Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2017

Provincial Church Service - A Joyous Celebration

On Sunday 11th June the brethren of Warwickshire gathered for the Annual Church Service at the Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick. As is custom, the Acting Provincial Officers for 2017 accompanied by Grand Officers and Visiting Dignitaries processed from the Warwick Lodge Rooms at Alderson House to the church in full regalia. Thankfully the weather was kind, which brought out the locals to witness the procession.

The Provincial Grand Master being escorted by the Procession
The Provincial Grand Master being escorted by the Procession

The procession joined those already seated in the church and VW Bro Alan Wellan welcomed the congregation on behalf of the Church Council.

The Provincial Grand Master leading the procession into the church
The Provincial Grand Master leading the procession into the church

For this very special occasion the Provincial Grand Organist, W Bro Peter Summers composed "He shall build me an House" which was performed by the Provincial Choir with W Bro Chris Grove delivering the solo. This moving piece was inspired by the words taken from the central frieze adorning the ceiling of the Grand Temple at Freemasons Hall in London.

The opening readings were presented by representatives of world faiths relating to their passages of Holy Scripture, demonstrating that this a truly inclusive and multi faith celebration. W Bro Suresh Modi represented the Hindu Faith, W Bro Parminder Bhamra represented the Sikh Faith, W Bro Sohail Karamat represented the Islamic Faith, W Bro Keith Reynolds represented the Jewish Faith and W Bro Paul Wheeler represented the Christian Faith.

Representatives of Hindu, Sikh, Islamic, Jewish and Christian Faiths
Representatives of Hindu, Sikh, Islamic, Jewish and Christian Faiths

The Provincial Grand Chaplain led the service with readings from both the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris and the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey. The address delivered by W Bro John Cowan was an entertaining and inspiring retrospective of the strengths of our order, on this the celebration of the Tercentenary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge.

The Provincial Choir
The Provincial Choir

The service was made even more special than usual by the music, prayers and songs written specially for this occasion by the very talented team of W Bro Michael Irving, who composed a prayer and the hymn "Let us sing to God a New Hymn"

The service was closed with blessings from each of the represented faiths, strongly demonstrating the unity and inclusive nature of our fraternity.

 

Everyone welcome to a weekend of family fun at MFest 300

MFest300

Weston Park, the stately home on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border will be home to a weekend of family fun celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry this June. The event invites all to come along for an entire weekend of exciting activities and entertainment for everybody to enjoy.

The highlight of the weekend will be the much anticipated re-enactment of the Battle of the Alamo, with eight hundred Mexicans in full uniform attacking a mock fort defended by one hundred Texans. The demonstration will use real gunpowder, cannons and explosives - making the event really go out with a bang.

Other events to enjoy throughout the weekend will be firework displays, hot air balloon ‘Night Glow’, animal displays and a Kids Fun Run, as well as free Fun Fair and Railway rides for all visitors.

Live music will also be present over the weekend, brass and string bands performing, the “Abba Reunion” tribute band making an appearance, and a performance from the Kaleidoscope Theatre Group.

The event is being organised by the Provinces of Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

MFest 300 Chairman, John Treanor, says "The weekend celebrates 300 years of Freemasonry and has been three years in the planning! The celebrations are open for everyone to enjoy, not just those associated with the Freemason Society. As one of the largest fundraising bodies in the UK we will be donating any profits generated to Midland Air Ambulance.

We have visitors travelling from all over the world, especially from Texas, who are particularly looking forward to the Battle of the Alamo re-enactment! We are looking forward to an action packed weekend."

The event will take place on Saturday 24th June – Sunday 25th June at Weston Park.

Adult tickets cost £15 in advance, or £20 on the day. Children’s tickets cost £7. Tickets are valid for both days.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at mfest300.org

 

Help our local charities receive a share of £3million

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Masonic Charitable Foundation Tercentenary Awards for nominated Warwickshire charities

Brethren,

Charities in Warwickshire need your help to receive up to £25,000 through the MCF Community Awards – Tercentenary Fund. You will recall that in September last year, we asked your Lodge to nominate charities that you would like to support – well the time has now come to finalise the result of those nominations.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is giving away £3 million to 300 charities across England and Wales to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

A number of charities in our Province have been nominated for an award and it’s up to the Masonic community and the public to decide which charities get the largest grants through an online vote at www.mcf.org.uk/vote.

The vote will open from 12 June – 31 July 2017. When the vote is open, have your say, and help your favourite Warwickshire charity win a share of the £3 million.

Once you have voted, please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

300 charities, 3 million pounds, 300 years of Freemasonry

Send this email on to your Lodge members, and encourage them to send far and wide to help the voting process.

Warwickshire’s nominated charities are:

Best wishes,

John Hayward

Provincial Charity Steward

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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.

 

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for freemasons within England and Wales and districts overseas.