Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire


A Mentors gathering

WPGL EandDThe Provincial Grand Mentor and his team held a “Mentoring Workshop” at Yenton Assembly Rooms on Friday 7th October. 

The Meeting was well supported by the Mentors of the Province who consumed a large amount of chocolate biscuits and ginger nuts. Also present was a fine greyhound, brought by one of those attending.  It lay on the floor for the whole of the meeting and said very little.

Mentoring, in the future, must become a vital part of any lodge activity if we are to retain the  influx of new Candidates we are receiving at present and more workshops are planned.

Peter Sorrill
Provincial Grand Mentor

New Assistant Provincial Grand Master appointed

The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey has today appointed W Bro Peter Manning to the office of Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire at the Warwickshire Installed Master's Lodge.

W Brother Peter Manning and his sons, Oliver and Benjamin
W Brother Peter Manning and his sons, Oliver and Benjamin
W Bro Manning is the current Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Unity No 567, meeting at Alderson House in Warwick. He was initiated into the Lodge of Unity in 1980 by his Father in Law and became Master for the first time in 1993. In November 2013 he Initiated his two sons into the Lodge of Unity in a Double Ceremony. He has subsequently Passed and Raised them, again in Double Ceremonies.

W Bro Manning was born in Birmingham in 1948 although spent his childhood in Leicestershire and attended Lutterworth Grammar School.

He has been happily married to Jayne for 45 years and they have two sons, Benjamin and Oliver and four grandchildren, Maisie, Oscar, Arabella and Otillie.

In 1986 he established his own Architectural Practice in Leamington Spa, which he ran until 2010 when he amalgamated with a local Practice of Architects, “Retired” and now acts as a Consultant to them.

In 1994 he was invited by the government of Cera, a state in the North East of Brazil, to go out and advise on the provision of low cost housing. This project was for the rural communities who had set up ‘squatter camps’ on the outskirts of the major towns and cities. He developed a modular “self build” housing system based on the production of building board made from sugar cane waste, a commodity in plentiful supply.

He was subsequently involved in similar Projects in South Africa and in conjunction with the University of Central England, a housing scheme in St. Kitts in the West Indies and more recently he has completed a large Industrial Development in Gujarat in Northern India and produced a development appraisal for a Commercial and Retail Project in China.

In 1993 he was a Founder of 'Deafinitely Independent' and Chairman of Trustees of a Home for profoundly deaf young adults who also suffer from other physical and mental handicaps. He was instrumental in obtaining a Lottery grant for the purchase of a second home and the organisation now runs two homes in Leamington Spa catering for up to 30 residents.

In 2006 W Bro Manning was a Founding Member of The Morgan Lodge No. 9816, which meets in Malvern in the Province of Worcestershire and was their second Master in 2008. His first Worcestershire Provincial Appointment was as Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden.

In 1999 he was appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon, 2005 Past Provincial Grand Registrar, in 2011 Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden and in 2013 as Provincial Senior Grand Warden.

He was exalted into the Royal Arch in 1986 into Jephson Chapter No. 4336and was First Principal in 1996 and 2005. In 2002 he was appointed as Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and Past Provincial Grand Scribe N. in 2004. He is a member of Knight Templars and Mark Master Masons.

As the Tercentenary Co-ordinator for Warwickshire he has been extremely involved on the organising committees of both MFest300 and the Classic 300 Series of Classic Car Runs.

Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Peter Manning
Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Peter Manning
His hobbies include:-

  • All forms of Motor Sport - He has owned a variety of Morgan Sport Cars over a 30 year period and also an Austin Healey, MG, TVR and Maserati.He presently owns one of the last Rover V8 engined Morgan Plus 8’s, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage and a Lotus Elise, which he regularly uses on track.
  • He is a Member of Worcestershire Masonic Motor Club.
  • Rugby – Played for Old Coventrians, Claverdon – Club Captain from 1978-82 and South Warwickshire.
  • Photography
  • Travel – has covered almost all of Europe in the Morgan including several Alpine Passes.
  • Good food and wine
  • Walking, his two Golden Retrievers who are all well versed in the Masonic Ritual.

We wish W Bro Manning all the very best in his new role.


Organ recital by acclaimed concert artist Jane Parker-Smith

Jane Parker-Smith
Jane Parker-Smith
The next concert in the ‘Tercentenary’ organ concert series is being given in the Grand Temple at Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London, at 17:00 on December 14th 2016 after the post-Quarterly Communications lunch on that day. The performer will be the brilliant international concert artist, Jane Parker-Smith.

The concert is free and open to all, including wives, partners and friends. Concertgoers are warmly encouraged to book their free tickets via this web link.

As for the inaugural concert in September 2015, where demand was heavy, tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. As at previous concerts in the series, close-up video images will be projected onto the walls of the Grand Temple so that the audience can see the dexterity of the player at the organ console.

