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Sat, 28th October 2017

Charity Stewards Report

At our recent Installation meeting, held on 13th October, W.Bro. Howard Brookes gave the Lodge a brief update on the various Charity Donations we have made in the last 12 months:

  • £100 – Royal British Legion
  • £100 – Staffordshire 2024 Provincial Festival
  • £25 – Masonic Fishing Charity
  • £250 – Staffordshire Masonic Charity Fund
  • £575 - Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind (Presented by Worshipful Master)
  • £575 - Royal Manchester Eye Hospital (Presented by Worshipful Master)
  • £150 - Sandwell Womens Aid (Presented by W.Bro. G.Cole)
  • £150 - Sandwell Young Carers (Presented by W.Bro. G.Cole)

At the same mneeting, W. Bro. Tipper thanked the Lodge for their support of his charity bicycle tour, which helped raise £158 for Sandwell Young Carers.

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Thu, 31st August 2017

Donation to the Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind

Our Worshipful Master and his wife Anthea have been on the road again, today making a presentation to the Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind.

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They received a very warm welcome from staff and users of the centre and presented then with a donation of £575, which again was raised at their Ladies Weekend held in March of this year.

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Fri, 25th August 2017

New Images Uploaded

We have just uploaded a selection of pictures from our Ladies Weekend to the images gallery. Click here to view the page. We hope you like them!

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Thu, 24th August 2017

Donation to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Our Worshipful Master and his wife Anthea were thrilled to be able to present a donation of £575 to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, following their fund raising Ladies Weekend held in March of this year.

Pictured below is W.Bro. Omar Bourdouane and Mrs Anthea Bourdouane.

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Tue, 25th April 2017

Summer Rehearsals - Planning Dates

Brethren - as is our usual custom, we are looking to arrange some dates, over the Summer recess, to allow the Brethren to polish up on ritual or practice out ritual for the coming year.
It has proved to been extremely beneficial to newer members, particularly those who will likely have work ‘on the floor’ to do or are approaching the Chair: however, all members are welcome to attend. Rehearsals usually take place on a Saturday morning, 9:30am to circa 11am and over the summer we usually try and have 4 or 5 sessions.
Below are the available dats: can anyone wishing to attend let W.Bro. Ian Bennett know which dates they can do. He will then gather all the feedback together and agree which dates we will go for (in consultation with W.Bro. Howard Brookes and W.Bro. John Tipper).
  • 10th June
  • 17th June
  • 1st July
  • 8th July
  • 15th July
  • 22nd July
  • 29th July
  • 5th August
  • 12th August
  • 19th August
  • 26th August
  • 2nd September
  • 9th September
  • 16th September
  • 23rd September
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Fri, 13th January 2017

Welcome to our Newest Member

We were thrilled to start the New Year with an initiation ceremony, as we welcomed Vesko Petkov into Freemasonry in general and Bromwic Lodge in particular.

The Lodge was very well supported by many visitors from several provinces and our new member was treated to an exemplary initiation ceremony, performed by Past Master W.Bro. Tinsley.

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Here is Bro. Petkov being greeted by our WM.

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Sun, 11th September 2016

Donation to The Lily Foundation

The Worshipful Master has revceived a very kind 'thank you' letter from Ms Liz Curtis from The Lily Foundation, thanking the Lodge and its friends/family for raising £750 for their charity.

The Lily Foundation was founded in memory of Liz's daughter who lost her battle to Mitochondrial Disease at just eight months old. The charity aims to give hope, answers and support to the many other children and families that face the challenges of this disease today.

It was a charity that the Worshipful Master specifically wanted to support this year as he lost one of his younger brothers to this disease in February of this year.

Below is the kind letter that Liz sent to the lodge, to express her thanks. You can find out more about The Lily Foundation at http://www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk.

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Thu, 8th September 2016

Donation to Sandwell Women's Aid

Our Worshipful Master (W.Bro. Ian Bennett) was able to pop over to West Bromwich (in his lunchtime...) to drop off a cheque for £150 at Sandwell Women's Aid, which was received by Ms Sarah Ward.

