Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

The Masonic Paper Competition 2017/18

Education and DevelopmentAs part of the Development and Education Committee, we are continuing to set up a central database of papers written by members of our Lodges, and which can be drawn on by all. This will be in addition to continuing to deliver Orations.

The Development and Education Committee is chaired by Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Peter Manning. We have had some wonderful papers submitted over the last two years and, I am looking for further interesting papers this year.

As I am sure you are aware, there are two silver cups available to the winners, one to keep and the other to return after 1 year. There are two categories also, one for Brothers below the Chair and the other for W Brothers. The committee has decided that new papers be sent to me in the first instance to collate and, through our Communications Officer, update the database. I would therefore welcome any submissions you may have whether these are old or new.

Papers can easily be sent to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date is 30th April 2018. The papers are adjudicated by the Orations team and myself with the winners announced at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in May of next year. They will also be able to present their papers to an Installed Masters Lodge meeting later in that year as last year’s winners will this year. If they prefer I would happily deliver them on their behalf.

To give you a few ideas, the following may encourage you to put pen to paper! I have selected 10 categories which you may wish to consider as areas of research. The internet is a great source of material. A 20 minute delivery time would be perfection!

  1. 300 Years of English freemasonry and beyond.
  2. Freemasonry during the Second World War.
  3. The development of today’s lodge room and its furniture.
  4. Masonic etiquette.
  5. The bible and freemasonry (e.g. Chronicles and Kings).
  6. Famous freemasons over the years.
  7. The Three Grand Masters, their lives and background.
  8. How foreign English Lodges developed, where and why (e.g. Naval Lodges in the Commonwealth)
  9. 960 BC – what was happening?
  10. The Priory of Zion and its relationship to today’s freemasonry.

Do have a go, you will find it more interesting than you think!

Yours sincerely and fraternally

Keith

W Bro K Marchington PAGDC

Please support the Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre

This year’s Ladies gift Fund Christmas Fayre takes place on Saturday 25th November at Lindon House, Wolverhampton, as shown on the poster below – your support for this event is encouraged.

Admission Tickets have been addressed to the Charity Steward of each Lodge and have been given to representatives meeting at each Masonic Centre, except for a few which have been posted direct to the Charity Steward, where a Lodge meets at a non-Masonic centre.  Please will all Lodges sell the tickets to members and friends, and send a cheque to the Ladies Gift Fund Treasurer.  A return envelope is  included with the tickets.   If ticket sales are low, a donation in lieu of sales would be appreciated from each Lodge.

The Ladies would very much appreciate a good attendance of members and friends from each Lodge – you can be assured of a very warm welcome on the day.  Tickets can also be purchased on the day.

If any Lodge has not received tickets, please contact John Hayward in the Charity Office, who will be pleased to assist.

All profits from the event are given to Masonic charities and the three Provinces. 

Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre

Cheers!... from the Five of Nine Club

BeerWe all enjoy a nice ale, but have you ever wondered how it gets from field to tap?

If so come and join us on Saturday 30th September for our brewery tour and a social event being held at the Two Tours Brewery, Gunmakers Arms, 93 Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HG.

The tour will start at 3pm and will last approximately 2 hours where a guide will give us an informative talk on the ales that it produces.

Even better and included in the price will be the opportunity to try the ales. You will be issued with 4 free tokens (half pint each) to be used during the tour.

And to soak up the free ale, a small pub lunch will be provided included with the price (menu to follow).

There will also be the opportunity to purchase some of your favourite ales.

The price for this fantastic tour will be £22 per person which includes:

Brewmakers ArmsEntry into the brewery and tour lasting nearly 2 hours.

Four free half pint tokens to be used during the day.

Small pub lunch.

This event is limited to 25 attendees and is open to both family and friends and will prove to be very popular so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Unfortunately children will not be allowed to attend this event.

The Two Towers Brewery, Gunmakers Arms is just a few minutes walk from Snow Hill Station or a ten minute stroll from Birmingham City Centre. There is also plenty of car parking within the nearby numerous car parks.

A menu will be provided upon booking so you can choose in advance what food you would like (including any dietary requirements).

For those who then wish to partake in more liquid refreshment after the tour then we will continue our socialising at The Jekyll and Hyde and then into Colmore Row.

Please see our website for details on how to book http://www.fiveofnineclub.org.uk/

 

Final Classic 300 Midlands route with 78 mile journey

W Bro Charles Bennett hands the gavel to W Bro Peter Manning, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire

As the sun shone down on Sulgrave Manor, classic cars from as far away as Yorkshire and South Wales were flagged off by W Bro Charles Bennett, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire

This marked the start of the fourth and final Midlands route of the Classic 300.

The participants, on Sunday 27th August, followed a route taking them 78 miles from Sulgrave Manor – the ancestral home of Bro George Washington’s family - to the Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport - where Bro Sir Winston Churchill was born. 

On the way, the classic vehicles passed through the Cotswolds including Bourton on the Water and Burford. This route was organised by W Bro Dermot Bambridge and W Bro John Harmer – members of Silverstone Lodge No. 9877 and on the Classic 300 Midlands organising committee.

Before the first car departed from Sulgrave, W Bro Charles Bennett handed W Bro Peter Manning, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire, a specially made gavel to carry on the route.

The gavel was made from the con rod of a Jaguar D-type, which was the legendary model that won the 24 Hours at Le Mans for England no less than three times during the 1950s. This and four other identical gavels are being ceremonially carried by a car on each route.

The Classic 300 is a series of events for classic cars and was started by the Grand Master at Windsor Great Park in May. It is part of the Tercentenary celebrations of the United Grand Lodge of England and will finish at Brooklands on 1st October.

 

Hundreds attend funeral of Battle of Britain pilot

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE FUNERAL OF W BRO KEN WILKINSON, A BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOT AND MEMBER OF BOTH WARWICKSHIRE AND WORCESTERSHIRE PROVINCES

Ken Wilkinson

The service was held in St Alphege Church in his home town of Solihull on 8th September 2017, with dozens lining the streets outside to pay their respects. W Bro Wilkinson’s coffin was carried into the church draped in the British flag, whilst a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire cascaded through the sky above.

W Bro Wilkinson was one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots and was described as “a true gentleman” by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

Those present included Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon, representing The Prince of Wales, as well as senior military commanders of the Royal Air Force and members of the Royal British Legion.

W Bro Ken was an Honorary member of the Warwickshire Royal Air Force Lodge, Frankley Beeches Lodge (Worcestershire), Grosvenor Chapter and also of the Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge and Warwickshire First Principals Chapter.   Until his later years he had been a very active Freemason in both Warwickshire and Worcestershire, and held the rank of PProvSGW in both.

W Bro Wilkinson died on 31st July 2017 at the age of 99.

 

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