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.
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.