Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2016

Masonic Classic Vehicle Club - join us for breakfast

Masonic Classic Vehicle Club

Breakfast meeting

Sunday 3rd July 2016 @ 10.00am

A great opportunity for an informal introduction to the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club and to find out more about the Classic 300 and MFest300 Events being held next year to celebrate 300 years since the formation of the first Grand Lodge of Freemasons.

The format of the Breakfast Meeting is to meet at around 10.00am at Alderson House in Warwick where a bacon roll and a cup of tea or coffee will be available. After breakfast the car park will be available free all day to enable you to visit the attractions of historic Warwick. The Castle is only 5 minutes walk away from the car park.

This event is open to all Freemasons, their family and friend in classic cars, motorbikes or other classic vehicles.

Details of both the Classic 300 and MFest300 Events will be available on the day.

The Classic 300

The Classic 300

The Masonic Classic Vehicle Club are arranging a series of runs around the UK divided into Northern, Midland and Southern Regions and each will be subdivided into 4 Legs per region.

Ours is the Midland Region and details of each Leg will be made available on the day. These will be run between June and
September 2017.

MFest300

MFest300

This is the Family Fun Weekend being held at Weston Park on the weekend of 24th/25th June 2017.

For more information and to book your place visit http://www.mfest300.org

Please register on this flyer as soon as possible so that catering for breakfast can be arranged.

Please send to: Peter Manning, The Dell, Green Lane, Little Shrewley, Warwick, CV35 7HJ

Enquiries: please call 01926 484 567 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Calling all golfers - Your Province Needs You!

Provincial Grand Lodge of WarwickshireThe Warwickshire Masonic Golf Association (WMGA) has been established since 1951.  As the name implies the WMGA is a collective of Warwickshire Masons who also have an interest in Golf. The WMGA plays matches against other provinces and also holds tournaments such as Captains Day and End of Season competitions.  All events are great fun playing with fellow Masons. The matches are played in pairs and followed by a meal and lively discussions about the day’s events.
 
It costs £7.50 a year to join the WMGA and golfers of all ability are welcome.
 
We are currently recruiting players for this year’s fixtures which are shown below so if you would like to join the WMGA and play some fun golf on some good courses then please contact Steve Mingo on 07483 218312 or Raj Dhami 07919 220 165.
 

Date Fixture Venue Time
Thursday 12th May 2016 Derbyshire Province Away Horsley lodge golf club 10.58am
Tuesday 24th May 2016 Worcester Province home Shirley golf club 1.30pm
Friday 3rd June 2016 New six counties Lincoln Golf Club 10.30am
Tuesday 21st June 2016 Captain's Day Hearsall Golf Club 10.00am
Thursday 30th June 2016 Northants away Northampton Golf Club 12.30pm
Wednesday 13th July 2016 Staffordshire Province Home Nuneaton golf club 1.30pm
Thursday 21st July 2016 6 Counties Tournament Beedles lake golf club leicester 10.00am
Friday 9th September 2016 End of Season Bash Finham Golf club coventry 12.00pm


So please give us a call  and join us for some or all of the matches above.
 
Steve Mingo    07802 907071                                                       Raj Dhami   07919 220165
Captain                                                                                                 Secretary

 

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance receive £4,000

A donation of £4,000 by the Freemasons Grand Charity has been delivered to the Air Crew at Baginton Airfield, the air base for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. This donation is on top of the £5,000 allocated in the annual distribution of funds from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association earlier this year, and a further £5,000 as a result of the accumulated funds from the Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five in September last year. Similar amounts have been donated to the Midlands Air Ambulance – their Freemasons Grand Charity donation will have been presented by the Province of Worcestershire. The Provincial Charity Steward presented the donation, whilst the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Chris Rogers remained firmly fixed behind the camera.

W Bro John Hayward presenting £4,000 to the Air Ambulance Crew
W Bro John Hayward presenting £4,000 to the Air Ambulance Crew

An interesting discussion with members of the Air Crew provided a lot more background to the “state of the art” equipment in use in the helicopters which Freemasons have helped to provide. In England & Wales, there is no government funding for the service, although some staff are seconded from the NHS. The Province will continue to support both local Air Ambulances. Please visit their websites for more information:

Warwickshire Masons support Lifelites at Gadget Show Live

Through the magic of technology, Lifelites gives life-limited and disabled children in hospices opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have. They provide specialist entertainment and educational technology packages for these young people to learn, play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate - for as long as it is possible. This is done for 9,000 children at every baby and children's hospice across the British Isles. For the brethren of Warwickshire, this mean Acorns here in Birmingham and Zoe’s Place in Coventry. Lifelites began in 1999 as a Millenium project with the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys before becoming a stand-alone charity in 2006.

The Chief Executive of Lifelites, Simone Efener-Doy, was delighted to be offered a free stand at the recent Gadget Show Live at the NEC. Whilst able to bring a number of staff up from head office in Great Queen Street, they realised that they would need help in raising their profile over the four-day show. This is where the brethren of Warwickshire came into their own with a number volunteering to give of their time to assist on the stand.

The Eyegaze system
The Eyegaze system

As well as providing information about their work, Lifelites was able to demonstrate two major pieces of tech. Firstly, there was the Eyegaze system that simply works by following the movement of a child’s eyes. Costing around £3,500 it has transformed the lives of many severely disabled children. They also had the magic carpet that was a big draw, especially to the youngsters attending the show. This is a clever system which projects images onto a mat with which a child can interact. The football game was running much of the time and, as expected, it did prove quite a draw.

Football on the magic carpet
Football on the magic carpet
Fun with the magic carpet
Fun with the magic carpet

The great thing about having a presence at such a show was that Lifelites was able to talk with people from all over the British Isles, hopefully leaving many with a greater sense of what it does for their local children. As well as giving out freebies – one well-known Mason who is a retired dentist was in charge of the bucket of lollipops, chocolates and crème eggs!! – visitors could try their hand, or rather eyes, at blasting space aliens using the Eyegaze system. As previously mentioned, many were also keen to have a game of football on the magic carpet. They were also welcome to make donations and over the course of the whole show, an amazing £935 was collected. This was augmented by the Lodge of Integrity, which supported Lifelites at their regular meeting that fell on the Saturday of the show and W Bro Simon Grove, Integrity’s Charity Steward, was delighted to present Simone with a cheque for £200.

 

Lifelites at Gadget Show Live 2016
Lifelites at Gadget Show Live 2016
W Bro Simon Grove presenting Simone with a cheque for £200
W Bro Simon Grove presenting Simone with a cheque for £200

The catch line of Lifelites is ‘Giving kids with limited life unlimited possibilities’ – those Warwickshire brethren who were able to help can be justifiably proud of helping a such a worthwhile charity continue its fine work.

For further information on this important work, including details of the Ambassadors programme, visit www.lifelites.org and have a look at the Lifelites website.

50 Years in Freemasonry at the grand age of 92

 

W Bro Trevor Sturt  presenting W Bro Sprakes with his 50 year certificate
W Bro Trevor Sturt presenting W Bro Sprakes with his 50 year certificate

W Bro Michael Sprakes attained 50 years in Freemasonry in 2016 at the grand age of 92. To mark this auspicious occasion Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Trevor Sturt  presented W Bro Sprakes with a 50 year certificate at his home. The reigning Master of Mercia Lodge, W Bro Bill Dugan accompanied by Worshipful Brothers Alan Martin, Rex Lowin and Ashwin Kagdadia attended this presentation. It was a very happy day for Michael.

W Bro Michael Sprakes with his 50 year certificate
W Bro Michael Sprakes with his 50 year certificate

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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