Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2017

Last few days to have your say in the MCF Charity Vote

In Freemasonry, we benefit from many members personal experience  in the running of our Lodges - many accountants are Treasurers of Lodges, many administrators are Secretaries of Lodges.

How many times, I wonder, does a Mason’s other hobbies come into play in such a dramatic way as one of our Warwickshire members?

W Bro Stuart Jenkins, of Forest of Arden Lodge No 3826 and Shenstonian Lodge No 5544 has been called upon to practice a peculiar set of skills on two occasions in the past couple of years, both within the depths of Masonic Ceremony.

FastAid
Stuart is a Community First Responder (CFR) for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), and secretary of FastAid Birmingham and Solihull, one of the First Responder Charities working with WMAS.  Community First Responders are volunteers who stand by at their homes or workplaces, and respond to critical 999 calls when they are able to reach an incident faster than the nearest ambulance resource.

The first time in Lodge that Stuart was called upon to use his diverse skills, was when a visitor to his lodge collapsed during the Installation, just as Stuart was about to invest the new Master.  Switching roles from Installing Master to CFR without batting an eyelid, Stuart called further assistance and assisted the attending Paramedics, before seamlessly resuming the role of Installing Master.

On another occasion, Stuart noticed the Junior Warden in another Lodge become ill during the ceremony.  He was able to remove the poorly Brother from the Lodge, and administer help whilst calling for further assistance from WMAS.

CFR’s are a vital resource in our communities.  Trained by the Ambulance Service and equipped with Oxygen, a defibrillator and other equipment, they all volunteer to spend at least 20 hours per month on call, and also to support Medical Event Cover, and defibrillator training. FastAid is currently working with the Province to train Brethren in the use of the Defibrillators located in each Masonic Centre in the Province. WMAS trains these volunteers to a high standard, and it costs £1850 to equip each volunteer.

FastAid has been nominated to receive an award from the MCF as part of the Tercentenary Celebrations.  If you would like to help FastAid gain funds which will undoubtedly go towards equipping the 8 new CFR’s currently under training, please visit https://mcf.org.uk/region/warwickshire/ and vote for FastAid!

Vote now, before it is too late!

Only one week until the MCF Community Award closes!

Only 10 days to go

We've had a fantastic response to the MCF Community Awards and have received over 130,000 votes since the polls opened in June.

Although it's a public vote, only 13% of voters are Freemasons. We want as many Freemasons to vote as possible, so if you haven't voted yet click here to choose your favourite charity.

Voting is quick and easy! You're just a few clicks away from helping a fantastic charity secure a share of three million pounds. Your vote could make all the difference!

Summer BBQ/ Freemasonry in the Community Event

Five of Nine Community Event
Five of Nine Community Event
The Five of Nine Club’s next Freemasonry in the Community event will be held in conjunction with a Summer BBQ and will take place at Rough Close Scout Campsite on the 12th August 2017, this an event for the whole family!

Rough Close is a large scout campsite located just outside of Meriden, Coventry in the Warwickshire countryside. Freemasonry has long held a close association with the Scouting movement and we hope to strengthen this bond and help them carry on their great work with children from all walks of life and in particular those children with disabilities that use this fantastic facility. We will be cleaning and painting one of the Campsites Cabins ‘The Norton Cabin’, this is a large cabin, which is used regularly by the scouting world and includes facilities for any children or campers with disabilities.

We will have activities available for children and families, including football, Cricket, Mega Jenga and Giant Connect 4, we are also planning a mini orienteering activity/walk for the whole family. The
facilities are available for members to camp overnight with their families, with limited numbers inside the cabin and up to 50 on the field opposite.
After our Freemasonry in the Community event, we will host our first summer BBQ, the catering of BBQ and soft drinks will be provided by one of our committee members Bro Warwick Wakefield who runs his own catering business Ready to Roast, any specific dietary requirements please get in touch!

The cost for this event is:

  • £5 for members
  • £7.50 for non-members
  • Children FREE

For more information or to reserve your tickets please visit www.fiveofnineclub.org.uk or click here.


Event: Summer BBQ/ Freemasonry in the Community Event
Date: Saturday 12th August 2017 @ 10:00 am
Location: Rough Close Scout Campsite, Tanners' Lane, Berkswell, Coventry CV7 7DB.
Type: Freemasonry in the Community and Social Event.
Guests: Members, Non-members, Friends and Family.
Price: £5 for members, and £7.50 for non-members, friends and family. Children FREE.

In the Body of a Lodge

  • In the body of a lodge
    In the body of a lodge
    How do people receive their rank and what do they do?
  • Have you ever wondered what all the symbols mean?
  • How is the lodge run?
  • How is the province organised?

By answering these and many more questions, the Five of Nine Club is setting out to help you in your daily advancement in Masonic knowledge!

On Saturday 29th of July 2017 at 12:00 pm you can find out! The Five of Nine Club will proudly host ‘In the Body of a Lodge’ Masonic Educational Event at St. Paul's Club, 34 St. Paul's Square Birmingham, B3 1QZ

Content

  • Provincial Rank and Promotion
  • How is a Province organised and run?
  • Explanation of our Aprons, the colour and symbolism of the aprons (Entered Apprentice all the way through to Grand Rank)
  • The Lodge Offices and how a standard lodge works?
  • Masonic Etiquette: Behaviour in and out of the Lodge room.

Following the In the Body of a Lodge event, we cordially invite you to join us for a Five of Nine Club social at The Queens Arms, 150 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 1RY at 3:15 pm, following our time-honoured mantra at the Five of Nine Club.

To sign up to this event and join us for what will be an intriguing and fun afternoon please contact our Masonic Secretary, Andy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Saturday 24th July.


Event:                      In the Body of a Lodge

Date:                        Saturday 29th July 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Location:                  St. Paul’s Club, St. Paul’s Square Birmingham B3 1QZ.

Type:                        Masonic Education and Social Event.

Guests:                    Members and Non-members.

Price:                       FREE for members, and £5 for non-members.

Team “Thud” accepts the Diabetes UK Challenge

Diabetes UKJohn Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward writes:

"Diabetes UK has issued a '1 Million Step Challenge', the challenge runs from 1 July - 30 September and it is to take 1 million steps over 3 months whilst being sponsored for every stride to help reach a future where diabetes can do no harm. One of the first to take up the challenge is our Provincial Communications Officer, and currently acting Provincial Senior Grand Deacon, Ian Slesser. With the whole of his family, they have formed Team Thud, with the aim of achieving 5 million steps in this massive challenge."

Team Thud

Team Thud: Twins Jack and Niamh, with Mum and Dad and very smiley Liam "Thud" Slesser at the front

Ian says, "Since Liam was diagnosed with Diabetes last year, we have learnt how much this illness changes a young person’s life. Whilst Liam is amazing and takes it all in his stride, it is our aim to raise money in the hope that Diabetes UK will be able to continue and accelerate their fantastic work to find a permanent cure for Type 1 Diabetes."

John Hayward continues, "The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association cannot support an individual, but I can encourage our members to do so, hence this article. Ian has made an amazing difference since becoming our Communications Officer, not only to our Provincial website but also by creating a significant presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, and in the press in general. I hope we can help him in his aim of a minimum £1500 at the completion of the Challenge. It is simple to donate by visiting the dedicated JustGiving page – by clicking here"

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WarwickshirePGL

For Masonic enquiries:
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Tel: 0121 454 4422

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