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The donation was made from Bromwic Lodge's general charity funds, which are raised on an ongoing basis to support a range of national and local charities. Bromwic are proud to have been able to present SWA with donations over the past few years to support the important work they do!

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Fri, 22nd July 2016

Donation to MIND (Birmingham)

Our Worshipful Master (W.Bro. Ian Bennett) was proud to be able to present Ms Jane Moore of MIND (Birmingham) with a cheque for £750, raised at his Ladies Weekend festival in March of this year.

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The figures for people suffering from mental health problems in the UK are astounding. For example, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. And the last report that MIND did into prevalance of mental health issues in UK showed that:

Depression 2.6 in 100 people
Anxiety 4.7 in 100 people
Mixed anxiety and depression 9.7 in 100 people
Phobias   2.6 in 100 people
OCD  1.3 in 100 people
Panic disorder 1.2 in 100 people
Post traumatic stress disorder 3.0 in 100 people
Eating disorders  1.6 in 100 people

Bromwic Lodge are happy to be able to help MIND and support the great work they do, locally and nationally! If you want to know more about MIND and the support they offer, please click here.

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Wed, 4th May 2016

Members Sponsorship of Laverne Bennett

A big thank you to all the members of Bromwic Lodge who made personal/private donations to the WM's wife (Laverne Bennett, on the left below) as she ran the Birmingham 10k run.

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Laverne's run was in aid of Cancer Research and in particular memory of Tommy Bennett, Robyn Boytinck and other members of the family who have sadly passed away after fighting valiant battles against cancer.

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Sat, 9th April 2016

Ladies Weekend 2016 - Update

A big thank you to everyone who was able to join us in Lytham St.Annes for the 2016 Ladies Weekend. We had a great weekend together and managed to completely book the hotel out!

The main charities our Worshipful Master was raising funds for, were quite personal. In February this year, our WM lost one of his younger brothers (Chris) who had been suffering from the long term effects of living with Mitochondrial Disease. This under-publicised condition affects a considerable number of people and has no known cure.

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Chris Bennett passed away aged just 40 years old and WM wanted to send a donation to the Lily Foundation who raise money for research into treatments and cures for this degenerative disease. 

The second charity to benefit from our Ladies Weekend is the mental health charity MIND. Our Worshipful Master spoke openly about his own struggles with mental heath issues, which came to a head in early 2016. Thanks to the help from physicians and MIND, he was able to get the help and support he needed to limit the effects of his mental illness and start the road to a full recovery. 

With such a good turn out for Ladies Weekend, we hope to be able to make some sizeable donations to both these charities.

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Fri, 6th November 2015

Bromwic Lodge Donation to Sandwell Young Carers

We were extremely happy to finally make the final donation of proceeds from our last Ladies Weekend, to Sandwell Young Carers. A cheque for £300 was presented by the Immediate Past Master, W.Bro. Michael Tinsley to Ms. Rajinder Sunnerd.

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Sandwell Young Carers was fouded in 1994 and have been supporting children and young people whose health, education and social lives have been affected as a result of caring for a dependent family member. We have been pleased to support SYC for many years now: you can find out more by visiting their website (www.sandwellyc.com) or clicking here.

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Wed, 29th July 2015

Thoughts from a New Member

We were happy to welcome Bro. Brian Crockett into Bromwic Lodge and Freemasonry earlier this year and he has decided to put down some thoughts on Freemasonry and how he became interested in our work, hopefully for the benefit of anyone thinking about joining Freemasonry.

"Although the reasons I joined Freemasonry are varied and quite personal to me, I can say with certainty that even in the short time I have been a member of Bromwic lodge, I have already learned valuable lessons that will stand me in good stead for the rest of my life and made many fraternal friends whom I will always be able to rely on. 

