Thanksgiving touched with Sadness
At its 235th Regular meeting at Knowle Masonic Centre, Oaks of Arden Lodge 7601 surrendered its Warrant to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Alan Wellan.
There was inevitably an element of sorrow about the evening’s proceedings. However, the brethren were determined that the event should not be one for lamentation or regret. Rather, the opportunity was taken to make the evening one of remembering the positive aspects of the 54 years of the Lodge’s existence.
Present on the evening was Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Trevor Sturt, on his first and last attendance at his Mother Lodge since his well deserved promotion.
A number of the brethren presented their memories of the Lodge, commencing with the surviving Founder W Bro Ted Drake who recalled fellow Founders and some of the reasons for establishing the Lodge. W Bro FJ Wunderley recounted a number of anecdotes about events in the Lodge, reminding Brethren that Oaks of Arden had always surpassed any targets for raising money for charity, not least on the occasion of the 2012 Festival for which the Lodge received a Festival Maul. Among Oaks of Arden members over the years there have been two Assistant Provincial Grand Masters as well as two Inspectors General of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, Rose Croix. W Bro Sturt, a Lewis, recounted details of the Classes of Instruction where the Preceptors had managed to bring the Brethren to its highly renowned level of ritual. W Bro RA Hinton introduced himself as the youngest initiate into the Lodge, having been proposed by his stepson. The Master, W Bro BJ Ashton recounted the factors which led him to become a joining member, having had the Oaks of Arden recommended to him as a very friendly Lodge. Virtually all the Brethren of Oaks of Arden had joined other lodges in Warwickshire and looked forward to meeting each other from time to time at Masonic meetings.
W Bro Drake occupied the SW chair to close the Lodge for the last time, after which the WM handed over the warrant to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, who reminded Brethren that the Warrant always remained the property of the Grand Master, to whom it would be promptly despatched. The Warrant was then paraded round the Lodge Room for a final time by the Provincial Grand Secretary, W Bro Chris Rogers.
The brethren then enjoyed a convivial Festive Board. In a particularly poignant moment, following the
Thornhill Presentation follows Initiation
At the regular meeting of Thornhill Lodge 7137 in October the main agenda item was the initiation of Mr Christopher Peter Craske, son in law of the Worshipful Master Bro Stephen Martin who conducted the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, a cheque for £500 payable to Macmillan Cancer Support was presented to long standing member of the Lodge Bro Dr Christopher Stockdale, MBE, who was honoured by the Queen in the Birthday Honours List last year for his charitable work having raised over £300,000 for various charities.
After the presentation Chris gave a short address to the Lodge in which he described some of his activities including swimming the Channel, across the Gulf of Naples, Lakes Windemere, Coniston, Zurich and Como among many others. He has completed a triathlon of swimming the Channel, cycling from Folkestone to Birmingham followed by running a full marathon. He has cycled from London to Athens and in 2009 cycled 3,600 miles around the coastline of England, Wales and Scotland. While cycling around Wales he was seriously injured when hit by a speeding car.
A detailed account of his extraordinary life can be seen at www.openwaterswimming.com/the-remarkable-life-of-dr-chris-stockdale/
Stephen Martin (l) with Dr Chris Stockdale
Tudor Rose Granddaughter
On learning that the Granddaughter of one of the support service staff at the Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield meeting rooms had been diagnosed with bone cancer, Tudor Rose Lodge 5660 decided to express its concern by sending her gift tokens.
The letter received from her in reply can be seen here. Personal details have been removed to preserve anonymity.
Unity Cuts to the Chase
The Lodge of Unity 567 have organised a masonic Charity Ball on Saturday 10th November at Ettington Chase Hotel near Stratford upon Avon in order to have a great time whilst raising money for their Worshipful Master's very worthwhile cause, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
All brethren, their friends and families are cordially invited to attend, and will be well looked after at what promises to be an excellent night out at a great location with superb live entertainment.
Full details can be seen here.
New Happiness Website
The Lodge of Happiness 7952 has launched a new website. The site has been created with the simple aims of publicising the Lodge, explaining what Freemasonry is all about and encouraging new members to join.
Commenting on the launch, Derek White, the Worshipful Master, said: "We believe that our new website is both interesting and informative and sets new standards in terms ease of use. It will show the wider public what our values are and let them know about the good work Freemasons do to help those less fortunate than ourselves”
"In launching the site, we are also issuing an open invitation to men of all faiths, who would like to develop themselves in a supportive, friendly environment, and help society in the process, to find out more about our Lodge and about Freemasonry in general.”
He concluded by noting "Our Lodge certainly lives up to its name; you won't find a happier place to become a Mason."
The website includes information about the Lodge of Happiness and Freemasonry in general. In addition there is information about the charitable work Masons do to help those in need and why Freemasonry is so relevant in today’s society.
Anyone who would like to approach the Lodge with a view to joining is welcome to make contact via: www.lodgeofhappiness.org.uk, or by telephoning Alastair on 0845 474 7952.