Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

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

 

 

Provincial Church Service - A Joyous Celebration

On Sunday 11th June the brethren of Warwickshire gathered for the Annual Church Service at the Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick. As is custom, the Acting Provincial Officers for 2017 accompanied by Grand Officers and Visiting Dignitaries processed from the Warwick Lodge Rooms at Alderson House to the church in full regalia. Thankfully the weather was kind, which brought out the locals to witness the procession.

The Provincial Grand Master being escorted by the Procession
The Provincial Grand Master being escorted by the Procession

The procession joined those already seated in the church and VW Bro Alan Wellan welcomed the congregation on behalf of the Church Council.

The Provincial Grand Master leading the procession into the church
The Provincial Grand Master leading the procession into the church

For this very special occasion the Provincial Grand Organist, W Bro Peter Summers composed "He shall build me an House" which was performed by the Provincial Choir with W Bro Chris Grove delivering the solo. This moving piece was inspired by the words taken from the central frieze adorning the ceiling of the Grand Temple at Freemasons Hall in London.

The opening readings were presented by representatives of world faiths relating to their passages of Holy Scripture, demonstrating that this a truly inclusive and multi faith celebration. W Bro Suresh Modi represented the Hindu Faith, W Bro Parminder Bhamra represented the Sikh Faith, W Bro Sohail Karamat represented the Islamic Faith, W Bro Keith Reynolds represented the Jewish Faith and W Bro Paul Wheeler represented the Christian Faith.

Representatives of Hindu, Sikh, Islamic, Jewish and Christian Faiths
Representatives of Hindu, Sikh, Islamic, Jewish and Christian Faiths

The Provincial Grand Chaplain led the service with readings from both the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris and the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey. The address delivered by W Bro John Cowan was an entertaining and inspiring retrospective of the strengths of our order, on this the celebration of the Tercentenary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge.

The Provincial Choir
The Provincial Choir

The service was made even more special than usual by the music, prayers and songs written specially for this occasion by the very talented team of W Bro Michael Irving, who composed a prayer and the hymn "Let us sing to God a New Hymn"

The service was closed with blessings from each of the represented faiths, strongly demonstrating the unity and inclusive nature of our fraternity.

 

Masonry Universal

Thursday 22nd June promises to be a special evening at an especial meeting of Monolithos Lodge 8475 in Leamington Spa.

The members of Acalanes Fellowship Lodge No 480 under the Grand Lodge of California will be demonstrating a second degree ceremony as it is practised in California.

W Bro Harry Burt,  Worshipful Master of 480, is an ex-pat Coventrian, and when the opportunity to visit England during the 300 years celebrations arose, it was too good an opportunity to miss.

W Bro Harry Burt with the Acalanes Officers for 2017
W Bro Harry Burt with the Acalanes Officers for 2017

Acalanes Fellowship Lodge #480 of Free and Accepted Masons is a composite of three separate lodges:  Fellowship Lodge #480, Fortitude Lodge #624 and Acalanes Lodge #723. Today, Acalanes Fellowship Lodge maintains an enthusiastic membership and remains a successful lodge in Central Contra Costa County.  Two of the lodge’s Past Masters, Most Worshipful E. Arthur Haglund and Most Worshipful Alvin Weis, have each served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California, in 1984 and 1999 respectively.  Several other lodge members have served as officers of the Grand Lodge over the years, including Very Worshipful Allan Casalou (Past Master), the current Grand Secretary, and Worshipful Gary Charland (also Past Master), who currently serves as Vice President of the Masonic Homes of California. - You can read their latest newsletter here.

For those interested in attending please email Chris Walton on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book in by Monday 19th June at the latest.

 

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