Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Summer Barbeque - with a Blaze

The LODGE of St. BLAISE No. 6113

BBQ

Summer Barbeque

On behalf of the Master of Lodge of St Blaise, W Bro Peter Matthews, we cordially invite you to this year’s Summer Barbeque. To be held once again, at W.Bro. Jonathan Amies and Linda’s home on the range.

5 Lazy Hill, Stonnall WS9 9DT
Sunday 8th July 2018 at 1.00 pm.
Tickets £10.00 adults/£5.00 children under 11

Ticket price includes an 'all you can eat' barbeque and buffet. Should you wish to imbibe of anything stronger than water, then please bring along your favourite tipple together with a plastic drinking vessel to enjoy it from. Some seating will be provided but if you have a chair or two then please bring them along. A raffle will be held for which any contributions will be gratefully received’ and there will be the usual mixture of games.

Free parking is available in the Amies’ field. As ever, we need to have an idea of numbers for catering so please let me or Jonathan know by 10th June at the very latest. Book early to avoid disappointment. It would also be helpful to us, if you can’t make it, to let us know.

If you wish to pay online, which would greatly assist our treasurer, the account details can be provided by contacting our treasurer via the details below:

Thank you. Regards

Pete Woodfield, Social Committee Chairman
Tel: 0121 605 0911(H)
Mobile: 07966 296320 (M)
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Jonathan S. Amies, Social Committee Treasurer
Mobile: 07710 811134
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Warwickshire Young Carers

Warwickshire Young Carers

On Friday the 25th May, the Province's retiring Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward, accompanied by Geoff Walker, the newly appointed Provincial Charity Steward, went to visit the Warwickshire Young Carers Project based in Ryton on Dunsmore, to present a certificate to mark the grant of £5,000 donated by the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

John Hayward at WYC

The scheme provides care and support to over two thousand children and young people in Warwickshire, who are themselves carers, caring for parents and siblings with a wide range of physical and emotional disabilities.

For these children their caring responsibilities requires them to grow up far too quickly, interrupts their education and social development and impacts on any free time they might enjoy.

When on the visit the CEO, Deb Bignell, told John that the staff were taking over 40 children under the age of 12 on a residential week during half term. This was to allow the children some respite from their caring responsibilities and allow them to focus on themselves and have some fun.

Brethren the staff working on this project have our admiration and support and any Lodge which feels they want to make an additional donation can contact Deb Bignell on: 02476 217740 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The charity is fundraising for a project to support children aged 6-7 who are young carers and to provide breaks and activities taking place in school holidays or at weekends.

A surprise at the Annual Provincial Meeting

 

Steven PriceW Bro Steven Price PPSGW awarded the

Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit

 

At the Annual Provincial Meeting on Saturday 10th May, following the conclusion of the formalities, the Provincial Grand Master asked the Provincial Grand Secretary if there was any further business for the meeting. Those used to this formality were taken aback when the PG Secretary announced that the Provincial Grand Master was to honour one of his brethren. The PGM then instructed the ProvDC to bring W Bro Steven Price to him.

The Provincial Grand Master explained to the brethren the incredible amount of work that W Bro Steven has put into Freemasonry over more than 4 decades, including exemplary service to Alderson House in Warwick, as the chairman of the rooms since 2010. Steven is also leading an initiative to help the Masonic rooms across the Province in 2018. Steven is not one to seek the limelight, but works tireless for the good of Freemasonry and the Provincial Grand Master has declared him worthy of recognition for all that he has done. He was then presented with the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit, which was subsequently proclaimed by the ProvDC and applauded by all present.

Steven’s recollection of the event is as follows:

“For the first time in many years, I had not actually intended to attend Provincial Grand Lodge at all on Saturday, as we had family things on in the afternoon.  That changed when I had a telephone call from Peter Manning one evening last week, asking if anyone had been in touch regarding collecting the “Lodge in a box” from Alderson House.  We had a chat and he said “see you on Saturday then” to which I replied, “no, I’m not going this year.” He came back with, “well I think you ought to” but wouldn’t say why and eventually I agreed.

“I suppose I thought that I might get a mention and perhaps a “stand up so we can see who you are” sort of thing if the PGM launched the centres Initiative in which I am involved, or I wondered if he might mention me then as a sort of Assistant Prov. Grand Superintendent, but no and again when he had finished mentioning all of the initiatives for this year and no mention again, I thought, well that is it then!

