greetings, and congratulations, of fellow Warwickshire masons.

W Bro Graham Holt

 

The photograph is courtesy of 'cameraman' W Bro Dennis Trent,  Provincial Grand Stward and shows W Bro Graham C Holt, Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden (right) presenting the certificate to W Bro Donald A Fraser, Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon (seated).

MCF Community Award Vote is closing - don't miss your chance

 Voting closes on Monday 31st July - have your say before it is too late

MCF

Six local charities in Warwickshire have been nominated to receive an MCF Community Award

Find out more about the charities nominated in Warwickshire and vote for your favourite >>

Edward's Trust

Edward's Trust

The Stonehouse Gang

The Stonehouse Gang

  FastAid

FastAid Birmingham and Solihull

  Tiny Tim's

Tiny Tim's Childrens Centre

  Birmingham Crisis Centre

Birmingham Crisis Centre

  Birmingham Settlement

Birmingham Settlement


MCF COMMUNITY AWARDS – TERCENTENARY FUND

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons have nominated 300 local charities across England and Wales to receive a grant from the Foundation.

Depending on the size of each regional area across England and Wales, four, six or eight charities operating locally have been nominated and have a chance to receive a grant between £4,000 and £25,000.

Every nominated charity will receive a grant, but it's up to you to decide how much each charity gets!

The public vote is open from Monday 12 June until 31 July. The results of the vote will be announced in August.

Last few days to have your say in the MCF Charity Vote

 All of the good causes nominated by Warwickshire were invited to work with us to promote their organisation for the MCF Vote. this article is the submission by FastAid.

In Freemasonry, we benefit from many members personal experience  in the running of our Lodges - many accountants are Treasurers of Lodges, many administrators are Secretaries of Lodges.

How many times, I wonder, does a Mason’s other hobbies come into play in such a dramatic way as one of our Warwickshire members?

W Bro Stuart Jenkins, of Forest of Arden Lodge No 3826 and Shenstonian Lodge No 5544 has been called upon to practice a peculiar set of skills on two occasions in the past couple of years, both within the depths of Masonic Ceremony.

FastAid
Stuart is a Community First Responder (CFR) for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), and secretary of FastAid Birmingham and Solihull, one of the First Responder Charities working with WMAS.  Community First Responders are volunteers who stand by at their homes or workplaces, and respond to critical 999 calls when they are able to reach an incident faster than the nearest ambulance resource.

The first time in Lodge that Stuart was called upon to use his diverse skills, was when a visitor to his lodge collapsed during the Installation, just as Stuart was about to invest the new Master.  Switching roles from Installing Master to CFR without batting an eyelid, Stuart called further assistance and assisted the attending Paramedics, before seamlessly resuming the role of Installing Master.

On another occasion, Stuart noticed the Junior Warden in another Lodge become ill during the ceremony.  He was able to remove the poorly Brother from the Lodge, and administer help whilst calling for further assistance from WMAS.

CFR’s are a vital resource in our communities.  Trained by the Ambulance Service and equipped with Oxygen, a defibrillator and other equipment, they all volunteer to spend at least 20 hours per month on call, and also to support Medical Event Cover, and defibrillator training. FastAid is currently working with the Province to train Brethren in the use of the Defibrillators located in each Masonic Centre in the Province. WMAS trains these volunteers to a high standard, and it costs £1850 to equip each volunteer.

FastAid has been nominated to receive an award from the MCF as part of the Tercentenary Celebrations.  If you would like to help FastAid gain funds which will undoubtedly go towards equipping the 8 new CFR’s currently under training, please visit https://mcf.org.uk/region/warwickshire/ and vote for FastAid!

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We've had a fantastic response to the MCF Community Awards and have received over 130,000 votes since the polls opened in June.

Although it's a public vote, only 13% of voters are Freemasons. We want as many Freemasons to vote as possible, so if you haven't voted yet click here to choose your favourite charity.

Voting is quick and easy! You're just a few clicks away from helping a fantastic charity secure a share of three million pounds. Your vote could make all the difference!

Tercentenary Picnic and Trains with Hertford Lodge

HERTFORD LODGE 3208

TERCENTENARY

PICNIC AND TRAINS

Sunday 30th July 1.45 - 4.30

at

LITTLE HAY MINIATURE RAILWAY

BALLENY GREEN, LITTLE HAY WS14 0BQ

Tercentenary Trains

Dress – Not best clothes

Ladies – No flowing dresses or scarves as they may catch in wheels

Bring a picnic. Tea and coffee available (No alcohol)

Unlimited rides on the railway and experience driving an engine under supervision.

We are limited by 40 parking spaces so “first come etc”

Children are requested to supervise adults at all times!

There will be a raffle for St. Giles Hospice and RNLI

Hertford Lodge Tercentenary Picnic and Trains 30th July 2017

To assist with numbers please RSVP by Wednesday 26th July to W Bro. Bill Hall

128 Hereford Road Monmouth NP25 3GD …. Tel:- 01600 719600

I will/will not be attending Picnic & Trains

Name................................... Phone Number …..............................

................Adults ….......... Children

Total due £12.00 per car. Cheques payable to Hertford Lodge 3208 Social a/c

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