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Tue, 14th January 2020

3 New Knights Kadosh

On Monday 13th January the Inspector General, V. Ill. Bro. Dr. Richard N Hoare 33o ,accompanied by the DR, were delighted to attend Supreme Council to celebrate the Promotion  of 3 of our Members to the Rank of Knight Kadosh 30o  

Ill Bro's Albert Barnfield, David Dey and Steve Tugwell.

As is his normal, generous, custom the IG very kindly hosted a light luncheon with drinks in the Cavendish Hotel before the meeting and then joined the Worcestershire District contingent at the Festive Board at the Royal Overseas League.

As always Supreme Council delivered an excellent ceremony and our 3 new Knights thoroughly enjoyed not only that experience but the whole day.

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Thu, 9th January 2020

Appointment of new Preceptor of the MRCCI

The former Preceptor of the Midlands Rose Croix Chapter of Improvement, Ill. Bro. Stephen Fowler, 32o ,having been appointed Inspector General Designate in Charge for the District of Warwickshire, has announced the appointment of Ill. Bro. Charles M. K. Dyer, 31o as his successor. 

Ill. Bro. Charles is a well known figure in both the District and Province of Worcestershire and I am sure we all congratulate him on his appointment. 

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Thu, 9th January 2020

St. Dunstan Chapter No. 12

With some 23 Members present, including the DR and 1 Visitor, the Chapter held its Regular Meeting at Rainbow Hill, Worcester, on Wednesday 8th January.

The Main business of the evening was the conducting of a very good Perfection Ceremony for a new Candidate, which involved the 2 Generals conducting the Intermediate Degrees and the Collar, Signs & Word, a Past Sovereign, 31o conducting the 1st Point and the MWS conducting the remainder of the Ceremony, with the exception of the Accolade delivered by the DR.

This was follwed by conducting the necessary business of the Chapter to declare the MWS, Treasurer, Outer Guard and Representative Officers  for the ensuing year. 

A Charity Donation suggestion was forwarded by the MWS in support of "The Samaritans": for whom he is a volunteer: which was unanimously agreed. 

On conclusion the Brethren retired to enjoy a very good, convivial Festive Board.

It should be noted that at the next Meeting of St Theodore Chapter, on Tuesday 5th May, some 4 days after the Enthronement Meeting of St. Dunstan, the District will be honoured to welcome the M. Ill. Bro. Rev'd Dr. John Railton,33o Grand Prior, representing the Supreme Council, who is attending to conduct the dedication of the Most Wise Sovereigns Banners of both St. Theodore and St Dunstan Chapters. This is not only a first for the District but also for the Order.

It is hoped that as many Visitors as possible will attend this auspicious event to witness a unique ceremony, the culmination of a project that our Retiring Inspector General worked on for several years during his tenure in Office.

Further details will be posted nearer to the date.

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Fri, 27th December 2019

End of an Era

Following the announcement at Supreme Council on 4th December, we can now confirm that our V. Ill. Inspector General, V. Ill Bro. Dr. Richard N,. Hoare, 33 will be retiring on 31st January. His last Meeting in that office will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Chapter on Saturday 25th January.

There is no doubt that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to him for his strength, support and devotion to our Order which has flourished during his term in Office, and wish him all the very best on his retirement and look forward to seeing him in our Chapters in the future..

Supreme Council also announced that he will be replaced by Ill. Bro. Dr. Joseph F Khalil-Marzouk, 32 who now holds the title of Inspector General Designate. He is to be Promoted to the 33o on Thursday 30th January and will become the Inspector General Designate in Charge with effect from 1st February. This will be followed later in the year by his being Proclaimed as the Inspector General of the District.

Ill. Bro. Dr. Joseph is very well known to the District, being a Deputy Preceptor of the Midland Rose Croic Chapter of Improvement and someone who has delivered lectures and papers to many of the Chapters in the District.

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Tue, 17th December 2019

Enthronement at St Edmund King & Martyr No. 730

On Tuesday 10th December a "Bakers Dozen" of Members, including the DR and 1 Visitor, were in attendance at the Masonic Lodge Rooms, Wellington Road, Dudley, to witness the Enthronement of the MWS for the forthcoming year. 

As with many small Chapters it is necessary to re-cycle Past Sovereigns to ensure that the members below the Chair are given the opportunity to fill the necessary offices to ensure their own development and knowledge of the Order.

