Rose Croix District

of Warwickshire

MRCCI open evening for E&P brethren

Standing members of the MRCCI are holding an evening of instruction at Alderson House on Wednesday 25th September at 7:00pm that is open to everyone but likely to be of greatest benefit to members of the 18°.

The structure of the evening is like a workshop in that there will be demonstrations of various elements of the ceremony, opportunities to share your own experiences and get answers to your questions about specific aspects of the ritual or its significance.  Food is available at roughly 9:00pm and full details can be found on the attached document, including a booking form.

This event is expected to be popular, so please make your booking with Peter Rodwell as soon as you can.

 

The 2019 annual Church Service at Sherbourne

Another perfect day greeted this event, with barely a breath of wind and dappled sunshine at every turn.

After a splendid luncheon at Alderson House a congregation of ninety made their way to All Saints Parish Church in Sherbourne for what was another rousing service.  Early arrivals were rewarded by a graceful recital delivered by E&P Bro Peter Summers on the church organ before we were formally welcomed by the new Church Warden, Edward Alexander.

E&P Bro The Rev'd. Dr. Roy Lodge, MBE, led the service throughout: a ceremony enlivened once again by contributions from The Provincial Choir under the baton of W Bro Michael Irving.  Their support for the hymns made for a wonderful noise and greater joy for all participants.

On this occasion ill-health prevented attendance by the Sovereign Grand Inspector General, District of Warwickshire, V.·. Ill.·. Bro. Alan J. Wellan, 33°, and also the Most Wise Sovereign of Warwickshire Chapter RC No. 483, Ill.·. Bro. H. David Butterworth, 31°, both of whom were specifically mentioned in our prayers for those who are sick or in need.  As a result of their absence the IPS from Warwickshire Chapter RC No 483, Ill.·. Bro. Stephen W. Fowler, 32°, read the First Lesson and our District Recorder, Ill.·. Bro. David A. Williams, 32°, gave the Second Lesson.

The sermon from E&P Bro The Rev'd. Dr. Roy Lodge, MBE, was vivifying and though-provoking.  His ability to encourage a congregation to relax into lowering their mental portcullis in readiness for him to introduce an alternative view is to be admired.  A copy of his Sermon is attached because it makes for even better reading a second or third time.

A final hymn warmed the vocal chords of the congregation in readiness for the National Anthem before a short walk from this remarkably pretty church to the village hall for tea, cake and genial conversation.  It is easy to see why this event is a staple for so many of us and hopefully you can enjoy it next year too.

King Edward VII RC Chapter of Improvement and the Royal Arch of Enoch

Saturday 1st June saw 144 brethren gather on a sunshine-bathed day at the Provincial Grand Lodge in Leicester to witness another excellent ceremony delivered by this volunteer team under the guidance of Ill.·.Bro P Brockbank, 32°, once again.  This included nine members of the 33º, led by M.·.Ill.·.Bro AW Hanbury-Bateman: the current Grand Marshal of the Supreme Council 33º who was supported by a Director of Ceremonies from the Supreme Council.

This 13° ceremony took its roots from verse 4 of Psalm 68 according to the Francken manuscripts.  The workings showed not only how a great deal of our current ritual arose, but it also had considerable similarities with the current ritual of both the Holy Royal Arch and Knights Templar.  Spectators were left in no doubt about the long-standing interconnection between these religious Orders.

As the M.·.Ill.·.Bro AW Hanbury-Bateman said in his summary, this ceremony is one of the most interesting and instructive of all the Intermediate Degrees and it was delivered in a splendid manner by the Chapter of Improvement.  An awareness of these intermediate degrees does nothing but enhance our appreciation of the beauty and purity of our Order and so readers who were not amongst this happy gross are encouraged to seek out one of the remaining opportunities to see it this year.

After just sixty-five minutes all business was ended and most attendees adjourned to a splendid Festive Board.

