The Lodge of Hope and Charity No. 377

The Master and his Wardens


MEET THE  Hope & Charity TEAM

THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER : W.Bro Mike Lewis :

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Masonic career with a 20-year gap

 

Mike Lewis’s Masonic record is unusual to say the least. Having been a member of Hope & Charity Lodge for 13 years and reaching the office of Junior Warden, business commitments and health problems led him reluctantly to resign. That was in 1989 and last year, after a 20-year gap, he rejoined and once again assumed the position he left all those years ago! Now he is Senior Warden and looking forward to the ultimate post of becoming the Master of the Lodge.

 

“I came back because I missed the friendships I made in Hope & Charity,” he said. “At 75 I’m not finding it easy to learn ritual; it won’t stick like it used to, but I’m doing my very best.”

 

There was more joy for Mike when, at our April meeting 2019, his son, Mark, was Initiated into the lodge and followed in Dads footsteps.

 

“I felt very proud and very emotional and it was an occasion I will never forget,” said Mike.

 

The finer points of engineering have always been Mike’s strength and for many years as a one-man business based in Hartlebury he specialised in adding modifications to Land Rovers.

 

Now, in retirement, he uses his engineering skills to indulge his hobby of restoring miniature trains. “I buy faulty stuff on e-Bay and mend it,” he said. “I’ve got a shedful of Hornby products to work on.”

 

He takes train lay-outs to children’s homes and anywhere else where youngsters can enjoy playing with the models.

It took a little while but eventually and rightfully Mike is now the Worshipful Master.


THE SENIOR WARDEN :  W.Bro Sean Warner :

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Sean’s three great passions : 

Sean Warner, our Junior Warden, is not a man to do things by halves. He has three great passions in his life – motorcycles, classic Hi-Fi, and Freemasonry. So he has – wait for it – 14 motor cycles, countless historic Hi-Fi sets, and is a member of eight Craft lodges plus other Orders.  

Let’s take them one at a time….. 

His motorcycle collection includes modern British, and vintage Japanese models dating from the 1920’s. He rides the less ancient models to get about, rarely using his car except for business. 

His love of all ancient TV and Hi-Fi sets is also his business, and he trades from his shop in Kidderminster.  

Among his most treasured possessions are three cylinder phonographs made by Edison around 1898 and over 700 vinyl 78rpm records. 

His passion for Masonry has, true to form, led to an astonishing involvement in the Orders and he has occupied the Chair no fewer than twenty times. He is a member of eight Craft lodges, two Royal Arch Chapters, KT, Mark, and various other Orders. 

To cap it all, he is in his second year as Provincial Grand Tyler, plus Tyler to 24 Lodges, and is also the Royal Arch’s Provincial Grand Janitor. 

Five meetings a week is not unusual for Sean, which of course, also means five dinners. A year ago he decided to do something about his 15 stone weight. Now he is a trim 11 stone, proving once again that Sean doesn’t do things by halves.

 

 

THE JUNIOR WARDEN : Bro Steven Whitby  :

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Steven was introduced to Masonry by his father in law and fellow member of the Lodge W.Bro Bob Gameson. joining the Brotherhood in 2017.

Steven has been married for 20 years and has two teenage children. Originally he  trained and qualified as an Accountant, but for the past 10 years has been a self emplyed Propery Developer renovating old properties into bespoke new homes.

An avid footbal fan and season ticket holder for Liverpool FC, and he attends as many matches as time permits.

He has held each office on his progression towards becoming the Worshipful Master, and if all goes well he should be the Master when the Lodge celebrates its 200 year anniversary in 2024.