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Sat, 14th September 2019

District Seminar

On Thursday 12th September the MWS, Recorders or their nominated Representatives, attended the first District Seminar of our Order in Worcestershire, hosted by the Inspector General and the District Recorder at Northfield Masonic Rooms.

Following a sumptious buffet the business of the evening began and what an interesting meeting it turned out to be. It was the first time that several of the Brethren had the opportunity to meet their opposite numbers and to hold open and frank discussions on the Order in General, the District and individul Chapters.

A number of positive steps were suggested and will be adopted to the benefit of us all, including the distribution of all Chapter Summons to all Chapter Recorders to encourage inter-visitation, and it was considered that the introduction of the District Diary was an excellent idea.Some time was devoted to the difficult subject of Recruitment, Retention and Recovery, with a very worthwhile 10 point plan being introduced by St Dunstan Chapter with very good support from Bordesley Abbey Chapter, both of whom have had some excellent success in recent years.

In summarising the event the Inspector General suggested that such Seminars should be held twice a year, and the District Recorder will make the necessary arrangements for the next one in the Spring of 2020.

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Thu, 5th September 2019

Breme Chapter 862

Some 19 Members, including the Inspector General and District Recorder, attended last nights meeting at the Masonic Hall, Kidderminster and what an enjoyable evening it turned out to be.

It was particularly encouraging to see a number of Unattached Brethren in attendance.

The Officers of the Chapter conducted a Rehearsal of the Perfection Ceremony, except for the Intermediate Degrees, with a volunteer Candidate who had not attended a Meeting for many years. The Ceremony was conducted in a sympathetic manner and allowed the Officers to identify any shortcomings and prepare to receive a Candidate in the near future.

Following the Meeting the assembled company moved to enjoy an excellently prepared and substantial Festive Board.

During the response to his Toast, the Inspector General commented on how encouraging it was to see a Chapter, who have been through some difficulties since their move from Bromsgrove, hosting such an excellent evening with a very good attendance, especially where there were also some 6 apologies for non-attendance from those who would, in normal circumstances, have been present. 

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Sun, 14th July 2019

In Memoriam

It is with much sadness that we report the Passing to the Grand Lodge Above of Ill. Bro. Norman J R Burden, 300 current MWS of Merston Culy Chapter, on Friday 12th July.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the Family.

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Wed, 10th July 2019

Congratulations

On Tuesday 9th July Ill Bro. David Emery was Promoted to the 31st Degree in recognition of his services to the Order in General and his duties as a Sentinel for the Supreme Council in particular. David has of course also been appointed as Provincial Senior Warden in the Craft. His opposite number, Ill Bro. Len Venables, whilst a Staffordshire member of the Order, is also well known to the Province of Worcestershire as the Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in both Craft and Chapter.

Our sincere congratulations are extended to them both.

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Thu, 4th July 2019

Breme Chapter 862

With excellent support from Northfield Chapter and with the Inspector General and District Recorder in attendance the Chapter enjoyed a very sociable evening.

In the temple the main business was to receive a paper from the District Recorder entitled "The Words of the 18th Degree." This once again provided much food for thought and created a better understanding of some of the words and symbols used in our Perfection Ceremony.

On completion the Brethren retired to enjoy a very convivial Festive Board.

The Chapter are ernest in their endeavours since moving, following the closure of Bromsgrove Masonic Hall, and are now in an excellent home in Kidderminster. The need now is to gain Candidates from those Lodges that meet at Kidderminster to ensure their longevity

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Thu, 4th July 2019

Wenceslas Chapter 1114

Tuesday 2nd July marked a special occassion for the Chapter in that they were able to conduct a Perfection Ceremony having been without Candidates for the past two years.

Whilst the attendance was not as expected the Officers and Members of the Chapter all took part in the Ceremony and indeed the two guests were also asked to assist in the Opening.

The Candidate was well received in what proved to be a well worked ceremony.

On completion the assembled company retired to enjoy a usual Wenceslas "off the menu" Festive Board of an extremely high quality.

 

 

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Tue, 2nd July 2019

Merston Culy Chapter No. 883

An excellent attendance was recorded at the Meeting held on Friday 28th June at Kings Heath Masonic Hall where the assembled company witnessed the Inspector General presenting a Supreme Council Certificate, make a "surprise" presentation of a Worcester Porcelain Tile to one of the members who has faithfully served not only this, but the other Chapters meeting at Kings Heath, the District and the Order in general during his 22 year membership.

This was followed by a very interesting Lecture given by one of the Deputy Preceptors of the MRCCI based on the number 33.

The Chapter then conducted the necessary Elections of the MWS and Treasurer for the forthcoming year.

A Visitor having conducted the Third Point the assembled company then moved to enjoy a very good and convivial Festive Board where they made a generous donation to the Craft Festival.

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Thu, 20th June 2019

Evesham Chapter 994 Enthronement Meeting

Some 16 Members of the Order, including 2 Senior Visitors and the Inspector General and District Recorder met at Evesham Masonic Centre, Swan Lane, to both witness and enjoy an excellent Enthronement Ceremony which clearly demonstrated the hard work put in by the Enthroning Sovereign. 

The Inspector General commented that "It was a pleasure to witness a ceremony of this quality."

During the course of the Meeting the two Senior Members of the Order present, both Deputy Preceptors of the MRCCI were Proposed as Joining Members of the Chapter and, subject to successful Ballot the Chapter looks forward to welcoming them at the next Meeting in October. The Cahpter may also be in a position to Ballot for and Perfect a Candidate.

The Meeting was followed by a first class Festive Board with the final Asparagus tasting of the 2019 season.

All in all a very encouraging and enjoyable evening. 

 

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