Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Boldmere take a road trip to deliver a 50 year certificate

On Saturday 15th July, the Lodge Mentor of Boldmere Lodge No 4704, W Bro Graham C Holt accompanied by the Lodge Secretary, W Bro Dennis R Trent, travelled to the village of Woolminstone in Somerset to the home of W Bro Donald Fraser, an Honorary Member of the Lodge, to present him with his 50 year certificate in Freemasonry, on behalf of The RW Provincial Grand Master, W Bro David F Macey.

W Bro Don, who is now wheel chair bound after suffering a stroke several years ago, had been unable to attend the March meeting to celebrate his 50 years service and Boldmere Lodge had sought permission from the Provincial Grand Secretary to complete the certificate presentation by means of a home visit.

W Bro Graham Holt presenting the certificate to W Bro Donald Fraser
W Bro Graham Holt presenting the certificate to W Bro Donald Fraser

Don was initiated into Boldmere Lodge in 1967 and after just a few years membership he moved to Nigeria with his business. Upon his returning to Sutton Coldfield, he quickly became an active member once again, and subsequently was elected as Worshipful Master in 1985. He continued his very active participation as a Past Master and became a Preceptor and later Director of Ceremonies during the late 80s until his retirement in 1992. It was then that he moved to his delightful cottage in the tiny village of Woolminstone, near Crewkerne with his wife Irene who sadly has since passed to the Grand Lodge above; Don continued to make the long trip back to Boldmere on a regular basis until the journey became too arduous and, eventually, he was elected an Honorary Member for his services.

W Bro Don has retained his endearing sense of humour despite his mobility problems; he proved to be the perfect host during the visit and his sense of pride in showing us around his beautiful and extensive garden was very evident. With the help of some photographs and other Lodge memorabilia which we had taken with us, Don took great delight in remembering members, both present and past during our almost three hours spent with him.

It was, indeed, a great honour and privilge to conclude the afternoon by presenting W Bro Don with his 50 year certificate, on behalf of The RW Provincial Grand Master, and send him the greetings, and congratulations, of fellow Warwickshire masons.

W Bro Graham Holt

 

The photograph is courtesy of 'cameraman' W Bro Dennis Trent,  Provincial Grand Stward and shows W Bro Graham C Holt, Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden (right) presenting the certificate to W Bro Donald A Fraser, Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon (seated).

Tercentenary Picnic and Trains with Hertford Lodge

HERTFORD LODGE 3208

TERCENTENARY

PICNIC AND TRAINS

Sunday 30th July 1.45 - 4.30

at

LITTLE HAY MINIATURE RAILWAY

BALLENY GREEN, LITTLE HAY WS14 0BQ

Tercentenary Trains

Dress – Not best clothes

Ladies – No flowing dresses or scarves as they may catch in wheels

Bring a picnic. Tea and coffee available (No alcohol)

Unlimited rides on the railway and experience driving an engine under supervision.

We are limited by 40 parking spaces so “first come etc”

Children are requested to supervise adults at all times!

There will be a raffle for St. Giles Hospice and RNLI

Hertford Lodge Tercentenary Picnic and Trains 30th July 2017

To assist with numbers please RSVP by Wednesday 26th July to W Bro. Bill Hall

128 Hereford Road Monmouth NP25 3GD …. Tel:- 01600 719600

I will/will not be attending Picnic & Trains

Name................................... Phone Number …..............................

................Adults ….......... Children

Total due £12.00 per car. Cheques payable to Hertford Lodge 3208 Social a/c

Take CARE with Bedford Lodge in October

World renowned lecturer Sir Keith Porter will be speaking about the West Midlands Care Team at Bedford Lodge No 925 on Friday 13th October 2017.

The meeting will be held at Severn St masonic rooms, Birmingham City Centre.

CARE Brochure 1CARE Brochure 2

This meeting is open to friends and family and  promises to be a memorable evening. Any brethren who would like to attend please contact the secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be sent a summons when issued nearer the time.

