Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

London Cenotaph Remembrance Service

A member of the Lodge of Faith & Hope 4772, and a serving police officer proudly donned his late grandfather’s war medals when he joined the national remembrance parade last Sunday.

PC Jason Spittle represented the West Midlands in honouring former military heroes at the National Service of Remembrance in London which was attended by the Queen.

The Birmingham-based officer wore his full West Midlands Police uniform and attached the medals which were awarded to his grandfather Stanley Brittle.

Jason Spittle

Stanley was with the Royal Tank Regiment which were stationed in France, Italy, North Africa and Germany during the Second World War and was part of the famous Operation Plunder across the Rhine.

The war veteran − who died at the age of 84 more than a decade ago − was a builder by trade but also spent time as a Special Constable with WMP.

Jason was joined by another West Midlands Police officer who also had a relative in the forces. Both were invited by the Royal British Legion and are believed to be the only serving WMP officers asked to be part of the parade.

Jason with his grandfather's photograph
Jason with his grandfather's photograph

Jason said: "It is a real honour to be part of such a symbolic event and pay our respects to those who were prepared to sacrifice themselves for their country.

"The National Service of Remembrance is attended by people from across the UK and it will be a proud moment to represent the West Midlands.

"My grandfather served during the Second World War and it will be emotional to wear his medals and remember what he, and everyone else, went through during the war years.

"He managed to make it back from the war but many of those they served alongside were not so fortunate.

“Remembrance Sunday gives us chance to reflect on the sacrifices currently being made by those in our armed forces now to keep us safe."

The Lodge of Faith & Hope is proud to have W Bro Jason as one of its dedicated members, last year taking office as a Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, now promoted to Provincial Junior Grand Deacon.

Jason in the parade

Also present at the Cenotaph was Bro Matthew Fitzgerald, a further member of the Lodge of Faith & Hope and a serving Police Officer. Both Jason & Matthew are shown in the photograph above – both are in uniform, Matthew on the left and Jason on the right.

Well done to you both.

JBH

 

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Masonic Theatre at its best

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.

Royal Albert Hall by UGLE

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.

Register and access the stream here.

The official report of the event can be seen by clicking here.

Peter Wellings

Please support The Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre

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.

Ladies Gift Fund

Retention Strategy and Exit Planning

Provincial LogoYou 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.

The Retention team will act on information provided by Lodge Secretaries through two new forms; the Assistance Form and the Exit Form.

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.

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
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