Rose Croix District

of Warwickshire

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.

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.

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 .

Something old, something new at Stratford-upon-Avon Chapter RC No. 620

There was nothing borrowed or blue at the meeting on 26th September when Bro. Peter Groom, a Community Police Officer based at Warwick, was Perfected into Rose Croix Masonry and Ill.·. Bro. Don Yetman was presented with his Supreme Council Certificate recording 50 years of membership.

Our Inspector General, V.·. Ill.·. Bro. Alan J. Wellan, 33º discharged the Accolade for Peter during his Perfection by the MWS, Ill.·. Bro. Joseph Tildesley, and in the item of work immediately following V.·. Ill.·. Bro. Alan presented Don with his Certificate giving a summary of his life, career and Rose Croix achievements. In so doing he was able to illustrate the continuity of the Order through Peter's Perfection and Don's long membership and service, especially as he has travelled to Stratford for each meeting since moving from Solihull to Bournemouth in 1999.

This unique occasion was recognised by all who attended the ceremony and recorded by the photographs of the occasion taken by the Chapter's DC, Ill.·. Bro. Gerry Logue.

The Chapter wishes both Peter and Don good health and a successful and happy future, with Peter setting out on his Rose Croix journey and Don being rightly congratulated for achieving 50 happy years as a Rose Croix Mason.

 

A very special Enthronement

E & P. Dr. the Reverend Roy Lodge is to be Enthroned as MWS at the next meeting of Himalaya Chapter No. 80 on 11th February 2019 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He has inspired us on several occasions with his marvellous sermons at the Annual Church Service and it would be lovely if as many members as possible were there to support him. If you wish to attend please contact the Chapter Recorder, Keith Beckett, using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01789-299347.

The Summons has been attached to this article and the cost of the Festive Board is £20, including all refreshments before, during and after the ceremony.

The annual service at Sherbourne Church

More than one hundred people joined the Sovereign Grand Inspector General, District of Warwickshire, V.·. Ill.·. Bro. Alan J. Wellan 33°, and his wife Joy for a glorious afternoon on Sunday 9th September 2018.

Many gathered at Alderson House for another splendid luncheon before the short drive to All Saints Parish Church in thankfully fine weather.  On this occasion Ill.·. Bro. Geoffrey Walker, 30°, marshalled proceedings in conjunction with the Church Warden, Bro. David Hill.

Bro. Peter Summers gave a brief organ recital as the congregation settled and proceedings began with a welcome from the reverend David Jessett, Vicar of Sherbourne who went on to lead the service.  After announcing that he would retire before our 2019 service, he expressed his thanks on behalf of the church for the long-term supportive association between the parish and our District.

The service was again enriched by contributions from the Provincial Choir, whose presence gave courage to the congretation to sing out loud.  In his capacity as MWS of Warwickshire Chapter RC No 483 , Ill.·. Bro. Steven Fowler 32° read the first lesson and the second was delivered by our Inspector General.

A rivetting sermon was delivered by Doctor the Reverend Roy Lodge, MBE, 18°, and the text is attached.  His candour and searing perception make the content compelling reading and even those of us who were fortunate enough to hear it on the day will be rewarded by readig the written word. 

Prayers for our Queen and an uplifting rendition of the National Anthem followed before a short amble along the lane to the village hall for tea and cakes to round off a perfect day. 

Warwickshire Chapter No. 483 support Marie Curie hospice

 

E Comps Steven Fowler and Reg Willsher recently visited the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull to pass on a donation from members of the Warwickshire Chapter RC from charitable funds that had been raised during Steven's reign as MWS.

They presented a cheque for £300 to Suzanne McArthur, the Community Engagement Lead for the charity, to help support their "Men's Shed" project.

During their visit our brethren were given a detailed explanation about the project, its aims and objectives.  The Men's Shed association was an initiative started in Australia, initially aimed at alleviating the isolation of men.  Today the sheds are community places for men to connect, converse and create jointly rather than in the privacy of their own home.  Access to one is not only a source of fun but a comfortable environment to gain new skills and learn about health matters - out of sight of a white coat.

 
       

King Edward VII Rose Croix Chapter of Improvement in Birmingham

The Midlands Rose Croix Chapter of Improvement managed to secure one of the three travelling Demonstrations delivered by this Supreme Council authorised Chapter of Improvement at Moseley Masonic Hall on Wednesday 6th June 2018.  One hundred and fifty Princes filled the large Temple to generate an intimate atmosphere for the 11th degree: Sublime Prince Elect and Arcana of the 12th degree: Grand Master Architect.  Like all of the Intermediate Degrees, these demonstrations are based upon the Francken manuscripts held by Supreme Council and so the ritual has effectively been resurrected thanks to considerable input from Supreme Council.

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