“And then it happened.  When the D.C. was walking me down the room I asked what was going on, he just said, “shush, the mic’s on.”  It was quite surreal when the PGM started on my masonic career.  I have always just though of myself as an ordinary Joe, who loves his Freemasonry and everything that he is involved in and just trying to encourage others to get as much out of it as I do.  I thought that I had reached my peak when I was promoted to PPSGW in 2010 and PPGSN in Chapter.  I love Alderson House and have been very privileged to be its Chairman since 2010, but it is not all me, we have a strong Executive who support and encourage me, only occasionally looking askance at some of my suggestions!

“Obviously, I feel very honoured and it probably has not really sunk in yet, just how very special this award is.  The feeling of being applauded by so many people as we walked back, albeit to the wrong seat and then being saluted, well!  

“I suppose I should have said a few words and thank you, but in all honesty I was just shell shocked.

“When the dust has settled, I shall just carry on, doing what I do and hoping I can serve Freemasonry, in Warwickshire in particular, to the best of my ability and live up to this very special award.”

Congratulations from all in the Province on this very special and richly deserved recognition

A Fun Event for all the Family

Once again, the jewel in Warwick's crown that is Guy's Cliffe House and Gardens will be transformed for the best Summer Party of the year from 12:30pm to 4:30pm on Sunday 24th June 2018.

With a BBQ, Pig Roast, Music and all the fun of the Fair it's sure to be one of the hottest events this summer.
Guy's Cliffe Summer Party

Guy's Cliffe

Set in the stunning grounds of
Guy's Cliffe House and Gardens

Bring your own Gazebo, chairs, glasses and cutlery

Dogs and well behaved adults welcome

Raffle prizes

Don't forget the sun screen!
To book your places on the 24th June at the very reasonable price of £15 per adult and £6 for children 12 and under, please print and fill in the booking form from the link below and return it with a cheque made payable to 'Meridian Festival' to;

S T E Fenn
7 Priorsfield Road 
CV8 1DA

Link to booking form

Alternatively email your details with numbers and names to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and payment ca be made by bank transfer, please contact Spencer Fenn at the above email address for account details.

We are expecting this event to be well subscribed so please book your space by 11th June 2018.

Provincial Grand Lodge – Summary from the Provincial Poet

The Provincial Poet – otherwise known as W Bro Bill Clark, PGStdB, retired Provincial Grand Almoner – after a lengthy illness, which had us all worried, has been producing his poems again, and has given us his summary of the recent Provincial Grand Lodge meeting as below.

 Bill Clark

PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE 

SATURDAY 19th MAY 2018

STONELEIGH WAS THE VENUE PICTURE THE SCENE
BLUE SKIES AND SUNSHINE ALL CALM AND SERENE
BRETHREN OF WARWICKSHIRE WEARING NEW TIES
WHATEVER THEIR STATURE RANK POSITION OR "SIZE"

ALL GATHERED TOGETHER WITH ONE AIM IN VIEW
TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AND HONOUR THE FEW
WHO WERE RETIRING WITH DISTINCTION ON THIS DAY
ALLOWING OTHERS TO BE APPOINTED THEIR PART TO PLAY

THE PROVINCE WAS TRULY SEEN TO BE IN GOOD HEART
THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER PLAYING HIS PART
LEADING THE WAY WITH SOME HUMOUR AND FUN
"FOR(C)ANDLES TO BE LIT" AND THIS WAS DULY DONE

WITH VISITING DIGNITARIES WELCOMED TO THE EVENT
CONSIDERABLE TIME THEREAFTER WAS PROPERLY SPENT
ACKNOWLEDGING THOSE WHO HAD GIVEN OF THEIR BEST
IN SERVING THE PROVINCE WITH GREAT ZEAL AND ZEST

WITH NEW BRETHREN IN POST ALL POSITIONS FILLED
CEREMONIAL PERFORMED BY THE "D C" WELL SKILLED
THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER GAVE HIS "ADDRESS"
ENCOURAGING ALL TO USE THE SKILLS THEY POSSESS

TO PROMOTE THE GOOD OF FREEMASONRY TO OTHERS
WHO THEY MIGHT SEE AS POTENTIAL BROTHERS
A SUMMER BREAK TO BE ENJOYED --A WELL EARNED REST
MAY THE ENSUING YEAR PROVE TO BE -- ONE OF THE BEST

W T CLARK PGStB

 

Contact Us

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

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