The Lodge of Hope and Charity No. 377






History was created at our lodge’s February meeting. For the first time since we were founded in 1824, we used the Ancient full or extended workings of a Board of Installed Masters when installing Bro Andrew Hinton as the new Worshipful Master.

The whole ceremony was performed by the lodge Secretary, W.Bro Martin Lawrence, PProvSGW, and it proved to be an impeccable and most memorable presentation which earned the plaudits of the 50 brethren present. Indeed, the Provincial Presiding Officer, W.Bro Patrick Firminger, said it would be a long time before such excellence was again witnessed.

During the evening the lodge presented a cheque for £2,022 towards Festival 22 which was warmly accepted by W.Bro Firminger, who is Chairman of the Festival Committee.

As his senior officers, W.Bro Hinton invested W.Bro Allan Bretherton as Senior Warden and Bro Michael Lewis as Junior Warden.





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Sixty Years on The Square.

A Freemason for 60 years

The rare presentation of a 60-year membership certificate and a Proclamation attracted about 60 Masons to the February meeting of the Lodge of Hope & Charity.

The certificate was presented to WBro Peter Ricketts by WBo Keith Evans, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, who, at the same time, announced that, with immediate effect, the Provincial Grand
Master had promoted Peter from PPrGJW to PPGSW.

Earlier, WBro Colin Young had outlined Peter’s career as a leading journalist in Birmingham and also his abiding desire as a teenager to become a Spitfire fighter pilot – an ambition thwarted when, while flying training in Oklahoma, the dropping of the atom bombs abruptly ended the war.