Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Family Fun Day - Saturday 14th July

Join Apollo, Seymour and Forge Mill Lodges

for a Family Funday on Saturday 14th July

For tickets email: W Bro Steve Walker on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or W Bro Paul Beaumont on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Family Funday

The Provincial Church Service 2018

The Annual Church Service of the

Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Sunday 10th June 2018

The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

 Church

This year’s Church Service began with a procession escorting R W Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master, comprising his newly appointed team of Acting Provincial Grand Officers and Officers of Grand Lodge from Alderson House through Warwick to the Church. The weather was warm and sunny, and visitors to Warwick had their cameras at the ready to capture the spectacle of Freemasons processing in full Regalia.

The Procession

Procession on the way to St Mary’s

This year, the procession was joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Mr Timothy B Cox, and the High Sherriff of Warwickshire, Mrs Clare Sawdon.

The Procession entering the Church

The procession escorting the Provincial Grand Master into the Church

At the Church the procession joined the assembled Freemasons with their families and friends for a very enjoyable and inspirational service. The service started and finished with readings from the Holy Scriptures of the Hindu, Sikh, Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths, delivered by W Bro Suresh Modi, W Bro Parminder Bhamra, W Bro Sohail Karamat, W Bro Keith Reynolds and W Bro Paul Wheeler respectively. These readings served to emphasise the inclusive nature of Freemasonry in Warwickshire.

Following readings from both the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris and the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, and hymns sung with great gusto, the Provincial Choir sang Handel’s Anthem “Zadok the Priest”, thought to have been written in 1727. The Anthem is derived from the biblical account of the anointing of Solomon and was magnificently performed by the Choir, conducted by W Bro Michael Irving, and featured a splendid organ recital by Mr Mark Swinton, Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Church.

The Choir

The Choir at the Annual Church Service, Warwick

The address by the Rev Dr Vaughan Roberts was themed "300 Years on – What Next?", and questioned how we should move forward after the extensive Tercentenary celebrations. The conclusion is that we should continue to make our mark in the world, and echo the sentiments expressed by the Grand Master – Do not hide the Light which has shone in our Tercentenary year. We need to be open and proud of our Freemasonry and its history.

The Service

 Prior to two rousing verses of the National Anthem, the Provincial Grand Master thanked Rev Dr Vaughan Roberts for again allowing the service to be held at St Mary’s, and congratulated all concerned with the organisation of the event. He particularly thanked W Bro Michael Irving and the choir for the wonderful way in which they had sung and enhanced the entire service, and particularly mentioned the Mr Mark Swinton for his masterly playing of the organ prior to and throughout the service.

The Order of Service contained a brief summary of the connections between Freemasonry and St Mary’s, and mentioned that during the recently concluded “Famous Five” initiative, over £32,000 had been donated by Warwickshire Freemasons to the Church. Rev Dr Roberts, mentioned that the final sum received would be used to replace the aging sound system in use in the Church.

An uplifting day, enjoyed by all.

Photography by W Bro Simon Grove

JBH

Wyley Lodge No 3836 celebrate their Centenary in style

A Centenary meeting was held at St Mary Magdalen Chapel, Guy’s Cliffe, on Saturday 9th June to celebrate Wyley Lodge achieving 100 years of history, having met at a number of venues around Coventry since its Consecration on 4th May 1918. The Lodge was consecrated by RW Bro Colonel William F Wyley just over two weeks after he was installed as Provincial Grand Master . W Bro Bill Stammers, PAGDC, is the current Master for a remarkable sixth time, beginning in 1987. The members of Wyley Lodge were joined by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey with his Provincial Team and numerous visitors from many Lodges which have offered support over the years. The Temple and Festive Board were filled to near capacity with those wishing to see this very special event take place.

 Wyley Lodge Banner
The Lodge Banner pictures R W Bro Colonel William F Wyley,
Provincial Grand Master, in whose name the Lodge was Consecrated

The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, together with the Provincial Grand Wardens, opened the Lodge and congratulated the members of Wyley Lodge in reaching this most significant milestone in their history. He also asked those assembled to take a moment to remember the courage and wisdom of the founders of the Lodge back in 1918. Having completed the opening a column was formed to escort the centenary warrant into the Lodge, in the very safe hands of the Provincial Grand Secretary, W Bro Mike Reeve, who then proceeded to read the warrant. Once read, the warrant was presented to the Worshipful Master, W Bro Bill Stammers, who received it with great delight.

