Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Frog racing with St. Blaise?

The closing date for the annual Lodge of St. Blaise frog racing evening has been extended to 20th April - book in now to secure your place at this memorable evening.

To book contact:

  • W Bro Pete Woodfield – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07966 296320
  • W Bro Jonathan Amies – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07710 811134

Frog Racing

St John's Lodge sponsors a Dog for Good

The Dogs for Good charity (formerly Dogs for the Disabled) is celebrating 30 years of providing help for disabled people by matching up specially trained dogs with particular disabilities. The assistance dogs support adults and children with a range of disabilities, giving them more independence, confidence and a best friend.

St John’s Lodge No 2811 has donated over £2000, with some added gift aid, to be able to sponsor a puppy to be trained as an assistance dog. The Lodge will receive progress reports throughout the training period.

Dogs For Good

Pictured presenting the cheque are the Worshipful Master of St John’s Lodge, Martin Hallgarth, the Lodge’s Charity Steward, Paul Skinner and Mr Dave Rounsley who will act as initial “Fosterer”, and on the far right the Dogs for Good Regional Fundraiser, Ms Tina Williams.  Seated is Mrs Beryl Rounsley who will also be initial “Fosterer” with “Yazz” the puppy who will be sponsored.

Tina Williams, Dogs for Good Regional Fundraiser in acknowledging the donation says:

“This wonderful donation will enable us to make a difference to more people who will benefit from the practical support, love and companionship of a trained assistance or community dog. This year is a special year for Dogs for Good, as we celebrate 30 years of making life changing differences to people with disabilities. Being able to continue for many years to come, ultimately comes down to our wonderful supporters like yourselves, so thank you again for all that you have done for us.”  

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has also supported Dogs for Good for several years, and has only last month handed a £2000 grant to the charity.

JBH

 

Read Easy Solihull - Masonic Charitable Foundation Grant

Read Easy UK is a volunteer organisation that recruits and trains volunteers to teach adults with low reading skills to read on a one-to-one basis. By helping people to tackle their reading difficulties, it is hoped that they will also grow in confidence and self-esteem, become more independent, move on to other forms of education and improve their employment opportunities.

Read Easy Solihull is an affiliated member of Read Easy UK, and is supported by literacy specialists both regionally and nationally. Established as a group in November 2016, Read Easy Solihull have just completed their first year, which has been very successful. They have a committee of 6 volunteers who work with a Co-ordinator who is responsible for recruiting coaches and arranging their training. The Co-ordinator also deals with reader referrals and with the support of a Literacy Specialist, pairs the readers with the trained coaches and regularly monitors their progress.

In their first year, the funding received enabled the group to train 10 coaches, and provide 9 readers with resources to start their reading journeys. At present, 7 coaches are actively paired with 8 readers all at various stages of progress. The grant of £2500 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation will enable the group to train further volunteers – it costs £50 to train a volunteer coach and approximately £140 to help one adult to learn to read.   The aim is to have 18-20 coaches and readers paired in the first half of this year, and in the second half of the year, they anticipate taking on 10 more coaches and a second Co-ordinator to manage them with another 10 readers.   A challenging aim but for this group, led by an enthusiastic Chair, committed Co-ordinator and Coaches and a supportive management committee, it is highly achievable with sufficient funding.

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has added to the donation by the MCF, and it is understood that the Province of Worcestershire are also supporting the group.

The MCF certificate of funding was presented to Mrs Deborah Chard (Co-Ordinator) and Mrs Lynn Wilson (Chair) in the centre, receiving the certificate outside the Solihull Central Library from John Hayward, Charity Steward for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire. The Library is where much of the tuition takes place.

Grant Presentation

A reading group is shown below receiving training in the Solihull Library in the centre of the town.

 Reading Group

 

The Solihull group and the charity as a whole is finding there is a huge level of interest in the program offered throughout the West Midlands area.   Interest has also been shown in Worcestershire and Staffordshire for a similar group development.   Read Easy UK is a recently established charity which is finding a great deal of demand for its services in many areas of the UK. The group’s website is here which will also link to the Read Easy UK website.

