Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2017

Ladies Gift Fund – Spring Lunch

LADIES’ GIFT FUND FOR MASONIC CHARITIES

PROVINCES OF WARWICKSHIRE, WORCESTERSHIRE and STAFFORDSHIRE

Registered Charity No 519281

The Spring Lunch, organised by the Ladies Gift Fund, took place on Sunday 2nd April at the Kings Heath Masonic Hall.

A capacity attendance of almost 150 enjoyed a splendid three course lunch, following which cheques were presented to the Provincial Grand Masters for the three Provinces. The cheques for £2750 each, were acknowledged by each in turn, but with a common destination theme – to assist with the fast approaching Festivals in the three Provinces. The Masonic Charitable Foundation will also receive a cheque for £500.

Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire, David Macey, acknowledges his cheque for £2750 received from Chairman Mrs Sandra Rouse.
Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire, David Macey, acknowledges his cheque for £2750 received from Chairman Mrs Sandra Rouse.

On the day, £3100 was raised from ticket sales and a mammoth raffle organised by Vicki & Ian Hart.

Commenting on the event, Mrs Sandra Rouse, Chairman of the Ladies Gift Fund said - Thanks to everyone in working towards today and giving your time and contribution to today’s event.  I think we should be proud that a good time was enjoyed by everyone, and we also raised a substantial amount for Masonic Charities.  I would also like to thank the many husbands who have helped to make today such a success.

Ladies of the Committee with the Provincial Grand Masters
Ladies of the Committee with the Provincial Grand Masters

The three Provincial Grand Masters all praised the efforts of the Ladies who had organised the event, for their continued enthusiasm on behalf of Masonic Charities, and for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

 

Lodge of Israel Victoria Cross recipient to be honoured

 

Birmingham World War One Victoria Cross recipient amongst 63 ‘Brothers in Arms’ to be honoured with new memorial

  • All 63 were Freemasons and members of the United Grand Lodge of England(UGLE)
  • Their medals represent one in 10 of all VCs awardedduring World War One
  • The memorial at Freemasons’ Hall in London will be unveiled by HRH The Duke of Kent as part of UGLE’sTercentenary celebrations

Tuesday 25 April 2017: The 63 Freemasons awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) during The Great War (WW1) will be honoured with special commemorative stones bearing their names to be laid outside the iconic Freemasons’ Hall building in Covent Garden, London. The building is one of the largest peace memorials of our time and was built in honour of every Freemason who fell in WWI.

The ceremony is not only part of the celebrations to mark this year's 300th anniversary of The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), but also looks ahead to the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 in 2018.

The Victoria Cross is the highest award within the UK honours system that recognises ‘conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy’. It can be awarded to anyone serving with the Armed Forces with no distinction of rank or class, a value shared by Freemasons who come from all backgrounds and walks of life. The 63 being recognised include:

Alfred Wilcox, born Birmingham 1884 (died Birmingham 1954)

Alfred Wilcox
Alfred Wilcox
Until 2006, Alfred was the only recipient of the Victoria Cross whose exact resting place was unknown.

He was 33 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 2/4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 12 September 1918 near Laventie, France, when his company was held up by enemy machine-gun fire at short range, Lance-Corporal Wilcox rushed to the nearest enemy gun, bombing it and killing the gunner. Being then attacked by an enemy bombing party, the corporal picked up enemy stick bombs and led his company against the next gun, finally capturing and destroying it. Then, left with only one man he continued bombing and captured a third gun. Going up the trench, bombing as he went, he captured a fourth gun and then returned to his platoon.

In 2006 his nephew John Wilcox, who had attended his Uncle's funeral in 1954, helped historian Chris Sutton in locating his grave in Aston Church. A service was held, and a memorial unveiled on 12 September 2006, 88 years to the day after he captured the guns.

During the Tercentenary year, the memorial will act as a further reminder of the founding principles of Freemasonry: Brotherly Love, Truth and Relief - UGLE is one of the largest contributors to charitable causes in the UK after the National Lottery. These principles were demonstrated in great abundance by the 63 'Brothers in Arms', Freemasons from all four corners of the globe.

