Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire


New equipment for Warwick Hospital

Warwick Hospital Physiotherapy Ward

Following the presentation of a much needed piece of equipment, the article below has been posted on the website of the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. The article is reproduced exactly as it appeared, and shows the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David Macey, with W Bro Alan Johnson and W Bro Michael Bolton, both of Jephson Lodge 4336, with “equipment tester” John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward. The staff of the department gave us a very warm welcome, and are delighted with the equipment.

The plaque on the equipment reads ”Provided by the kind generosity of Warwickshire Freemasons”.

Physiotherapy gift from grateful patient

The new leg press presented to Warwick Hospital

The physiotherapy department at Warwick Hospital have received a generous gift of a new leg press machine from a grateful ex-patient.

Alan Johnson received treatment with the pulmonary rehabilitation service in Physiotherapy at Warwick Hospital earlier this year. The pulmonary rehabilitation course helps people manage their lung conditions by increasing overall fitness. Mr Johnson heard that the team needed the new piece of equipment and went on to ask his Masonic Lodge whether they would consider gathering enough funds for the leg press.


Upon receiving the leg press, Elizabeth Sullivan, Physiotherapist, said: “This leg press will enable patients to exercise their legs as a way of regaining and maintaining strength and function. It is great that our patients are so generous is helping us to provide the best care.”

Paul Saunders, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, added: “The leg press machine is a great machine to both assess and treat patients with a variety of hip, knee and ankle injuries. This means that we will be using it on a daily basis with patients who attend Warwick Hospital Physiotherapy department.”

Following Mr Johnson’s request, £250 was donated from Jephson Lodge, £200 from the Round Table and £1350 from Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association. The ex-patient and his wife Hilary also donated £200 to make up the £2000 for the leg press to be purchased.

Alan Johnson, commented: “We are very pleased that together with Jephson Lodge, Lodge of the Round Table and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association we have been able to help in acquiring this equipment and hope that it will help treat many physiotherapy patients in the years to come.”

To learn more about fundraising for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, contact 01926 495321 ext. 8049 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


£58,000 from Warwickshire Freemasons after public vote

£58,000 of charity awards from Warwickshire Freemasons announced following unprecedented public vote

Six local charities have benefited from a series of special Community Awards from Warwickshire Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote of 178,801 votes across England and Wales.

The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.

At a luncheon at the Tally Ho! Centre in Birmingham, the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David Macey, explained the purpose of the Awards, gave an explanation of each charity’s work, and presented Masonic Charitable Foundation certificates, and a glass trophy to the highest award recipient – Edward’s Trust. The recipient charities, and the figures awarded are below – with links to each charity’s website.

Edward's Trust - £25,000


The Stonehouse Gang - £15,000



 Birmingham Crisis Centre - £6,000


Birmingham Settlement - £4,000



Fastaid Solihull - £4,000


Tiny Tim's Children's Centre - £4,000

The pictures below show the Provincial Grand Master presenting Edward’s Trust with their glass trophy – recipients are Chief Executive, Neil Thorogood and Fundraising Co-ordinator, Lucy Goodway of Edward’s Trust.

The Provincial Grand Master making the presentation to The Edward's Trust

Each recipient received a certificate confirming that a Masonic Charitable Foundation donation has been paid in the amounts indicated, and the photograph below shows the Provincial Grand Master with all the recipients.

MCF Awards - group photograph

All present were delighted with their grants, and the luncheon presentation - on behalf of all present, Trevor Franklin, Secretary of the Stonehouse Gang thanked the Provincial Grand Master and the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generosity and hospitality.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has given £3 million to 300 charities across England and Wales to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.   The charities receiving the grants were voted for by the public and members of the Province – over 178,000 votes were received, of which the majority were from the general public. This has been one of a number of initiatives introduced throughout every Province to publicise the 300th anniversary – many other events are planned to mark this milestone in English Freemasonry.


