Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2017

Classic 300 - Join the Midlands runs

To showcase three hundred years of English Freemasonry (1717-2017), the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club is organising the 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 are 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 Midlands runs start on 25th June at MFest300 and consist of four runs across the region.

Classic 300 - Route 1 Classic 300 - Route 2
Classic 300 - Route 3 Classic 300 - Route 4

To sign up to take part in any of the runs visit the Classic 300 website and register at: https://www.classic300.org.uk/midlands

Regular news about the national Classic 300 events can be found on the website or via Twitter at: https://twitter.com/CLASSIC_300

A chance to win 100 books all signed by the author

The Province of Warwickshire supports the Lifelites Charity 1165791.

Now you can also support them by a simple small donation with the chance of winning a massive prize.

A once in a lifetime opportunity to win the "Ultimate Library of 100 Popular Author Signed Books"

Win this fabulous collection by visiting
www.givergy.com/charity/lifelites

It’s only £5 per ticket between Friday 20 January and Friday 10 February

Lifelites Book PrizeLifelites is a unique children’s charity, which was a masonic initiative. Through the support of the majority of Provinces, including our own, it provides the latest “state of the art” computer aids to all Children’s Hospices throughout the country. This online raffle is a wonderful opportunity to support the charity.

Just look what you could win!  Authors who have donated signed books include:

  • Jeffrey Archer
  • Julian Barnes
  • Alan Bennett
  • Tony Blair
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • Jonathan Dimbleby
  • Max Hastings
  • Douglas Hurd
  • P D James
  • John Le Carré
  • Michael Palin
  • Jeremy Paxman
  • Malcolm Rifkin
  • Stella Rimington
  • Ann Widdecombe
  • and many more.

Lifelites work hard to raise funds to donate specialist, assistive technology packages for 10,000 terminally ill and disabled children in every children’s hospice across the British Isles. Thanks to Lifelites, these children can play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate – for as long as it is possible.

 Find out more about the excellent work of LifeLites by visiting their website at http://www.lifelites.org/

Annual Craft v Mark skittle tournament - pipped at the post

At the annual Mark V Craft Skittles Tournament a variety of styles of bowling were observed, and the rules were rewritten as circumstances dictated. Nevertheless, and despite some magnificent efforts by the Craft team, the victors were the Mark team by the slimmest of margins – just one point. Resounding applause greeted the 13-12 victory by the Mark.

In handing over the trophy, only on loan of course, David Macey congratulated Roger Mac and his team with the words “Well, it’s the Masonic thing to do to let them win occasionally”.

The Craft PGM presents the trophy to the Mark PGM with a smile
The Craft PGM presents the trophy to the Mark PGM with a smile
Three Happy Bowlers, don't know who they are bowling for, don't understand the scoring, but having a great time!
Three Happy Bowlers, don't know who they are bowling for, don't understand the scoring, but having a great time!

The Craft will return leaner and meaner next year to return the trophy to its customary place in the Provincial Office, where the shelf is looking very bare at present.

Once again the event was a great success with £460 raised from the raffle for the Warwickshire Mark 2027 Mark Benevolent Fund Festival, supporting the charity “Hope for Tomorrow”, which is providing mobile cancer treatment units across the country, and is supported by both teams.

Thanks to the organisers and helpers on both sides, and to Cedric Styles and his team of willing volunteers for putting on the event, with a superb lunch enjoyed by all.

 

Five of Nine trip to Freemasons' Hall - open to all

On Saturday 25th February 2017, The Five of Nine Club are travelling to Freemasons' Hall, London for a day of Masonic history and visiting.

"This is to be the event of the year!"

Freemasons' HallFreemasons' Hall

Have you ever been to Freemasons' Hall, London, the home of the United Grand Lodge of England?  Toured the Library and Museum of Freemasonry?  Seen the Tercentenary Exhibition?  Visited a London Lodge?  No?  Well here’s your chance to do all that with The Five of Nine Club!

The Five of Nine Club will be travelling by coach in the morning with pickups at Birmingham New Street and Coventry train stations and returning the same way. 
(pick up times to be confirmed nearer the date)

Freemasons' Hall
Freemasons' Hall
On arrival in London we may have time for some light refreshments before making our way to Freemasons Hall for 12 noon where we will be given a private VIP guided tour of this incredible grade two listed building. This will include the Grand Temple and other ceremonial areas of the building, unlocking much of its history and taking you to places off limits to the general public!

The building has been at the centre of English Freemasonry for 230 years, it is the meeting place for over a thousand Masonic lodges and is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England, the oldest Grand Lodge in the world.

Also open to us is the incredible Library and Museum with a room dedicated to 300 years of freemasonry, this includes the new Tercentenary exhibition which shows how freemasonry has developed from the 1700s into a significant social institution and explores how modern freemasonry fits into today’s world.  It contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia. Items belonging to many famous and Royal Freemasons including Winston Churchill and Edward VII are on display together with examples from the Museum's extensive collection of prints, engravings and photographs.

After the tour we will have the option of visiting Letchworth's gift shop in Freemasons’ Hall that sells masonic regalia, gifts, stationery, postcards and souvenirs, it offers a range of items which can be personalised for individuals, lodges or chapters.

 

Burgoyne Lodge No. 902

Burgoyne Lodge meets at Freemasons’ Hall and the lodge meeting will start promptly at 5:00 pm, so please do not forget to pack your Five of Nine Club ties, club lapel pins and cuff-links if you have them.

However, with inclusivity in mind, for those who are not Fellowcraft Freemasons and above please do not think this is not a trip for you, if you are required to leave the room for the short time whilst the ceremony takes place you will have the opportunity of meeting the Metropolitan Grand Mentor for a question and answer session in relation to Freemasonry and Freemasons' Hall, an opportunity in itself not to be missed!

Following the ceremony all of the brethren will make a short walk to the hotel where we will indulge in a festive board with members of Burgoyne Lodge.  After being fed and watered, having spent the evening making new friends and cementing links between our clubs we will depart London by coach at approximately 10:00 pm and head back to the West Midlands.


The cost for this event will be £75 members and £85 non-members, this includes:

  • Return transport to London from Birmingham-Coventry,
  • Refreshments,
  • A private VIP guided tour of the Grand Temple and other ceremonial areas,
  • Dining with Burgoyne Lodge No. 902 at the exclusive Radisson Edwardian Hotel including wine.

This will prove to be a very popular trip so don’t delay in securing your place, spaces are limited!

 You can book your place here: http://www.fiveofnineclub.org.uk/events/freemasons-hall-and-burgoyne-lodge-visit-14/11/2016

Mentoring Workshop - Monday 13 Feb - Alderson House

The next Mentoring Workshop will be held at Alderson House Warwick on Monday 13th February at 7.30 pm.

One of the aims of the Provincial Mentor is to try and engender a sense of team spirit among mentors of Warwickshire Lodges, and this ethos seemed to be well received by those present at the previous meeting at Yenton. One of the successes of the previous Workshop was to hear the experiences of those Lodge Mentors present, be they positive or negative all gained from what they had to say. To this end all those attending are asked if they would give some thought to an experience they have had that could be shared with the workshop.

This evening will be very informal when it is hoped that all can learn from one another the art of good mentoring , in a time of great uncertainty in Masonry.

Please let the Provincial Mentor know if you are coming so he can organise refreshments:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Agenda

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Short address from Provincial Mentor
  • Confirmation of ritual created at Yenton Workshop
  • General testimonials and discussion
  • Finish 9.45 pm approx

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

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