Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2018

Open Day at Guy's Cliffe House - a rare opportunity to tour the house

Guy's Cliffe

Guy's Cliffe
Sunday 27th May
10 am - 2 pm

The brethren who meet at Guy's Cliffe House near Warwick would like to extend an invitiation to any Freemasons and their families who would like to take an opportunity to tour the house and grounds to join us on May 27th between 10 and 2 for an open day. We are also happy to invite people who are interested in learning more about Freemasonry and may be keen to find out about becoming either a male or female Freemason.

Guy's Cliffe House has parts of the building that date back to the 13th century and are a scheduled ancient monument the lodge rooms are apparently the oldest building in which freemasons meet.

The main house is a ruin that looks over the river Avon and its grounds have a Site of Special Scientific Interest as part of them

We are opening the temple, parts of the house and grounds not normally visited by the general public.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to Guys Cliffe

Guy's Cliffe

Warwick CV34 5YD (opposite Hintons Nursery)

The Happiness Five go up to Llandudno - Presentation of a 60 Year Certificate

On Sunday 29th April 2018, five brethren from the Lodge of Happiness No 7952 ventured up to Llandudno in order to present a 60 Year Certificate to W Bro Thomas F Mitchell, with the approval of the Provincial Grand Master.

W Bro Tom was initiated into the Lodge of Faith and Hope no 4772 on 25th March 1958, and subsequently became one of the 13 Founder Members of the Lodge of Happiness in June 1964.

W Bro Tom, now a Nonagenarian, is one of two surviving Founders and delighted in explaining to the visiting party some of the early history of the Lodge and its members, particularly in relation to the fun and good times of past Ladies Nights, Social events and now seeing the Lodge grow from strength to strength – unfortunately for us, from a little further afield.

The picture below shows W Bro Tom receiving his Certificate from W Bro Geoffrey Weston, IPM of the Lodge, accompanied by W Bros Chris Albion and Mike Willetts (Photographer), Bros Philip Williams and John Snape together with obligatory fizz and Lodge Cupcakes!!

Presentation to W Bro Tom

Now an Honorary Member of Happiness, W Bro Tom keeps in touch with Lodge events through digital communication and the odd phone call here and there. A keen ritualist in his day, being known for his delivery of the Charge to the Initiate and the Traditional History, Tom was delighted to see a full plan of “work” for the Lodge over the next two years – only sorry that he can no longer make the journey down to Birmingham from North Wales.

After a very “Happy” couple of hours of fraternal company, the visiting posse retired to a local restaurant on the seafront in Llandudno for a refreshment stop before the return journey to the Midlands – unfortunately, we didn’t manage to wrestle either Tom or the glorious sunshine away from North Wales – can’t quite understand why!

Wales in the sun

Author – Mike Willetts – Secretary, Lodge of Happiness No 7952

Visit to Lodge St Bryde - book your place now

The brethren of St Peters Lodge are once again going north of the border to visit Lodge St Bryde for their installation. Book in with W Bro Martin Parrack at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lodge St Bryde

Invite to join the 99th Festival of Instruction

 

THE GENERAL LODGE OF INSTRUCTION No.587

Recognised as No.30 on the Emulation Lodge of Improvement Register

Presents its

99th Festival of Instruction

to be held at

Severn Street

Severn Street Masonic Hall, Severn Street, Birmingham, B1 1QG

6.00pm, Wednesday 23rd May 2018

All under the Presidency of

W Bro David A. Stanford PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master


   Brethren, FC’s and above are welcome to witness this demonstration of Emulation Ritual.

          The Ceremony of Passing including the Extended Tracing Board.

A 3 course Dinner will follow the Demonstration at a cost of £25.00 per person (including wine)

To attend and stay for Festive Board, please contact the Secretary (details below) no later than Wednesday 9th May 2018


Full Dress or Undress Regalia may be worn [no gloves] and please arrive in good time to assist administration.

