As a regular visitor to the De Montfort Lodge 5155 which meets in the atmospheric Henley-in-Arden Guild Hall, Grand Officer W Bro Peter Britton was invited to present a Grand Lodge Certificate. Nothing unusual there, with the main event at the meeting being the Initiation of a new Brother.
Everyone present enjoyed an excellent Initiation ceremony, but what is unusual was Peter’s observation that it was watched and also thoroughly enjoyed by no less than three Entered Apprentices. At its conclusion, there were therefore four EAs in the Lodge. In Peter’s early days, almost fifty years ago, two EAs was not an uncommon sight, three was rare but four, never in his experience.
To cap it all, the more 'senior' of the EAs presented the Working Tools to the new Initiate in a most competent manner.
The only immediate issue which the most fortunate Worshipful Master can foresee is the need to conduct two double Passing ceremonies in the New Year, followed by or perhaps interspersed with one of the four Raising ceremonies! With Installation in April 2013, at least two ceremonies will have to be carried over to the Lodge’s next season.
The atmospheric interior of Henley-in-Arden Guild Hall
Bard Plants Acorn
At the Acorns Children’s Hospice 2013 Annual General Meeting and Members’ Day held at Villa Park, Birmingham, CEO David Studley announced the formation of a new community and fundraising group for the Stratford-upon-Avon and District area.
Their aim will be to raise the profile of Acorns across the area covered by South Warwickshire (excluding Warwick & Leamington) where Acorns is less well known despite supporting the community’s children along with their families.
The group has been founded by Bro Ivan Smart of Greville Lodge 4773 and local entrepreneur Mrs Alix Hay who brings a wealth of experience in local community involvement.
l-r David Studley, Ivan Smart, Kay Alexander (Patron), David Butcher (Chair of Trustees)
Brothers made Brothers
Brothers Andrew (26) and Mathew Keeling (24), both agricultural engineers based at Wishaw, became the latest members of Athelstan Lodge 1333 and Brethren in Freemasonry, with many members of their family looking on. The full story and photograph can be seen on the Lodge's website here
Cancer Genetics at Installed Masters
The guest speaker at Warwickshire Installed Masters' Lodge 4538 meeting in June 2013 was Professor Colin Cooper, the first holder of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity’s “Chair of Molecular Biology”, which provided funding for him with a donation of £100,000 per annum from 2004 until this year.
Charity from Concerts to Cruises
Many will remember the wonderful sums of money that W Bro Mervyn Kimberley, of Lodge of Warwick 8011, raised with his Warwick and Bedworth Concerts for the 2012 Festival. Well, Mervyn has once again been fundraising for both Masonic and non-Masonic charities whilst on holiday!
On a lengthy world cruise aboard the P&O liner MV Aurora, Mervyn became the President of a "Freemasonry Afloat" team, which raised the magnificent sum of just over £1000. He was supported by a Secretary and Treasurer from other Provinces, and groups of freemasons from the UK, Canada, Cyprus, Australia, Netherlands, Germany and the USA who joined the cruise at different stages. During each of the sections of the cruise, social functions and informal gatherings were organised to which all were invited, including the Captain and crew. Masonic brethren, including a Lady freemason, made donations at each event, and raffles were held.
This “Freemasonry Afloat” initiative, which to date has generated over £100,000 in charitable donations, was established several years ago by W Bro Trevor Wellings, whereby a record of the events and resolutions is faithfully recorded by the appointed Secretary, in a minute book which is held on board each of the P&O ships. When these become full, they are delivered to the Library and Museum at UGLE headquarters in Great Queen Street, London, where Trevor has arranged for them to rest. This will always depend upon a diligent enthusiast spotting that the minute book is full, and arranging for delivery to London, and of course a new minute book to take its place.
At the conclusion of the cruise, the following cheques were presented:
£500 to the Captain in favour of the RNLI
£250 to the Norfolk 2016 Festival for the Grand Charity (Norfolk is the Secretary's Province)
£250.25 to the Grand Charity as agreed by the committee.
Again, a wonderful achievement from a dedicated freemason, who revels in fundraising for charities, both Masonic and non-Masonic. Well done Mervyn.
Margaret & Mervyn Kimberley during MV Aurora's passage through the Panama Canal