Saturday 17th of September 2016 saw the installation of W. Bro Robert Ashford on his 3rd time in the chair since joining the University of Birmingham. The installation meeting saw an excellent attendance from both University of Birmingham Lodge members and visitors alike. We were even lucky enough to to have the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W. Bro. Richard L Barker to open the lodge and witness the days proceedings.
This meeting saw lodge member Bro. Patrick Galimpin ascend to the chair of Senior Warden, and Bro. Chidi Muorah ascend to the Junior Warden’s chair. The installation went smoothly thanks to the keen supervision of the senior members in attendance and the assistance of W.Bro Humberto Campos serving skillfully as Director of Ceremonies.
After the days proceedings were concluded, members and visitors retired for an enjoyable festive board in Severn Street’s historic dining room to welcome in the coming year.
We had the final meeting of our 2014-2015 Masonic year on Saturday 18th April 2015, at which we performed a triple passing. We had 2 provincial guests one of whom, W.Bro Philip Hall, has just been promoted to Assistant PGM of Warwickshire and he will be installed for next season.
It wasn’t until after the lodge and excellent festive board had finished that we learnt that it may well be the last time the University of Birmingham Lodge meets at Stirling Road; as we were on our way to the car park we were informed that all lodges would probably have to vacate Stirling Road before September and go to their new homes.
The nearby Apollo Hotel on the Hagley Road has offered all orders meeting at Stirling Road the provision of a home and have been very accommodating it seems, although any move there is expected to be temporary. There are options within Birmingham near to commuter routes and rail station, Severn Street being only one.
We have yet to investigate all and decide upon our best option.
We will let you know where we finally lay our hat!
The University of Birmingham Lodge 5628 enjoyed an unusual occasion when it initiated a man who was already a Master Mason.
Bro Adam Doveston is an Operative Mason and recognised all the working tools as those of his craft. He joined the lodge through the UGLE University Scheme, holds an Honours Degree in Construction Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
As well as Freemasonry Adam enjoys a variety of interests including Clay Pigeon shooting, History, travelling and Art. Unsurprisingly he also enjoys Architecture and Stone Carving (including taking part in the European Stone Festival), as well as good cigars and whiskey, and brewing his own beer and port!
All members are hoping that Adam will speak at one of their meetings about Operative Masonry and wish him the best of luck in the craft!
This meeting saw Brother Alberto Cuomo take the role of Worshipful Master for the year. With an excellent turn out to help assist and congratulate Alberto, an enjoyable time was had by everyone including many esteemed members of local provinces.
W.Bro Alberto Cuomo joined the Lodge via the UGLE University Scheme of which the University of Birmingham Lodge was the third member following the lead of Apollo (Oxford) and Newton (Cambridge). W.Bro Cuomo is believed to be the youngest master the Lodge has had and possibly the youngest current master in the country. The lodge is thoroughly looking forward to his year in the chair.
Always keen to ensure that we can accommodate the brethren members of our lodge, the University of Birmingham Lodge 5628 has moved its meeting dates to the 3rd Saturday of the month. Meetings will now be held on the third Saturdays in November, February, April and September.
As a University Scheme lodge we now have many members who are spread far and wide out of term time, we also have long established members who likewise travel distances to attend lodge. The move to Saturdays will make attendance a far less stressful journey to and from lodge. We hope you find this most convenient.
It is with great pleasure to report that two members of the Lodge received their first Provincial appointments at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on the 18th May 2013. The meeting was held at the Provincial Temple, Stirling Road. A full house of Warwickshire Masons as well many honoured guests from adjacent provinces as well as further afield made the event most memorable.
The presentation of the Officers for the ensuring year were appointed and invested and the Past Ranks were conferred and confirmed by the Provincial Grand Master, RWBro David F Macey. WBro Humberto R Campos was appointed Acting Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (Prov.A.G.D.C.) and WBro Robert L Ashford was appointed Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer (P.Prov.G.St.B.). This was followed by address form the RW Provincial Grand Master. A hearty congratulation to both these brothers and a big thank you to them from the Lodge for all the support and dedication they’ve given to the Lodge over many years.
The University Scheme is proving to be a great success.
At our last two Lodge meetings we have, at each, held a double initiation introducing four graduates and undergraduates into Freemasonry.
The University Scheme allows candidates to approach the University of Birmingham Lodge no matter where they are studying and if their own University has a lodge it is quite probable that they will be passed within that Lodge should they so desire. Thus an even greater bond is developed between all Masons and lodges.