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Sat, 23rd March 2019

Merston Culy Chapter 883

Some 28 Members of the Order, including the Inspector General and District Recorder, attended the Enthronement & Perfection Meeting held on Friday 22nd March.

The Chapter held Ballots for both a Joining Member and a Perfectee which proved unanimously in favour. The Joining Member was welcomed and then the MWS and Past Sovreigns, together with the Officers conducted a very good Ceremony of Perfection.

On conclusion the Chapter then Enthroned the new MWS, a Past Sovreign of the Chapter, in an excellent ceremony.

The new Officers were then appointed and invested with the authority of their respective Offices.

The IG on reporting from the District gave great credit to the Chapter in their efforts to rebuild from a situation where, a few years ago, the Chapter was ready to Surrender its Warrant. He also thanked all those Members who had Joined to ensure its continuity.

It was most unfortunate that the newly installed MWS was taken ill and therefore could not complete the 3rd Point or preside at the Festive Board, but had to be taken home. These duties were very capably undertaken by the IPMWS and an excellent and convivial Festive Board was enjoyed by all.

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Thu, 14th March 2019

St Edmund King & Martyr No. 730

Tuesday 12th March saw 11 Members of the Chapter, 1 Visitor and the District Recorder attend the Regular Meeting of the Chapter at The Masonic Hall, Wellington Road, Dudley.

The MWS conducted a Rehearsal of the 1st Point, which went very well, and the whole meeting provided a very good evening of Rose Croix Masonry. In many ways it was a pity that they did not have a Candidate given the quality of the Ritual.

It was very pleasing to see two Members of the 32nd Degree and their newly appointed 31st Degree Member in attendance.

On completion those in attendance enjoyed an excellent Festive Board.

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Tue, 12th March 2019

Northfield Chapter No. 1022

On Monday 11th March some 15 Members and the District Recorder met at Northfield Masonic Hall for a Regular Meeting.

It was a Business Meeting with the Election of the new MWS and Treasurer for the ensuing year. The Alms collection raised £35.00

Once the business was completed the Chapter was Called Off to receive a very interesting talk from one of the Members, who is a practising GP, on First Aid, where he made full use of the Mneumonic DRS AID, which covered all that a Member of the General Public needs to know about offering assistance to a casualty. His talk provoked a very good general discussion. 

On completion the Meeting was Called On and the Third Point was conducted.

On Closing some 17 Brethren retired to enjoy a very pleasant Festive Board

 

 

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Tue, 5th March 2019

Halesowen Chapter No. 615

Some 16 Members of the Order, including 2 Visitors and the District Recorder, attended the Regular Meeting of the Chapter at Newfields last evening.

The main focus of the evening was to Ballot for, as Joining Members, 6 former Members of St. Mary's Abbey Chapter No. 903 which surrendered it's Warrant last month. The Ballot proved in favour and Halesowen Chapter has gained new strength to further develop the Order in Halesowen given that they are now the only Rose Croix Chapter meeting at the Masonic Centre.

It is also very gratifying to know that one of the former Members of St. Mary's Chapter will be Installed as the MWS at their Installation Meeting in November.

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Wed, 27th February 2019

St Ann of Malvern Chapter No. 606

17 Members of the Order, including 2 Visitors and the District Recorder, met at The Masonic Centre, Rainbow Hill, Worcester for the Regular February Meeting.

The Chapter welcomed a new Member, who was Perfected in a very pleasant ceremony. A number of Officers assisted the MWS with the Ritual and all did very well.

It is hoped that one of the Visitors will complete the necessary documentation to become a Joining Member.

It was sad to hear the report that two of the Senior Members of the Chapter have found it necessary to Resign due to ill health. The Chapter paid due respect to the valuable contribution they had both made over many years of Membership.

On completion of the Meeting the Chapter held a very good Salad Buffet & Dessert Festive Board which was very well received by all present.

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Sun, 17th February 2019

St. Kenelm Chapter No. 876

On Saturday 16th February 8 Members of the Chapter together with the District Recorder met for their Regular Meeting at Kings Heath Masonic Hall.

Despite the small number the Chapter carried ourt a Rehearsal of the Ceremony of Perfection, which allowed the 2nd General to Present the Intermediate Degrees and the 2nd Part of the 2nd Point. Both of which were presented well.

During the Meeting the Recorder stated that he had received a Letter of Thanks from the Rainbow Trust following their recent donation and the Alms collection taken at this meeting, £55, was to be donated to the local Brancjh of the British Heart Foundation, continuing the Chapter's wish to support local charities..

Following the Meeting the Chapter held an excellent Festive Board, which concluded a very worthwhile day.

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Tue, 12th February 2019

Supreme Council Promotion

On Tuesday 12th February some 6 Members of the District,(the Inspector General, the past and present District Recorders, a Supreme Council 30th Degree Sentinel, a Chapter Recorder and Ill. Bro. Geoff R Weston),  travelled to London for the Supreme Council Higher Degrees Meeting where Ill Bro. Geoff was Promoted to the 31st Degree in recognition of his valuable service to the District and the MRCCI.

