Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire


Use of Defibrillators

DefibrillatorOn several occasions recently, concern has been raised about the use of Defibrillators in emergency situations, and the fear that more harm than good can be done when used on a casualty.

I have asked the advice of W Bro Jeffrey Way, an Area Co-ordinator for FastAid Emergency Response, an expert on CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the use of Defibrillators. In particular, the question of applying a defibrillator to someone with a pacemaker fitted has been raised.

Jeff’s response is:

Possible Interference with Implanted Pacemaker

"Therapy should not be delayed for patients with implanted pacemakers and a defibrillation attempt should be made if the patient is unconscious and not breathing. The AED has pacemaker detection and rejection, however with some pacemakers the AED may not advise a defibrillation shock."

Placing Pads:

  • Do not place the pads directly over an implanted device.
  • Place the pad at least one inch from any implanted device.

Pacemakers are invariably placed to the left of the heart, and the pads are placed on the right, so interference should not be possible.

As a general rule, use of a defibrillator cannot cause more harm than a casualty experiencing a heart attack has already suffered, and the defibrillator will not administer a shock if the patient’s condition does not warrant action.

We are currently organising courses for volunteers throughout the Province to receive basic training in CPR & the use of Defibrillators, and will be circulating all Lodges shortly. Jeff Way is prepared to run courses at Guy’s Cliffe for anyone in the area to attend. Every location already has a defibrillator in situ. A basic guide to the use of defibrillators is accessible here

To volunteer for a course, please contact John Hayward – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Masonic Housing Association on the web

Masonic Housing Association has launched its new website at:

Masonic Housing Association was founded in 1975 and specialises in the provision of sheltered housing for older people. It is registered as a Charitable Housing Association under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (registration number 21444R) and also with the Homes & Communities Agency (registration number L0673).

Masonic Housing Association

Masonic Housing Association does not restrict occupancy only to those qualified through Freemasonry; half of the tenancy allocations are to nominees of the Local Authority in which the scheme is located. Freemasonry is demonstrably reaching out into the community to provide benefits to those who have no connection with Freemasonry.

The day-to-day management of their 5 sheltered housing schemes rests with voluntary House Committees with members appointed by the Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province in which each scheme is located. These Committees provide support to the Scheme Managers, maintain a waiting list for accommodation, and are responsible for operational budgets. They also keep in contact with their tenants through regular meetings and social events.

In Warwickshire we are fortunate to have one of the sheltered housing schemes in our area, Reading Court, which has 45 one bedroom flats - find out more on the new website by clicking this link.

Hurricane Matthew – Devastation in Haiti and other areas

I am sure by now that you will have seen the reports that the Masonic Charitable Foundation has sent a donation of £50,000 to the Red Cross for support in the affected areas.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation have said that if there is a significant number of Lodges which also wish to contribute, then a Relief Chest will be established to receive donations. If your Lodge wishes to contribute, please let me know and I will advise the MCF accordingly.

John Hayward

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Masonic Charitable Foundation

Masonic Charitable Foundation donates £50,000 to Red Cross following the devastation of hurricane Matthew

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £50,000 to the Red Cross relief effort in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica and the Bahamas, in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew over recent days.

The donation will give continued Red Cross support to over 1,650,000 individuals and families suffering as a result of the hurricane, which has already claimed the lives of over 900 people, and left over 18,000 people homeless. 

As well as running 84 evacuation shelters, the Red Cross has more than 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles ready to help in the affected states. They have pre-positioned more than 30 truckloads of shelter supplies, ready-to-eat meals, clean-up and comfort kits.

"The severe impact of hurricanes such as Hurricane Matthew across parts of Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica and the Bahamas continues to cause untold misery and serious problems for many families. The Foundation has been particularly shocked by the adverse conditions and circumstances people have faced and we want to do everything we can to help the Red Cross’s vital work on the grounds, helping individuals stay safe and rebuild their lives."

Chief Executive of The Masonic Charitable Foundation, David Innes.

The Red Cross is working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to make sure people have access to shelter, clean water, sanitation & hygiene kits.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting communities affected by natural disasters, having previously donated to the Nepal Earthquake, Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund and the British Red Cross throughout 2015.

Masons join a classic car line up for The Queen's birthday

All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group

"Over £19M of British Classic Vehicles line-up at Buckingham Palace to help celebrate the 90th birthday of HM The Queen

"On Saturday October 15, 2016 British classic vehicles with combined valuations of £19,033,150 lined up on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to help commemorate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty. They were inspected, on her behalf, by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

"Each of the ninety vehicles was manufactured in a specific year of her life, and represented that year.   The first was a 1926 'Bullnose' Morris Oxford Tourer, the last an impressive 2016 Ford Focus RS.   Among the many other superb machines on display, in possibly the best-ever gathering of British vehicles, was a 1948 Jaguar XK120 - the most famous competition Jaguar of all time, reg. no. NUB 120; a 1952 AEC Regent 111 - a London double-decker bus which completed a 12,000 mile tour of the USA and Canada in 1952 as a promotion for British goods and tourism; a 1959 Morris Mini-Minor - the first-ever Mini off the production line; the fantastic hybrid McLaren P.1. and the beautiful 2016 Jaguar F-PACE.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent inspecting W Bro Peter Manning's Morgan Plus 8 with Mrs Jayne Manning
HRH Prince Michael of Kent inspecting W Bro Peter Manning's Morgan Plus 8 with Mrs Jayne Manning
HRH Prince Michael of Kent with Brothers Ben and Oli Manning
HRH Prince Michael of Kent with Brothers Ben and Oli Manning

Assistannt Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Peter Manning,in his 2003 Morgan Plus 8, and his two sons Brothers Ben & Oli, in Peter's Aston Martin, were part of these 90 vehicles.

"The line-up included three London Taxis, four sports-racing cars, three police cars, as well as various models of Aston Martin, Austin Healey, Bentley, BSA, Caterham, Cooper, Daimler, DeLorean, Ford, Jaguar, Jensen, Lea-Francis, Lotus, McLaren, MG, Morgan, Morris, Noble, Riley, Rolls Royce, Rover, Triumph, TVR, Vauxhall, Windsor and Wolseley.

"The line-up was made possible by the goodwill and enthusiasm of all the owners who travelled from all over the UK - and three from Europe - to be present.

FastAid receives the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award

FastAid is a local charity formed in late 2005, which equips and organises training for Community First Responders (CFRs).

CFRs are volunteers from many different backgrounds, trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to the nationally recognised “First on Scene” qualification.  They are fully qualified experts in the use of Defibrillators and provide training in their use and for CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation techniques.

FastAid are willing and ready to provide the Province with our requirements for Defibrillator training and refresher courses for which they are ideally qualified.  As a charity, they do not charge for this service, but are wholly dependent on donations.

I was fortunate to be invited to attend the presentation on 17th October of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service groups in the community 2016.  The charity as a whole received the award from the Deputy Lord Lieutenant David Bradnock, MBE,JP,DL, who also presented individual awards to many volunteers FastAiders.  Two of our own Warwickshire members received individual awards – W Bro Jeffrey Way and W Bro Stuart Jenkins.  It was good to see quite a number of members of the Province present at the ceremony.

Their website - - gives far more information than I can manage, but I would like to invite nominations/volunteers to attend defibrillator/CPR courses which are being organised now at the Yenton Assembly Rooms to contact me so that dates can be arranged.  If the demand is sufficient, courses will be arranged at other locations.

John Hayward

Provincial Charity Steward

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