Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Visit to Lodge St Bryde - book your place now

The brethren of St Peters Lodge are once again going north of the border to visit Lodge St Bryde for their installation. Book in with W Bro Martin Parrack at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lodge St Bryde

Invite to join the 99th Festival of Instruction

 

THE GENERAL LODGE OF INSTRUCTION No.587

Recognised as No.30 on the Emulation Lodge of Improvement Register

Presents its

99th Festival of Instruction

to be held at

Severn Street

Severn Street Masonic Hall, Severn Street, Birmingham, B1 1QG

6.00pm, Wednesday 23rd May 2018

All under the Presidency of

W Bro David A. Stanford PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master


   Brethren, FC’s and above are welcome to witness this demonstration of Emulation Ritual.

          The Ceremony of Passing including the Extended Tracing Board.

A 3 course Dinner will follow the Demonstration at a cost of £25.00 per person (including wine)

To attend and stay for Festive Board, please contact the Secretary (details below) no later than Wednesday 9th May 2018


Full Dress or Undress Regalia may be worn [no gloves] and please arrive in good time to assist administration.

Secretary: W.Bro. G.G. Stevens 98 Olton Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 3NN

Tel: 07709-996787 / [H] 0121-682-0703

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Forest of Arden Lodge celebrates 100 years

Forest of Arden

A special meeting was held at Solihull Masonic Temple, Knowle on Wednesday 18th April to celebrate the Forest of Arden Lodge, No 3826 achieveing 100 years of uninterupted Freemasonry. With W Bro Stuart Jenkins in the chair, the members of Forest of Arden Lodge were joined by the Provincial Team and many visitors from near and far filling the Lodge with a wonderful atmosphere for what turned out to be a very special evening.

Provincial Team

The Provincial Team ready to escort the PGM into the Lodge

The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, together with the Provincial Grand Wardens, opened the Lodge and congratulated the members of Forest of Arden Lodge in reaching this 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 W Bro Stuart Jenkins, the current master of Forest of Arden Lodge.

The Provincial Grand Chaplain, W Bro John Cowan, delivered an address on the foundations of the Lodge, looking back to the events of 1918, marking the end of what was then considered to be the war to end all wars. The centenary of the Lodge being shared with other centenaries in 2018, including the formation of the Women's Royal Army Corp, the Royal Air Force and votes for Women in the UK. 1918 was a great time of expansion for Freemasonry in England as returning soldiers sought a place where tradition and principal were honoured and Freemasonry became a rock of salvation after the war.

The Provincial Grand Master delayed handing the Lodge back to the Worshipful Master mometarily in order to confer a field promotion on W Bro John Walford to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden. This was a snap decision as the PGM recognised the very special nature of W Bro John and decided that it merited recognition. This was a surprise to all, but to none more that the Provincial Director of Ceremonies, who managed to deliver a flawless proclamation of the promotion with only a few seconds notice, true professionalism on display!

Promotion

W Bro John Walford with the Provincial Grand Master and W Bro Stuart Jenkins

Following the promotion of W Bro John, the Lodge was handed back to the charge of W Bro Stuart Jenkins and the minutes of the consecration meeting and the consecration oration were read. The first Master was W Bro Samuel Foster, a Past Master of St Paul's Lodge, No 43. The consecrating officer of the Lodge was Colonel W F Wyley VD DL PGD, the then Deputy Provincial Grand Master and Provincial Grand Master desgnate. Col Wyley had previously been the Mayor of Coventry and the Sheriff of Warwickshire. W Bro Stuart went on to give an engaging comparison of the summons at the consecration, the 50 year point and the 100 year celebration.

Minute Book

The minutes of the Consecration Meeting in 1918

To close the Lodge the Worshipful Master invited the current Master of St Paul's Lodge, No 43 to take the Senior Warden's chair and the current Master of Shenstonian Lodge, No 5544 to take the Junior Warden's chair. St Paul's being the mother Lodge of Forest of Arden Lodge and Shenstonian Lodge being one of the daughter Lodges. This was particularly poignant as W Bro Stuart Jenkins is a Past Master of all three lodges, having served as Worshipful Master of Forest of Arden Lodge in 2000, St Paul's in 2004-2006, and Shenstonian Lodge in 2014-2016.  This year making a round 6 years as Worshipful Master in the family of Lodges.

Group Photo

Members of the Lodge, the Provincial Team and Visitors

Following the meeting the festive board was enjoyed by all, with specially engraved firing glasses for all to commemorate the occasion. The Lodge and the Worshipful Master were congratulated on the success of the evening and for being part of the 100 year journey the Lodge has taken so far.

Festive Board

Enjoying the Festive Board

 

 

 

 

MCF Grant helps physical disabled to play musical instruments via OHMI Trust

OHMI

The OHMI Trust’s objectives are to remove the barriers to music making faced by physically disabled people, and to enable undifferentiated participation in musical life, whether at school, in the home or in a professional ensemble.

Pronounced 'oh-me’, the OHMI Trust is a Birmingham based charity pioneering the development and adaptation of musical instruments for those who are physically disabled. Any deficiency or disability in one hand or arm makes traditional instruments unplayable to any reasonable standard. As a result, millions across the world are excluded from music-making for the lack of suitable instruments. This includes people with congenital disabilities such as cerebral palsy and hemiplegia, amputees, those who have suffered a stroke or developed arthritis.

OHMI runs an annual competition to encourage inventors, designers and instrument makers to develop a musical instrument that can be played without the use of one hand and arm, and that has all the characteristics and facility of a traditional instrument. As new instruments for those who are physically disabled become available, the OHMI Trust is working with appropriate organisations to teach and promote their use to anyone previously excluded from making music by their disability.

Presentation

Having been approached by OHMI, the Masonic Charitable Foundation has been pleased to support their aims with a £5000 grant, which was presented to them via the Province of Warwickshire. The grant certificate was presented to the General Manager of the OHMI Trust Mrs Rachel Wolffsohn at the charity’s registered office in Harborne, Birmingham, by Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward.

Pictured below are some of the workshops held by the trust in appropriate venues throughout the UK.

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

 

 

Acorns Children’s Hospice benefits by a total of £42,500 from PGM’s Famous Five

Acorn's Hospice

A previous article referred to the local Air Ambulances benefitting from the Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five initiative – the same also applies to the Acorns Children’s Hospice. Since 2014, Acorns has received £10,000 each year, followed by a final £12,500 this month. Following the conclusion of the 2012 Festival, the Provincial Grand Master launched the Famous Five in mid-2013 to benefit specific non-Masonic Warwickshire charities, and this has been splendidly supported by our Lodges. This means that a total of £42,500 has been given to the Acorns Hospice since the initiative began. Acorns was first on the list when the Provincial Grand Master launched the Famous Five, and not only has overwhelming support been given to this initiative, but also separately by many Lodges and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association. This is important funding as support by other organisation has dropped significantly over the last couple of years. We know that our Lodges will continue to support Acorns, as will the WMCA.

The picture below shows the Provincial Grand Master presenting the cheque to the Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter, watched by Community Development & Fundraising Manager, Carol Pratt with Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward. Taken at the Administrative Offices in Wythall.

 Acorn's Hospice

Acorns Hospices have been providing vital care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families for 30 years.   In the last year, they have cared for 876 children and supported 1,097 families, including those who are bereaved across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Warwickshire Freemasons and the Province itself are keen to be able to continue the support given to the Acorns Hospices, and I am quite certain that this will continue for many years into the future.

Further information regarding Acorns may be found on their website - https://www.acorns.org.uk/

JBH

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