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.
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.
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.
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.