Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

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.

The Warwickshire results are in

Edwards Trust
Edwards Trust
Once again, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the MCF Community Awards by voting and encouraging their friends and families to vote.

The six charities nominated in Warwickshire received a fantastic amount of support from their local communities and we are pleased to announce the following results:

EDWARDS TRUST

Congratulations to Edwards Trust who received the most votes in Warwickshire and have secured a grant of £25,000!


THE STONEHOUSE GANG

The Stonehouse Gang has been awarded a grant of £15,000


BIRMINGHAM CRISIS CENTRE

Birmingham Crisis Centre has been awarded a grant of £6,000


BIRMINGHAM SETTLEMENT

Birmingham Settlement has been awarded a grant of £4,000


FASTAID BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL

FastAid Birmingham and Solihull has been awarded a grant of £4,000


TINY TIM'S CHILDREN'S CENTRE

Tiny Tim's Children's Centre has been awarded a grant of£4,000

 

 

 

   

 

Famous Five Initiative - aiming for our target

Famous Five
Famous Five
Launched by the Provincial Grand Master at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in May 2013, the ‘’Famous Five’’ initiative has achieved a great deal since the first donations were made in July 2014. After the first year, amounts totalling £40,733 were donated to the four non-Masonic Charities.  In 2015, a further £37,500 was donated followed by £35,000 in 2016.

The ‘’Famous Five’’ has been incredibly well supported by the majority of Warwickshire Lodges since it was launched in 2013. The announcement has now been made that the 2023 Masonic Charitable Foundation Festival will be launched on 15th January 2018. The Famous Five will therefore conclude at the end of 2017, so that the emphasis from then on will be firmly focussed on the Festival. It is my hope that by its conclusion at the end of 2017, the target of £150,000 for the Famous Five Charities will have been achieved.

Donations made at present total as follows:

Acorns Children’s Hospice £30,000
Birmingham Children’s Hospital  £30,000
Midlands Air Ambulance £15,000
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air ambulance £15,000
St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick £24,346
Awaiting distribution £24,000
Total £138,346

This means that in the remaining period, I am looking to achieve just under £12,000, which I know is a lot to expect, but I am hoping that our £150,000 target will be achieved with the help of every Lodge. I would ask that every Lodge makes a donation during that period, of at least one charity collection, or a donation from Lodge funds if preferred. I am sure we can rely on the generosity of all Warwickshire Lodges to help us meet this target.

John Hayward
Provincial Charity Steward
September 2017

 

Single & Double Flats available at Reading Court

Reading Court is a Sheltered Housing Scheme run by the Masonic Housing Association and is situated a short distance from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon. The scheme has 32 single and 13 double flats, each with a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom; there is a resident Warden and all the flats are fitted with an emergency pull cord.

Single and Double flats will soon be coming available in this beautiful location, with lounge, kitchen and bathroom with shower in Sheltered Accommodation.


Reading Court, Tiddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7SA

Single and Double flats will soon be coming available in this beautiful location near to Stratford. With lounge, kitchen and bathroom with shower in Sheltered Accommodation.

Resident manager, central heating, communal lounge, laundry and social club, shared maintained garden, lift. Car Parking and Mobility Scooter Garaging

Minimum age 60. Weekly rent £144.91 single and £155.56 double (this includes £10.65 and £11.15 supplement respectively per week for some staff and services which is not eligible for Housing Benefit). 

Landlords: Masonic Housing Association.

Contact the Scheme Manager, Pam Jowers for further details and application form – 01789 297301 or David J Bateman on 01386 792856

What a Difference a Grant Makes!!

Each year, the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association donates sums to a variety of charities – some large, and some very small.  With some, our donations go into general funds, but others tell us exactly how we have helped the organisation.  Here is a small sample of a few of those where we have received very positive feedback:

1st Hartshill Scout Group (Nuneaton)

 Scouts We have recently been reviewing and replacing our Group’s equipment and our latest request was for some new tents. With your very generous donation we have been able to negotiate an excellent price, and purchase from a local supplier seven new tents. This has come at a very opportune moment as the scout section are intending to camp on July 15th, and they will be the first to use them. Our heartfelt thanks for your continuing support.

