Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2018

MCF Legacies & Wills Information

The Masonic Charitable Foundation have issued an information leaflet and guide relating to Legacies and Wills, which we have been asked to communicate. The information is to help people make their own personal choices, and to be clear on the consequences of those decisions. Whilst the literature does highlight the importance of legacies to the MCF, the emphasis is on general awareness.

The information is available by clicking on leaflet and guide.

Any member requiring a hard copy of the leaflet or guide should contact John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Burglary at Rugby St Cross Hospital

Following a burglary at Rugby St Cross Hospital, in which computer equipment was stolen from the phlebotomy department, the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has made a donation to help with replacement of stolen computer equipment.   The hospital report at the end of 2017 said, "A burglary at the hospital’s showpiece blood-taking department has resulted in disruption to patients after electronic devices were stolen. The break-in took place over a weekend at the unit, opened two years ago at the hospital after a charity appeal. Electronic items including a laptop and several Galaxy tablets were taken in the raid."

The blood-taking unit was launched in 2015 on the site of the old Mulberry Ward after The Friends of St Cross raised £120,000 for the service, which put the hospital at the forefront of improving phlebotomy care. Following the burglary, for a period, the unit resorted to a manual system instead of the computerised system which had been installed.

Presentation of a cheque for £1000
Presentation of a cheque for £1000

W Bro Stuart Esworthy, a prominent Rugby Freemason, and a trustee of the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, was pleased to present the cheque for £1000 to Eileen Rock, Head of Charity for the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, of which Rugby St Cross Hospital is part of the group. Nursing staff at the unit are also pictured.

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association supports numerous hospitals, hospices, research, disabled support groups and many other causes throughout Warwickshire and the West Midlands. For further information, contact John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward.

JBH

 

Ladies Gift Fund – Spring Lunch

WARWICKSHIRE, WORCESTERSHIRE and STAFFORDSHIRE PROVINCES
Registered Charity No 519281 

There are two areas of activity hosted by the Ladies’ Gift Fund each year. Firstly, The Christmas Fayre held in November and secondly the Spring Lunch held at The Masonic Hall, Kings Heath. 

These two events are very well supported by Brethren and Ladies from all three Provinces. This year the Spring Lunch will be held on Sunday 8th April 2018

Plans are now being made to again make this day live up to its reputation. The lunch will take the form of a three-course salad buffet. There is always an overwhelming demand for places, but due to fire regulations at the venue we are restricted in numbers so please apply for your tickets early. 

The ladies of the committee offer their thanks to all who attend or help with these events. 

The support given helps us to raise a considerable amount for charity each year, much of which benefits the charities of the three Provinces.

If you are able to offer any items for the raffle we would be happy to receive them via any of our members.

Download the application form here.

Spring Fair

Enough is Enough

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has taken full page ads in The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian calling for an end to discrimination of its 200,000 plus members.  

Headlined ‘Enough is Enough’, the ad is a personal letter from Dr David Staples, Chief Executive Officer, which reiterates the organisation’s values and highlights how throughout its 300-year history when people have suffered discrimination, Freemasonry has welcomed them into lodges as equals.

Such is the frustration amongst members about the level of prejudice, Dr Staples has also written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission to make its case. 

Dr David Staples, Chief Executive of UGLE commenting says:

This is a first for us, but necessary under the circumstances.  For too long we have been unjustly singled out.  We are an organisation whose whole tenet is about helping individuals become better people, with values of honesty, integrity and service to others.  Membership of Freemasonry is not only positive for them as individuals, but also for society at large.

“Sadly, too many Freemasons have to exercise caution in response to prejudice and discrimination they fear they will face.  We want the day when every Freemason can proudly declare themselves a member of our great and historical organisation without fear of retribution, suspicion or damage.  

“We’re open and happy to talk about anything and today we are announcing a series of sessions up and down the country too and to answer any questions people may have.  I am also welcoming any queries from individuals myself.”

EnoughIsEnough

A new Lodge with Square Wheels

Are you a classic vehicle enthusiast and interested in the creation of a new special interest Lodge? Join the informal meeting on Sunday 28th January to find out more ...

Square Wheels

Contact Us

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WarwickshirePGL

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.