The very tuneful and enjoyable programme includes popular works by Elgar, Cochereau, Franck, Langlais, Bowe, Dethier and Stamm and is expected to last about an hour.

If you are unable to attend plese feel free to forward this information and the booking link to any of your friends and/or relatives that might wish to come instead.

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Provincial Stewards on Tour

Following the Annual Provincial Meeting in May this year two newly appointed Provincial Grand Stewards wasted no time in visiting ancient and interesting Lodges around the UK.

W Bro Martin Parrack visited two Scottish Lodges during his first week in office, the first being the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1.

Martin reports, "This was a Special Meeting to commemorate the 375th Anniversary of the Initiation of Sir Robert Moray – the meeting having been moved to Freemasons’ Hall Edinburgh. The main business was to Initiate into Freemasonry of The Hon. Adam Robert Bruce second son of Lord Elgin – 11th Earl of Elgin, Grand Master Mason 1961-1965, Bro Adam's father.

W Bro Gwillym, Bro Smith – RW District Grand Master, W Bro Martin Parrack,  Bro David Kennedy, RW District Grand Master

"Also in attendance were Charles Iain Woolridge Gordon of Esselmont – Grand Master Mason, Sir Ronald Archibald Orr-Ewing 6th Baronet, Grand Master Mason of the The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland until 27 November 2008, a post he held since 2005. He previously held the post between 1999 and 2004 being the only person to hold that office twice. He was installed as Deputy Grand Master & Governor (the administrator) of the Royal Order of Scotland at Edinburgh on 3 July 2009. He is the current Lieutenant Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Scotland of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, having succeeded to the Council in 1998.

"The ceremony was a shorted ceremony as explained the ritual has had all the unnecessary parts removed. However, the Senior Warden had a brilliant voice and he delivered a song after the presentation of the apron. It was very, very good. During the meal at Harmony he also sang and when I asked a brother sitting opposite me he explained that the Senior Warden was a lecturer in performing arts. As many of the brethren wondered about his origins he advised he was from Massachusetts.
"Lord Egin, who is 94 years old gave a wonderful speech about his son Bro Adam (48 years – his age was hard to estimate) and very humorous. The reply from the candidate was the best response from an initiate I have ever heard. Bro Ewan Rufford, The Provincial Grand Master of Edinburgh gave the history of Sir Robert Moray (1608 or 1609 – 4 July 1673).
Bro James Jack IPPGM, W Bro Martin Parrack, W Bro  William Gwillym, Bro David Kennedy PDGM - Central South Africa, Bro Stuart Jack, Bro Tom Davidson PGM Lanarkshire, Bro Ronnie McCarthy
Bro James Jack IPPGM, W Bro Martin Parrack, W Bro William Gwillym, Bro David Kennedy PDGM - Central South Africa, Bro Stuart Jack, Bro Tom Davidson PGM Lanarkshire, Bro Ronnie McCarthy
"W.Bro. Bill Gwillym and myself accompanied Bro James Jack – IPPGM and renewed our acquaintance with Bro David Kennedy,  District Grand Master, District Grand Lodge, Central South Africa and we met Bro Charles J Smith, RW District Grand Master, District Grand Lodge of the Western Province of the Cape of Good Hope.
After harmony we stayed talking and got locked into Grand Lodge!!! The four of us blamed each other for keeping us talking – we left at 12.45am!
"Bro David was at Lodge St Bryde 579 the following evening so we were reacquainted the very next day."

Chatham Masonic Hall
Chatham Masonic Hall
Whilst W Bro Martin was in the North, W Bro Ian Slesser travelled to the South of the country and visited the Royal Kent Lodge of Anquity, No 20. This wonderful old Lodge, meets in the magnificent building pictured here. The evening consisted of a lecture about the origin of some of our traditions and included a description of the initiates chain, a lost part of the celebration of an initiation. The Lodge were surprised to hear that this lost practice is still very much part of the proceedings in some Warwickshire Lodges and this may well lead to a re-introduction in the South East.



Grand Lodge Museum Has Expanded!!

After the September Quarterly Communication, I took the opportunity to visit the new exhibition which has been opened in Grand Lodge, in Room 23 adjacent to the existing museum. It is a splendid display celebrating 300 Years of Freemasonry and is well worth of a visit next time you are in the vicinity. The entrance is intended to replicate going into the Goose & Gridiron alehouse 300 years ago.

There is also an additional display in the museum/library area marking the centenary of the Royal Masonic Hospital. Both are well worth a visit when you have an hour to spare in London.

More information on these sites:   &

John Hayward

Celebrating 300 Years of Freemasonry
Celebrating 300 Years of Freemasonry
Healing through Kindness
Healing through Kindness

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