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Michael Homer: 60 years of service:

 

As we mourn the sad death of W.Bro Michael Homer, P.Pr.SGW, CM,  we say goodbye to a Freemason who gave loyalty and unstinting service to our Lodge of Hope and Charity since he was initiated into it on 1st March 1960 and for which he received  his 60 Year Certificate from the Province in March.

 

While becoming extensively involved in many other Masonic Orders, he never neglected his mother lodge and gladly accepted various responsibilities, particularly bringing his knowledge and experience as a Chartered Accountant to the office of lodge Treasurer for no less than 25 years He was also Preceptor from 1982 to 2000.

 

In 2000 he presented H&C with a new banner, only the third since our consecration in 1824. More recently, he funded the publication of our own books of ritual.

 

Outside of the Craft, he was a founder of Worcestershire’s First Principal’s Chapter and holder of Grand Rank or its equivalent in four other Orders, and all this work earned him what must be a Provincial record – the award of the very rare Certificate of Merit in three different Orders: Craft, Royal Arch, and Mark.    

 

In 1973 Mike was elected to the Kidderminster Masonic Hall House Committee and, to nobody’s surprise immediately became Treasurer and, later, Chairman.

 

He also played a leading role in the creation and management of the Ellard-Hanson Masonic homes at Bromsgrove.

 

Despite all this extraordinary industry, he was a modest and quiet man and never sought the limelight. In younger days he was a keen campervanner and with his wife Thelma, who died many years ago, he travelled to all parts of the UK. 

 

As W.Bro Colin Young, Past Asst.PGM, said: “We will miss Mike. His wisdom and good humour benefited all who met him and knew him.”

 

Craft  : PPrSGW CM 50th Cert L377 & L9889

 

Mark Masonry : VW Bro ML Homer PGSOv CM

 

Red Cross of Constantine: PGHAlm

 

Rose Croix : Ch 688 & 970 32nd Degree

 

Royal Arch : C564 & C6889 PPrGSN  CM


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2019


Bob Gameson

 

Bob reveals a hidden talent :

 

 

 

Brethren of the Lodge of Hope and Charity No.377 have found a strolling minstrel in their midst. Well, not strolling perhaps; WBro Bob Gameson  sat  comfortably on a chair at the lodge’s Kidderminster social room  and regaled the guests at a recent  white table evening with songs from the past.

 

For 45 minutes the diners were charmed as Bob showed a sure touch on guitar as he gently sang old classics like Lady in Red, You’ve Got a Friend, and A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square.

 

His musical talent came as a surprise to most lodge members. One said “I’ve known him for 25 years and I’d no idea.”

 

But, in fact, Bob has been performing since his teenage days and was a banjo and guitar player with the highly successful Savoy Jazzmen.

 

While following a career in mechanical engineering, his music became an enjoyable hobby, as it still is today.


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A CHANGE

AFTER  195 YEARS

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.

 


2018

 

 

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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.