Secretary: W.Bro. G.G. Stevens 98 Olton Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 3NN

Tel: 07709-996787 / [H] 0121-682-0703

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the booking form here

 

Forest of Arden Lodge celebrates 100 years

Forest of Arden

A special meeting was held at Solihull Masonic Temple, Knowle on Wednesday 18th April to celebrate the Forest of Arden Lodge, No 3826 achieveing 100 years of uninterupted Freemasonry. With W Bro Stuart Jenkins in the chair, the members of Forest of Arden Lodge were joined by the Provincial Team and many visitors from near and far filling the Lodge with a wonderful atmosphere for what turned out to be a very special evening.

Provincial Team

The Provincial Team ready to escort the PGM into the Lodge

The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, together with the Provincial Grand Wardens, opened the Lodge and congratulated the members of Forest of Arden Lodge in reaching this significant milestone in their history. He also asked those assembled to take a moment to remember the courage and wisdom of the founders of the Lodge back in 1918. Having completed the opening a column was formed to escort the centenary warrant into the Lodge, in the very safe hands of the Provincial Grand Secretary, W Bro Mike Reeve, who then proceeded to read the warrant. Once read, the warrant was presented to W Bro Stuart Jenkins, the current master of Forest of Arden Lodge.

The Provincial Grand Chaplain, W Bro John Cowan, delivered an address on the foundations of the Lodge, looking back to the events of 1918, marking the end of what was then considered to be the war to end all wars. The centenary of the Lodge being shared with other centenaries in 2018, including the formation of the Women's Royal Army Corp, the Royal Air Force and votes for Women in the UK. 1918 was a great time of expansion for Freemasonry in England as returning soldiers sought a place where tradition and principal were honoured and Freemasonry became a rock of salvation after the war.

The Provincial Grand Master delayed handing the Lodge back to the Worshipful Master mometarily in order to confer a field promotion on W Bro John Walford to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden. This was a snap decision as the PGM recognised the very special nature of W Bro John and decided that it merited recognition. This was a surprise to all, but to none more that the Provincial Director of Ceremonies, who managed to deliver a flawless proclamation of the promotion with only a few seconds notice, true professionalism on display!

Promotion

W Bro John Walford with the Provincial Grand Master and W Bro Stuart Jenkins

Following the promotion of W Bro John, the Lodge was handed back to the charge of W Bro Stuart Jenkins and the minutes of the consecration meeting and the consecration oration were read. The first Master was W Bro Samuel Foster, a Past Master of St Paul's Lodge, No 43. The consecrating officer of the Lodge was Colonel W F Wyley VD DL PGD, the then Deputy Provincial Grand Master and Provincial Grand Master desgnate. Col Wyley had previously been the Mayor of Coventry and the Sheriff of Warwickshire. W Bro Stuart went on to give an engaging comparison of the summons at the consecration, the 50 year point and the 100 year celebration.

Minute Book

The minutes of the Consecration Meeting in 1918

To close the Lodge the Worshipful Master invited the current Master of St Paul's Lodge, No 43 to take the Senior Warden's chair and the current Master of Shenstonian Lodge, No 5544 to take the Junior Warden's chair. St Paul's being the mother Lodge of Forest of Arden Lodge and Shenstonian Lodge being one of the daughter Lodges. This was particularly poignant as W Bro Stuart Jenkins is a Past Master of all three lodges, having served as Worshipful Master of Forest of Arden Lodge in 2000, St Paul's in 2004-2006, and Shenstonian Lodge in 2014-2016.  This year making a round 6 years as Worshipful Master in the family of Lodges.

Group Photo

Members of the Lodge, the Provincial Team and Visitors

Following the meeting the festive board was enjoyed by all, with specially engraved firing glasses for all to commemorate the occasion. The Lodge and the Worshipful Master were congratulated on the success of the evening and for being part of the 100 year journey the Lodge has taken so far.

Festive Board

Enjoying the Festive Board

 

 

 

 

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
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