Following the very successful MRCCI Festival held in July 2016 at Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath, and the enthusiastic response from many of those Brethren who participated, the District of Warwickshire intends to hold its own District Festival in 2017.
This will take place on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at the Masonic rooms, Alderson House, 23 High Street Warwick.
The Festival will again include a demonstration of the Ceremony of Perfection, with additional commentary, for which purpose a demonstration team will be formed from members of the 18°, drawn from the Rose Croix Chapters in the District of Warwickshire.
There will be roles and offices available for at least 20 Brethren to fill, and a number have already expressed an interest in participating
Offices and roles will be allocated and instruction and rehearsal dates will be advised and confirmed in early 2017.
Brethren interested in forming part of the demonstration team should in the first instance contact one of the MRCCI Deputy Preceptors whose details are appended below:
A downloadable copy of the 2016 Christmas message from the Inspector General, V.... Ill.... Bro. Alan J. Wellan, 330, is attached.
9th Degree - Elect of nine and 10th degree - Elect of fifteen
These intermediate degrees are to be worked in the Grand Temple, Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ on Monday 24th April 2017 and many Warwickshire Rose Croix masons will doubtless wish to continue their researches into these rarely seen ceremonies. The event is open to every Rose Croix mason, including those who are newly Perfected, and it would be wonderful if each Chapter was represented.
Our Inspector General has already booked his ticket and will be delighted to see you in London. If you are content only to attend the Demonstration the cost is £16 and whilst the Festive Board is a further £30, the past experience of our Inspector General highly recommends it.
The Sovereign Grand Inspector General, District of Warwickshire, V. Ill. Bro. Alan J. Wellan 33°, and his wife Joy were joined by a large number of brethren and their families for a glorious afternoon on Sunday 11th September 2016.
It all began with a splendid lunch at Alderson House, where attendees spilled out into the sun-baked garden whilst waiting for everything to be ready.
A six-minute drive afterwards to Sherbourne brought All Saints Parish Church into view. In those perfect conditions it was easy to see why this is one of the most popular churches for weddings in Warwickshire.
Bro. Peter Summers gave a brief organ recital as the congregation settled and proceedings began with a welcome from the Church Warden, Bro. David Hill. He expressed the thanks of the church both for the most recent donations made towards restoring the bells and also the long-term association between the parish and our District.
The service was again enhanced by the Provincial Choir, whose contribution was uplifting. Our District Recorder, Ill. Bro. David Williams 31°, read the first lesson and the second was delivered by the Inspector General.
Another insightful sermon followed from Doctor the Reverend Roy Lodge, MBE, who is a member of Himalaya Chapter, and the text is attached. This is a treatise designed to help us find the root of our faith and encourage reliance upon that figurative anchor to move confidently forward in faith. No doubt the text will be a helpful reminder to those fortunate enough to hear the sermon at first hand and those who were unable to attend might welcome a taste of what they missed.
After particular prayers for our Queen and an uplifting rendition of the National Anthem there was a leisurely stroll along the country lane to the village hall for tea and cakes for those lucky enough to have booked early. To that end you are urged to join the regular attendees and put 10th September 2017 (to be confirmed) in your diary now, as this has become a “must” for so many of us.