Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2017

PGM's Address to Provincial Grand Lodge 2017

The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David F Macey
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David F Macey
May I welcome you all, once more to this magnificent building and thank you all so much for turning out in such great numbers to support us. This was always going to be a special event for Warwickshire to celebrate the Tercentenary Year for Freemasonry but by your presence here today you have made it very special.

I congratulate those of you that I have had the pleasure of appointing or promoting today. These ranks of course have been conferred upon you to recognise the sterling work that you have done within your Lodges. However it also points out the further support you will be expected to be giving to the Province to support this special year and to further aid the progressive developments that we initiate within Warwickshire.

I thank the retiring team of Acting Officers who have been magnificent in their support throughout the year. You have set an enviable standard for this Year’s Officers to emulate and I know that you have all enjoyed it enormously.

I particularly wish to thank W Bro Bill Clark who today retired after five years as a truly great and caring Provincial Almoner. Thank you Bill for all that you have done, and the way in which you have done it. Thank you too to Anne for all of her support.

Congratulations to all within our Province who were appointed to Grand Rank last Month; namely Mike Reeve PAGDC; John Harris; PAGDC; John Handley PAGDC; Andrew Sweeney PAGDC; Joseph Masouck PAGDC and Peter Manning PJGD; whilst Michael Irving was promoted to PAGDC for his continuing services to our Province.

As I have already alluded to this is a special year for all of us as we celebrate 300 years of the founding of UGLE. We have many events planned throughout the year which started with us supporting a wonderful consecration of the Masonic Memorial Garden at the National Arboretum so very well organised by the PGL Staffordshire.

Today kicks off Warwickshire’s celebrations and thank you, once more for your support.

We consecrate a new Lodge; Collegiate Lodge, in Coventry on Saturday June 3rd. Please get along if you can.

Our annual Church service is on Sunday 11th June where we parade down the High Street in Warwick to the church.

Asst PGM Trevor Sturt, and his team have been working tirelessly to ensure that our MFest weekend is a success, and I offer them all huge thanks. We could still do with more of you attending on Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th June, with all of your families. So please get onto the website and respond to the recent information sent to you to ensure that we get a great Warwickshire turnout.

On Sunday July 2nd we consecrate the desk and chair that we have sponsored at Shakespeare’s New Place Garden, and this is an event not to be missed. When we add to that the four Classic Car rallies taking place in our region, the celebratory service in the Royal Albert Hall on October 31st followed by celebratory dinners at our Masonic Halls the following weekend, we shall have a wonderfully busy year.

It will only be successful if you all support these events that have taken so much time and care to put together.

The Education and Development Group, chaired by Asst.PGM Peter Manning, is currently putting finishing touches to the refreshment and updating of our Lodge three year planning initiative. This is entitled 2020 Vision: the future of MY Lodge. This will be explained during a number of seminars to be held throughout the Province in September.

This initiative will then be collated by the Dep PGM, Michael Morris. So watch it Brethren he will be after you if your returns are tardy!

The Visiting Officers scheme, so well organised by Asst PGM Chris Rogers will make sure that all Lodges have the help and guidance that they require.

The museum and library, led by Asst PGM Richard Barker will soon all be relocated into our Masonic Centres. I thank them for their help and cooperation and indeed Richard, and I suspect Karen, for all of the hard work they put into this project.

Thanks must also go to W Bro Mike Tarrent for so kindly storing all of our artefacts and furniture these past two years.

Last year, at our annual meeting, I launched our new Young Masons’ club; called the Five of Nine Club. Under the Chairmanship of Dan Thomas, and with his massively enthusiastic committee, they have had an outstanding year, outstripping all of their membership targets. Well done to you all and we wish them continued success. Indeed they have been chosen to hold the National Young Freemason’s’ Conference in October this year in Birmingham. A real feather in the cap for Warwickshire.

As you are aware we run a Masonic papers competition each year. The committee, chaired by W Bro Keith Marchington have chosen the following winners:

  • Winner: W Bro Ian Slesser - "The Candle and the Flame".
  • In second place: W Bro Dr Mike Grillage - "Veiled in Allegory and illustrated by Symbols"
  • Winner: Bro Paul Fernandez-Montes Stoneleigh Lodge "An informal history of Stoneleigh Lodge"
  • In second place: Bro R Scott - "Why is the number 7 so important?"

This is the last year of our Famous Five Charities, and today our collection will be for the Air Ambulance.

The way, in which you have supported these five local charities, whilst we have been out of festival, has been magnificent. I thank you all for your generosity and I am so proud to be associated with brethren as generous as you.

Finally I thank each and every person who has worked so hard to make today such a success. To Prov Sec Mike Reeve, Wendy and all of the staff for their hard work. Prov DC David Stanford for his endless meticulous work in liaising with the team here to make this all work, and to Caroline for putting up with it all. To the Prov Stewards team for their tremendous help, and the Prov DCs for the ceremonial.

