Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

The Universality of Freemasonry

Justice

The Lodge of Justice, No 5092 recently hosted an overseas visitor from Singapore on a visit back to his home city of Birmingham.

Dr Manjit Pawar, MBChB, B Med Sci(Hons) , FRCP(Edinburgh), MRCP(London) is the Director of Medical Intensive Care and Consultant Intensive Care and General Medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore. 

He interrupted his return journey, having been to Belgium for a Medical Conference, to stop off, and pre-arrange the visit to The Lodge of Justice, as we happily had our March Meeting on a convenient date for him.

This was truly a team effort, as the approach by Bro Manjit Pawar, was picked up by The Executive at Severn Street Masonic Hall, and passed on to The Lodge of Justice.

The Worshipful Master recruited the Past Masters of the Lodge to demonstrate a 3rd Degree ceremony and agreed to enhance the Festive Board to give a ceremony and meal that would be remembered. 

The Past Masters did not let him down. 

Connections were made to ensure protocol was observed in ‘proving’ the visitor. These arrangements were facilitated by the W Bro Darren Desker, Secretary of his mother lodge, which is a Lodge of Research and is one of 8 meeting in Singapore, Centenary Lodge No. 7629 (EC), Eastern Archipelago, 

W Bro Darren provided all the necessary information, certification and paperwork to enable a relaxed visit. This event is now recorded in our Minute Book for posterity.

W Bro Darren called Bro Manjit a ‘’Remarkable young Mason’’ and this event a fine example of ‘The Universality of Freemasonry’, also suggested by W.Bro Darren, and we absolutely concur. 

It would not be overstating the event to say Bro Manjit has now indicated his interest in joining The Lodge of Justice once his work abroad is concluded and he and family return to these shores.

He replied to the Visitors Toast with warmth and generous praise, and he has also offered reciprocal visiting to his Lodge and would be pleased to host any UK Masons.

The Classic 300 Gala Dinner

 

Classic 300 Dinner

An evening of fine wine and dining with the legendary Richard Attwood - Contact Peter Manning, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets

Ladies Gift Fund – Spring Lunch 2018

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 8th April at the Kings Heath Masonic Hall.

A near capacity attendance of over 140 enjoyed a splendid three course lunch, following which cheques were presented to the Provincial Grand Masters for the three Provinces. The cheques for £3,000 each, were acknowledged by each in turn, but following a similar pattern. Worcestershire and Warwickshire are both already in Festival for the Masonic Charitable Foundation, with Staffordshire following this year. Each is due to complete in consecutive years – 2022 for Worcestershire, 2023 for Warwickshire & 2024 for Staffordshire.

Details of each Festival can be found on the Masonic Charitable Foundation website – this link will guide you to each Festival in turn.   Festival appeals are a vital source of funding and generate the majority of donations made to the Foundation. During usually a five year appeal, fundraising events and activities take place that make a significant contribution to MCF income. The MCF are extremely grateful to everyone who supports them. The Festival also provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the work the Foundation undertakes and the support it provides to Freemasons and their families, as well as many non-Masonic charities.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation will also receive a cheque for £1,000 directly from the Ladies Gift Fund.  

On the day, £3,000 was raised from ticket sales and a mammoth well supported raffle.

Commenting on the event, Mrs Sandra Rouse, Chairman of the Ladies Gift Fund said, "Thanks to everyone in working together towards today’s event and giving your time and contributions for the charities we support. We should be pleased and proud that a good day has been enjoyed by all present, and that we have 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' Gift Fund presentation

Mrs Sandra Rouse, Chair of the Ladies Gift Fund, together with the three Provincial Grand Masters

L to R – John Lockley (Staffordshire), Bob Vaughan (Worcestershire) and David Macey (Warwickshire), receiving their cheques following the lunch.

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.

The Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre, which with help from all concerned in the three Provinces will take place on Saturday 1st December at Linden House, Wolverhampton – notices will be issued in good time.

JBH

Frog racing with St. Blaise?

The closing date for the annual Lodge of St. Blaise frog racing evening has been extended to 20th April - book in now to secure your place at this memorable evening.

To book contact:

  • W Bro Pete Woodfield – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07966 296320
  • W Bro Jonathan Amies – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07710 811134

Frog Racing

St John's Lodge sponsors a Dog for Good

The Dogs for Good charity (formerly Dogs for the Disabled) is celebrating 30 years of providing help for disabled people by matching up specially trained dogs with particular disabilities. The assistance dogs support adults and children with a range of disabilities, giving them more independence, confidence and a best friend.

St John’s Lodge No 2811 has donated over £2000, with some added gift aid, to be able to sponsor a puppy to be trained as an assistance dog. The Lodge will receive progress reports throughout the training period.

Dogs For Good

Pictured presenting the cheque are the Worshipful Master of St John’s Lodge, Martin Hallgarth, the Lodge’s Charity Steward, Paul Skinner and Mr Dave Rounsley who will act as initial “Fosterer”, and on the far right the Dogs for Good Regional Fundraiser, Ms Tina Williams.  Seated is Mrs Beryl Rounsley who will also be initial “Fosterer” with “Yazz” the puppy who will be sponsored.

Tina Williams, Dogs for Good Regional Fundraiser in acknowledging the donation says:

“This wonderful donation will enable us to make a difference to more people who will benefit from the practical support, love and companionship of a trained assistance or community dog. This year is a special year for Dogs for Good, as we celebrate 30 years of making life changing differences to people with disabilities. Being able to continue for many years to come, ultimately comes down to our wonderful supporters like yourselves, so thank you again for all that you have done for us.”  

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has also supported Dogs for Good for several years, and has only last month handed a £2000 grant to the charity.

JBH

 

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