Saturday 18th November
10.30 am to 1.00 pm
PSA Blood Testing Morning - make time for yourself and get yourself tested
Freemasons don’t often put their heads above the parapet, but when we do it’s certainly with great style.
For those who haven’t already seen it, below is a link to the streaming of our magnificent tercentenary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall at the end of October, which included a theatrical extravaganza showcasing the history and heritage of Freemasonry, starring Sir Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond, Sanjeev Bhaskar and others, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, along with soprano Fleur de Bray providing the musical accompaniment.
It is a unique and very rare insight into Freemasonry.
The webcast covers most of the event, with the play itself commencing about 7 minutes in and lasting 75 minutes. The play starts off a bit slowly but soon livens up. Following the play the webcast includes a message from, and tributes to our Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, who has served in that capacity for 50 years. Also, messages exchanged with the Queen, and other masonic formalities and ceremonial processions.
This was our own celebration, and access to the stream is only available by registering, including Lodge details.
The official report of the event can be seen by clicking here.
This year’s Ladies gift Fund Christmas Fayre takes place on Saturday 25th November at Lindon House, Wolverhampton, as shown on the poster below – your support for this event is encouraged.
Admission Tickets have been addressed to the Charity Steward of each Lodge and have been given to representatives meeting at each Masonic Centre, except for a few which have been posted direct to the Charity Steward, where a Lodge meets at a non-Masonic centre. Please will all Lodges sell the tickets to members and friends, and send a cheque to the Ladies Gift Fund Treasurer. A return envelope is included with the tickets. If ticket sales are low, a donation in lieu of sales would be appreciated from each Lodge.
As in previous years, Warwickshire will be operating the Bottle Tombola and other attractions, and to that end John Hayward will be most grateful for donations of any form of bottle – it does not have to be alcoholic, in fact the more variety the better.
Please either bring bottles on the day, or let John have them via the Provincial Office at the Yenton Assembly Rooms. As a last resort, he is even prepared to pick up bottles from your local centre if you are unable to deliver them.
The Ladies would very much appreciate a good attendance of members and friends from each Lodge – you can be assured of a very warm welcome on the day. Tickets can also be purchased on the day.
If any Lodge has not received tickets, please contact John Hayward in the Charity Office, who will be pleased to assist.
All profits from the event are given to Masonic charities and the three Provinces.
You will probably be aware of the recent changes to the Visiting Officer scheme which will hopefully improve its effectiveness and speed up the Provincial response to requests for help from Lodges.
As a further improvement to the scheme, the Provincial Grand Master has decided to implement a retention and exit strategy to work in conjunction with the VO scheme to help Lodges identify and retain Lodge members who are at risk of falling by the wayside.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris, PGSwdB, has been appointed to lead the Retention and Exit Strategy Initiative.
This exciting and timely approach will centre around two new structures:
A Retention Team, headed by the Deputy PGM and comprising senior and experienced Masons from various Masonic disciplines to be called upon as and when appropriate. These will include certain senior Acting Provincial Officers, Past Provincial Wardens and representatives from the Education and Development Team, Provincial Lodge Support Team, 5 of 9 Club and such other co-opted members as may be appropriate from time to time.
When either of these forms is received from a Lodge, the Deputy PGM will assess the content and allocate the most appropriate one of the Retention Team to take whatever action is required. This could be to meet with your Lodge SVO to engage the VO structure, enlist Provincial Support through the Mentor or Almoner or contact the Individual to offer non-partisan support.
It is imperative that Lodges immediately advise the Deputy PGM, through the Lodge Secretary, when a resignation is received, or when a resignation may be imminent.
The celebration of the Craft Tercentenary is almost over and Alderson House is hosting a very special dinner to celebrate the anniversary, on Saturday 4th November. There are still approximately 12 places available and we invite you to join us.
The evening will comprise of:
For the very special price of £39.00 per person inclusive.
The menu for the evening will be:
There will be options available for vegan, vegetarian or other dietary requirements. Please advise me with your response and cheque, using the reply slip below.
The evening will commence at 6.15 pm for the drinks and canapes reception and it is anticipated that carriages will be called at 11.15 pm. Dress code is formal for men and evening/cocktail dress for our ladies.
Do please support our final event, to make this a truly splendid occasion. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 90 so it really is first come first served by Friday 27th. October.
To secure your place please download the attached application form
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ
For Masonic enquiries:
Tel: 0121 454 4422