I have been aware of Freemasonry for most of my adult life but only had vague idea of what Freemasonry was really about. A very good friend joined the Freemasons about five years ago and after listening to what he had to say about Freemasonry, I decided the time was now right for me to investigate whether this was something I wanted to get involved in. I used the internet to find a local lodge and came across the website for Bromwic Lodge. I sent them a quick email and got a speedy reply back from their Worshipful Master, who gave me a brief outline of what Freemasonry is all about, the eligibility criteria and what my commitment would be: soon afterwards, we arranged to meet at the Lodge for an informal chat and tour of the building. 

We met at the Lodge on a Saturday morning and I was also introduced to other members of the Lodge. They gave me a tour of the building and again explained the purpose, obligations and requirements of joining Freemasonry. My wife and I were invited along to their Ladies Festival weekend where we met other Freemasons and their families. We were made to feel extremely welcome and it was then that I decided that Freemasonry was definitely for me! 

What struck me most about Freemasonry, is that it not only offers fraternal friendship with likeminded, charitable people but also provides guidance on living your life in an honest, truthful manner and always doing what you can for those less fortunate than yourself. 

I believe that modern society has become very insular; we no longer know who our next-door neighbours are, let alone people down the street. Freemasonry helps restore a sense of care and concern for your local community and society in general. There is a real emphasis on family being the most important thing in your life and Masons are always encouraged to ensure that family and work commitments take precedence over Masonic duties. My only regret is did not become a Freemason earlier in my life! 

I would urge anybody, no matter what their age, to explore Freemasonry, to see whether it is something they would enjoy and make a positive contribution to."

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Wed, 15th July 2015

Donation to Sandwell Womens Aid

Bromwic Lodge are thrilled to be able to make a donation of £700 towards supporting the fabulous work of Sandwell Womens Aid. For the last 25 years, they have been offering support, refuge and counselling to the victims of demestic violence (and their families) and are passionate about making a difference in the community. The donation was made up of funds raised from the previous Ladies Weekend and from the lodge's own charity fund. 

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Worshipful Brother Graham Cole JP is seen here, presenting the cheques totalling £700 to Kat from Sandwell Womens Aid, on behalf of the Master, Wardens and Brethren of Bromwic Lodge.

To learn more about the work Sandwell Womens Aid do, as well as ways you can get involed or support them, please click here.

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Sun, 10th May 2015

Murder Mystery Evening

In conjunction with the Albrighton Players, the Masonic Hall Company will be hosting a Murder Mystery evening, to raise funds for the maintenance of the Masonic Hall.

Brethren, family and friends are all invited to Edwards Street on 13th June 2015 for an enjoyable evening of amateur sleuthing. A buffet dinner included in the price of the evening.

For more information, please contact Malcolm Cresswell (details are on our Events Calendar page).


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Tue, 7th April 2015

Bromwic Lodge supporting Lend With Care

Bromwic are now supporting a new kind of charity that have an innovative way of supporting some of the world's poorest people. Lend With Care (http://www.lendwithcare.org) has been set up by one of the worlds leading aid and development organisations, to provde the means for families and individuals to work their way out of poverty.

Members of Bromwic have donated £300 to this charity and fromthe Lend with Care account, have provided microfinance for small businesses in the Phillipines, Pakistan, Benin, Vietnam....and the list will grow as more individuals are supported: and the beauty of the scheme is that when the microfinance payments are repaid, the monies can then be reused to help other individuals.

Please do take a look at our account page (http://tinyurl.com/n27s42c) to see the variety of projects and people that we are supporting.....and the amazing support that can be given with a donation of £300!

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Thu, 5th March 2015

Freemasons support UK charities with grants totalling 650,000

The Freemasons' Grand Charity has approved grants totalling £650,000 to be donated to non-Masonic causes: 

Air Ambulance

The Freemasons' Grand Charity has been a regular supporter of air ambulance charities and similar rescue services for eight years now, donating over £1.5 million in total. During 2015, Freemasons around the country will be presenting 22 regional rescue services with donations totalling £192,000.