JBH

Stoneleigh Lodge support the Birth and Babies appeal

Borth and BabiesThe Brethren of Stoneleigh Lodge 725 have kindly donated £400 to Warwick hospitals Birth & Babies Appeal as a result of the exceptional service they provided to one of their members.

Last year W Bro Ross Lewis' wife spent seven weeks at Warwick hospital owing to complications in the pregnancy with their son, who was then born five week premature and required special care in Intensive Care, High Dependancy and the Special Care Baby Unit. During this time they witnessed the tremendous strain that postnatal and neonatal services are under throughout our region, largely owing to the closure or downgrading of midwifery units in Oxford, Redditch and Solihull. The staff did a sterling job looking after Ross' wife and son, ensuring they received care to the highest standard achievable. The conditions they had to work in were awful at times, one example of this was that the temperature in at the nurses station regularly exceeded thirty degrees celsius. Despite this being at the upper limit, which is the point at which the TUC are currently campaigning to be made illegal for indoor workers, not once did the family hear any of them complain, they simply got on with their duties.

A week before Christmas he was readmitted to the paediatric unit at Warwick suffering from what we now know was viral meningitis. After several doses of multiple antibiotics over several day, he was discharged on Christmas Eve. The family were lucky to be together for Christmas, even more touching was that his three year old big sister had asked Santa if she could have him home for Christmas.

Thanks to the support given by the staff at Warwick hospital they now have a bonnie six month old son Morgan as an addition to their family. Who, of course, has no idea of the trouble he's been through and no one would guess how ill he was at the start of his life.

Birth and Babies

The Birth & Babies appeal has been supported by local lodges and the Province of Warwickshire recently with a donation of £1,500 (full story here: http://warwickshirepgl.org.uk/news/provincial-news/2017/985-warwick-hospital-birth-babies-the-new-maternity-unit-appeal) but the appeal still needs more help.

The appeal will create a new Midwifery Led Unit at Warwick to ensure that women have the choice about where they give birth. To ensure the new Midwifery Led Unit is the best it can be there is a £200,000 fundraising appeal. The money raised from this will go towards enhancements that NHS funds can’t provide.

  • Buy special baby cribs and stands, rather than standard plastic cots
  • Provide birthing pools for every room
  • Upgrade furnishings to make the unit feel like a home-from-home
  • Develop a therapeutic room for parents to use 
  • Provision of many other additions to provide the best birthing facilities

You can support the appeal now, either through your own fundraising activities, or directly online at http://www.justgiving.com/birthandbabies

To find out more visit: https://www.swft.nhs.uk/fundraise-us/appeals

Mike Hailwood Lodge Newsletter 1 - 2018

Mike Hailwood

Brethren, welcome to the First newsletter of 2018

2018 Key Events

  • 13/01/18 Installation Of Jason L Culverwell as Master
  • 10/03/2018 MHL Regular Meeting
  • 21/04/2018 First regular meeting Of the new Derbyshire
  • 02/06/2018 MHL regular meeting
  • 07/09/2018. Mike Hailwood Lodge Ladies Night
  • 22 & 23/09/18 Pistons and Props festival at Sywell, Northampton ( Public event non masonic)
  • 09 to 11/11/2018 Classic Car and Bike Show NEC.

13/01/2018 Installation

A proud day for both father and son as Jason was installed into the chair of King Solomon by his father Phil, a great gesture from our outgoing master Colin Fox who deferred his place to Phil for the ceremony.This was Jasons first installation and it was good to see yet another non founder take the chair after having served in every office in the line of progression. We were also entertained by an exhaustive motorcycling story from guest Harvey Williams about his racing career, helped by a distinct weight advantage from him not growing due to a skull fracture in his teens!

The Almoner Peter Tomlinson also reported a bumper year for charity donations, amounting to £2705 in the previous year. Well done to all our brethren and brother visitors.

