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David F Macey
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Pouring rain could not dampen spirits at the Annual Church Service, which once again filled the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, with the congregation embracing the theme of "Promoting Joy and Happiness through our Freemasonry".
The Deputy Church Warden, W Bro Patrick Wilson, welcomed the congregation, and the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, thanked everyone present for attending, apologised for the weather, then paid tribute to the Church Organist Ruaraidh Sutherland who was shortly moving to New York after playing at our service for many years.
Conducted by the Provincial Grand Chaplain W Bro John Cowan, assisted by the Assistant Grand Chaplain W Bro Paul Wheeler, the service included representatives from five World Faiths (pictured) relating their message of Promoting Joy and Happiness through our Freemasonry, as well as offering blessings from their individual faiths. Lessons were read by VW Bro Alan Wellan, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and the Provincial Grand Master, with the Provincial Choir, conducted by W Bro Roy Marshall, demonstrating its professionalism both before and during the service by singing rousing anthems, as well as a delightful Gaelic Blessing at the end of the service.
The Sermon was given by the Vicar of St Mary's Collegiate Church, Rev Dr Vaughan Roberts, who thanked the Provincial Grand Chaplain for the opportunity to address the congregation, and for conducting the service. He pondered whether Joy and Happiness were one and the same, mentioning famous cynical and sceptical views heard over the years, and referred to associated parables and stories. Joy and Happiness are part of the Soul in a complete life, just as families, freemasonry, churches and other groups all form part of a bigger picture.
Finally, after the National Anthem had been sung, the Provincial Grand Master and Mrs Sandra Macey were escorted to the church doorway, where they joined The Clergy in bidding farewell to members of the congregation as they departed.
posted 17 June 2011
Our Stirling Road Provincial HQ was again packed to capacity for the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, with cctv transmitting pictures on giant screens allowing all present to have a clear view of the proceedings.
The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies gave a briefing to all present prior to the opening of Provincial Grand Lodge, following which the many distinguished guests, including visiting Provincial Grand Masters, Deputy and Assistant PGMs, Grand Officers and leaders of other Orders entered the Lodge in procession, with our own Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David F Macey being escorted into the meeting by his Officers.
After opening Provincial Grand Lodge in due form the PGM remembered Brethren who had departed to the Grand Lodge above since our last meeting, referring in particular to his great sadness, after having returned from the funeral of his own father, to learn of the death of the Provincial Senior Grand Warden, W Bro "Roundy" Rudell, the previous day.
The PGM individually welcomed the distinguished guests, then everyone else present, after which various reports were presented by Provincial Officers, together with other formalities. He then re-appointed the Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, making special reference to how grateful he was to have such a strong and supportive team behind him, as had been so amply demonstrated during the previous few days.
W Bro Peter M Sorrill, who had achieved so much by establishing the Lodge Support Team, and with others the amalgamated Lodge of Hope and Saint Alphege, was invested as Provincial Senior Grand Warden and W Bro Leslie J Long, who untiringly continued his support for both the Athol and Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies Lodges, as well as the 2012 DWG, was invested as Provincial Junior Grand Warden. The rest of the acting Officers were re/appointed, following which Past Ranks were conferred or confirmed for the new and existing Provincial Grand Officers.
Les Long (seated) with Phil Wills (l) and Trevor Sturt.
The PGM then addressed the meeting, advising all present that the theme for this, his first as Provincial Grand Master, was very much one of thanks, which he presented effusively, urging brethren to enjoy their own freemasonry as much as he enjoyed his own. A full transcript is available here.
2012 Festival Director W Bro Trevor Sturt gave an uplifting report on the splendid progress being made, congratulating Lodge members for their efforts so far, urging them to keep right on until the Festival Celebration on Saturday 22nd September 2012, which would be held at The Clarendon Suites. A full transcript is available here.
A sumptuous festive board provided by the Clarendon Suites followed, the date of next year's Annual Meeting being Saturday 19th May.
David Macey with Clarendon Suites General Manager Diane Hepworth.
posted 24 May 2011