The Address to the Chapter was very ably and capably given by the oldest Past Sovereign still attending the Chapter who has given 43 years Service to both the Chapter and the District, having served as District Recorder for many years. 

As always at Dudley the Festive Board was of a very high standard and concluded a very successful evening.

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Mon, 9th December 2019

Perfect Night at Oldswinford Chapter 908

Some 34 Brethren mustered to witness the Perfection of the Past Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Colin P T Brown last Thursday evening. It was an excellent evening with the MWS and Senior Officers of the Chapter conducting a 1st Class Ceremony.

During the Meeting it was learnt that the move from the Talbot should be fully completed for a "GrandOpening" at the commencement of the 2020/2021 Masonic Season. An Open Day has been arranged for members to witness the progress made on 11th January.

A charitable donation of £200 was made to the Craft 2022 Festival.

The evening in the Temple ended on a sad note when the Inspector General, for the first time in public, announced his impending retirement after 9 years of faithful and dedicated service.

On completion the members moved to the Ballroom to enjoy the Festive Board, with the Main Course of Fish Chips & Peas, chosen by the Candidate. It was an excellent evening all round. 

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Wed, 4th December 2019

Resignation of our Inspector General

At the Supreme Council Meeeting on Wednesday 4th December the Grand Secretary General announced the impending retirement of our very own  Inspector General, V. Ill. Bro. Dr. Richard N. Hoare, 33 Degree, to be effective from 31st January 2020.

V. Ill. Bro. Richard has served our District with great distinction for nearly 8 years and has worked tirelessly to ensure the growth and development of the Order throughout his time in office. He will be sorely missed.

Having announced the retirement it was of course necessary to announce his replacement, which is to be a very well known Brother throughout the District, Ill. Bro. Dr. Joseph F. Khalil-Marzouk, 32 Degree, who now holds the title of Inspector General Designate. Ill. Bro. Joseph will be Promoted to 33 Degree, on Thursday 30th January and then become the Inspector General Designate in Charge from that date.

 

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Fri, 29th November 2019

Presentation of 50 Year Certificate to Lawrence Talbot ~ St Dunstan No. 12

On Thursday afternoon, 28th November, the Inspector General and District Recorder visited the home of Lawrence and Jenny Talbot to conduct the presentation of Lawrence's 50 Years of Service Certificate to the Order. 

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We were generously received and enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon tea and spent a couple of hours reminiscing before the Inspector General made the Presentation to Ill Bro. J Lawrence Talbot, 31 Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander.

 

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Lawrence is our 3rd Recipient of a 50 year Certificate in the District this year.

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Sat, 23rd November 2019

Celebration tinged with Sadness at St Agnes Chapter 344

The Chapter met at Kings Heath Masonic Hall last evening with some 25 Members and Visitors, including the Inspector General and District Recorder, in attendance to celebrate the 75th Birthday following their Consecration on 28th November 1944.

The Meeting however was tinged with sadness due to the sudden and unexpected death of their MWS Elect, Ill Bro. Michael Miles 31 Michael was the Senior Past Sovereign and had previously occupied the Chair in 1985 and 2013. 

The Chapter however managed to overcome this by electing Ill Bro. R A F Wilsher, 30 to step into the breach. He had previously occupied the Chair in 2009.

The Enthronement Ceremony  was conducted in a very sincere and sensitive manner by E & P Bro. A. J. Snape, who had himself occupied the Chair for the past two years.

Following the Installation and Appointment and Investiture of Officers, where several of the Senior Brethren, of necessity, had to occupy more than one Office, the 1st General gave a brief overview of the Year 1944 before the Recorder read the Consecration Minutes of the Chapter, where a number of names were recognised by some of the Members present.

On conclusion of the Meeting the Brethren retired to an excellent Festive Board where they also received a complimetary booklet on the Chapter from its Consecration to the present day. All in all a very good happy and convivial occassion.

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Wed, 13th November 2019

Congratulations on Promotion

On Monday 11th November Ill Bro Paul S. Webber of St Dunstan Chapter No. 12 was promoted to the 30 at a packed Supreme Council Meeting which saw the promotion of 57 Members. We send our hearty congratulations to him.  

