Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Athelstan LoI Festival Success

The Athelstan Lodge of Instruction Festival very well, with the Presiding Officer, Bill Orton, perhaps understandably (given that it is the LOI for his Mother Lodge!), paying fulsome and deserved praise to all who took part. To show there was no bias, the Grand Lodge Officers present, VW Bro’s Roger Parker and Charles Marshall were similarly generous in their praise!

Masters in the Chair flanked by Provincial Representatives, W Bro Bill Orton, Presiding Officer & W Bro Rob Evans, Grand Pursuivant. + Lodge Almoner, Jim Foster and our Master, Gerard Somers.Masters in the Chair flanked by Provincial Representatives, W Bro Bill Orton, Presiding Officer & W Bro Rob Evans, Grand Pursuivant.
Lodge Almoner, Jim Foster and Master, Gerard Somers.

There were 38 brethren present and for this occasion we dined in the Lodge rooms, which lent a nice informality to the proceedings.

W Bro Jon Bowley with his lovely wife Jo, ready for her ‘shift’ behind the bar!
W Bro Jon Bowley with his lovely wife Jo, ready for her ‘shift’ behind the bar!
‘Guest’ Organist, W Bro Roy Taylor
‘Guest’ Organist, W Bro Roy Taylor

It was difficult to single any one performance out but the 1st degree tracing board takes the prize, not only for the fact that one hears it so rarely – and it is rarely done so well (1st time in the Lodge rooms since they were consecrated) but also for the fact it was delivered by such a Junior Brother in the Lodge, still a Fellowcraft, Bro Andrew Foster. He was of course watched closely by proud father, the Lodge Almoner, W Bro Jim Foster.

Masters in the Chair, Bro’s Matt Keeing, Ray Archer and Tim SnaithMasters in the Chair, Bro’s Matt Keeing, Ray Archer and Tim Snaith

The Chair work was shared extremely competently by Bro’s Tim Snaith, Matt Keeling and Ray Archer, with working tools equally so by Bro Andy Hollis. An exemplary Charge to the Initiate was delivered by Bro Philip Salmon, acting as Junior Warden.

All who took part with the guests

St Philip unites lodges across the Provinces

On Thursday 18th October 2017 Worshipful Brothers Pete Clarke and Peter Fry, two intrepid members of St Philip's Lodge 5580, braved the M42/M1 to venture to Tapton Hall, Sheffield to visit St Philip's 7116. On arrival they were to find that they had been elected as Honorary Members in recognition of their long and frequent attendance.

W Bro Pete Clarke, W Master of 7116 Tim Watts, W Bro Peter Fry

It all started in the spring of 2002 when W Bro Pete Clarke realized that his forthcoming installation would coincide with the 400th meeting of his Lodge. He made contact with and visited the two other St Philip's Lodges in the UK - St Philip 4221, Southend, and St Philip's 7116, Sheffield, and extended an invitation to his installation in the October.

Both Lodges were delighted to accept, the rest, as they say is history.  Members visit Southend at least once a year and Sheffield for most meetings, there are reciprocal visits both to Lodge and social events - particularly Ladies' Evenings - much enjoyed by brethren and ladies alike.

You can follow the explots of St Philips Lodge on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stphilipslodge5580/

 

 

I Heard Three Knocks …

 

I heard 3 knocks

Old Veseyan Lodge hosts the Sutton Coldfield Study Circle

The Old Veseyan Lodge are playing host to the Sutton Coldfield Study Circle who are to present the 1765 version of the ceremony of Passing on Friday 27th October, to which you are warmly invited.

Imagine the year is 1765; King George III is on the throne. It was over 44 years before Charles Darwin was born and approximately one year before Captain James Cook, at the age of 37 years, took up his commission as commander of the HM Bark Endeavour. Cook, through three voyages to the Pacific, discovered Australia and New Zealand and eventually died at the hand the natives of Hawaii.  HMS Victory, a ship of the Royal Navy, was launched in 1765. She is best known as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. In the same year a young man of 35 years was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Most Honourable Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, a Whig.

Members of Sutton Coldfield Study Circle at a previous event.

Members of Sutton Coldfield Study Circle at a previous event.

The lodge room is laid out into two separate parts, with a table at one end and a floor covering marked out on a sheet at the other. The main reason was because early lodges usually met in a single room and the dining area was in the same room as the lodge area. The lodge area probably would have been marked out with chalk or charcoal onto a wooden floor. It is noted in the minute book that the lodge was banned from one public house because the apprentice washed the floor with water and made such a mess!

It would appear that our ancient brethren spent a lot of time ‘calling off’ and ‘calling on’, with a lot of time spent on refreshment rather than on work! Indeed whist the lodge is open much liquid refreshment is likely to be consumed.

You are invited to attend this entertaining fun evening. The summons is here 

Please contact the Secretary Steve Wilkes either email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02476-592952

Athelstan invite to the 2017 LOI Festival on 19th October

Athelstan Lodge are holding a Lodge of Instruction Festival on Thursday, October 19th 2017 and invite brethren from this or our adjoiining Provinces to visit for the evening. All visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome.

Preparation for the 2017 LOI Festival
Preparation for the 2017 LOI Festival

The team have been practicing hard and for the first time at an Athelstan LOI Festival a junior Brother, Andrew Foster will be following the Charge to the initiate by giving an explanation of the first degree tracing board.

The evening will commence at 6.00 p.m. at:

Atherstone Masonic Hall,
106 Long Street,
Atherstone

There is ample parking in Atherstone including a public car park opporite the Masonic Hall.

Book in now using this reply slip, as the latest date for reply is Saturday 14th October.

For more details the full summons is here.

 

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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