Sir Keith PorterAbout Sir Keith Porter

Professor Sir Keith Porter is one of the founding members of CARE and is a consultant Trauma Surgeon and the Clinical Director for Trauma at University Hospital Birmingham. He is Professor of Clinical Traumatology at the University of Birmingham. Since 2000 he has been the civilian clinical lead for the care of injured soldiers to the UK from both Iraq and Afghanistan (former Camp Bastion) to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

In 2002 Sir Keith was awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee medal, in 2012 the Diamond Jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services and in 2010 Professor Porter was Knighted in the 2010 Honours List for services to the Armed Forces.

CAREWest Midlands Central Accident, Resusitation & Emergency Team (Care)

CARE is a charitable organisation who respond to serious medical incidents within the West Midlands. It consists of a group of volunteer doctors and nurses who provide advanced pre-hospital medical care to seriously injured and critically unwell patients.

The charitable aims of the organisation are the relief of persons suffering injury or illness by the provision of immediate medical care and advancing the study of immediate medical care by the provision of training and research.

CARE brings a highly skilled medical team capable of providing life saving interventions at the roadside and elsewhere. Their treatment of critically ill patients includes those severely injured in car crashes, industrial accidents, shootings and stabbings, through to adult and child cardiac arrests and those with serious medical problems, such as heart attacks, fits, and breathing problems.

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY

Founded in the late 1980’s around the time of the national ambulance strikes, CARE has evolved from a ‘flying squad’ originally based at the now closed Birmingham Accident Hospital to the successful and highly respected organisation seen today offering pre-hospital emergency care across the region and in areas where air access is limited or impossible. Working alongside West Midlands Ambulance Service, each CARE team consists of three to four volunteer doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals who deliver enhanced critical care to seriously injured and unwell patients. Most of the CARE team work in NHS hospitals in their day-to-day professional life, volunteering spare time to respond with the charity.

A Grand donation to St Mary's Hospice

Forward Lodge is celebrating 150 years of its existence and I as Master together with my wife Pauline have chosen Birmingham St Mary's Hospice and the British Heart Foundation as our charities for the current year. As part of our fundraising activities, our Charity Steward, W Bro Mike Howard rang West Bromwich Building Society and they were more than happy to assist us in supporting the hospice. This resulted in the presentation of a cheque for a thousand pounds.

Presentation of £1000

Other events are being organised this year for the British Heart Foundation. Barclays Bank have already held a charity event in Sutton which has raised about £300. The lates event was on Friday 7th July at Barclays in Castle Bromwich, and Barclays Bank are going to match any funds raised on the day. Early indications show that a further £200 will have been raised on he day.

There are other Masonic events celebrating our special anniversary on 16th October at St Paul's and a formal ladies evening at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton on the 18th of November. There are still some place left for the Ladies Night if brethren and their Ladies wish to join us, anyone wishing to do so should contact me, Allan Nelmes at Forward Lodge without delay.

Allan Nelmes
Worshipful Master
Forward Lodge

 

Boldmere Lodge supports MS Support Groups

On Friday 30th June, 2017 a 50 year celebration of the formation of the Sutton Coldfield Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Support Group took place at their meeting room in Sutton Coldfield Youth Centre, Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Presentation to Lichfield and Tamworth MS Branch
Presentation to Lichfield and Tamworth MS Branch
Presentation to the Sutton Coldfield MS Branch
Presentation to the Sutton Coldfield MS Branch

Attended by Sutton Coldfield MP, Andrew Mitchell, a presentation took place of two cheques each of £675.50 to the Sutton Coldfield Multiple Sclerosis Branch and the Lichfield and Tamworth Multiple Sclerosis Branch. The funds were raised at several Lodge social functions throughout the year and presented by the Worshipful Master, Adrian Midddleton, of Boldmere Masonic Lodge 4704 which meets in Mill Street.  Also in attendance with him were the Lodge Secretary, W Bro Dr Dennis Trent the Lodge Almoner W Bro David Sparkes.

About MS Support

MS can be tough to deal with, especially when you've just been diagnosed. The MS Society ensures that you're not alone.

The MS Society can help you get

  • Emotional support
  • Benefits guidance
  • The right care

They also offer support to:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Carers and families

To find out more about the local branches you can visit the MS Society website at:

Sutton Coldfield District Branch: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/near-me/branches/sutton-coldfield-and-district-branch

Tamworth and Lichfield Branch: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/near-me/branches/tamworth-and-lichfield-branch

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WarwickshirePGL

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Tel: 0121 454 4422

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