Past Meetings Report – 2015

Past Meetings Report – 2015

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Ladies Evening Report – 2015

Fortior Lodge had over 60 friends and family members at their annual Ladies Festival held at Kings Heath Masonic rooms on the 6th June. After an excellent dinner the guests were surprised when the Master and his wife Sheila gave a most unusual and funny Ballard! Then a guest speaker from the Charity Bees Abroad gave a most enlightening talk about the work of the Charity. Finally, we danced until midnight to the music and singing of Rebecca Brookes. The ladies each went home with a gift from the Lodge and over £950 was raised for the Charity Bees Abroad.

Tuesday 10th November 2015

The 427th Regular Meeting was held on Tuesday 10th November at 18:00pm. The ceremony saw the passing of Bro. D. Smith to the Second Degree.

The charity for the evening was one of the Provincial Grand Masters Famous Five charities, St Mary’s Church Warwick.

St Mary’s Collegiate Church in Warwick is at the heart of Warwickshire Freemasonry. After the great fire of Warwick in 1694, it is certain that operative mason were employed in the rebuilding of St Mary’s Church, and later in regular Lodges were formed in Warwick meeting at the Woolpack Inn, close to the Church. Each year, the Province holds its annual Church Service at St Mary’s, and is welcomed by the clergy and local residents.

St Mary’s is a busy working church, set in the centre of the ancient town of Warwick. People have worshipped there for over 1,000 years, and have left evidence of their faith in the architecture and decoration of the building. It is one of the largest and most interesting Churches in England. The Church is open every day of the year, and welcomes a large number of visitors from across the world.

A wide range of services is offered, many of them involving several choirs which are among the best in the country. St Mary’s sets out to be an inclusive church, so it is also used by the people of Warwick for weddings, funerals and baptisms, and to celebrate significant local and national events in our worship.

Over several years the finances of St Marys have been diminishing, partly due to the global financial crisis and the effect this has had on the income of the church.

The church has launched a Capital Campaign,which will need to raise around £2.4 million pounds in total.

The main areas of concern are the Beauchamp Chapel which needs protection against damp, and requires repair to the pinnacles. The external stone work in general, but especially at high levels such at the tower, needs extensive restoration.

Internally, there are other smaller projects -the Nave ceiling, and the relaying of some areas of the floor.

See www.stmaryswarwick.org.uk for more detail.

Local Contact – Alan Wellan. Registered Charity Number 503629.

For further information about the ceremony please email Bro. Secretary.

Saturday 3rd October 2015

W.Bro. Bob Harrison was inducted as Worshipful Master for a further year. The Charity collection was in aid of the Warwickshire Masonic Benevolent Fund.

The Warwickshire Masonic Benevolent Fund (WMBF) provide financial relief for needy freemasons of the province of Warwickshire and to members of their families as defined in the trust deed.

For further information about the ceremony please email Bro. Secretary.

Tuesday 10th March 2015

The ceremony saw the initiation of Mr Gary Masters.

The Charity for the evening was The Samaritans. (Charity registered in England and Wales, no. 219432). The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. For further information view their website – www.samaritans.org

Tuesday 13th January 2015

The meeting saw the raising of Bro. L. White to the sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

The charity for the evening was Primrose Hospice Centre of Care, which is an independent charity, offering advice and support to patients living with life limiting illnesses and their families in the North Worcestershire area.

For further information visit www.primrosehospice.org

Registered Charity Number 700272.