King Edward VII RC Chapter of Improvement and the 13th degree

This wonderful group are on the road again in their mission to encourage and assist all Rose Croix masons with our understanding and the practice of our ritual.  Over the next four months they are demonstrating the 13°, known as "The Royal Arch of Enoch", in these four locations:

  • Monday 29th April 2019 in the Grand Temple, Freemason's Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ,
  • Saturday 18th May at Freemason's Hall, the Charmandean Centre, Forest Road, Worthing, BN14 9HS,
  • Saturday 1st June at Freemason's Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA and on
  • Saturday 13th July at The Shepherds, Rosehill Estate, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2RW.

Reports from attendees have always been enthusiastically positive and many regard the demonstrations as a must-see event each year.  More details and booking forms are attached to this article.

The District Support Team

Our Inspector General, V.·.Ill.·.Bro. Alan J Wellan, 33°, wishes to draw your attention to the support available to Chapters from the District Support Team, ably led by Ill.·.Bro. Keith Beckett, 31º.

It is not unknown for a Chapter to find that one or more Offices cannot be filled, whether due to sickness, the loss of a Brother or simply lack of members, and that is precisely the situation that the District Support Team was designed to help with.  Ill.·.Bro. Keith leads an enthusiastic group that are ready, willing and able to lend your Chapter support in such times of need if given a little notice.  They, like you, have busy lives and so it may not be possible to respond positively if the request is made shortly before a meeting but Ill.·.Bro. Keith and his team will be delighted to hear from you in your hour of need.

Please do not hesitate to contact Ill.·.Bro. Keith using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 01789-299347 if you would like an experienced Rose Croix mason to help in the delivery of your planned programme of work.

Ill..·.Bro. Spencer T.E. Fenn 32°

It is with deep regret that the death of Ill..·.Bro. Spencer Thomas Edward Fenn, 32°, is announced.  His widow, Carole, has made these funeral arrangements:

Service at St Mary's church, Warwick commencing at 12:30pm on Thursday 21st March 2019

Committal for family and close friends only at Oakley Wood an hour later

Refreshments subsequently at the Warwick Arms Hotel, 17 Hugh Street, Warwick CV34 4AT

Family flowers only please, with donations to Myton Hospice in the donation box to be placed in St Mary's church.

V. Ill. Bro. Peter Waring, 33° OER

 

V\Ill\Bro. Peter Waring 33° OER

5th April 1927 – 27th March 2019

A Past Inspector General for Warwickshire, Peter sadly passed away on 27th March and we bade a fond farewell to him during a well-attended service at Redditch Crematorium on Monday 15th April. His brother Roger, a clergyman, participated in the service and delivered a moving tribute.

Peter was a kind and thoughtful man who was loved and respected by all who met him.

As a mason in the Craft he was appointed ProvSGW 1993, PAGDC in 1996 and then PJGD in 2006 before receiving a 50 year certificate in 2018.

In Royal Arch Peter was the ProvGDC in 1994 and was appointed PAGSoj in 2006.

In 1998 Peter was appointed Rose Croix Inspector General for the District of Warwickshire after having served as Grand Director of Ceremonies at Supreme Council, and having preceded Very Puissant Lieutenant Grand Commander Guy Elgood 33° in that role and who attended the funeral. He travelled widely as GDC in support of Supreme Council members.

Due to his wife’s failing health Peter stepped down as our Inspector General in 2006, at which time he became only the second person to receive the Order of the Eagle and Rose from Supreme Council. His wife, Patricia, to whom he was devoted, sadly died in December 2018. Peter leaves 2 daughters, Jane and Caroline.

 

2019 Annual meeting of Sovereigns and past Sovereigns

Minutes of the meeting held at Alderson House on Tuesday 22nd January are attached to this article, together with an excerpt from an informative interview with our Supreme Grand Commander, first published by Freemasonry Today, providing an overview of our Order .