MARK MASTER MASONS
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Warwickshire was established in 1876. The first Grand Master was Lord Leigh who was the Provincial Grand Master for the Craft in Warwickshire from 1852 to 1905.
The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons was formed in 1856. There were Lodges meeting in the City of Birmingham long before that, one of these was Howe Lodge now without number, and just the letters TI for Time Immemorial, meeting at the Masonic Temple in Edgbaston.
Every Candidate for Mark Masonry must be a Master Mason of a Regular & recognised Craft Lodge. It is usual for Candidates for the Office of Master to be Installed Masters in the Craft, although a dispensation can be granted to alleviate this requirement.
There are 32 Lodges of Mark Master Masons meeting in Warwickshire. To find out more visit the website of the
Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Warwickshire
ALLIED MASONIC DEGREES
The Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees was created in the late 1870's to give some cohesion to the various degrees that had originally been granted by the "Antients\. The object of the original Constitutions as contained in Rule 1 was stated in the following terms: "In view of the rapid increase in Lodges of various Orders recognising no central authority and acknowledging no common form of government, a ruling body has been formed to take under its direction all Lodges of such various Orders in England and Wales and in the Colonies and Dependencies of the British Crown".
Between 1870 and 1931 there was much discussion as to which Orders fell under this new body, in particular Grand Council obtained control of a large group of Knight Templar Priest Degrees and also the Secret Monitor Degree from America. In 1923, following the formation of the Grand College of England of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Grand Council disclaimed all interest in such degrees; and after protracted discussions with the Grand Council of the Order of the Secret Monitor a treaty was signed in 1931 agreeing to cease the practice of the Secret Monitor degree under Grand Council jurisdiction.
The following degrees are worked under Grand Council. St Lawrence the Martyr; Knight of Constantinople; Grand Tilers of Solomon; The Red Cross of Babylon; and The Holy Order of the Grand High Priest.
Every Candidate must be a Mark Master Mason and a Companion of The Holy Royal Arch as the degrees worked today encompass and complete some of the explanations relating to those Degrees. A Candidate must first be admitted to the Degree of St Lawrence the Martyr, but the other four degrees may be conferred in any order and in any Council. Regalia today consists only of a Breast Jewel apertaining to the relevant degree.
Contact details for the Allied Masonic Degrees can be found in the Yearbook. For more information visit the West Midlands District website at:
The Orders full name is The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta and is a Masonic order commemorating the actions and history of the medieval Knights who were granted accommodation by King Baldwin 2nd in the Temple at Jerusalem in 1118. In return, the Knights served as protectors to those pilgrims who travelled to the holy land and became known as “the poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon". This was later shortened to “Knights Templar”.
The Masonic order of Knights Templar can be traced back to the late 1700s and the ceremonies depict the progress of a pilgrim in becoming a Knight of the Order and subsequently a Knight of Malta. There are two entry qualifications; Those of being a Royal Arch Companion and a Christian.
For more information about the Provincial Priory of Warwickshire and Knights Templar in general please visit their website at:
The Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch was declared to be a part of pure Antient Masonry by the solemn Act of Union between the two Grand Lodges in 1813. It is organised however as a separate Order, distinct from the Craft degrees to which it belongs and the teaching that it completes.
Companions will find much of interest, whilst those who have a serious interest in Freemasonry may be encouraged to extend the teachings of the Craft Degrees by becoming members of the Royal Arch.
Why Join the Royal Arch?
Masonry, in general, has many things to offer those who participate in its beliefs and teachings. The teachings of the Craft, concerning our moral and social duties in a materialistic world, provide adequate guidelines for our behaviour towards our fellow man in this our mortal life.
The riddle of the universe however, and of our very being can only be fully understood within the teachings of the Royal Arch, although time and patience are required before the full meaning of what we do is brought home to us.
Whilst the changes in society have made it less easy to turn acquaintance into friendship, in our Royal Arch meetings you will find men who share common standards and beliefs.
By embracing the many and varied duties with enthusiasm, we grow in self confidence, and develop our capacity to work for the common good.
Those of us who have made the Royal Arch our way of life, derive great enjoyment from our meetings.
Harmony and good humour prevail at the festive board, and a feeling of satisfaction at a ceremony performed to the best of our ability. However, your enjoyment of the Royal Arch will only be in proportion to your contribution to the happiness of your Companions.
