Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

£58,000 from Warwickshire Freemasons after public vote

£58,000 of charity awards from Warwickshire Freemasons announced following unprecedented public vote

Six local charities have benefited from a series of special Community Awards from Warwickshire Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote of 178,801 votes across England and Wales.

The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.

At a luncheon at the Tally Ho! Centre in Birmingham, the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David Macey, explained the purpose of the Awards, gave an explanation of each charity’s work, and presented Masonic Charitable Foundation certificates, and a glass trophy to the highest award recipient – Edward’s Trust. The recipient charities, and the figures awarded are below – with links to each charity’s website.

Edward's Trust - £25,000


 

The Stonehouse Gang - £15,000


 

 

 Birmingham Crisis Centre - £6,000


 

Birmingham Settlement - £4,000


 

 

Fastaid Solihull - £4,000


 

Tiny Tim's Children's Centre - £4,000


The pictures below show the Provincial Grand Master presenting Edward’s Trust with their glass trophy – recipients are Chief Executive, Neil Thorogood and Fundraising Co-ordinator, Lucy Goodway of Edward’s Trust.

The Provincial Grand Master making the presentation to The Edward's Trust

Each recipient received a certificate confirming that a Masonic Charitable Foundation donation has been paid in the amounts indicated, and the photograph below shows the Provincial Grand Master with all the recipients.

MCF Awards - group photograph

All present were delighted with their grants, and the luncheon presentation - on behalf of all present, Trevor Franklin, Secretary of the Stonehouse Gang thanked the Provincial Grand Master and the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generosity and hospitality.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has given £3 million to 300 charities across England and Wales to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.   The charities receiving the grants were voted for by the public and members of the Province – over 178,000 votes were received, of which the majority were from the general public. This has been one of a number of initiatives introduced throughout every Province to publicise the 300th anniversary – many other events are planned to mark this milestone in English Freemasonry.

 

It isn't too late to CARE ...

There are still spaces available to hear Sir Keith Porter speaking at Bedford Lodge No 925 at Severn Street - view the summons here and book your place without delay ....

 


World renowned lecturer Sir Keith Porter will be speaking about the West Midlands Care Team at Bedford Lodge No 925 on Friday 13th October 2017.

The meeting will be held at Severn St masonic rooms, Birmingham City Centre.

CARE Brochure 1CARE Brochure 2

This meeting is open to friends and family and  promises to be a memorable evening. Any brethren who would like to attend please contact the secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be sent a summons when issued nearer the time.

Sir Keith PorterAbout Sir Keith Porter

Professor Sir Keith Porter is one of the founding members of CARE and is a consultant Trauma Surgeon and the Clinical Director for Trauma at University Hospital Birmingham. He is Professor of Clinical Traumatology at the University of Birmingham. Since 2000 he has been the civilian clinical lead for the care of injured soldiers to the UK from both Iraq and Afghanistan (former Camp Bastion) to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

In 2002 Sir Keith was awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee medal, in 2012 the Diamond Jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services and in 2010 Professor Porter was Knighted in the 2010 Honours List for services to the Armed Forces.

CAREWest Midlands Central Accident, Resusitation & Emergency Team (Care)

CARE is a charitable organisation who respond to serious medical incidents within the West Midlands. It consists of a group of volunteer doctors and nurses who provide advanced pre-hospital medical care to seriously injured and critically unwell patients.

The charitable aims of the organisation are the relief of persons suffering injury or illness by the provision of immediate medical care and advancing the study of immediate medical care by the provision of training and research.

CARE brings a highly skilled medical team capable of providing life saving interventions at the roadside and elsewhere. Their treatment of critically ill patients includes those severely injured in car crashes, industrial accidents, shootings and stabbings, through to adult and child cardiac arrests and those with serious medical problems, such as heart attacks, fits, and breathing problems.

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY

Founded in the late 1980’s around the time of the national ambulance strikes, CARE has evolved from a ‘flying squad’ originally based at the now closed Birmingham Accident Hospital to the successful and highly respected organisation seen today offering pre-hospital emergency care across the region and in areas where air access is limited or impossible. Working alongside West Midlands Ambulance Service, each CARE team consists of three to four volunteer doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals who deliver enhanced critical care to seriously injured and unwell patients. Most of the CARE team work in NHS hospitals in their day-to-day professional life, volunteering spare time to respond with the charity.

 

Lodge of Loyal Service - October Newsletter

Lodge of Loyal Service Newsletter

 

Lodge of Loyal Service Newsletter

Choral Evensong in Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral

At a specially written Evensong service held at Coventry Cathedral, well over 100 Freemasons with their wives, partners & friends were present, together with members of the general public. The service commenced with a welcome from the Dean of Coventry Cathedral, Very Reverend John Witcombe, and the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David Macey. In a very generous address to the congregation by the Dean, he praised the work and support given by the Masonic fraternity, and thanked all present for their attendance in such large numbers. The Provincial Grand Master, thanked the Dean for the service and welcome, and at the conclusion of the service, presented a cheque for £5,000 from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, together with a certificate confirming a further donation of £5,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Dean acknowledged the donations, and invited all present to return at any time.

A previous article here explains the need for support for the Cathedral, following a visit to Lambeth Palace in the summer.

Coventry Cathedral Window

The images above are panels from one of the Nave windows, the cost of which was met by Warwickshire Freemasons in 1962. The cost then was £3,700, which is the equivalent of around £55,000 in today’s values. Below is pictured the magnificent interior of the Cathedral, where the service was held.

Coventry Cathedral

Thanks are due to VW Bro Victor Keene, who together with the Provincial Grand Master, has gone to tremendous efforts to forge the association and relationship which Coventry Cathedral and the Province now enjoy.

More information on Coventry Cathedral       

More information on the Masonic Charitable Foundation

JBH

The Masonic Paper Competition 2017/18

Education and DevelopmentAs part of the Development and Education Committee, we are continuing to set up a central database of papers written by members of our Lodges, and which can be drawn on by all. This will be in addition to continuing to deliver Orations.

The Development and Education Committee is chaired by Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Peter Manning. We have had some wonderful papers submitted over the last two years and, I am looking for further interesting papers this year.

As I am sure you are aware, there are two silver cups available to the winners, one to keep and the other to return after 1 year. There are two categories also, one for Brothers below the Chair and the other for W Brothers. The committee has decided that new papers be sent to me in the first instance to collate and, through our Communications Officer, update the database. I would therefore welcome any submissions you may have whether these are old or new.

Papers can easily be sent to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date is 30th April 2018. The papers are adjudicated by the Orations team and myself with the winners announced at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in May of next year. They will also be able to present their papers to an Installed Masters Lodge meeting later in that year as last year’s winners will this year. If they prefer I would happily deliver them on their behalf.

To give you a few ideas, the following may encourage you to put pen to paper! I have selected 10 categories which you may wish to consider as areas of research. The internet is a great source of material. A 20 minute delivery time would be perfection!

  1. 300 Years of English freemasonry and beyond.
  2. Freemasonry during the Second World War.
  3. The development of today’s lodge room and its furniture.
  4. Masonic etiquette.
  5. The bible and freemasonry (e.g. Chronicles and Kings).
  6. Famous freemasons over the years.
  7. The Three Grand Masters, their lives and background.
  8. How foreign English Lodges developed, where and why (e.g. Naval Lodges in the Commonwealth)
  9. 960 BC – what was happening?
  10. The Priory of Zion and its relationship to today’s freemasonry.

Do have a go, you will find it more interesting than you think!

Yours sincerely and fraternally

Keith

W Bro K Marchington PAGDC

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