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Birmingham Post 17/2/14

'Freemasons throughout the West Midlands have vowed to continue their work despite the Valentine Day’s closure of their banqueting supplier.The Masons movement has put its landmark city conference centre up for sale as caterers Clarendon Suites prepare for closure with the loss of up to 60 jobs.

Property consultant GVA has announced it is looking for a buyer for the Clarendon Suites building in Edgbaston.

Staff at the centre, off Hagley Road, were called to a meeting last month and told the company was to close.

A member of staff, who asked not to be named, said: “All we know is that we are trading until Friday when we will all be made redundant. The venue is up for sale.

“There is a lot of bitterness among staff. They are very vague as to what they are telling us. A few people have got new jobs already.”

A range of jobs are affected by the closure, including chefs, administrative staff, the wages department and cleaners.

But David Macey, provincial grandmaster for Warwickshire for the Freemasons, said the masons would continue to hold functions despite the liquidation of the Clarendon Suites.

“Masonically, it is open as normal, although the banqueting business ceases to trade on Friday.

“We have put the premises up for sale on the open market so that we can move to smaller premises, probably in the southern part of the city, which are more suitable for our needs.”

GVA said it was considering both wholly unconditional offers for the site as well as conditional offers – subject to planning – for the wholesale redevelopment of the plot.

Mark Birks from GVA said: “The site’s prominent position on Hagley Road makes it suitable for a range of options, including residential, leisure and healthcare uses.

“The site is enhanced by a resolution for residential planning consent for 84 residential units granted last year which establishes some interesting principles in terms of layout and massing.”

David Macey added in a statement: “The Hagley Road site is exceedingly prominent but is now too large for our requirements. We are now looking for either new or refurbished space of between 15,000 to 20,000 sq ft.

“We are confident that with its location, transport connectivity and open space, GVA will be able to find a buyer for the Hagley Road site.”

A statement from Baker Tilly said: “Nicholas Lee and Dilip Dattani of Baker Tilly have been appointed by the board of directors of The Clarendon Suites Limited to convene meetings to place the company into voluntary liquidation.

“The creditors meeting, at which liquidators are expected to be appointed, is due to take place on Friday, February 14.”'

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“There is a lot of bitterness among staff. They are very vague as to what they are telling us. A few people have got new jobs already.”

This is not the New World Order, as expected. Not enough wealth to sustain it, every man for himself!

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"There is a lot of bitterness among staff. They are very vague as to what they are telling us. A few people have got new jobs already."

This is not the New World Order, as expected. Not enough wealth to sustain it, every man for himself!

Ha! The Masons are mere disposable pawns in the hands of the owners of the true NWO!

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Ha! The Masons are mere disposable pawns in the hands of the owners of the true NWO!

Why do social climbers need to join the Masons, when they can just become a banker and have the government throw massive amounts of taxpayers' money at them?

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"There is a lot of bitterness among staff. They are very vague as to what they are telling us. A few people have got new jobs already."

This is not the New World Order, as expected. Not enough wealth to sustain it, every man for himself!

It always makes me laugh when I hear people spouting about the 'illuminati',freemasons and the 'NWO' in the same breath.

Most of the ones I know struggle to hold the consent of the Lodge over a fish main course,let alone directing nuclear warheads.

Sign of the times.

Masonry is struggling big time.Another demographic slide into the ether, overseen by a bunch of well meaning old boys living comfortably on index linked pensions in their unmortgaged residences and bemoaning young people's lack of spiritiuality.

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I must add that the demographic problems of the Freemasons mirror those that I've seen in the Tory party in my time.

Longer life expectancy can hide all manner of uncomfortable home truths that a brief analysis of average ages would discover.

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Considering golf clubs haven't escaped the all seeing eye of the feminists not sure how the Masons have managed it.

The idea of a men only secret society in the 21st century gives off a bit of a noncey vibe. Dressing up in a funny way and doing lots of stuff for charity is more than a bit tarnished too.

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I must add that the demogrpahic problems of the Freemasons mirror those that I've seen in the Tory party and golf clubs in my time.

Longer life expectancy can hide all manner of uncomfortable home truths that a brief analysis of average ages would discover.

Considering golf clubs haven't escaped the all seeing eye of the feminists not sure how the Masons have managed it.

Loads of 'no joining fee' offers and the days of having to go before the committee are long gone.

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Just looked up my local area's Freemasons and they appear to be crying out for new members. Looking at the pictures of the existing ones, the average age appears to be 400 or more.

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So the conference centre site is being sold and is going to be redeveloped and they're going into smaller premises (likely banking the difference) - and the conference centre's caterers are losing some staff and maybe even going into liquidation if they only catered for the conference centre.

Somehow that's been presented as complete doom and gloom for the owners of the conference centre :rolleyes:

Having said that if they're downsizing then that might be an advance signal for the possible direction of the local property market.

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So the conference centre site is being sold and is going to be redeveloped and they're going into smaller premises (likely banking the difference) - and the conference centre's caterers are losing some staff and maybe even going into liquidation if they only catered for the conference centre.

Somehow that's been presented as complete doom and gloom for the owners of the conference centre :rolleyes:

Having said that if they're downsizing then that might be an advance signal for the possible direction of the local property market.

The reason they developed these sidelines in catering for outside functions etc was to cover the deficit created by the lack demand from Lodges that previously would have been sufficient demand to cover the wages of the 30/40 staff needed to run the Hall.In my experience the Halls are run to service costs and upkeep,not create profits.

The one thing they need more than revenue is new blood.They'll downsize to a smaller venue,which in 20 years time,if not sooner,will again become too big for them.

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http://www.archive.w...rks_history.php

'He died on 23 March 1912. During his six years of service, six new Lodges had been formed and the number of members in the Province had risen from 1,829 to 2,125.

In 1930 the number of subscribing Brethren in the Province was 6,256, abut the same number as today.

On 28 October 1969 the Provincial Grand Master laid the foundation stone of the new Temple at Clarendon Road, Edgbaston (now more familiarly known as Stirling Road). The Temple was dedicated by the Earl Cadogan on 1 December 1971 at a meeting held under the banner of St Paul's Lodge.

In 1975 the membership of the Province was 10,112, a decrease on the previous year and in October 1977 membership dipped to below 10,000.

In 1988 the membership of the Province stood at 7,328.

http://www.warwickshirepgl.org.uk/faq

'There are about 250,000 Freemasons in England and Wales, with some 4,500 in this Province.'

It looks like the Banqueting suite also contains their Temple.So it's far more than just the sale of a business venue.

Also,worth noting that the building of the Clarendon Suites coincided with peak membership in the 70's,leveraging up on momentum into the long term demographic decline............reminds me of the UK in some ways.

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There must be a smartphone Freemason App - that can replace real meetings.

You can only unlock it by swiping the touch screen in a certain way :lol:

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