Posted 28th March 2017
Our new Worshipful Master W.Bro. Athony S E Wright was installed into the Chair of Solomon on Wednesday 1st March 2017 and promises a full workload including a packed social calendar, as below:
- St Georges Night at Severn Street: Saturday 29th April 2017
- Henley Royal Regatta, Henley on Thames:Sunday 30th June to Tuesday 1st July 2017
- General J Pershing Lodge visit , Maastricht, Holland: 8th July 2017
- Pimms on the Lawn & Sunday Lunch at Alderson House, Warwick- Worcestershire Charity event: 16th July 2017
- Ladies Formal Evening, Severn Street: saturday 7th October 2017
- Christmas carol Evening, Severn Street: 6th December 2017
Posted 11th March 2016
Our new Worshipful Master for the ensuing year W.Bro. David J Stevens was Installed into the chair of King Solomon by the Immediate Past Master, W.Bro. John d Edge assisted by W.Bros. Les Leek and Keith Green, at our Installation Meeting on Wednesday 6th January 2016 Our Worshipful Master promised a full and busy Masonic year with the emphasis on enjoyment with the Brethren taking pleasure from a full social calendar.
Posted 23rd February 2015
Our Worshipful Master, W.Bro. John Edge, has anounced that he and his lady,Trudy, wil lbe holding their Ladies Formal Evening on Saturday 31st October 2015 the theme is to be a "Halloween Night" with final details being issued later in the year.
Posted 23rd February 2015
Our Worshipful Master, W.Bro. John Edge, has anounced that he is holding his Ladies Informal Evening on Saturday 23rd May 2015 which will take the theme of a "Horse Racing Night" detalis are to be issed nearer the day so please put the date in your diaries and support the Master.
Posted 23rd February 2015
"Going Dutch" on behalf of the General John J Pershing Lodge of Mmaastricht, Holland Athol Lodge will be carrying out the Raising of Bro Sefan Erban in a 3rd Degree Ceremony on Saturday 2nd May 2015. Because Stefan, a regular visitor, is studying for his PhD in Bbirminghamand he's unable to terurn home to his Mother Lodge so we at Athol have stepped in to help him out to achieve becoming a Mason Mason which all sounds a bit "Double Dutch" but isn't really.
Posted 23rd January 2015
Our new Worshipful Master for the ensuing year W.Bro. John D Edge was Installed into the chair of the Lodge by the Immediate Past Master, W.Bro. Les Leek assisted by W.Bro. Martin Poyner, at our last Regular Lodge Meeting on Wednesday 7th January 2015. The Worshipful Master promised a full and busy Masonic year with the emphasis on enjoyment with the Brethren taking pleasure in being a full and committed member of the Lodge.
"White Table Evening"
Wednesday 1st October 2014
Posted 24th September 2014
Friends, family and work colleagues who have shown a more than a passing interest in Masonry are invited by the Worshipful Master to a "White Table" evening where Masonry and joining of our Lodge is explained a little more just enough to whet the appetitepf of potential new members
“ A Night in Vienna” Masked Ball
Friday 24 October 2014
Posted 15th July 2014
The WM has booked the Draycote Hotel for the Ladies Night on the above date and he has negotiated Bed and Breakfast for those attending at £15 per head per night (based on two people sharing). The normal rate is £85-£95 per night, so we have a fantastic discount, and it’s not even worth considering driving.
There are only 50 rooms at the hotel and I it would be very helpful if you could givethe Secretary an early indication if you will be attending the function and if you require Bed and Breakfast for yourself and your guests.
The function room can comfortably accommodate 100 people, and included in the cost of £37.50 will be a drinks reception, wine at the table, 5 course dinner and all entertainment.
Hotel bookings will have to be a first come first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.
1st Degree as performed in 1765
Posted 18th February 2014
The Regular Lodge Meeting on Wednesady 7th May will see the Sutton Coldfield Study Circle carry out the 1st Degree ceremony as peformed in 1765. Invitations will be sent to other Lodges at Severn Street to make it a capacity house full, so book early and reserve your seat. All welcome.
St Georges Night fun and frolics
Posted 18th February 2014
The Worshipful Master and his lady invite you to their Ladies Iinformal night on Friday 25th April 2014 with a "St Georges Night" theme with plenty of patriotic songs and flag waving throughout the evening. Reservere you place with the WM asap.
Singalong with St Cecelia's Lodge down Somerset way
Posted 18th February 2014
They sing their ritual down at St Cecelia's Lodge in Somerset. Don't miss this unique experience to witness ritual performed in this way. Because their Rooms are small we are limited to 25 Brethren attending so get your minibus seat reserved and your singing voice tuned for Monday 24th March 2014. The WM will take the bookings NOW.
The passing of a good man and a good Mason.