Northleigh House School, Warwick

 Northleigh Thank you for the very lovely cheque that has just arrived. It could not be more appreciated. We are saving to build another outside wooden classroom and we will use the money towards this project, which when complete will mean we can take more children.  Thank you for your kindness.

British Lung Foundation

British Lung Foundation  Your donation will help support one of our 230 Breathe Easy groups for a whole year, offering people with lung disease the chance to build friendships with others who understand what they’re going through. You help us to fund research and find new ways to prevent, cure and treat lung disease, and campaign for a positive change in the nation’s lung health.

Douglas Bader Foundation

DBF  Thank you so much for your generous donation to the Douglas Bader Foundation, in particular for our Bader Braves Project for amputee and disabled children in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Your generosity means we are able to continue offering amazing experiences like the Young Aviator days, Activity Weekend, Go-Karting experiences and Sailing.

Priestley Smith School, Great Barr Birmingham
(For Blind & Partially Sighted Pupils)

Priestley Smith  We have put your very generous donation towards the purchase of a Braille Note – this enables our blind pupils not only to have parity with sighted pupils in the use of information technology, but also gives them access to the internet. We are very pleased that you consider our school to be a deserving cause.

BID Services
Birmingham Institute for the Deaf

BID  We have split your kind donation between two worthwhile projects that we feel meets the charitable objectives of the Freemasons. These are our Summer holiday scheme for deaf children and young people, and our weekly Life Skills group for deaf adults with additional learning difficulties. Your donation enables us to do so much more for to support our deaf people.

Riding for the Disabled, Lowlands Farm, Warwick

RDA  What a lovely surprise when I opened your letter yesterday. Lowlands Farm riders really appreciate such generosity, as we can offer them the pleasure and therapeutic value that riding a horse or pony gives them at a greatly reduced cost. (Horses and ponies are not the cheapest animals to keep). Our sincere thanks for enabling us to benefit from your charity.

Springfield Mind, Stratford on Avon

MIND  We are extremely grateful for your very kind donation. All the donations we receive are a key part in keeping our services running consistently and to a high standard as well as enabling us to work towards our vision of a society where people with mental health distress can live free of stigma, discrimination and achieve their own personal wellbeing. Thanks again for your support.

Stratford upon Avon Stroke Support Group

 Stroke You may recall that your last donation was used to purchase an IPad and software programs suggested by the Stroke Association. It is our intention this year to obtain a projector and associated items for use when we have visiting health care specialists and speakers, and also exercise mirrors to enable our survivors to measure their development effectively with visual aids.   Once again, thank you for your generosity.

Carers Trust Heart of England, Coventry

Carers Trust  Your donation will be used to support our free core service to support carers throughout Warwickshire. This service is to directly support carers by giving them a well-earned break from their caring responsibilities for a few hours. Your donation will provide 63 hours of support. Our carers tell us that our service is a “godsend” and your generous donation is very much appreciated.

Caudwell Children

Caudwell  It is with great pleasure that I am writing to confirm receipt of your donation towards Therapy Cycles for disabled children living in Warwickshire. You are bringing real change not only to the life of a disabled child but also to the lives of their whole family.   Caudwell Children relies totally on voluntary income and without your support we would be unable to continue to provide essential services to those that really need them.

222nd Birmingham (Wilson Stuart) Disabled Scout Group

 Scout Your donation will again be put to good use for the ongoing requirements of the group to acquire all that is required to enable children to have all their uniforms provided and all equipment in order that they are able to carry out their badge work. It also means the funds are available to take an increased number of children both in the disabled group, and a larger number able to camp.


This small sample gives an idea of the help we are providing in our local community.  The full summary of our donations this year can be viewed here , totalling almost £150,000.  Many of our donations have also featured on individual websites, facebook pages & twitter comments, giving Freemasonry in general and this Province in particular some good publicity.

Many of the donations we make are as a result of recommendations from Lodges and individual members, as well as direct requests.   Any Lodge or member wishing to nominate a registered charity operating within Warwickshire is welcome to contact John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward, for consideration in the 2018 allocation from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association.  

JBH

 

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