In fact thank you all for coming to make this significant day so special.

It is a privilege, and pleasure to be your Provincial Grand Master. I thank you for all of your support and urge you all to continue to enjoy your Freemasonry, and do tell others how wonderful it is.

D.F.Macey

May 2017.

 

Ever seen a lodge consecrated in Warwickshire? You can now!

Following the success nationally of the Universities Scheme which seeks to establish arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other University Members to join and enjoy Freemasonry a new Lodge will be consecrated on 3rd June 2017. This is an event of real importance being the first such consecration in the Province since 2009.

The Lodge is to be called the Collegiate Lodge, No 9943 and will form part of the Universities Scheme and be based in Dalecote Masonic Heritage Centre at Coventry with the aim of forging links with, students, alumni and workers of Warwick University, Coventry University and Coventry City colleges.

The Slate Conference Centre

The consecration meeting can be attended by existing Master Masons and will take place at 11.30am on Saturday 3rd June, at:

The Slate Conference Centre,
University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4 7SH.

Sir David Wootton AGM
Sir David Wootton AGM
The RW Assistant Grand Master and President of the Universities Scheme, RW Bro Sir David Wooton will officiate at the Consecration and the RW Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey will be the Installing Master. The Consecration will also be supported by a number of UGLE Officers who will ensure a magnificent ceremony which, if you have not seen one before, is a wonderful spectacle and is not to be missed.

The success of the Universities Scheme has been demonstrated in many Lodges with a total of 73 Lodges across the world being members. Here in Warwickshire, the University of Birmingham Lodge, No 5628 has flourished well in the past few years. The Collegiate Lodge aims to replicate that success and meet the Universities Scheme's objective; helping young people find Freemasonry.

This will be a very special event in the history of Freemasonry in Warwickshire and demand for places at this high quality venue and luncheon will be high. It is the hope of the Founders that many of the Warwickshire Lodges will be represented, especially by their Principal Officers, to witness the birth of this very special Lodge so do please support the Consecration.

The Founders look forward to sharing their special day with you!

To book your place, download the booking form here

 

Warwickshire Team make their Mark in London

The Warwickshire Team
The Warwickshire Team

After many months in the making on May 6th the ‘Warwickshire Bears’ finally had their opportunity to undertake an eight mile walk through the Royal Parks of London with the aim of raising monies for the Mark Benevolent Fund and having a good time.

The team was led by the Warwickshire Mark Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Phil Wills and he was ably supported by our Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey; next year’s Provincial Junior Grand Warden W Bro David Evans, who was accompanied by Linda Steele (who’s Grandfather was a Substitute Grand Master in Scotland!); the indomitable Assistant Director of Ceremonies W Bro Tony Ball; one of our great and committed Provincial Grand Stewards W Bro Gordon Ferguson and Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W Bro Andrew Armbrister.

The success of the event both in financial terms and as a feat of organisation is outstanding.  The total donations were over £320,000. Warwickshire has done brilliantly well in support and will make donations of £15,000 all of which will be credited to our 2027 Festival.

Read more on the Warwickshire Mark Master Mason's Website.

Masonic Trout & Salmon Fishing Charity

MTSFC

The Masonic Trout & Salmon Fishing Charity, founded in 1998, currently has 32 areas, including Warwickshire. The charity’s catchphrase is “Catching the Smile”, and its aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs. It achieves this by running fishing events, both coarse and fly, at various fisheries and inviting participants from special needs schools, centres, and people who have suffered trauma to come and join in the fun. The charity is completely run by volunteers, is non-profit making, and you do not have to be a Freemason or a Fisherman to take part in the activities.

The latest newsletter can be found here and the website is https://www.mtsfc.org.uk/

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association is proud to be a sponsor of the MTSFC.

JBH

 

Come and meet the Freemasons of Guy's Cliffe

Guy's Cliffe Open Day

Saturday 6th May 2017

10am to 2pm

Open to everyone

 

On Saturday 6th May 2017, from 10.00am until 2.00pm the Freemasons of Guys Cliffe are having an open day to offer those interested an opportunity to meet and talk to some of the Masons who meet at the masonic rooms. This will be a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, hear about what the Masons do and learn about the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry which is 2017.

Guy's Cliffe

Guys Cliffe house is a property purchase by the Freemasons after a fire in 1992. The Chapel, which was not destroyed in the fire, is used as the meeting place for several Freemasons lodges. The stewardship and maintenance of the house is an important part the work that we do as conservators of national heritage. Areas of the property including the chapel, parts of which are 13th century, will be open for public access during the open day.

 

Guys Cliffe house is located on the A429 roughly 1 mile from the centre of Warwick the driveway is located directly opposite to Hintons nursery, the post code for satellite navigation is CV34 5YD.

 

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