Above all, the Royal Arch has a message. In addition to being happy and communicating happiness, it explores the deeper meaning of life itself thus providing a more intimate link with spiritual belief and our belief in eternity.
It implies the strongest of bonds, for a Companion was a man who could be relied on in times of danger and to whom you could entrust your life.
Enquiries should be made to, The Provincial Grand Scribe E, on
For further information about the Royal Arch in Warwickshire, go to:
RED CROSS OF CONSTANTINE
The full name of this order is The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and St John The Evangelist. Its outstanding feature is that it is the only Order open to English masons which avowedly sets out to give a Christian interpretation of the Craft and Royal Arch.
The degrees which constitute this Order are:-
(a) The Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine, and
(b) The Knights of St. John and the Holy Sepulchre. Like the Knights Templar this Order has its Head Quarters at Mark Masons' Hall.
The Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine teach us the well-known story of how Constantine came to be converted to Christianity, but the Lecture contains a most interesting reference to the Roman College of Architects, who are regarded by some Masonic Scholars as the direct ancestors of the Comacine Masons. This degree is a stepping stone to the degree of the Knights of St. John and the Holy Sepulchre.
The ceremonies are solemn, dramatic and of deep mystical significance, but their most striking feature is an attempt to explain the Craft and Royal Arch Ceremonies in a Christian sense.
In the West Midlands Division, the Intendant General is John James Tristram who was appointed in March 2018, and the Divisional Recorder is Geoff Watkins, Home: 01562 863850, Mail:
The West Midlands Division covers six Craft Provinces, there 18 units or Conclaves within the Division. These Conclaves are spread over a large geographical area – from Kidsgrove in the north to Newnham-on-Severn in the south, a distance of something like 120 miles, and from Rugby in the east to Leominster in the west, a distance of approximately 90 miles. Each Conclave normally meets three times a year, one meeting being the installation or Enthronement meeting, where the new Sovereign is installed, and the officers of the Conclave are appointed and invested.
The 'Rose Croix' Degree is the 18th degree of a Christian Order of Masonry, originating in France, and known as the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry. Established in 1801, the Order comprises 33 degrees which amplify the teachings of Craft Masonry within a Christian context. Candidates must have been a Master Mason for at least one full year and be in good standing with the Craft, and profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith.
Throughout England and Wales and certain Districts and Chapters Overseas the Order is governed by the Supreme Council 33° whose headquarters are known as Grand East and are located at 10, Duke Street, St James' London.
The ceremony of the 18th degree, the only ceremony worked in full by the Chapter, is an immensely thought provoking, impressive and beautiful ceremony which instils a warmth of Brotherly love on which the whole Masonic movement is founded.
Regalia for the 18th degree is both simple and spectacular and comprises a rose pink edged collar with gold braid embroidered with various symbols in gold braid. A jewel is appended to the collar. The District of Warwickshire comprises twenty five Chapters Rose Croix located within the Craft Province boundaries. Chapters usually meet three times a year between September and May and evenings are completed with the traditional festive board. Meetings are very friendly and relaxed with members sharing a commitment to Christian fellowship and an understanding of this very beautiful Masonic Order.
The Inspector General for Warwickshire is Alan J Wellan.
The District Recorder is David Williams, email:
ROYAL ARK MARINERS
Lodges of Royal Ark Mariners assume the number of the Mark Master Masons Lodge to which they are attached. The Degree does not have a Provincial or District structure, it is governed by the administration for Mark Master Masons in each Province.
Qualification for membership is that of Mark Master Mason. A candidate for the Chair of Worshipful Commander must have been Worshipful Master of a lodge of Mark Master Masons, but a dispensation can be applied for where this is not the case.
There are 20 Lodges of Royal Ark Mariners meeting in Warwickshire.
Visit the website of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Warwickshire
ROYAL & SELECT MASTERS
Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of England and Wales and its Councils and Districts Overseas Warwickshire District
The Order of "The Royal and Select Masters", sometimes referred to as "The Cryptic Rite" was founded in England in 1873, having been introduced from America.The Ceremonies belonging to this Order bridge the gap between the Mark Degree and the Holy Royal Arch and complete the Ancient Circle of Freemasonry and the Hiramic Legend. The Order is open to all Craft Freemasons who are members of the Royal Arch and Mark Degrees.