The Freemasons being recognised represent an astonishing 1 in 10 of all VCs awarded during The Great War, and that figure becomes 1 in 6 when including those awarded to Freemasons who were members of other Grand Lodges globally. Remarkably, these include three of the famous ‘Six VCs Before Breakfast’ awarded to members of the 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers during their capture of ‘W’ Beach at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

HRH The Duke of Kent, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, will be officially unveiling the commemorative stones as part of its Tercentenary celebrations, marking the 300-year anniversary of four London lodges coming together to form the first Grand Lodge in 1717.

HRHThe Duke of Kent attended RMA Sandhurst, was commissioned intoThe Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons) and subsequently served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Hong Kong. He retired from the Army in 1976 and was promoted to Field Marshall in 1993. He has been a Freemason for 53 years and in June will celebrate his 50th anniversary as Grand Master of UGLE.

The laying of the memorial stones is part of the Victoria Cross commemorative paving stones programme – a nationwide initiative led by the Department of Communities and Local Government in which every one of the VC recipients of the First World War is commemorated. The initiative aims to honour their bravery, provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within communities and to enable residents and visitors to understand how a community contributed to The Great War effort.

Brigadier Willie Shackell, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, said:

“To be awarded the Victoria Cross is the highest honour for bravery and we are immensely proud and inspired to remember our 63 brethren who exemplify the best in men.

“It is also appropriate that this event is taking place during our Tercentenary year when much of the activity is about highlighting the values of Freemasonry that we all hold dear – fraternity, charity and integrity. Camaraderie, new friendships and support are some of the main reasons people join Freemasonry, and numerous servicemen have been Masons since our founding 300 years ago.”

Peter Norton GC, Chairman of The VC and GC Association, said:

“That so many recipients of the Victoria Cross from the First World War are being honoured today is a remarkable achievement. These men, from all walks of life, were part of an extraordinary group of people recognised for their outstanding bravery. I am proud to represent them."

 

The start of the Classic 300 - from Windsor Great Park

Windsor Classic 300

Celebrations at Warwickshire Royal Air Force Lodge

The Warwickshire Royal Air Force Lodge reached two milestones on 1st April 2017. The Lodge was consecrated on 1st April 1992, by the then Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V W Bro John D Saville. On the 100th meeting twenty five years later, the anniversary celebrations were held in the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David F Macey. A multitude of Acting Provincial Officers, visitors from other Lodges, and Lodge members enjoyed a very special meeting when W Bro David Butcher, was installed as the Lodge’s 25th Master by his predecessor W Bro Mark Thomas in a faultless ceremony.

100th meeting of the RAF Lodge
100th meeting of the RAF Lodge

One of the many highlights of the meeting was the Provincial Grand Master’s immediate promotion of two of the Lodges stalwart members.

W Bro Antony Farnath, Founding Master of the Lodge with a total of 44 years masonic service was promoted to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden, and presented with his updated regalia by the brethren of the Lodge.

Bro John Byrne, a member with 56 years masonic service was appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Assistant Grand Standard Bearer, and was also presented with his new regalia by the brethren of the Lodge.

Another highlight of the festive board was an explanation of some of the history of the Royal Air Force, and the component parts of the Union Flag by a member of the Lodge – Bro Barry Hope, together with his brother Bro Robert Hope, both in ‘historic’ Air Force uniforms.

A memento of the evening was a specially designed paperweight presented to each brother present, specially commissioned to mark a special event.

The final parting shot was a poem, presented as the toast to the visitors, penned by the Provincial Poet (alias W Bro Bill Clark, Provincial Grand Almoner) which is reproduced below. Not content with one poem, Bill also composed a second rhyme, to thank the Provincial Grand Master for his presence at the celebrations, also reproduced below.