It was an excellent day and all the party thoroughly enjoyed the 30th Degree Ceremony that followed and a very good Festive Board at the Royal Overseas League.

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Thu, 7th February 2019

Regular Meeting Oldswinford Chapter No. 908

Thursday 7th February saw some 13 Members and 2 Visitors, including the District Recorder, meeting at the Talbot Hotel, Stourbridge.

Whilst the main business of the evening was the Elections for the forthcoming year the MWS presented the 10th Mandleson Paper which provided a fascinating insight into the early years of the establishment of the Suprme Council for England and Wales and the significant contribution made by Henry Udall during the 5 year period 1850 -54.

The Chapter is in very good heart and there was notification of a Joining Member and a Perfectee seeking to join the Chapter.

Mention was also made of a meeting for all Stourbridge Masons to attend a Meeting at the Old Edwardian Club on 20th February to discuss the viability and opportunity of purchasing a new home for Freemasonry in Stourbridge. This invitaion has been extended to include the Freemasons in Dudley who are also in need of finding a new home.  

It was with some sadness that the Recorder announced the Resignation of Ill Bro. C. T Davies, 30, who had served the Chapter as MWS in 1993. However, at the age of 93 it was not unexpected. The Chapter paid due gratitude to Ill Bro. Davies for the excellent contribution he had made during his 35 year Membership.

On completion of the Meeting the assembled company moved to the Festive Board and enjoyed the convivial company that these occasions promote.

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Tue, 5th February 2019

Final Meeting and Closure of St. Mary's Abbey Chapter No. 903

On Monday 4th February the Chapter met for the last time at The Masonci Hall Newfields, having unfortunately reached the stage that continuance of the Chapter was no longer viable.

Some 20 Members of the Order were in attendance including members of the Mother Chapter, Halesowen No. 635, the Inspector General, District Recorder and 1 other Visitor.

Having given Notices of Motion at the December Meeting the Chapter held the necessary Ballots to confirm the Resolutions, which all proved unanimously in favour. They then appointed 3 Trustees to ensure that all necessary financial and administrative requirements will be successfully completed.

The Members voted to close their Alms/Charity account by agreeing to donate £222.00 to the local Homeless Refuge and £50 to the Halesowen Masonic Hall Widows Association.

It is the intention that the majority of the Members of St Mary's will become Joining Members of Halesowen and the remainder are seeking to join Chapters nearer to home. The Inspector General wished all the Members well and looked forward to seeing them in their new Chapters in the near future.

It was perhaps fitting for this final Meeting that the current MWS, Godfrey Charles Harper, is the son of the Founder MWS, Rowland William Haroer and Godfrey was the first Perfectee. 

On completion of the Meeting the assembled company retired to a very good Festive Board. 

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Thu, 31st January 2019

St Mary's and All Saints Chapter No. 688

The Regular Meeting of the Chapter took place at the Masonic Hall, Severn Road, Stourport on Severn on Wednesday 31st January. Some 24 Members of the Order were present including 4 Visitors and the District Recorder.

The business of the evening saw the Chapter perform a Rehearsal/Demonstration of the Ceremony of Perfection which was conducted very well and was a credit to the Officers taking part for the first time. The District Recorder also had the opportunity to present a Supreme Council Certificate.

The MWS had agreed to remain in Office for a 2nd year and the Organist was to move to 1st General. The Recorder and Treasurer also remaining in Office.

The Treasurer announced that a donation of £50 was to be forwarded to St. Richard's Hospice.

On completion of the Meeting the Members joined together at a very pleasant Festive Board enjoyed by all.

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Mon, 28th January 2019

Bordesley Abbey Chapter No. 918

The Regular Meeting of the Chapter was held at the Masonic Centre, Easemore Road, Redditch with 14 Members, 4 Visitors including the District Recorder, and the Candidate for Perfection.

At the Opening one of the Visitors, who holds the 31st Degree, volunteered to act as Marshal and his son; who is currently MWS of St. Francis of Assisi Chapter,; volunteered to present the Collar and Signs of the Order. The District Recorder conducted the Accolade and presented a Supreme Council Certificate to their newest Perfectee. The final Visitor had been Perfected in St. Francis of Assisi Chapter just two days previously so had attended to witness the Full Workings of a Chapter.

The Treasurer was able to announce that the Chapter had recently made Charity Donations of £250 to The Primrose Hospice and £250 to the Worcestershire Craft 2022 Festival.

Following the Meeting 18 Princes retired to enjoy a very good Festive Board.

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Sat, 26th January 2019

St. Francis of Assisi Chapter No. 711

Saturday 26th January saw some 23 Members of the Chapter and 10 Visitors, which included the Inspector General and the District Recorder, totalling 33(one of the most significant numbers in our Order),  attend the Regular Meeting at Kings Heath Masonic Hall.

