Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire


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Summer BBQ/ Freemasonry in the Community Event

Five of Nine Community Event
Five of Nine Community Event
The Five of Nine Club’s next Freemasonry in the Community event will be held in conjunction with a Summer BBQ and will take place at Rough Close Scout Campsite on the 12th August 2017, this an event for the whole family!

Rough Close is a large scout campsite located just outside of Meriden, Coventry in the Warwickshire countryside. Freemasonry has long held a close association with the Scouting movement and we hope to strengthen this bond and help them carry on their great work with children from all walks of life and in particular those children with disabilities that use this fantastic facility. We will be cleaning and painting one of the Campsites Cabins ‘The Norton Cabin’, this is a large cabin, which is used regularly by the scouting world and includes facilities for any children or campers with disabilities.

We will have activities available for children and families, including football, Cricket, Mega Jenga and Giant Connect 4, we are also planning a mini orienteering activity/walk for the whole family. The
facilities are available for members to camp overnight with their families, with limited numbers inside the cabin and up to 50 on the field opposite.
After our Freemasonry in the Community event, we will host our first summer BBQ, the catering of BBQ and soft drinks will be provided by one of our committee members Bro Warwick Wakefield who runs his own catering business Ready to Roast, any specific dietary requirements please get in touch!

The cost for this event is:

  • £5 for members
  • £7.50 for non-members
  • Children FREE

For more information or to reserve your tickets please visit or click here.

Event: Summer BBQ/ Freemasonry in the Community Event
Date: Saturday 12th August 2017 @ 10:00 am
Location: Rough Close Scout Campsite, Tanners' Lane, Berkswell, Coventry CV7 7DB.
Type: Freemasonry in the Community and Social Event.
Guests: Members, Non-members, Friends and Family.
Price: £5 for members, and £7.50 for non-members, friends and family. Children FREE.

In the Body of a Lodge

  • In the body of a lodge
    In the body of a lodge
    How do people receive their rank and what do they do?
  • Have you ever wondered what all the symbols mean?
  • How is the lodge run?
  • How is the province organised?

By answering these and many more questions, the Five of Nine Club is setting out to help you in your daily advancement in Masonic knowledge!

On Saturday 29th of July 2017 at 12:00 pm you can find out! The Five of Nine Club will proudly host ‘In the Body of a Lodge’ Masonic Educational Event at St. Paul's Club, 34 St. Paul's Square Birmingham, B3 1QZ


  • Provincial Rank and Promotion
  • How is a Province organised and run?
  • Explanation of our Aprons, the colour and symbolism of the aprons (Entered Apprentice all the way through to Grand Rank)
  • The Lodge Offices and how a standard lodge works?
  • Masonic Etiquette: Behaviour in and out of the Lodge room.

Following the In the Body of a Lodge event, we cordially invite you to join us for a Five of Nine Club social at The Queens Arms, 150 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 1RY at 3:15 pm, following our time-honoured mantra at the Five of Nine Club.

To sign up to this event and join us for what will be an intriguing and fun afternoon please contact our Masonic Secretary, Andy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Saturday 24th July.

Event:                      In the Body of a Lodge

Date:                        Saturday 29th July 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Location:                  St. Paul’s Club, St. Paul’s Square Birmingham B3 1QZ.

Type:                        Masonic Education and Social Event.

Guests:                    Members and Non-members.

Price:                       FREE for members, and £5 for non-members.

Team “Thud” accepts the Diabetes UK Challenge

Diabetes UKJohn Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward writes:

"Diabetes UK has issued a '1 Million Step Challenge', the challenge runs from 1 July - 30 September and it is to take 1 million steps over 3 months whilst being sponsored for every stride to help reach a future where diabetes can do no harm. One of the first to take up the challenge is our Provincial Communications Officer, and currently acting Provincial Senior Grand Deacon, Ian Slesser. With the whole of his family, they have formed Team Thud, with the aim of achieving 5 million steps in this massive challenge."

Team Thud

Team Thud: Twins Jack and Niamh, with Mum and Dad and very smiley Liam "Thud" Slesser at the front

Ian says, "Since Liam was diagnosed with Diabetes last year, we have learnt how much this illness changes a young person’s life. Whilst Liam is amazing and takes it all in his stride, it is our aim to raise money in the hope that Diabetes UK will be able to continue and accelerate their fantastic work to find a permanent cure for Type 1 Diabetes."

John Hayward continues, "The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association cannot support an individual, but I can encourage our members to do so, hence this article. Ian has made an amazing difference since becoming our Communications Officer, not only to our Provincial website but also by creating a significant presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, and in the press in general. I hope we can help him in his aim of a minimum £1500 at the completion of the Challenge. It is simple to donate by visiting the dedicated JustGiving page – by clicking here"

Shakespeare's Desk and Chair

On Sunday 2nd July some seventy Freemasons of Warwickshire paraded, in full regalia, through the streets of Stratford, for the first time since 1929, and they were joined in their parade by the Lord Mayor of Stratford Victoria Alcock.

Procession through Stratford

The procession commenced at Shakespeare's Birthplace and proceeded through Stratford upon Avon to Shakespeare's New Place. Here they were greeted by the CEO of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Dr Diana Owen and there followed a dedication of Shakespeare's Desk and Chair in the gardens. The Desk and Chair have been donated by the Freemasons of the United Grand Lodge of England, who celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry in 2017 and also by the Freemasons of Warwickshire to mark their commitment to the community of Stratford. The Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire, David Macey, formally handed over the Desk and Chair after the conclusion of the ceremony.

The dedication of Shakespere's Desk and Chair

This was the first Freemasons Procession through Stratford upon Avon since 2nd July 1929, when Freemasons led by Lord Ampthill processed through the town and held a ceremony to mark the laying of the foundation stone of Shakespeare's Memorial Theatre.

Freemasons processing through Stratford in 1929
Freemasons processing through Stratford in 1929

The Mayor of Stratford, with the Provincial Grand Master and the CEO of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Shakespeare’s New Place was his family home from 1597 until he died in the house in 1616.  The house was demolished in 1759, a registered garden has been designed to commemorate the importance of the site and allow visitors to make their own personal connection with Shakespeare. When Shakespeare bought New Place he was an established playwright and it is believed that he wrote his later plays there, including The Tempest.

You can follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps through a new entrance on the site of the original gatehouse and enjoy a contemporary landscape that reveals the footprint of the Shakespeare family home. The re-imagined site gives an impression of the scale of New Place and relationship to the surrounding buildings; such as the neighbouring King Edward VI School and Guild Chapel that were once attended by a young Shakespeare.

Commissioned artworks and displays throughout the site evoke a sense of family life and hint at Shakespeare’s major works that were written during the 19 years he owned New Place. To find out more about Shakespeare's New Place you can visit The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website at:

Shakespeare’s Desk and Chair – by Simon Kenny

Shakespeare’s Desk and Chair are an integral part of the Heart of the Home, lying within the hornbeam circle and next to His Mind’s Eye, and looking back towards the Golden Garden of New Place, representing his life’s work. Carved from wood, and cast in bronze at The Morris Singer Foundry - the oldest fine art foundry in the world, Shakespeare’s Desk and Chair depict his life as a working writer, the power of his creativity and, as visitors will be able to sit in the chair, it will be an evocative focal point.

Contact Us

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


For Masonic enquiries:
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Tel: 0121 454 4422

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for freemasons within England and Wales and districts overseas.