Hunter Provides and Shares
Orion Lodge 4993 will be presenting the First Part of the First Lecture, and receiving an explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board at their meeting on 27th January 2011. This will involve the majority of the Lodge members, ranging from the newest Entered Apprentice up to the Senior Member of the Lodge.
The presentation of the Lectures is a rare occurrence at Lodge meetings which few newer Masons within the Province have the opportunity to enjoy.
The Lodge meets at Stirling Road and will open at 6.00pm. Dinner comprises of Soup, Steak and Kidney Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Coffee or Tea, at a cost of £21 including wines / beers etc with the meal.
Keeping in Touch
W Bro Peter Balchin, Past Master of Knowle Lodge 8001 promised to keep in touch with his adventure into Freemasonry in India and now reports, courtesy of W Bro Jim Fell, as follows:
“I was contacted by a senior Freemason very soon after contacting The Grand Lodge of India. We met at his office in Madurai and he was truly a fine person and made me feel most welcome. Subsequently to that, I was invited to attend a Lodge Meeting. Needless to say, I was a little apprehensive but the welcome from everyone was very warm and sincere. The ceremony that evening was a second and it followed the ritual that we are familiar with. In fact, within the Lodge, everything was known to me with just a few minor variations, for example at the end and within the Lodge, the Brethren sang the Indian National Anthem. As you might have guessed, I found that a bit tricky!! The other thing that surprised me was just how much I remembered. After all these years, I had expected to have forgotten a great deal, so that too was a real surprise.
After the formal business, then came the festive board. Here things were so very very different and to me did not follow a recognisable format at all. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable. Part the way through I was asked to present a bag of rice to a needy person. Seems it was a tradition of the Lodge members to each donate a cup of rice I think each per day and when the equivalent of a sack has been collected, it is donated to the needy. Needless to say, there are many many needy persons here in India. Maybe it could be something to be done in Knowle Lodge following the severe recession??
There are three Lodges that meet and I hope to be invited over the next few weeks to the other two. So there we are. A really enjoyable evening and it goes to show just how far the welcoming hand of Freemasonry reaches out”.
Keeping it in the Family
At a recent meeting of Knowle Lodge 8001, Flight Lieutenant Iain Smith was initiated by his father W Bro Brian Smith, the Immediate Past Master of the Lodge.
(l-r) World War 2 RAF veterans Don Reynolds, Des Main, John Whiteley DFC and Ken Wilkinson with Iain Smith
The Working Tools were presented by a fellowcraft, his Uncle, Bro Norman Jewitt. The ceremony was attended by RW Bro David Macey, the Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire.
(l-r) Brian Smith, Iain Smith and Norman Jewitt
Bro Iain Smith is a search and rescue helicopter pilot with the Royal Air Force and continues the Lodge connection with the RAF, as his seconder was former RAF Lancaster Bomber Pilot, W Bro John Whiteley DFC, PProvSGW, who celebrated his 50 years in Masonry and his 92nd birthday in 2010.
Lewis is now Master
The new Master of the Lodge of Impartialty 5101 is Bro Peter Roy Bailey, who was initiated as a Lewis in 2004 aged 19 years. At his initiation his father W Bro SJ Bailey acted as Junior Deacon, his grandfather W Bro PJ Hodgson presented the Northeast corner and his godfather W Bro G Davis was in the chair.
Now 26, Peter has progressed through the lodge taking every office and has recently married his girlfriend Jenna, enjoying a honeymoon in the Maldives, hopefully without spending too much time on the little blue book!!
The installation ceremony was shared by the same three brethren who initiated him and the Lodge is one of the few in the Province of Warwickshire with three generations in its membership. It was presided over by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Alan Wellan and attended by the Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Michael Price CBE.
(l-r) PJ Hodgson, G Davis, Peter Bailey, SJ Bailey
Members and Visitors at Peter's Installation
Masons teach Beavers
The Beaver Colony in the Barford Scout Group contacted Shipston-on-Stour Lodge 9418 and as part of their activities to achieve their Community Badge asked how freemasons benefit the community through charitable works.
W Bros Steven Bailey, Jeremy Mallin and Robert Swain visited the group with a representative of the Lodge and gave a presentation to the audience of about 25 children with an age range of 6 to 15, together with two of their leaders. As a result of his own experience in Scouting, Jeremy was in particular very effective at communicating with the youngsters, who appeared to comprehend what was being said.
The presentation went very well, with the dialogue range pitching from the "Teddys for Loving Care" at the youngest to the Onaway Scout and Guide Group activities aimed at the older members.
Afterwards, the two leaders expressed an interest in attending the Lodge’s Ladies' Evening in November, to which they were cordially invited.