Youth Opportunities

  • Street League has been awarded £25,000 to deliver three football and employability programmes over the course of one year in Middlesbrough. 
  • Teens and Toddlers has been awarded £25,000 to fund three Programme Leaders who will be integral to expanding personal development programmes in the North West.

 

Supporting Vulnerable People

  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust has been awarded £250,000 to develop a new model of healthcare, Smartcare CF, which will use the latest technology to allow patients to monitor their conditions from home.
  • Emmaus UK has been awarded £40,000 to fund the salary of a Capacity Building Advisor who will be responsible for expanding their operations around the UK.
  • The Haven (Breast Cancer Haven) has been awarded £30,000 to maintain and expand their Welfare, Benefits and Money Advice service.
  • Signature has been awarded £18,000 for the development of a GCSE in British Sign Language.
  • SHINE has been awarded £35,000 to fund the salary of a Development Coordinator.

Minor Grants

  • Bag Books has been awarded  £4,000 to provide multi-sensory books and storytelling for people with learning disabilities.
  • The Care Leavers Foundation has been awarded £2,000 to support children leaving care.
  • Cued Speech Association UK has been awarded £3,000 to support their work in providing information and training in Cued Speech throughout the UK.
  • Different Strokes has been awarded £3,500 to support younger stroke survivors.
  • The Island Trust has been awarded £2,000 to support their work in providing confidence building, challenging adventure for disadvantaged and disabled young people from across the UK through sailing opportunities.
  • PINNT has been awarded £2,000 to provide support for artificial nutrition patients and their carers.
  • Rarer Cancers Foundation has been awarded £2,500 to provide support for patients suffering from rare cancers who may have little support or information.
  • Teens Unite Fighting Cancer has been awarded £3,000 to support their work in improving the lives of young people aged 13-24, with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.
  • Theodora Children's Charity has been awarded £3,000 to support their work with children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres by providing visits from professional performers, Giggle Doctors, who have been trained to work in a medical environment.
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Sat, 27th September 2014

Donation to Sandwell Young Carers

After a very successful year of fundraising, which culminated in our Ladies Weekend in Bournemouth, Worshipful Master Michael Tinsley and his wife Wendy were delighted to be able to present a cheque for £400 to Sandwell Young Carers.

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Tracy Smith received the cheque on behalf of Sandwell Young Carers. Anyone interested in learning more about this charity and the important work they do can find more information on their website: www.sandwellyc.com  

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Sun, 7th September 2014

Bromwic Lodge Installation Meeting

Our Installation meeting for the next Masonic season will take place on Friday 10th October. We will have the Provincial Grand Master in attendance so full attendance by Lodge members would be much appreciated.  

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Fri, 8th November 2013

Celebrating 50 Years in Freemasonry

We were honoured with the presence of the Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. David W. Philips and W.Bro.P.J.Lennon P.A.G.D.C at our November meeting to celebrate a wonderful achievement: W.Bro. John Tewson's 50 years in Freemasonry. 

W.Bro.J W Tipper presented a resume of W.Bro. John Tewson's Masonic career after which a 50 year certificate was presented by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master. We were then thrilled to hear that, in recognition of this outstanding service to Freemasonry, it was the Provincial Grands Master's pleasure to promote W.Bro.Tewson to the rank of P.Pr S.G.W. 

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The Masonic business was concluded with an interesting and enlightening presentation on the history of the Craft Masonic Ritual, by W.Bro.Harold Hampton P.S.G.D.

On behalf of the Lodge and W.Bro. Tewson, we would like to thank all those who attended the Lodge and Festive Board afterwards and made this a special evening.



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Fri, 11th October 2013

Installation Meeting

On Friday 11th October, Bromwic Lodge was buzzing with excitement at the prospect of installing a new Worshipful Master, from its ranks of juniour Brethren.

