The Inspector General and the District Recorder send all the Princes and their families their sincere wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
2020 will be an exciting year for the Order, and the District of Buckinghamshire in particular, with the celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England and Wales and its Districts and Chapters Overseas.
The District will mark this occasion with a special event which is currently being planned and details will be forwarded in the New Year. However, the best way to mark and celebrate such an event would be to introduce as many candidates as we can to this wonderful Order. We should all endeavour to find quality candidates from our Lodges and Chapters who profess a belief in the Trinitarian Christian Faith and we must then ensure that they enjoy their Rose Croix membership and that those of us already here will enjoy having them with us.
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we wish goodwill to you all along with good health and prosperity. God bless you!
JANUARY 2020 – It is with great pleasure and pride that we are able to announce that HM The Queen has approved that Ill∴Bro John Chapman 30º be awarded the honour of becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Services to the Community of Marlow, Buckinghamshire. The award was published on 28 December 2019 as part of the New Year Honours List.
Ill∴Bro John is a member of Merlaue Chapter No. 1145 and the Inspector General, V∴Ill∴Bro Peter Harborne 33º, together with all the Princes in the District send him their heartiest congratulations!
FEBRUARY 2020 – It was a double celebration for the District when Ill∴Bro. John Shepherd (second from the left) and Ill∴Bro. Geoff Bakewell (second from the right) each received the 30º. The photograph also shows Ill∴Bro. Bob Chevin 30º (far right) and the District Recorder who attended to support the candidates.
The ceremony was conducted by the Lieutenant Grand Commander, Very Puissant Bro. Guy Elgood 33º and members of the Supreme Council 33º at the Grand East in Duke Street, St James’s on 11 February 2020 and was followed by a dinner at Mark Masons’ Hall.
John is a member of Hope Chapter and Geoff is a member of Via Phari. We all wish them our heartiest congratulations on their preferment.
FEBRUARY 2020 – The photograph shows our latest Perfectee, E&P Bro. Nickolas Field (second from the left) when he joined Seventh Circle Chapter, He was perfected in an excellent ceremony conducted by Ill∴Bro Mike Jolley 32º (second from the right) and assisted by Ill∴Bro Trevor Clement 30º (far right) who also proposed him. His other proposer, Ill∴Bro Peter George 30º (far left) also acted as MWS for the meeting.
Nickolas is a Master Mason of Scientific 840, Silverstone 9877 and Bucks Classic Car 9945 Lodges. We all wish him many happy and successful years in our wonderful Order
OCTOBER 2020 – It is with great pleasure and pride that we are able to announce that HM The Queen has approved that Bro Clive Hobbs 18º be awarded the honour of becoming a Member of the Royal Victorian Order. This Order is bestowed as the personal gift of Her Majesty The Queen and is administered by the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James's Palace in London. Bro Clive is valet to the Household of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Bro Clive is a member of Merlaue Chapter No. 1145 and the Inspector General, V∴Ill∴Bro Peter Harborne 33º, together with all the Princes in the District send him their heartiest congratulations!
NOVEMBER 2020 – Despite the current lockdown, a virtual gathering of the Buckinghamshire Chapter, gave our Inspector General the opportunity to address the Princes with his annual forum.
Hosted by the MWS Ill∴Bro Peter Corbett, (and his very impressive background) the Princes listened intently to the presentation by our Inspector General.
Following a very interesting talk, each Prince was greeted in person enabling those present to send their regards and ensure that each members' health was in order.
It was a fine rehearsal for our virtual visit of Supreme Council later in November!
NOVEMBER 2020 – With the nights drawing in early, the evening of the 16th November was brightened with a virtual visit by the Sovereign Grand Commander, Most Puissant Brother Alan Englefield 33º.
Hosted by our Inspector General V∴Ill∴Bro Peter Harborne, the Princes were entertained with an informative presentation from the Sovereign Grand Commander.
Delivered with his usual charismatic approach the management of the more serious pandemic and its affects on Rose Croix were discussed with the Princes in what was a very interactive and enjoyable evening.
Concluding, the District looks forward to the occasion where we can welcome our Sovereign Grand Commander again!