Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2016

Classic 300 Breakfast at Alderson House

The Classic 300 breakfast at Alderson House in Warwick on Sunday 3rd July attracted a splendid turn out with 30 cars and 8 motorbikes coming from as far afield as Cheshire and Leicester with strong representation from the four provinces working together on MFest. The weather was also kind making for a very pleasant event.
 
Classic vehicles at Alderson House
Classic vehicles at Alderson House
Enjoying the weather at the Classic 300 breakfast
Enjoying the weather at the Classic 300 breakfast
 
A bottle of rather fine MFest whisky was raffled during the event raising £175 towards the MFest festivities next year.
 
Classic vehicles at Alderson House
Classic vehicles at Alderson House
 

Classic 300 - Mission Statement

To showcase three hundred years of English Freemasonry (1717-2017), the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club is organisingthe Classic 300 - a series of individual classic car runs that will take place in England and Wales during 2017.

The non-competitive classic car runs are for the enjoyment of the participants, and to be seen and enjoyed by members of the public. The runs will be open to Masons and those with an interest in Freemasonry driving cars built before 1st January 1997 or future classics accepted as being of special interest. In some cases motorcycles and commercial vehicles will also be included.

The Classic 300 will start on Sunday 21st May 2017 with a large gathering of vehicles at Windsor Castle. Travelling gavels (made from con-rods) will be carried on the runs visiting many famous circuits and motoring venues, including the Isle of Man’s TT circuit, and will eventually arrive at Brooklands motor circuit in Weybridge, Surrey, in September, where the event ends.

Routes will be organized regionally and it is hoped up to a thousand vehicles will participate.  

The United Grand Lodge of England considers the Classic 300 to be a significant and colourful part of the tercentenary celebrations, which will also generate considerable specialist and general media coverage.

FareShare Major Grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation

FareShareOne of the first major grants awarded since the establishment of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), has been received by a charity with a base in the Province of Warwickshire.   FareShare West Midlands has received a major grant from the MCF, and on their behalf, John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward visited FareShare West Midlands, to meet the staff, learn about the organisation, and present a Grant Certificate. The Grant is for £60,000 over three years, and is partly a contribution to the salary cost of FareShare’s West Midlands’ Warehouse Manager, together with assistance towards the transportation and delivery of food.

FareShare is a national operation with over twenty centres. It is estimated that there are over 1.9 million tonnes of food wasted every year by the UK food industry. Good food becomes surplus for a number of reasons such as over production or a short shelf life.

FareShare works with retailers and suppliers to access their surplus food including fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, breakfast cereals and dairy products and redistributes it to vulnerable people in society through charities such as day centres for older people, church centres and hostels for the homeless. The Charity tackles areas which are considered to be the most deprived in the UK. These are generally concentrated in a ring around city centres – in Birmingham this includes areas such as Aston, Soho, Sparkbrook and Bordesley Green.

How FareShare works
How FareShare works
FareShare figures across the UK
FareShare figures across the UK

FareShare has been in operation for twenty years, and estimates that 18.3 million meals were provided last year to vulnerable people. Many of the staff are volunteers who are very happy to give up many hours of their time to help the most vulnerable in society.

The Grant Certificate is presented to Mr Osman Yavas, Trusts & Foundations Officer, with Ms Eli Ishii, Centre Development Manager (3rd right) and volunteersThe Certificate presented on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation

This is one of the first Community Support and Research grants to be awarded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country and is funded entirely by the donations of Freemasons and their families. David Innes, Chief Executive at the Masonic Charitable Foundation, said: “The Masonic Charitable Foundation is incredibly proud to support FareShare. We award grants totalling millions of pounds to national and local charities that help people affected by hardship, disability, exclusion or disadvantage. We hope that this grant, which was funded by donations from across the Masonic community, will enable FareShare to continue to make a difference to people in need.”

Discussions with the Centre Development Manager and Deliveries Manager
Discussions with the Centre Development Manager and Deliveries Manager

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has been pleased to support FareShare in the recent years, and will continue to do so. The visit to the depot of behalf of the MCF was highly educational, and was obviously appreciated by the staff and volunteers. For further information on the charity’s operation visit www.fareshare.org.uk  The FareShare Annual report is available here. The FareShare organisation is always looking for volunteers for driving, loading and warehousing requirements, and anyone interested in supporting the charity is urged to contact them, or our own Charity Office for further information.  

John Hayward

Provincial Charity Steward

Annual National Service Day – 26th June 2016

The fourteenth National Service Day took place at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, on Sunday 26th June 2016. With a large audience and many invited guests and participants, this event was splendidly organised by Gerald Rose, who is the Chairman of the National Service Veterans Foundation. W Bro Gerald is also a Past Master of Sutton Pilgrims Lodge, where he has been a member for over 50 years.

The service was led by Commander David Childs RN, CBE, Founder of the National Service Foundation. Parades of representatives of the forces with standards, including the Masonic standards of the Provinces of Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire & Staffordshire were very impressive – the weather was also ideal for the service.

W Bro Ron Eamonson, a 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 Heroes, in tribute to the Merchant Navy. Following the Last Post, Observation of Silence, Reveille, and laying of the wreaths, Major General Patrick Cordingly, DSO, DSC, FRGS, gave a personal address. This included reference to the rebuilding work for the new visitor centre which is in the background of some of the photographs.

Ron Eamonson lays a wreath in memory of “All Freemasons who served”
Ron Eamonson lays a wreath in memory of “All Freemasons who served”

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 Andrew Warwick, Prov Grand Standard Bearer, and W Bro Michael Willetts, Prov Asst Grand Standard Bearer. Representatives of Worcestershire, 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.

The Warwickshire Standard Bearers –  Andrew Warwick (L) and Michael Willetts (R)
The Warwickshire Standard Bearers – Andrew Warwick (L) and Michael Willetts (R)

The Masonic Memorial which has been at the centre for many years, is being totally redesigned and will be unveiled during the Tercentenary celebrations of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Warwickshire & other Provinces' Standard Bearers on Parade
Warwickshire & other Provinces' Standard Bearers on Parade

A splendid, impressive day was enjoyed by all present.

John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward

 

Headway Birmingham and Solihull thanks Freemasons

www.headway-bs.org.ukHeadway Birmingham & Solihull is a local charity that the Province of Warwickshire has supported for several years.  Headway is a brain injury association, acknowledged to be the leading national brain injury charity.   The Birmingham & Solihull branch (formerly known as Headway West Midlands) is a relatively small, but growing voluntary organisation with ambitious plans for future expansion of its services.  It is a registered charity, fully qualified to receive our support.  

Earlier in the year the organisation received £500 from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, which it has acknowledged and has included thanks to us in the summer newsletter.  The newsletter can be found here – we are mentioned on page 3, and their website is www.headway-bs.org.uk

We are not always notified about acknowledgements, so if anyone should notice anything, please let me know.

John Hayward

Provincial Charity Steward

Five of Nine - Paintballing for all

 The Five of Nine club invites all Freemasons, their family and friends to a day of fun and adventure in Sutton Coldfield.

Five of Nine Club Paintballing

Find out more about the Five of Nine club at www.fiveofnineclub.org.uk and on Twitter by following @fiveofnineclub

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