Posted 20th November 2013
W.Bro. Ron Field passed to the Grand Lodge above on Monday 11th November 2014. He will be greatly missed for he touch the hearts of all at Athol Lodge. Our sincere condolences, at this very sad time, go to his wife Bernice, Claire his daughter and her husband Tony. God Bless.
November Meeting 2013
Posted 31 October 2013
The labour of the evening will include a paper on the "Missing Tool" given by W.Bro. NigelC Bister P.M P.S.G.D. P.A.G.D.C., Asst.Prov.G.M.
The charity collection will be for the Alzheimers Society.
Richard is running for Charity
Posted 16th October 2013
Richard Mainwaring is planning to take part in the Great Birmingham Run which is a Half Marathon in the centre of Birmingham on Sunday 20th October 2013.
He is also hoping to raise some money for the Alzheimers Society, so please use this web link to his “Just Giving” Page, which allows you to donate money from the comfort of your armchair
If you could spare a few bob, he is sure that it will be put to good use.
New Car Parking Arrangements
Posted 1st August 2013
We have been informed by Athol Masonic Buildings Ltd that the Synagogue car parking restrictions with respect to Jewish Festivals, when the car park is closed, have now been lifted, i.e. the car park will be open throughout the year at the times allocated (5:00pm - 10:30pm) for use by members of Lodges meeting at Severn Street Masonic Hall.
Additional security has been put in place with extra CCTV camera's around the car park.
Annual Golf Day
Posted 29th July 2013
The annual golf day will take place at Edgbaston Golf Club this Friday, 2nd August. The first tee is at 1:30 pm with some twelve hopeful golfers taking on the challenge for the Keith Winchester Memorial Trophy. The day will be completed with Dinner and the "payment of fines" for misdemeanors both on and off the course extracted by the pocket poacher himself John Harris with all contributions going to the Buildings Fund.
W.Bro John Harris's Promotion
Posted 12th July 2013
W.Bro. John Harris, P.M. Prov.G.Supt.Wks. was promoted to Prov. J.G.W by R.W.Bro.David F Macey Provincial Grand Master at the annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire held on Saturday 18th May 2013
W.Bro. John's promotion is not only an honour for him but also the Lodge as W.Bro. Les J Long, P.M. Prov.J.G.W. was similarly promoted to this acting rank in 2011. The members salute you both.
Graham's 50 year certificate
Posted 11th July 2013
Graham Anderson was presented with his 50 year cetificate by W.Bro.Nigel Bister P.S.G.D Asst.P.G.M at the Regular Lodge Meeting on Wednesday 3rd April 2013.
Graham was initiated into Athol Lodge in March 1963. He is definitely third and possibly fourth generation Lewis of Scottish Masons. His father came to Severn Street for his initiation ceremony as a Master mason of Forfar Killwining Lodge No 90 in the Scottish constitution.
Born on 14th August 1933 in Witton, Birmingham in the shadow of Villa Park a team which he still supports today
Graham went to a local primary and junior school before gaining a place at King Edwards Grammar school Aston.
He finished school at the age of 16 with a School Certificate and a Higher School Certificate (O & A Levels to most of us) and went to work for Birmingham City Council as a clerk in the office as the prospect of National Service loomed over him, the year being 1949.
As expected in 1951 he was called up and joined the Duke of Wellington Regiment. After three months of basic training he was selected for the Royal Army Education Corp and two months later was posted to Malaya where there was a declared state of emergency with communist terrorists ambushing trains and local industry. He was still only 18 years old and this experience proved to be a real eye opener to the big outside world.
Thankfully he returned relatively unscathed eighteen months later having achieved the rank of Sergeant, participated in the funeral parade for King George VI in Feb 1952, the Coronation parade for our present Queen in Singapore during 1953 and had become fluent in Malay.
In February 1954 he joined the Birmingham Police Force, now West Midlands Police, as a beat bobby based at Kenyon Street. He showed his courage soon after when over-powering a thug who attacked him with a knife and received a commendation from a High Court Judge and the police Watch Committee.
He was a keen sportsman in his twenties and played Rugby for the Police
During his police career he served in CID, Traffic, on the Staff of Police Training College in Dishforth Yorkshire and various divisions of West Midlands Police, Rising to the rank of Superintendent before retiring in 1984.
Not wanting to rest on his laurels he then studied History at the now UCE and attained a 1st class honours degree
When asked of his memorable experiences during his career he recalled keeping order during the industrial disputes at the Longbridge plate. Also being one of the first police officers on the scene at the Tavern in the Town after the horrific pub bombings in November 1974. By coincidence the licensee was Dick Lawn who was a member of Athol Lodge.
He married Lillian in August 1957 and they are still blissfully happy today, some 56 years later, they have two sons Mike and Chris. Chris lives in Australia with his wife Anna & their two grandchildren and Graham & Lillian try to spend six months each year, over the UK winter, in Sydney with them.
It is fair to say that Graham has had his share of ill health but is a fighter but he never complains and sadly some of these recent conditions have prevented him from attending lodge as often as he would like.