Choral Evensong in Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral

At a specially written Evensong service held at Coventry Cathedral, well over 100 Freemasons with their wives, partners & friends were present, together with members of the general public. The service commenced with a welcome from the Dean of Coventry Cathedral, Very Reverend John Witcombe, and the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David Macey. In a very generous address to the congregation by the Dean, he praised the work and support given by the Masonic fraternity, and thanked all present for their attendance in such large numbers. The Provincial Grand Master, thanked the Dean for the service and welcome, and at the conclusion of the service, presented a cheque for £5,000 from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, together with a certificate confirming a further donation of £5,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Dean acknowledged the donations, and invited all present to return at any time.

A previous article here explains the need for support for the Cathedral, following a visit to Lambeth Palace in the summer.

Coventry Cathedral Window

The images above are panels from one of the Nave windows, the cost of which was met by Warwickshire Freemasons in 1962. The cost then was £3,700, which is the equivalent of around £55,000 in today’s values. Below is pictured the magnificent interior of the Cathedral, where the service was held.

Coventry Cathedral

Thanks are due to VW Bro Victor Keene, who together with the Provincial Grand Master, has gone to tremendous efforts to forge the association and relationship which Coventry Cathedral and the Province now enjoy.

More information on Coventry Cathedral       

More information on the Masonic Charitable Foundation


The Masonic Paper Competition 2017/18

Education and DevelopmentAs part of the Development and Education Committee, we are continuing to set up a central database of papers written by members of our Lodges, and which can be drawn on by all. This will be in addition to continuing to deliver Orations.

The Development and Education Committee is chaired by Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Peter Manning. We have had some wonderful papers submitted over the last two years and, I am looking for further interesting papers this year.

As I am sure you are aware, there are two silver cups available to the winners, one to keep and the other to return after 1 year. There are two categories also, one for Brothers below the Chair and the other for W Brothers. The committee has decided that new papers be sent to me in the first instance to collate and, through our Communications Officer, update the database. I would therefore welcome any submissions you may have whether these are old or new.

Papers can easily be sent to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date is 30th April 2018. The papers are adjudicated by the Orations team and myself with the winners announced at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in May of next year. They will also be able to present their papers to an Installed Masters Lodge meeting later in that year as last year’s winners will this year. If they prefer I would happily deliver them on their behalf.

To give you a few ideas, the following may encourage you to put pen to paper! I have selected 10 categories which you may wish to consider as areas of research. The internet is a great source of material. A 20 minute delivery time would be perfection!

  1. 300 Years of English freemasonry and beyond.
  2. Freemasonry during the Second World War.
  3. The development of today’s lodge room and its furniture.
  4. Masonic etiquette.
  5. The bible and freemasonry (e.g. Chronicles and Kings).
  6. Famous freemasons over the years.
  7. The Three Grand Masters, their lives and background.
  8. How foreign English Lodges developed, where and why (e.g. Naval Lodges in the Commonwealth)
  9. 960 BC – what was happening?
  10. The Priory of Zion and its relationship to today’s freemasonry.

Do have a go, you will find it more interesting than you think!

Yours sincerely and fraternally


W Bro K Marchington PAGDC

Please support the Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre

This year’s Ladies gift Fund Christmas Fayre takes place on Saturday 25th November at Lindon House, Wolverhampton, as shown on the poster below – your support for this event is encouraged.

Admission Tickets have been addressed to the Charity Steward of each Lodge and have been given to representatives meeting at each Masonic Centre, except for a few which have been posted direct to the Charity Steward, where a Lodge meets at a non-Masonic centre.  Please will all Lodges sell the tickets to members and friends, and send a cheque to the Ladies Gift Fund Treasurer.  A return envelope is  included with the tickets.   If ticket sales are low, a donation in lieu of sales would be appreciated from each Lodge.

The Ladies would very much appreciate a good attendance of members and friends from each Lodge – you can be assured of a very warm welcome on the day.  Tickets can also be purchased on the day.

If any Lodge has not received tickets, please contact John Hayward in the Charity Office, who will be pleased to assist.

All profits from the event are given to Masonic charities and the three Provinces. 

Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ


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