Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

The Future of Freemasonry

A ground-breaking new report – The Future of Freemasonry – has been released by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). It is the first ever independent study conducted by a non-Masonic body, the respected Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC) in Oxford.

The release coincides with a national and regional media tour by UGLE Grand Secretary Nigel Brown, which has embraced an interview with lunchtime presenter Joanne Malin on local radio station BBC WM. The interview explored many misconceptions about Freemasonry and included ‘phone-ins by local masons, among them Provincial Grand Master David Macey.

The report itself dispels many of the commonly held myths and sheds new light on Freemasonry. It suggests that contrary to much misleading commentary, Freemasonry demonstrates genuine openness and transparency, and concludes that it is arguably more relevant today than ever before.

It has been commissioned as part of the build-up to the UGLE's tercentenary in 2017, and highlights:

  • - that Freemasonry acts as a ‘constant’, providing members with a unique combination of friendship, belonging and structure, with many Masons saying they have made valuable lifelong friendships. 
  • - the importance that Freemasonry places on charitable giving - Freemasons are the largest charitable givers after the National Lottery, and also make major contributions to international disaster relief funds.

Alongside the report, a quantitative survey among non-Masons was conducted – it showed that:

  • - nearly half (49%) want to know more about Freemasonry.
  • - a quarter of male respondents (26%) would consider joining.
  • - of these, 68% would like to belong to a group/make new friends - 58% would like to do more in the community.  
  • - of those men who would not consider becoming a Mason, the single biggest response (given by 40%) was the misconception that “it’s not for people like me”. Freemasonry is actually open to all men regardless of race, religion, political views or social standing. 

A full copy of the report can be seen here.

UGLE Grand Secretary Nigel Brown with BBC WM Presenter Joanne Malin in the BBC Studios at The Mailbox, Birmingham.

Three of the Grand Originals

The House Committee and their wives gathered together at Reading Court, near Stratford-upon-Avon, for the formal handing over and dedication of a garden bench. This was in appreciation of all the work originally carried out by W Bros Geoff Clarke, John Moore and Harry Owen in establishing this Masonic Housing Association Sheltered Housing Scheme in 1984, as well as their ongoing support which followed.

During the presentation Committee Chairman W Bro Charles Dyer read from a plaque fixed to the bench which referred to Geoff, John and Harry as “Three of the Grand Originals” to whom so many grateful thanks were due. It had taken them ten years of careful planning and determination to fulfil their ambitions and they could be very proud indeed of their tremendous achievement.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Alan Wellan pointed out that very few people realised how much behind the scenes work was done by Freemasons, and how gratifying it was when such efforts were commemorated. He brought every best wish from the Provincial Grand Master and thanked those present for everything they had done.

(l-r) Margaret Owen, Charles Dyer, John Moore

Following the handover, the Chairman presented staff member Mrs Jean Mitchell a magnificent potted plant in recognition of her twenty-five years service at Reading Court, thanking her for all she does for the residents.

(l-r) Alan Wellan, Pam Jowers (Reading Court Manager), Jean Mitchell, Charles Dyer

Tweet Tweet

Warwickshire Freemasons have now joined the ever growing internet social networking scene, starting off with a brand new Twitter account - @warwickshirepgl. This has resulted in greetings and good wishes from several other UK Masonic Provinces, as well as from France, Canada and the USA.

Initial tweets included news from the Provincial website about the Strawberry Tea at Reading Court and the Warwickshire branch of the Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity with links to the full articles on the Provincial website. After just one week Freemasons from Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire recommended the Warwickshire Tweets to their followers.

The Provincial Twitter feed can be viewed at or existing Twitterers can keep up with the news @warwickshirepgl.

Acorns Members' Day and AGM

Acorns Members' Day and AGM

Aug 7 2012 12:33 AM

Provincial Charity Steward W Bro John Hayward and his wife Linda attended the Acorns Children's Hospice for their Annual General Meeting and Members' Day, during which Chairman of the Trustees W Bro David Butcher presented several long service awards, including one to Head of Care W Bro Chris Reed.

John's summary of the day can be seen here.

All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck

Tags: Open Days

Sep 24 2012 6:44 PM

The Open Day held at The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston (which was part of the national Heritage Open Days programme) generated considerable interest from the general public, with around 130 visitors given tours of the Building, Library and Museum during the course of the day.

At busy times all members present were called on to conduct the tours, including the Provincial Charity Steward W Bro John Hayward who was grateful for the presence of Bro Niall Murphy to man the Masonic Charity display as well as the SSAFA one whilst John showed visitors round.

Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro John Emms gave a running commentary on several of the fascinating publications in the Library and answered many questions relating to them and freemasonry, with the other members present doing likewise regarding the Museum and Lodge rooms.

It is hoped the event, which was advertised in local papers and on Bro Ed Doolan’s show on BBC Radio WM, will be repeated next year.

(l-r) Provincial Junior Warden Graham Venn, Niall Murphy, John Hayward

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