Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2017

Young Carers get a well deserved break with the MTSFC

MTSFCAt the beginning of June, the Warwickshire branch of the Masonic Trout & Salmon Fishing Charity (MTSFC)
organised a day’s fishing for 10 young carers at Broadacres Fishery at Hanbury.

MTFSC and the Young Carers

The MTSFC exists to offer young people a day out in the country, enjoying the delights of fishing. Normally, the children who attend these events have special needs, but on this occasion, the 10 guests were young carers. Warwickshire Young Carers' Project works with Carers from the age of 8 upwards (6 in some areas), and aims to help improve the lives of young carers across Warwickshire. The Project supports young carers in their caring role, give them an opportunity to relax and take a break, and help them to realise their own dreams.

Find out more about Warwickshire Young Carers at: http://www.warwickshireyoungcarers.org.uk/about.aspx

MTSFC  The weather was wonderful and the fish were biting – all the children caught lots of fish, with the help of their casters – all volunteers, including the fishery manager, who generously donated the use of the lake for the day.
Lunch was provided, using the very comfortable facilities of the fishery café and was enjoyed by all. This was followed by a presentation of a certificate to each child, as a memento of the day, with three special medals for the most unusual catch (a landing net!), most fish caught and largest fish. Everyone went away very happy with the day. MTSFC Fishing

 

The Fishing Group

The Warwickshire Branch of the MTSFC is organized by W Bros Ian Hart, Nigel Bullimore, Bob Croxall and Bob’s wife, Julia. The area representative is W Bro Eric Rymer, Past
Assistant PGM. The funding for all the events comes from donations by the Province and individual Lodges and is gratefully received.

 

 

 

Lambeth Palace and Coventry Cathedral

On the hottest day of the year so far (21st June), a contingent from Coventry & Warwickshire travelled to Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, to meet the Archbishop and to hear the urgent need for additional funding for Coventry Cathedral. The group included the Bishop and Dean of the Cathedral and numerous members of the clergy at Coventry, with the Mayor and former Mayors of Coventry, and many supporters, donors and business personalities from the city. Also included in the group were the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Victor Keene, Provincial Charity Steward, W Bro John Hayward, and a number of Coventry freemasons with interests in the Cathedral.

VW Bro Victor Keene approaching Lambeth Palace
VW Bro Victor Keene approaching Lambeth Palace

The presentation commenced with an introduction from the Dean of Coventry outlining the needs of the Cathedral, followed by an inspirational address from the Archbishop, who clearly has a great affection for Coventry having spent a number of years of his vocation there before becoming head of the Church of England.

The appeal on behalf of Coventry Cathedral is known as "Investors in Hope" and is founded on the basis that:

"Coventry Cathedral is an extraordinary place, dedicated to inspiring and bringing reconciliation, hope and peace. The organisation is looking for some extraordinary people, committed to supporting this iconic place, and enabling the inspirational work to continue and flourish in the years ahead."

Coventry Cathedral is firmly rooted in the real world. Because the real world is often unforgiving, the inspirational presence offered by the Cathedral, together with the work and witness that flow from it, are in constant demand. But the world is also unforgiving materially and financially. Even a building as evocative and much-loved as this faces maintenance concerns and money worries.

These issues are now coming to a head – which is why the Cathedral is looking for some very special people who are being called Coventry Cathedral’s "Investors in Hope".

The need is for an additional £200,000 each year to enable them simply to keep the doors open, the lights on, and the work and witness alive. To help us sustain their vital work month in, month out, they are inviting "Investors in Hope" to join the committed giving scheme.

The evening presentation at Lambeth Palace was completed by a Compline – the final service of the day – personally conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who thanked everyone individually for their presence.

 

The interior of Lambeth Palace Chapel
The interior of Lambeth Palace Chapel

Turning to Warwickshire, a choral evensong service was held in Coventry Cathedral in October 2015, and a further service is planned later this year. This follows recent meetings and exchange of views between Freemasonry in Warwickshire and the clergy at Coventry Cathedral. The Provincial Grand Master and VW Bro Victor Keene have both been involved in these discussions, and the Province, via the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, has pledged an initial £5000. The Provincial Charity Steward is discussing matching this amount via the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Detailed information on Coventry Cathedral can be seen on their website here and full details of Investors in Hope can be seen here

JBH

 

Annual National Service Day – 25th June 2017

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas was once again the venue for the fifteenth National Service Day commemoration. A large audience with many invited guests and civic dignitaries, witnessed this spectacular event, which was again organised solely by Gerald Rose, who is the Founder & National Chairman of the National Service Foundation. W Bro Gerald is also a Past Master of Sutton Pilgrims Lodge, where he has been a member for over 50 years.

The introduction in the order of service, restates the aims of the Foundation, to remember all those from the three services who died in battle, and to educate future generations of the sacrifices made for the freedoms of today.

W Bro Ron Eamonson reads a poem entitled “To Those Who Served”
W Bro Ron Eamonson reads a poem entitled “To Those Who Served”

The service was led by Commander David Childs RN, CBE, Founder of the National Memorial Arboretum and President of the National Service Foundation. Parades of representatives of the forces with standards, including the Masonic standards of the Provinces of Warwickshire, Derbyshire & Staffordshire were very impressive.

W Bro Ron Eamonson, PAGDC, a continuing 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 “To Those Who Served” written by T W Ward, a poet from Scarborough who has composed many moving pieces. Following the Last Post, Observation of Silence, Reveille, and laying of the wreaths, Air Chief Marshall Sir Peter Squire, GCB, DFC, AFC, DL, FRAES, RN, gave a personal address. This included his pleasure in being present at such a moving service, and reference to the continuous work at the National Memorial Centre.

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 Mark Homes and W Bro Alan Harwood, both Provincial Grand Standard Bearers appointed in May this year. Representatives of 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.

Provincial Standard Bearers on Parade. W Bro Alan Harwood and W Bro Mark Holmes are the last in the line-up
Provincial Standard Bearers on Parade. W Bro Alan Harwood and W Bro Mark Holmes are the last in the line-up

The new Masonic Memorial, which was dedicated earlier this year, is situated just to the left of the area where the service took place, and with the pillars on either side, catches the eye of every visitor entering the centre.

The New Masonic Memorial at Alrewas
The New Masonic Memorial at Alrewas

Despite the threat of rain throughout the service, a splendid and impressive day was enjoyed by all present.

JBH

 

Tercentenary Organ Recital - September 2017

All brethren and their wives, partners, family and friends are most cordially invited to attend the latest in the series of “Tercentenary” one-hour, free organ concerts at 19:15 on the 13th September 2017.  The concert is being given by John Kitchen, OBE, the City Organist of Edinburgh, on the refurbished Grand Temple organ.

The works being played (subject to final confirmation) will include music by Bach, Handel and Elgar as well as the well-known and dazzling ‘Widor’s Toccata’, accompanying lighter pieces such as Handel in the Strand, by Grainger and a selection of Scottish dances arranged by Michael Thomson. 

Tickets can be reserved, free of charge at: https://goo.gl/5L7Hby

Tercentenary Organ Recital

 

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.

 

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