Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2017

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.

 

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