Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

The Annual Church Service - set to be a very special day..

Collegiate Church of St Mary's WarwickThe procession through Warwick to the Annual Provincial Church Service is always a special occassion in Warwickshire, but this year it is going to be better then ever. The links between the Collegiate Church of St. Mary's in Warwick and Warwickshire Freemasonry are very strong and date all the way back to 1728.

This year’s Church Service is to be a special celebration of our Tercentenary and will include pieces of music specially composed for the occasion by three of our musicians in the Province.

  • Dr Mike Grillage has written a Grand March to accompany the entry of the Provincial Grand Master & Grand & Acting Provincial Officers into the Church.
  • Peter Summers the Provincial Grand Organist has written an Introit based on the words round the ceiling of the Grand Temple at Great Queen Street.
  • Michael Irving has written the words and music of a new hymn celebrating the Tercentenary.
  • Michael has also written a prayer and set it to music adapted from Arthur Sullivan – a Past Grand Organist.

The service is being held at St. Mary’s Church, Warwick on Sunday 11th June at 3.00 pm. It will be an ecumenical Service and Brethren and families of all faiths are welcome to attend. Representatives of the Jewish, Sikh, Hindhu and Muslim faiths as well as Christian will be taking part.

The Director of Music is W Bro Peter H Summers, Provincial Grand Organist, The Provincial Choir will be under the direction of W Bro Michael Irving PAGDC, while the Assistant Director of Music at St Mary’s, Mr Mark Swinton will be playing the organ.

Birmingham Children's Hospital - 100 Heroes 2017

At a splendid afternoon tea event at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Saturday 13th May, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire was named in the category of Community Organisations and Supporters as one of the "100 Heroes" of the Hospital Charity.   This was in recognition of the substantial donations made by the Province, from both the Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five initiative, and the annual Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association grants, as well as donations from numerous Warwickshire Lodges.

 John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward receives the “100 Heroes” award from Chief Executive Sarah-Jane Marsh on behalf of the Province.  <strong>"100 Heroes"</strong> This balloon is on the wall in reception, to publicly mark the Province’s qualification as one of the "100 Heroes" award winners.

Provincial Charity Steward, John
Hayward, receives the "100 Heroes"
award on behalf of the Province from
Chief Executive Sarah-Jane Marsh.

This commemorative plaque was presented to
each of the "100 Heroes" award winners.

 

This balloon is on the wall in reception, to
publicly mark the Province’s qualification as
one of the "100 Heroes" award winners.

Not only were we treated to an afternoon tea, each recipient was welcomed by the Chief Executive, Ms Sarah-Jane Marsh, and presented with a plaque to mark the donations and achievements. Birmingham Children’s Hospital provides the widest range of children’s health services for young patients from Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond, with over 250,000 patient visits every year.

BCH is a centre of excellence and is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year. Providing the highest quality treatment and care to young patients, supporting their loved ones and advancing medical innovation has been the driving force behind the hospital since first opening its doors in 1862.

Birmingham Children's HospitalBirmingham Children's Hospital

A vast amount of information about the hospital can be found on http://www.bch.nhs.uk/ and on their fundraising site http://www.bch.org.uk/

On the fundraising site, this page gives further information about the "100 Heroes" event.

 

Manchester Bombing Appeal

Following the Manchester bombing on 22nd May, an appeal fund has been set up by the Province of East Lancashire. £5,000 has been sent by this Province via the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association to assist those affected by this horrendous act.

If a Lodge or individual wishes to make a donation, this should be sent to Ms Julie Ward, East Lancashire Masonic Charity. Hewlett Court Retirement Home, Newcombe Road, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9XJ. Cheques should be made payable to ELMC or by bank transfer to 01-10-01 88503372.

I have suggested this method of making donations as it will be quicker than sending it through the Charity Office, however if a donation is made, I would appreciate an email just to keep track of our overall contributions. Please send any details to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W Bro John Hayward

Poppy Appeal Display

Poppy Appeal

A donation of £400 has been made by the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association to “Warwick Poppies” for their 2018 Appeal, to help fund an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War. The donation was presented on our behalf by V W Bro Alan Wellan, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

An exhibition will be held at St Mary’s Collegiate Church Warwick, in conjunction with the Royal British Legion – their aim is to “fill the church” with a display of handmade poppies and this is how our donation will be used.

St Mary's Church Warwick has a long history of involvement in military life, through the famous Royal Warwickshire Regimental Chapel (outside which hangs the Garter Banner of Lord Montgomery) and has a central role in civic life. The church is proud to be involved in the commemoration of the end of the First World War in 1918 through this special event in 2018.

An installation of knitted or handmade craft poppies will be on display throughout October and November 2018, donated by members of the congregation and beyond. They will be  flowing out from the Regimental Chapel and out into and around Church. A campaign will be launched in 2017 to invite the public, particularly those with Regimental links and those whose relatives served in the Armed Forces, to contribute a handmade poppy and if they wish dedicate a poppy to a specific person.  The display will be available for a number of functions during 2018.

Website details. including our acknowledgement can be found here

 

The Search Begins

General Lodge of ImprovementOn 30th June this year, at 4.30pm an event will take place at FMH, Gt Queen Street, London, which will enhance Masonry in Warwickshire and be an inspiration to others, whether successful (or not).

W Bro Herrick a Past Master of The Fire Service Lodge, No 8401 and Assistant Preceptor Elect of The General Lodge of Instruction No 587 [The only ‘Recognised’ Lodge of Instruction in Warwickshire], has been invited by The Committee of The Emulation Lodge of Improvement, London, to take the chair at their Festival for the ceremony of Passing. You must be a Master Mason to attend and a booking form is attached.

This is a rare honour and their website extract below shows the stringent qualifications necessary to join the exclusive number of brethren.

A Brother who works a ceremony from the Chair “without standing in need of prompting or correction” receives a silver matchbox, engraved on the front with his name and on the reverse with the heading “E. L. of I.” and beneath it the ceremony he has worked, together with the year (e.g. “2nd. Deg. & T.B. 1975”). If the Brother subsequently works a different ceremony without correction, that is recorded in the same fashion, and if he has worked all four ceremonies without correction, the words “Complete Record” are added at the foot of the list. In order to qualify, the ceremony must be worked by the Master without any mistakes in either words or actions.

Further information may be had from Geoffrey Stevens Secretary GLoI on 07709-996787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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