Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

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

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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.

A surprise at the Annual Provincial Meeting

 

Steven PriceW Bro Steven Price PPSGW awarded the

Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit

 

At the Annual Provincial Meeting on Saturday 10th May, following the conclusion of the formalities, the Provincial Grand Master asked the Provincial Grand Secretary if there was any further business for the meeting. Those used to this formality were taken aback when the PG Secretary announced that the Provincial Grand Master was to honour one of his brethren. The PGM then instructed the ProvDC to bring W Bro Steven Price to him.

The Provincial Grand Master explained to the brethren the incredible amount of work that W Bro Steven has put into Freemasonry over more than 4 decades, including exemplary service to Alderson House in Warwick, as the chairman of the rooms since 2010. Steven is also leading an initiative to help the Masonic rooms across the Province in 2018. Steven is not one to seek the limelight, but works tireless for the good of Freemasonry and the Provincial Grand Master has declared him worthy of recognition for all that he has done. He was then presented with the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit, which was subsequently proclaimed by the ProvDC and applauded by all present.

Steven’s recollection of the event is as follows:

“For the first time in many years, I had not actually intended to attend Provincial Grand Lodge at all on Saturday, as we had family things on in the afternoon.  That changed when I had a telephone call from Peter Manning one evening last week, asking if anyone had been in touch regarding collecting the “Lodge in a box” from Alderson House.  We had a chat and he said “see you on Saturday then” to which I replied, “no, I’m not going this year.” He came back with, “well I think you ought to” but wouldn’t say why and eventually I agreed.

“I suppose I thought that I might get a mention and perhaps a “stand up so we can see who you are” sort of thing if the PGM launched the centres Initiative in which I am involved, or I wondered if he might mention me then as a sort of Assistant Prov. Grand Superintendent, but no and again when he had finished mentioning all of the initiatives for this year and no mention again, I thought, well that is it then!

“And then it happened.  When the D.C. was walking me down the room I asked what was going on, he just said, “shush, the mic’s on.”  It was quite surreal when the PGM started on my masonic career.  I have always just though of myself as an ordinary Joe, who loves his Freemasonry and everything that he is involved in and just trying to encourage others to get as much out of it as I do.  I thought that I had reached my peak when I was promoted to PPSGW in 2010 and PPGSN in Chapter.  I love Alderson House and have been very privileged to be its Chairman since 2010, but it is not all me, we have a strong Executive who support and encourage me, only occasionally looking askance at some of my suggestions!

“Obviously, I feel very honoured and it probably has not really sunk in yet, just how very special this award is.  The feeling of being applauded by so many people as we walked back, albeit to the wrong seat and then being saluted, well!  

“I suppose I should have said a few words and thank you, but in all honesty I was just shell shocked.

“When the dust has settled, I shall just carry on, doing what I do and hoping I can serve Freemasonry, in Warwickshire in particular, to the best of my ability and live up to this very special award.”

Congratulations from all in the Province on this very special and richly deserved recognition

A Fun Event for all the Family

Once again, the jewel in Warwick's crown that is Guy's Cliffe House and Gardens will be transformed for the best Summer Party of the year from 12:30pm to 4:30pm on Sunday 24th June 2018.

With a BBQ, Pig Roast, Music and all the fun of the Fair it's sure to be one of the hottest events this summer.
Guy's Cliffe Summer Party

Guy's Cliffe

Set in the stunning grounds of
Guy's Cliffe House and Gardens

Bring your own Gazebo, chairs, glasses and cutlery

Dogs and well behaved adults welcome

Raffle prizes

Don't forget the sun screen!
To book your places on the 24th June at the very reasonable price of £15 per adult and £6 for children 12 and under, please print and fill in the booking form from the link below and return it with a cheque made payable to 'Meridian Festival' to;

S T E Fenn
7 Priorsfield Road 
CV8 1DA

Link to booking form

Alternatively email your details with numbers and names to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and payment ca be made by bank transfer, please contact Spencer Fenn at the above email address for account details.

We are expecting this event to be well subscribed so please book your space by 11th June 2018.

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