10/03/2018 Regular March Meeting

This was Jasons first regular meeting as master, and in the absence of a candidate, the lodge was opened and closed in all three degrees, which was of particular benefit to our junior brethren. This was followed by a interesting talk from the Five of Nine Club, about the initiative in the Province to assist new masons in their lodges by having a central “ club” to facilitate learning and involvement with similar aged brethren across the Province.

Future Events

21/04/2018

The first meeting of the new Derbyshire Motorcycle lodge will be held in Ilkeston. W Bro Jon Pitt and W Bro Andy Hare are founders and both have offices in the lodge. The first meeting will be a short lodge open and close followed by a white table dinner featuring Thai Cuisine! Ladies and friends are very welcome.

Lodge Visits

Please keep sending in suggestions for lodge visits. Our WM is keen to visit lodges as can fit in with his work schedule, and of course there are a strong core of MHL members who do visit en masse to lodges where possible.

Two meetings coming up with dates TBC are to Graham Milton Lodge in April, where Bro Tim Carter will be installed as Worshipful Master and a return visit to Old Ben lodge in Shrewsbury where we had a superb time last year. Dates will be communicated in due course.

02/06/2018 MHL regular meeting

We have discussed having a ride out following the next MHL meeting in June. The meeting will have less labour than usual to accommodate this happening. As a motorcycling lodge we could do much more in terms of “ride outs”, this is the first step to doing more!. The intention is a ride out with a route map through superb Warwickshire rural roads, ending up at the Friendly Inn, Frankton for tea and medals! All brethren and visitors are invited to join.

Lodge of Progress (Province of Worcestershire), a peripatetic Lodge also known as BoB’s Lodge, “Brothers on Bikes” will be meeting on Saturday May 26th at Guy’s Cliff, Saturday July 21st at Matlock Bath (TBC) and Saturday September 18th at Tenbury Wells.

Following a good day out in July 2017 at the BoB’s meeting, we will again be looking to attend the July meeting. It’s a pleasant ride to and from the meeting. Last year 4 of us rode in convoy, again all welcome, and happy for any to join in the fun.

We will publish more details on events coming up later in the year but great emphasis is being placed on this year’s Classic Car and Bikes Show at the NEC on the weekend of 9/10/11 November. We are looking for full support for this event, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War which will be very memorably marked by the minute’s silence. We hope to have the use of an enhanced stand, and Bro Andy Hare is still wanting classic bikes from MHL members to show off there! As before, helpers will get free entry and parking.

Other events In May

I shall be attending “Grootlicht” in the Netherlands, a full weekend event held by Dutch masons, including a lodge meeting (in English!), “ride outs” and bbq. The cost is 190 euro for full board in a nice hotel for 2 nights. One of the “ride outs” will include a visit to nearby Arnhem Bridge. The event rapidly sells out and, one reason I am going is to see if this will be of interest to the lodge in future years. I will report back on this.
Similar to last year I am extending the weekend by 3 days to ride down to the Black Forest, staying in biker friendly Pension Williams, which has good reviews. Then I shall ride mostly non motorway back through the Vosges and Belgium. It’s very easy to make any trip abroad as expansive as you want. I am still keen to develop a lodge weekend (or longer) trip abroad, as the roads and riding experience are well worth the effort.

Mike Hailwood Lodge News General

As before please keep sending in any suggestions for lodge meeting visits, events, or planned “ride outs” which we can publish to inform all the brethren.

I am planning to visit Wales a few times this year, including a superb breakfast! Company is always welcome. I also fancy visiting East Kirkby airfield for the WW2 experience and see the famous Lancaster bomber “Just Jane”, if interested drop me a line.

Hoar Park on Wednesday mornings is getting more and more popular and is a great place to visit for tea and hot food and indulge in all the classic bikes that the morning attracts. Your host is, as ever, Bro Andy Hare…

Rugby Lodge Meetings

Bro secretary will email these to all the Mike Hailwood members as he is notified, so you will get them direct to your inbox. It is regretful that there are no pictures in this edition, probably due to the bad weather and no one out and about on their bikes. If you do spot something of interest pleas, take a picture and send it to me!!

Many thanks brethren, and I look forward to another great year for the lodge.

Regards
S & F
Jon Pitt

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