The Business of the Meeting was to conduct a Perfection Ceremony. This was carried out by the Most Wise Sovereign assisted by two of the  senior Chapter Members who hold the 31 and 32 Degrees respectively.

It proved to be an excellent ceremony and it was a pity that the Member, who was due to receive his Supreme Grand Council Certificate was unavoidably unable to attend.

The Meeting concluded with a very good Festive Board where another of the 31 Degree Members of the Chapter gave an explanation of the "Fire" to the newly Perfected Prince.  

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Fri, 25th January 2019

St. Nicolas Chapter No. 198

On Friday 25th January, 26 Members of the Order including the Inspector General, were in attendance at Kings Heath Masonic Hall to witness an excellent Perfection Ceremony conducted by Members of the Chapter to a very high standard.

The Chapter also successfully balloted for two Honorary Members, the Grand Prior, Most Illustrious Brother Rev’d Dr. John R H Railton, 33°, and our own District Inspector General, Dr. Richard N Hoare, 33°.

It proved to be an excellent evening and great credit is given to the Chapter for the quality of their work.

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Fri, 18th January 2019

Gervase Pagnell No. 316

11 Members of the Order comprising 7 Members and 4 Visitors enjoyed an excellent evening at the Chapter last night.

It was a delight to see Ill Bro. Joseph Marzouk, 31, in attendance following his Promotion on Monday at Supreme Council.

The District Recorder deliverd a Paper entitled "The Christian Implications of the 18th Degree" which created some very worthwhile discussion amongst those in attendance on completion.

During the Meeting the business requirements of Electing a MWS and Treasurer for the ensuing year also took place and one of the Senior Members of the Chapter, who holds the 32 Degree, has volunteered to take the Chair. The current Treasurer was re-elected unopposed. 

The Meeting was followed by the usual high quality Festive Board always enjoyed at Dudley.

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Tue, 15th January 2019

Northfield Chapter No. 1022

On Monday 14th January, 11 Members of the Chapter and with the District Recorder in attendance, conducted a Rehearsal of the Ceremony of Perfection. It proved to be a very worthwhile opportunity for the various Officers involved and those who stood in for Absentees to prectice all that is required and identify those areas which need a small amount of attention.

There can be no doubt that, if they can now identify a Candidate, they are fully ready to ensure he will be received very well.

The Meeting was followed by an excellent and very tasty Festive Board.

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Mon, 14th January 2019

Congratulations

On Monday 14th January Ill Bro. Joseph Marzouk attended Supreme Council to receive his Promotion to the 31st Degree.

I am sure we all extend our warm congratulations to him for this well deserved award.

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Wed, 9th January 2019

St Dunstan Chapter

Wednesday 9th January saw 22 Members of St Dunstans Chapter No 12, with the District Recorder in attendance, hold a Regular Meeting at The Masonic Hall, Rainbow Hill, Worcester, and what an excellent evening it turned out to be.

The major work was to conduct a Perfection Ceremony which was conducted to an extremely high standard and all the Officers taking part can be very proud of the part they played.

The Chapter also held it's Elections for the forthcoming year and announced that they would be making a Charitable donation of £250 to the "Rory the Robot" appeal.

The Meeting was followed by a very good Festive Board.

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Tue, 1st January 2019

New District Recorder

Change of District Recorder

With effect from 31st December 2018 Ill Bro John Phenix, 31, has been obliged to resign from office due to his forthcoming appointment as Most Excellent Grand Superintendent over and in the Province of Worcestershire in the Holy Royal Arch. He is to be Installed at Kings School Hall (adjacent to the Cathedral) in Worcester on Saturday 13th April. We all wish John well and every success in his new role and extend our thanks to him for his guidance and support whilst acting as DR.

John is replaced as District Recorder by Ill Bro. Ian M Fothergill, 30, Ian has been a Member of the Order since his Perfection in Pro Deo et Patria Chapter No. 245 stationed at 10 Duke Street, St James's, London on 18th February 1994. Due to Business committments and living in the Midlands Ian had to Resign, but Joined Evesham Chapter No. 994 where he has served as MWS in 2008 and 2016. He was Promoted to 30 on 16th March 2010.

Ian is a Member of a number of Masonic Orders where he either holds Senior rank and/or is the Secretary or equivelent.

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Fri, 26th October 2018

St Nicholas Rose Croix Chapter No 198 Centenary Celebration

October 26th saw the celebration of St Nicholas Rose Croix Chapter Centenary meeting at Kings Heath Masonic Hall with a galaxy of dignitaries attending.

Follow the link to get a flavour of the celebrations

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmuCPJGU

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Tue, 7th August 2018

Death of Hettie White

 

Hettie White, wife of V Ill Bro Dr H John White, died peacefully at New Cross Hospital on August 7th 2018 aged 92 years.

Private Cremation

There will be a service of Thanksgiving at St Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton on Saturday 29th September 2018 at 12.00 noon.

 

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