Fire Service Charity reaches Lincolnshire
In the true spirit of Brotherly Love and Relief the Master of the Fire Service Lodge 8401, W Bro Gerry Sansom and his wife Cynthia (pictured), presented a cheque for £655 to the Pink Rose Appeal in North Lincolnshire. The appeal is dedicated to raising funds towards the new Breast Care Unit at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, where, since 2007, patient numbers have risen from just 700 to almost 4,000 per year.
As the Lodge name implies, Brethren are mainly serving or former Fire Service personnel, or its associated activities, and consequently, draws its membership from across the UK. As a result, the Lodge has developed a tradition of supporting charitable organisations, both masonic and non-masonic, outside the geographical area normally associated with the Province of Warwickshire. These charities have included mountain rescue, cancer research and the British Heart Foundation but have not prevented the Lodge from exceeding its target for the Warwickshire 2012 Festival, for which it duly received its Festival Maul.
First Degree Symbolism Explained
Charterhouse Lodge 5690 will be giving an interactive demonstration of the Ceremony of Initiation at their next meeting, during which an explanation of the symbolism of the degree will be given, with questions being answered as the demonstartion progresses.
All Entered Apprentices are invited to attend the meeting, together with their proposers, seconders and other members, which will be held on Monday 11th February 2013 at the Coventry Masonic Hall, 165 Warwick Road, Coventry CV3 6AU. The festive board will cost around £20.
Fun Quiz in Stratford to aid Acorns
Bro Ivan Smart of Greville Lodge 4773 has arranged for the Stratford and District Fundraising Community Group to organise a great evening of fun at a Quiz Night, to be held in the Golf Clubhouse at the Welcombe Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon on Thursday 14th November 2013, 7.00 for 7.30pm start.
The cost is £10 per head (teams of four, payable on the night) which includes food and prizes. All proceeds will be donated to the Acorns Children’s Hospice, which is one of the Provincial Grand Master’s “Famous Five” charities (see http://www.warwickshirepgl.org.uk/Media/Default/Page/warwickshire-charities/Charity%20after%202012%20V2.pdf )
GPWM links NTM to WM
After an immaculate Installation ceremony at St Michael's Lodge 1630, during which W Bro Dr James Prichard installed the new Master, W Bro Dr Peter Whidborne, in a most sincere and meaningful manner, a magnificent five course banquet was enjoyed by all present. The Lodge numbers several members of the medical profession and banter at the festive board between it's various disciplines was highly humorous and apposite.
The meeting was presided over by Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Michael C Morris, and responding to the visitors' toast a special presentation was made by W Bro NT Malden, the new Master being his first cousin once removed, and godson. "NTM" was delighted to hand on a pair of cufflinks which had belonged to his grandfather, W Bro W Malden (hence the "WM" engraved upon them), who was Master of Alma Mater Lodge 1492 in 1913 and a Provincial Deacon in Cambridgeshire the following year.
According to W Malden's death notice in the Cambridge paper of 1918 he, like the new WM, was a doctor, a GP, and also did research at Addenbroke's Hospital. He was 60 years and two months old when he died. NTM was 60 years and four months old when he was initiated.
To round off a most enjoyable and entertaining evening the lodge presented two cheques, £500 each, to the Warwickshire Masonic Benevolent Fund and The Masonic Samaritan Fund.
(l-r) NTM, Peter Whidborne, Michael Morris
Griffin Arranges for Griffin
The present Master of Griffin Lodge of Installed Masters 9737, W Bro Derek Griffin, has arranged a talk entitled An Unusual Job for a Lady at the Lodge’s forthcoming meeting to be held at Rugby, on Wednesday 30th October 2013.
It will be given by Mrs Marion Canning, a Lady Toastmaster, and all Masons, their partners, family and friends are invited to attend this most interesting and amusing talk.
The Lodge will be opened at 6.15pm for essential business only. Partners, family and friends are then welcome to join for the talk and afterwards are invited to the meal (cost £17 per person) where ‘formalities’ will be kept to a minimum!
A poster showing full details can be seen here