Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Royal Arch

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information about the Royal Arch in Warwickshire, go to: www.royal-arch.org.uk

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.

The Provincial Grand Master in Warwickshire is RW Bro Roger S Mac This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Provincial Secretary is W Bro Mike Saxon 01527 874661 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are 32 Lodges of Mark Master Masons meeting in Warwickshire.

Visit the website of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Warwickshire

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

Rose Croix

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit the District of Warwickshire website.

Royal Order of Scotland

Further details to be provided.

Knights Templar

Great PrioryThe 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 1700’s 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: http://www.knightstemplarwarwickshire.org.uk/

Knight Templar Priests

Knight Templar PriestsThe 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:-

  1. a Craft Lodge
  2. a Royal Arch Chapter
  3. a Knights Templar Preceptory

You MUST also

  1. be a Master Mason of three years standing
  2. profess the Trinitarian Christian Faith

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.

Tabernacles

  • 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
 

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:

Edward Belcher
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Tel: 0121 240 3257
 

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 Colin Young, and the Divisional Recorder is Jeremy Mallin, 01564 773454.

Colin's predecessor as Intendant General is now the Grand Viceroy in the Order, R Ill and Emt Kt Richard V Wallis JP.

There are 14 Conclaves of the Order in the Division, meeting at Handsworth, Birmingham; Kings Heath, Birmingham; Knowle; Worcester; Stafford; Tewksbury; Telford; Newnham on Severn; Stoke on Trent; Guy's Cliffe, Warwick; Rugby; Cirencester and Sutton Coldfield.

Royal Order of Scotland

Further details to be provided.

Secret Monitor

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 Merrill Elliott.

The Provincial Recorder is Wy Bro Trevor Cavill Tel: 0121 776 7285

Allied Masonic Degrees

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: http://www.alliedmasonicdegreeswestmids.org.uk/

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ

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For Masonic enquiries:
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Tel: 0121 454 4422

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for freemasons within England and Wales and districts overseas.