The Provincial Grand Chaplain, W Bro John Cowan, delivered a splendid oration on the foundation of the Lodge, looking back to the circumstances in 1918, and the courage of the Founders back in those dark days.

Finally, the Provincial Grand Master presented each member of the Lodge with a Centenary Jewel, and emphasised that they can wear it with great pride in recognition of a splendid achievement. The Worshipful Master then took the chair, and thanked R W Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master and his team for their presence on this significant occasion. He then invited W Bro Andris Skudra, PProvJGW, to present a history of Wyley Lodge, which went into fascinating detail, and provided those present with a great insight into the history of the Lodge.

Much to the Provincial Grand Master’s delight, a cheque was presented for £4,500 was presented for the 2023 Festival, being the result of contributions made since the last Festival to the Lodge’s Relief Chest – an ideal means of accumulating funds over a period of time between Festivals.   RW Bro David Macey thanked the Lodge for the very large sum, and congratulated the Lodge on their foresight.

 Group Photo

The Lodge members with the Provincial Grand Master
and members of the Provincial team, following the Centenary meeting.

At a five course Festive Board, enjoyed by all, an etched glass coaster was presented to everyone present, to mark the occasion. The Worshipful Master and the members of the Lodge were congratulated by the Provincial Grand Master on the success of the evening and wished them well for the future. The most recent and youngest member of the Lodge, Bro Ciaran Carrington-Smith was charged to remember the evening in 50 years time, and to recount the proceedings for the benefit of those present at the next milestone meeting.

The Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David Macey with the
Worshipful Master, W Bro Bill Stammers at the Festive Board

JBH

 

 

Summer Barbeque - with a Blaze

The LODGE of St. BLAISE No. 6113

BBQ

Summer Barbeque

On behalf of the Master of Lodge of St Blaise, W Bro Peter Matthews, we cordially invite you to this year’s Summer Barbeque. To be held once again, at W.Bro. Jonathan Amies and Linda’s home on the range.

5 Lazy Hill, Stonnall WS9 9DT
Sunday 8th July 2018 at 1.00 pm.
Tickets £10.00 adults/£5.00 children under 11

Ticket price includes an 'all you can eat' barbeque and buffet. Should you wish to imbibe of anything stronger than water, then please bring along your favourite tipple together with a plastic drinking vessel to enjoy it from. Some seating will be provided but if you have a chair or two then please bring them along. A raffle will be held for which any contributions will be gratefully received’ and there will be the usual mixture of games.

Free parking is available in the Amies’ field. As ever, we need to have an idea of numbers for catering so please let me or Jonathan know by 10th June at the very latest. Book early to avoid disappointment. It would also be helpful to us, if you can’t make it, to let us know.

If you wish to pay online, which would greatly assist our treasurer, the account details can be provided by contacting our treasurer via the details below:

Thank you. Regards

Pete Woodfield, Social Committee Chairman
Tel: 0121 605 0911(H)
Mobile: 07966 296320 (M)
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Jonathan S. Amies, Social Committee Treasurer
Mobile: 07710 811134
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Warwickshire Young Carers

Warwickshire Young Carers

On Friday the 25th May, the Province's retiring Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward, accompanied by Geoff Walker, the newly appointed Provincial Charity Steward, went to visit the Warwickshire Young Carers Project based in Ryton on Dunsmore, to present a certificate to mark the grant of £5,000 donated by the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

John Hayward at WYC

The scheme provides care and support to over two thousand children and young people in Warwickshire, who are themselves carers, caring for parents and siblings with a wide range of physical and emotional disabilities.

For these children their caring responsibilities requires them to grow up far too quickly, interrupts their education and social development and impacts on any free time they might enjoy.

When on the visit the CEO, Deb Bignell, told John that the staff were taking over 40 children under the age of 12 on a residential week during half term. This was to allow the children some respite from their caring responsibilities and allow them to focus on themselves and have some fun.

Brethren the staff working on this project have our admiration and support and any Lodge which feels they want to make an additional donation can contact Deb Bignell on: 02476 217740 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The charity is fundraising for a project to support children aged 6-7 who are young carers and to provide breaks and activities taking place in school holidays or at weekends.

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WarwickshirePGL

For Masonic enquiries:
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Tel: 0121 454 4422

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