Interested Companions are most welcome to contact the District Recorder:
Tel: 0121 240 3257
Visit the District of Warwickshire website
The Brotherhood of David and Jonathan or the Order of the Secret Monitor as it is more commonly known, is one of the fastest growing Masonic Orders in the United Kingdom. The qualifications required to be proposed into a Conclave of the Order are that of being a Master Mason and a member, in good standing, of a regular Craft Lodge.
The ceremonies typically surround the story of the remarkable Friendship which existed between David and Jonathan. (I Samuel XX)
There are three distinct degrees to the Order of the Secret Monitor:
1° - Secret Monitor. The story unfolds recalling the Friendship that developed between David and Jonathan and the wonderful lessons to be learned in friendship, support and fidelity.
2° - Prince. Admission into an Assembly of Princes is also derived from the Book of Samuel and recalls how Saul sought to destroy David and relates the interesting legend of the methods contrived to foil the pursuits of the jealous King.
3° - Supreme Ruler. This last degree concerns the Installation to the headship of a Conclave and surrounds David’s Kingship. Within the ritual of this degree there is a ceremony of Commissioning, which permits rank and status throughout the Order as a whole and furthermore, a certificate is issued to confirm the Officer is Commissioned, both of which are quite unique in Freemasonry.
Anyone seeking to improve their Masonic knowledge would find great satisfaction in this beautiful degree in Freemasonry, which has 10 conclaves in Warwickshire, led by R Wy Bro Trevor Cavill.
The Provincial Recorder is Wy Bro Neil Watkin Tel: 0121 321 2220
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR PRIESTS
The Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom is governed by the
Grand College of England and is a Christian Masonic Order.
To be considered for membership of this deeply significant Order, you MUST be a subscribing member of the following Masonic bodies:-
You MUST also
a Craft Lodge
a Royal Arch Chapter
a Knights Templar Preceptory
The Order, in its modern form, did not set out to be deliberately exclusive, but the thirty one Appendant Degrees each have their own ceremonial working and it was determined, by the Founders, that a Mason needed to be of a certain standing and qualification within Freemasonry to comprehend and appreciate these especial degrees.
In order to find contact details for Knight Templar Priests, please refer to the yearbook.
be a Master Mason of three years standing
profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith
Mercia No 10 - Handsworth, Birmingham
Bromsgrove No 42 - Bromsgrove
Warwickshire No 44 - Coventry
Rocheberie No 80 - Rugby
St Alphege No 128 - Knowle, Solihull
Holy Grail No 246 - Guy’s Cliffe, Warwick
Heart of England No 256 - Knowle, Solihull
The Worshipful Society of Free Masons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviours, Plasterers and Bricklayers (usually known as “The Operatives”) exists to perpetuate a memorial of the practices of operative Free Masons existing prior to, or continuing independently of, modern speculative Freemasonry.
There are seven degrees in the Society with the first four degrees being worked in a local Assemblage, the fifth and sixth are worked by the Region and the working of the seventh degree is the sole prerogative of the Three Grand Master Masons.
Regalia is minimal and consists simply of a blue cord or collarette from which is suspended the jewel of one’s rank. Jewels are exchange as progression is made.
There are four Assemblages meeting in the West Midlands Counties at King's Heath, Wretham Road, Guy’s Cliffe and Wellington.
Qualification for membership is Master Mason, Mark Master Mason and Royal Arch Companion in good standing. If interested in joining or finding out more about the Society, please contact the Regional Clerk, W.Bro. Geoff Lates VI°, email@example.com.
FIVE OF NINE CLUB
THE FIVE OF NINE CLUB
Freemasonry is an incredible organisation and if you have just joined a Lodge, want to enhance that experience or are looking to widen your friendship base through Masonry, then look no further.
The Club was created by an enthusiastic group of young Freemasons in 2015 and launched by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David F Macey, at the 2016 meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge.
The idea of the club came about when it was realised something had been missing for a number of years. We are delighted that with the full support of Warwickshire Provincial Grand Lodge the Five of Nine Club is here to fill that void:
• A fresh and dynamic club for New and Young Freemasons,
• Exciting events and activities that enhances your Masonic experience, and
• Giving a voice to the future of Freemasonry in Warwickshire.
New and Young Freemasons are the future of our wonderful organisation and we hope that Five of Nine will give our membership an opportunity to meet and socialise with like-minded brethren whilst taking part in an array of exciting events and activities. Likewise giving them a voice to air the views of the younger generation of Freemasons.
We are delighted that the club goes from strength to strength and encourage you to follow the link to our website for more information and details on how to join.