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.
THE MUCH HERALDED MRCCI DEMONSTRATION IS OVER!
What a splendid evening was had by all those who were at Kings Heath on Thursday July 14th to witness a demonstration of the 18th Degree ceremony and then enjoy being one of the hundred who stayed for the festive board. Considerably more than that 100 were in the temple for the ceremony itself as many did not stay for the very convivial dinner.
The Inspectors General of the three districts that form MRCCI, two past Inspectors General and V\Illustrious\Bro. Richard Wallis, 33° accompanied the Most\Illustrious\Bro. Guy Elgood, Grand Treasurer General H\E\ into the temple where they were welcomed by Ill\Bro. David Paterson 32°. The team being in place Bro. David explained that he would give a commentary as the evening evolved and a significant number of different masons filled offices for varying lengths of time.
The names of the participants and the roles they filled can be seen on the programme that is on this web site. Every participant had worked incredibly hard in the preceding weeks under the guidance of the Warwickshire Deputy Preceptors, a team of very dedicated and committed Rose Croix Masons. The emotion in the room was intense at times, such was the quality of the work.
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