Brother Michael Tinsley ascended to the Chair of Solomon and was treated to an excelent installation ceremony by all the Brethren in attendance. We were also honoured to be able to welcome The Provincial Junior Grand Warden and Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.

W.Bro. Tinsley was supported by many of his friends and former colleagues on this special evening.

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Wed, 4th September 2013

Lodge Donation to Macmillan Cancer Support

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The current WM, John Tipper, was able to complete his round of charitable donations by presenting a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Support. The money was raised as part of the annual Ladies Weekend event that Bromwic Lodge holds (this year it took place in Bournemouth) and will go to support the important work this organisation does.

To find out more about Macmillan Cancer Support, their work and fundraising, please check out their website http://www.macmillan.org.uk

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Wed, 14th August 2013

Lodge Donation to Compton Hospice

Our WM (and his lovely Lady) were both very pleased to be able to make a donation to the Compton Hospice, following the recent fundraising event at their Ladies Weekend in Bournemouth. This annual social event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a weekend away with family and friends and raise some much needed funds for local charities.

If you want to know more about the important work they do, please check out their website: http://www.compton-hospice.org.uk

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Tue, 13th August 2013

Donation to Acorns Children's Hospice

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The current WM, John Tipper, was delighted to be able to be able to present a donation of £300 to the Acorns Children's Hospice, which was raised by the lodge from charitable fundraising.

The donation was gratefully received by Amanda Cox on behalf of the hospice. To find out more about the important work that they do there, please check out the Acorns website: http://www.acorns.org.uk

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Fri, 8th February 2013

February Meeting - Demonstration of an Initiation

The junior Brethren of the Lodge took over the man offices, during our February meeting, to demonstrate the Ceremony of Initiation. Despite some nerves on the evening, the hard work put into rehearsals (both as a group and individually) certainly paid off and everyone present was treated to some excellent work.

We were also blessed with a visitor from Walton Walker & Sandwell Lodge.....who kindly offered to act as IG for the evening.

Afterwards, the festive board was held in a wonderful atmosphere of laughter, friendship and camaraderie.....which made it a very special meeting!

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Fri, 11th January 2013

January Meeting - 3rd Degree Ceremony

We were again delighted to be able to host a number of Brethren from the Lodge of Universal Brotherhood, as we performed the 3rd Degree ceremony on one of their members, followed by a lovely evening in the dining rooms below for the Festive Board.

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Fri, 14th December 2012

Celebrating 60 years in Freemasonry

The Worshipful Master of Bromwic Lodge (W.Bro.J.W.Tipper) was pleased and honoured to be able to present, on behalf of the Provincial Grand Lodge, 60 year certificates to W.Bro H.R.Barker, P.Pr.J.G.W. and Bro.S.M.Turner in recognition for their service to Freemasonry in Staffordshire.

W.Bro.J.W.Tipper also recounted a brief explanation of their Masonic careers as members of Bromwic Lodge from initiation to the present day.

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We thank W.Bro H.R.Barker & Bro.S.M.Turner for their support and dedication to Freemasonry in general  and Bromwic Lodge in particular!

 

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Fri, 9th November 2012

3rd Degree Ceremony

On 9th November, the Brethren of Bromwic Lodge were pleased to be able to perform a 3rd Degree ceremony on behalf of the Lodge of Universal Brotherhood.

A most enjoyable evening was had, both during the ceremny as well as at the Festive Board afterwards.

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Sat, 3rd November 2012

Bromwic Lodge donation to Sandwell Young Carers

During his tenure as Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Howard Jenkins and his wife, Nan, were pleased to be able to present a cheque for £1000 to Sandwell Young Carers. This charity, local to Bromwic Lodge in West Bromwich, plays a vital role in supporting youngetsres who, for various reasons, are caring for members of their family (usually much older than themselves).

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The money was raised as part of Howard's Ladies Weekend charity event as well as donations from existing Lodge charity funds.

If you would like to see the report on Sandwell Council website, please click here.

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