Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2017

Cheers!... from the Five of Nine Club

BeerWe all enjoy a nice ale, but have you ever wondered how it gets from field to tap?

If so come and join us on Saturday 30th September for our brewery tour and a social event being held at the Two Tours Brewery, Gunmakers Arms, 93 Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HG.

The tour will start at 3pm and will last approximately 2 hours where a guide will give us an informative talk on the ales that it produces.

Even better and included in the price will be the opportunity to try the ales. You will be issued with 4 free tokens (half pint each) to be used during the tour.

And to soak up the free ale, a small pub lunch will be provided included with the price (menu to follow).

There will also be the opportunity to purchase some of your favourite ales.

The price for this fantastic tour will be £22 per person which includes:

Brewmakers ArmsEntry into the brewery and tour lasting nearly 2 hours.

Four free half pint tokens to be used during the day.

Small pub lunch.

This event is limited to 25 attendees and is open to both family and friends and will prove to be very popular so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Unfortunately children will not be allowed to attend this event.

The Two Towers Brewery, Gunmakers Arms is just a few minutes walk from Snow Hill Station or a ten minute stroll from Birmingham City Centre. There is also plenty of car parking within the nearby numerous car parks.

A menu will be provided upon booking so you can choose in advance what food you would like (including any dietary requirements).

For those who then wish to partake in more liquid refreshment after the tour then we will continue our socialising at The Jekyll and Hyde and then into Colmore Row.

Please see our website for details on how to book http://www.fiveofnineclub.org.uk/

 

Final Classic 300 Midlands route with 78 mile journey

W Bro Charles Bennett hands the gavel to W Bro Peter Manning, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire

As the sun shone down on Sulgrave Manor, classic cars from as far away as Yorkshire and South Wales were flagged off by W Bro Charles Bennett, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire

This marked the start of the fourth and final Midlands route of the Classic 300.

The participants, on Sunday 27th August, followed a route taking them 78 miles from Sulgrave Manor – the ancestral home of Bro George Washington’s family - to the Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport - where Bro Sir Winston Churchill was born. 

On the way, the classic vehicles passed through the Cotswolds including Bourton on the Water and Burford. This route was organised by W Bro Dermot Bambridge and W Bro John Harmer – members of Silverstone Lodge No. 9877 and on the Classic 300 Midlands organising committee.

Before the first car departed from Sulgrave, W Bro Charles Bennett handed W Bro Peter Manning, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire, a specially made gavel to carry on the route.

The gavel was made from the con rod of a Jaguar D-type, which was the legendary model that won the 24 Hours at Le Mans for England no less than three times during the 1950s. This and four other identical gavels are being ceremonially carried by a car on each route.

The Classic 300 is a series of events for classic cars and was started by the Grand Master at Windsor Great Park in May. It is part of the Tercentenary celebrations of the United Grand Lodge of England and will finish at Brooklands on 1st October.

 

Hundreds attend funeral of Battle of Britain pilot

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE FUNERAL OF W BRO KEN WILKINSON, A BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOT AND MEMBER OF BOTH WARWICKSHIRE AND WORCESTERSHIRE PROVINCES

Ken Wilkinson

The service was held in St Alphege Church in his home town of Solihull on 8th September 2017, with dozens lining the streets outside to pay their respects. W Bro Wilkinson’s coffin was carried into the church draped in the British flag, whilst a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire cascaded through the sky above.

W Bro Wilkinson was one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots and was described as “a true gentleman” by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

Those present included Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon, representing The Prince of Wales, as well as senior military commanders of the Royal Air Force and members of the Royal British Legion.

W Bro Ken was an Honorary member of the Warwickshire Royal Air Force Lodge, Frankley Beeches Lodge (Worcestershire), Grosvenor Chapter and also of the Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge and Warwickshire First Principals Chapter.   Until his later years he had been a very active Freemason in both Warwickshire and Worcestershire, and held the rank of PProvSGW in both.

W Bro Wilkinson died on 31st July 2017 at the age of 99.

 

Warm Welcome at new Master and Wardens’ Seminar: 2020 Vision

2020 Vision

2020 Vision – The Future of My Lodge

The first group of Masters and Wardens to attend the new 2020 Vision – The Future of My Lodge presentation met at Severn Street on Monday 4th September with 25 Masters and Wardens attending. This was the first of 16 presentations being held over a two week period in Masonic Centres throughout the Province aimed at all WMs and Wardens who have been personally invited to attend by the Provincial Grand Master.

The Seminar was opened by Asst PGM Peter Manning who welcomed all present, and confirmed the aim of the presentation was to focus on following up the Three Year Plan initiative launched to Lodges in 2015 by encouraging the Masters and Wardens to revisit their Plans, rethink how they want the Lodge to move forward and to adapt their Plan for a further three years and secure the future of their Lodge.

Peter then introduced the members of the Education and Development Committee who would run the event, Mike Hogarth and John Handley, who led the presentation in a lively and engaging style.

The aim of the presentation was to share best practice and encourage and motivate the brethren present to focus on developing, with the Lodge members involved and with a shared commitment, an updated, effective Three Year Plan which covered the key areas within a Lodge and would ensure its continuing success – Succession Planning, Recruitment, Retention, Re-engagement, Mentoring and Social Media and Communication.

The attendees were encouraged to relate the suggestions made in the content to their own Lodges and consider how their current practices can be enhanced and improved, to implement some of the initiatives outlined after discussion involving their Lodge members and where appropriate change how the Lodge operates.

Finally, Peter Manning thanked them all for coming and hoped that they would share some of the best practice ideas outlined with their Lodge members, seek their commitment to try something new and instil in them a determination to ensure their Lodge will prosper.

The feedback was positive and the key messages well received by all attendees.

The Warwickshire results are in

Edwards Trust
Edwards Trust
Once again, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the MCF Community Awards by voting and encouraging their friends and families to vote.

The six charities nominated in Warwickshire received a fantastic amount of support from their local communities and we are pleased to announce the following results:

EDWARDS TRUST

Congratulations to Edwards Trust who received the most votes in Warwickshire and have secured a grant of £25,000!


THE STONEHOUSE GANG

The Stonehouse Gang has been awarded a grant of £15,000


BIRMINGHAM CRISIS CENTRE

Birmingham Crisis Centre has been awarded a grant of £6,000


BIRMINGHAM SETTLEMENT

Birmingham Settlement has been awarded a grant of £4,000


FASTAID BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL

FastAid Birmingham and Solihull has been awarded a grant of £4,000


TINY TIM'S CHILDREN'S CENTRE

Tiny Tim's Children's Centre has been awarded a grant of£4,000

 

 

 

   

 

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