The Old Veseyan Lodge are playing host to the Sutton Coldfield Study Circle who are to present the 1765 version of the ceremony of Passing on Friday 27th October, to which you are warmly invited.
Imagine the year is 1765; King George III is on the throne. It was over 44 years before Charles Darwin was born and approximately one year before Captain James Cook, at the age of 37 years, took up his commission as commander of the HM Bark Endeavour. Cook, through three voyages to the Pacific, discovered Australia and New Zealand and eventually died at the hand the natives of Hawaii. HMS Victory, a ship of the Royal Navy, was launched in 1765. She is best known as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. In the same year a young man of 35 years was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Most Honourable Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, a Whig.
Members of Sutton Coldfield Study Circle at a previous event.
The lodge room is laid out into two separate parts, with a table at one end and a floor covering marked out on a sheet at the other. The main reason was because early lodges usually met in a single room and the dining area was in the same room as the lodge area. The lodge area probably would have been marked out with chalk or charcoal onto a wooden floor. It is noted in the minute book that the lodge was banned from one public house because the apprentice washed the floor with water and made such a mess!
It would appear that our ancient brethren spent a lot of time ‘calling off’ and ‘calling on’, with a lot of time spent on refreshment rather than on work! Indeed whist the lodge is open much liquid refreshment is likely to be consumed.
You are invited to attend this entertaining fun evening. The summons is here
On Saturday 4th November 2017 Yenton Assembly Rooms will be holding a Gala Dinner to celebrate the completion of our Tercentenary Celebrations.
Athelstan Lodge are holding a Lodge of Instruction Festival on Thursday, October 19th 2017 and invite brethren from this or our adjoiining Provinces to visit for the evening. All visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome.
The team have been practicing hard and for the first time at an Athelstan LOI Festival a junior Brother, Andrew Foster will be following the Charge to the initiate by giving an explanation of the first degree tracing board.
The evening will commence at 6.00 p.m. at:
Atherstone Masonic Hall,
106 Long Street,
There is ample parking in Atherstone including a public car park opporite the Masonic Hall.
Book in now using this reply slip, as the latest date for reply is Saturday 14th October.
For more details the full summons is here.
Following the presentation of a much needed piece of equipment, the article below has been posted on the website of the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. The article is reproduced exactly as it appeared, and shows the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David Macey, with W Bro Alan Johnson and W Bro Michael Bolton, both of Jephson Lodge 4336, with “equipment tester” John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward. The staff of the department gave us a very warm welcome, and are delighted with the equipment.
The plaque on the equipment reads ”Provided by the kind generosity of Warwickshire Freemasons”.
The physiotherapy department at Warwick Hospital have received a generous gift of a new leg press machine from a grateful ex-patient.
Alan Johnson received treatment with the pulmonary rehabilitation service in Physiotherapy at Warwick Hospital earlier this year. The pulmonary rehabilitation course helps people manage their lung conditions by increasing overall fitness. Mr Johnson heard that the team needed the new piece of equipment and went on to ask his Masonic Lodge whether they would consider gathering enough funds for the leg press.
Upon receiving the leg press, Elizabeth Sullivan, Physiotherapist, said: “This leg press will enable patients to exercise their legs as a way of regaining and maintaining strength and function. It is great that our patients are so generous is helping us to provide the best care.”
Paul Saunders, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, added: “The leg press machine is a great machine to both assess and treat patients with a variety of hip, knee and ankle injuries. This means that we will be using it on a daily basis with patients who attend Warwick Hospital Physiotherapy department.”
Following Mr Johnson’s request, £250 was donated from Jephson Lodge, £200 from the Round Table and £1350 from Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association. The ex-patient and his wife Hilary also donated £200 to make up the £2000 for the leg press to be purchased.
Alan Johnson, commented: “We are very pleased that together with Jephson Lodge, Lodge of the Round Table and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association we have been able to help in acquiring this equipment and hope that it will help treat many physiotherapy patients in the years to come.”
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ
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Tel: 0121 454 4422