Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Square Wheels Club

During the summer the Square Wheels club – formerly the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club – has been active with a programme of events for members’ participation around Britain, and Europe.

From July 6-8 the club attended Classic Le Mans, held for the ninth time at the famous Sarthe circuit in France.   A trip into nostalgia to again remember Steve McQueen in his Porsche in the Le Mans film.   This year the reality was 75-year-old Henri Pescarolo racing in his Matra-Simca MS670.   The partisan French crowd were ecstatic! As a central display the Porsche stand was immense, showcasing their 70th birthday and featuring every model and year.

At the Silverstone Classic – July 20/22 - the club had a display area which featured six contrasting cars: a (bright) orange Ford Capri Mk2; a pristine red Austin Healey 3000; a green Renault V6 Clio; a Ferrari Mondial QV in blue: a lovely black Ford Zephyr Zodiac and a stunning Jaguar XKR. The Square Wheels area attracted a lot of interest from visiting masons, and the general public. As always, the stand was completed with the Classic 300 Arch. The circuit racing programme was varied, with an eclectic mix of race cars.

 Classic 300 Le Mans Style 
The Classic 300 arch at Silverstone,
with John Harmer’s Ferrari
Typical Le Mans racing

 

On both Friday and Saturday evenings hot air balloons were released into the Northamptonshire sky, whilst the crowds were entertained with concerts, including UB40.

During the weekend of September 15-16, the club had a stand at the Manchester Classic Car Show, at Event City and met and talked to many masons from the North-West.

Square Wheels Club stand at Manchester

At the time of writing the Square Wheels stand (No. 1-445) at the NEC’s Classic Motor Show on November 9-11 is still being planned.   However, a full report will be made of this indoor show – the largest in the UK - at a future time.

For full details of club activities, and/or a membership application form, contact:

Doug Squires the club Hon. Secretary at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coarse Fishing for Young Carers courtesy of the MTSFC

Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity
Warwickshire Branch

MTSFC Warwickshire hosted a coarse fishing day recently, for 12 children who are part of the Warwickshire Young Carers’ Association.
(http://www.warwickshireyoungcarers.org.uk/)

The venue was Lavender Hall Fishery at Berkswell and a superb fishery it was too. There was easy access to the water, which held a very good head of fish, such as carp, bream, roach and perch. All the children caught well, with one or two catching over twenty fish in the day.

Quite a catch  Fishing in progress

 

The venue also had a superb café, which laid on an excellent lunch for all the children and helpers. At the end of the day, all the children were given a certificate, with some children receiving a medal for special efforts, such as being most patient! We are grateful to RW Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master, for taking the time to come to the event and award the certificates. His interest in the MTSFC is much appreciated.

We are also especially grateful to all the helpers who came to the day, enabling the children to have a most enjoyable experience. The kids and helpers all said what a wonderful day it was. My thanks also go to the Lavender Hall Fishery, who were extremely helpful – so much so that the PGM presented a certificate to Greg, the fishery owner!

The end of a perfect day

I am truly grateful to W Bros Nigel Bullimore and Ian Hart, for organising the day – their hard work and patience make it possible to give special children in Warwickshire a special day out. Naturally, I also thank the Brethren of the Province of Warwickshire who donate so generously to the charity, so that the youngsters can enjoy a fishing experience and lunch at no charge to themselves or their organisation.

Eric J Rymer, PSGD, PAsstPGM
Chairman, Warwickshire Branch of the MTSFC

 

Former Leamington dentist to row the Atlantic

W Bro Roy Dixon is among four ex-military personnel in training to row across the Atlantic next year. He is WM of Guys Lodge No 395 and a Past Master of Schola Warwicensis No 9321, as well being an active Rose Croix and Royal Arch Mason.

Roy Dixon

Roy, who still lives in Leamington,was a pupil at Warwick School before joining the Army, ran his own dental practice in Augusta Place, Leamington, after retiring from the Army as a Lt Col.

A former Harley Street dentist once voted 'Dentist of the Year', Roy spent 20 years in the Royal Army Dental Corps where he undertook operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and in 2003, as commanding officer, he deployed his field hospital to the Gulf.

"It’s going to be a tough challenge; more people have been into space and climbed Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic," he said. "It’s a real test when faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation (two hours on, two hours off for 45 days), which is why the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world’s toughest row."

Roy, a past chairman of Rugby at Old Leamingtonians RFC, a former president of the British Society of General Dental Surgery and a past president of the English Fly Fishing Association, is still playing rugby in his mid-50s.

"We are all four of the same age and served for 20 years or more – which is why we’re doing this to raise money for the Royal British Legion and the 353 charity (named after Stratford paratrooper Conrad Lewis who was the 353rd soldier to be killed in Afghanistan, aged 24). We will also be raising money for cancer charity Myeloma UK, as one of our lads has it."

After two years of intensive training and preparation, the four men plan to set off from La Gomera on December 10, reaching Antigua between 45 and 55 days later.

The operational costs are £100,000, which they are raising through events and sponsorship. The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club has already pledged financial support.

"We want to give something back and inspire others to achieve the seemingly impossible," he said. “We are touring schools with a very simple message: No matter what the circumstances, dare to dream, step beyond the constraints you believe hold you back and you can achieve amazing things!"

If you want to support W Bro Roy on his Atlantic Challenge, or find out more information, then visit the Atlantic Mavericks website at www.atlanticmavericks.com or contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Haig Housing Trust's The Long Walk Home

Haig Housing is coordinating a walk from 6 to 11 November to honour, 100 years on, the many who gave their lives during World War One.

They are now recruiting 100 Veterans and Serving Personnel to walk the 100 miles from the Menin Gate in Ypres to the Cenotaph in Whitehall for the National Service of Remembrance. They are also looking for hosts who can accommodate pairs of walkers across the 3 nights in Kent, as well as recruiting other volunteers and sponsors.

Can you help?

Walkers need to be able to undertake 25 miles a day across 4 consecutive days and commit to complete this. Serving personnel will complete the walk in civilian capacity. All those participating will be fully supported, accommodated, fed and watered throughout - but they do need walkers to commit to fundraising towards a personal target (£1000 or ideally, £1918). Haig Housing are also hoping to find a significant number of corporate and other sponsors, each one of which will commit to supporting each Walker and contributing at least £500 towards their own fundraising target.

Full details, including application forms can be found on the Walk's website at www.tlwh.org.uk

The Long Walk Home

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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