JBH

 

Warwickshire Royal Air Force Lodge No 9456

Visitors toast saturday 1st april 2017

25th anniversary meeting

Brother Visitors

Thank you for being with us here today
We are grateful that you were able to stay
And share with us in this festive board
No pressure of your own free will and accord

Our time together we hope has been well spent
We trust you are now replete and content
Replete having enjoyed this festive board repast
Content and being ready to go home at last

Having we trust enjoyed the masonic ritual
Which can sometimes become somewhat habitual
However the promotions and orations as they did unfold
Were truly masonic treats for us all to behold

Please thank your loved ones when you get home
Who may have spent their time at home alone
Tell then how much we in 9456 do appreciate
Their tolerance when you arrive home late

You have made this day a one for us to remember
Please join us again when we meet in september
And tonight as we say farewell and adieu
We can but say to you all a most humble thank you

Bill clark
Junior warden 9456

Warwickshire royal air force lodge No 9456

Installation meeting rugby saturday 1st april 2017  

Thank You

Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master we write to say
Thank you for presiding at our Installation meeting yesterday
You made the event for us in 9456 an occasion to remember
To be discussed at length when we meet again in september

You made the installation special for all concerned
In masonic terms there was much to be learned
Positions to be filled work to be done
Serious elements interlaced with some fun

Everyone present we are sure did appreciate
The manner in which you sought to relate
The ethics of Freemasonry right from the start
In your capacity as our leader -- a perfected art

It was for us all a most memorable occasion
Full of emotion -- addresses and orations
Delivered with such sincerity love and affection
Each brother seeking to achieve masonic perfection

We repeat-- it truly was for us all a day to remember
To be savoured again when we meet in september
The worshipful master will we are sure have a good year
As a brother you have supported and whom you hold dear

Brothers Farnath and Byrne equally honoured on the day
By you as Provincial Grand Master in such a considerate way
Was a joy to behold and a privilege to see
A day they will never forget-- we all do agree

Thank you

Bill clark
Junior warden 9456

£150,000 donated to non-masonic charities

£150,000 in donations from the
Province of Warwickshire
to non-masonic charities

This year's donations to non-masonic charities by the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association will amount to approximately £150,000, of which the larger sums have been distributed at a luncheon to which the major recipients were invited.   In addition, over 100 further charities will have received sums ranging from £250 to £1500. An amount has been kept in reserve so that urgent requests during the year can be met. Trustees of the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association evaluate the financial situation on an annual basis and allocate an amount depending on Lodge donations and investment income for the year. Donations are subsequently made to registered charities which operate primarily within the area covered by the Province of Warwickshire. The process is managed on behalf of the Trustees by W Bro John Hayward, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward assisted by W Bro Bill Clark, the Provincial Grand Almoner.

A full summary of the donations has been published on the Provincial website, and will be updated periodically.   Donations are grouped by: Hospices, Hospitals, Rescue Services and Air Ambulances; Aged, Children & Youth; Community; Religious; Medical Welfare; Disabled; Sports & Recreation; Armed & Ex-Services; Hearing & Visual Impairments; Medical Research. These are the categories recommended by the Charity Commission.

Nominations for future donations to registered Warwickshire charities should be forwarded to John Hayward in the Charity Office at Yenton Assembly Rooms, Gravelly Hill North, Birmingham B23 6BJ or phone 0121 454 0554 for further information.

Representatives of charities receiving donations

Pictured are representatives from some of the larger recipient charities, who received their cheques at a lunch, hosted by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, at the Tally Ho Conference Centre. After congratulating the representatives of the charities present, the Provincial Grand Master thanked all concerned with the organization and administration surrounding both the event and the donations.   Mr Adam Williams, representing Midlands Air Ambulance, thanked the Province of Warwickshire for their tremendous support, on behalf of all the charity representatives.

Presentation to the PGM by Lifelites

Ms Emma Delin, Fundraising Executive of the Lifelites Charity, also thanked the organization for their generosity, and presented the Provincial Grand Master with a framed certificate in thanks for the assistance given to Lifelites, and officially recognizing their role as a 2017 Sponsor of Lifelites.

Commemorative Award from the Military Patient Welfare Fund

A specially engraved commemorative glass award was also presented by the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, to mark the support for the Military Patient Welfare Fund over recent years.

Certificate presentation from the Masonic Charitable Association

The opportunity was also taken to present certificates from the Masonic Charitable Association, for donations which had already been received directly by the Children’s Hospices and the Air Ambulances within the Province of Warwickshire. These recipients are shown below with their certificates. The certificates were for a total amount of approximately £26,000 and are a part of the annual donation by the Masonic Charitable Foundation grants to these two organization which total a remarkable £192,000 to Air Ambulances across the country and £600,000 to Children’s Hospices.  

 

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