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Wed, 13th November 2019

Passing to the Grand Lodge Above

It is with a very heavy heart that we have learnt of the Passing of Ill Bro. Michael J Miles 310 on Sunday evening 10th November. Michael served as Most Wise Sovereign in St Agnes Chapter No. 344 in 1985 and 2013 and was the MWS Elect to be Enthroned at the 75th Anniversary Meeting which is due to take place on Friday 22nd November. He also served as MWS in Worcestershire Chapter No. 970 in 2015. He will be sorely missed.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the family.

May he rest in Peace.

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Fri, 8th November 2019

Memories to Remember at St Theodore

On Tuesday 5th November at Rainbow Hill the Chapter held its Regular Meeting with the main focus on the evening; following the Declaration of the MWS and Treasurer for the following year and the Third Point and Closure; the Chapter received an inspiring and very interesting talk from W. Bro. David Rushforth; this years Winner of the "Provincial Lecturers Cup;" on "Masons as Prisoners of War," covering the periods of the Napolionic, First and Second World Wars and the influences created between Masonic Friends and Foe, especially in the first two. This then highlighted the complete and total contrast and difference when the Nazi's and Hitler rose to power and went about the total destruction of Masonic Temples and the attempt to demonise and exterminate Freemasons, aligning them with the Jewish populations.

This very well researched and received presentation showed that there were many facets which could become presentations in their own right.

On completion the presentation was greeted with acclaim and not only grateful thanks being given by the Inspector General, but he also passed around two mementoes handed down to him by his late father of Masonic Jewels made by Prisoners of War in WW11.

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Fri, 8th November 2019

The Past Illustrious Inspector General receives his 50 Years of Service Certificate

Jon White 50 Year CertificateA party of Senior Members of Gervase Paganel Chapter together with the Inspector General, District Recorder and a Deputy Preceptor of the MRCCI travelled to the Sunrise Living Home at Tettnall, to present Dr H John White; the Past Inspector General for the District; with his 50 Years of Service to the Order Certificate.

The assembled company enjoyed an excellent afternoon tea and shared their anecdotal stories concerning Dr John before leaving for the Enthronement Meeting of his Mother Chapter at Dudley.

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Tue, 5th November 2019

Past Sovereigns to the Fore at Halesowen

On Monday 4th November, at Newlands, Halesowen Chapter held their Enthronement Meeting.

Due to the serious illness of the reigning Sovereign the Past Sovereigns of the Chapter "stepped up" to conduct an excellent Enthronement Ceremony which was presented in a calm and dignified way and due credit must be given to them. 

Following the Enthronement and Installation of the Officers, a Silver Salver was presented to the Chapter courtesy of the Inspector GeneralV. Ill. Bro. Dr. Richard.N Hoare, 33o which was gratefully received by the Chapter with acclaim.

On Closing the Chapter the Members then retired to enjoy a very convivial Festive Board.


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Wed, 30th October 2019

Interesting evening at St Dunstan

Some 30 Members, including the Inspector General and District Recorder, attended the first Meeting since Enthronement to witness a Perfection Ceremony very well delivered by the Generals conducting the Intermediate Degrees and the Collar, Jewel and Signs, and Past Sovreigns delivering the 1st and 2nd Points.

The MWS was pleased to eventually welcome his guests who had travelled from Weston super Mare and spent over 3 hours on the M5. He also conducted the 3rd Point very well and welcomed our new Prince into the "Circle of Friendship."

Following the Meeting the assembled company enjoyed a very convivial Festive Board where the Inspector General congratulated 2 Past Sovereigns who are to receive their 30o at the November and January Meetings of Supreme Council.

The MWS once again very generously distributed several trio's of Roses, which are always very gratefully received.

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Fri, 18th October 2019

Evesham Chapter 994

Some 15 Members of the Order, including the Inspector General and District Recorder, were in attendance last evening to take part in a Ceremony of Perfection.

The Ceremony was almost unique in that the Intermediate Degrees were presented in an exemplary fashion by the Second General and this was followed by a new Member, who had only joined that evening, but is a well known Member of the Order and Deputy Preceptor of the MRCCI, conducting the First Point, followed by the District Recorder conducting the Second Point, the Explanation of the Collar, Jewel & Signs being presented by the Acting Registrar, and the Accolade and Third Point being conducted by the Inspector General.

This clearly demonstrating that our District is almost unique when it comes to the deliverance of the work required, and hopefully shows our commitment to this beautiful Christian Order. 

On complition the Members retired to enjoy a very convivial Festive Board concluding with the Prelate providing an explanation of the "Fire" to our newly Installed Excellent & Perfect Brother.

 

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