Passing of Rt.W Bro Rodney Bass OBE.
Companions, our Provincial Grand Master and Grand Supt. Rodney Lister Bass OBE passed to the Grand Lodge Above earlier today ( 14th July 2020 ).
Fuller details of his passing have already been circulated by our Deputy PGM, VW.Bro Paul Reeves.
A full copy of his letter can be accessed via this link: Please click to read the letter.
Rodney's presence and the contribution he made to the Province of Essex will be sorely missed and further details will be published on the CUBE as they are made available.
Our condolences and thoughts are with his wife Margaret and other members of his family at this difficult time.The Eulogy to him, can be accessed via this link
With much sadness - The Provincial Communications Team.
Ending of the Suspension of Masonic Activity.
In March, the Most Worshipful Grand Master suspended Masonic activity in England and Wales until 17th July 2020. Having consulted the Grand Registrar, Sir John Chadwick, who has studied the UK Government’s advice (in particular the guidance for safe use of multi-purpose facilities), we are content that there is presently no requirement to extend the suspension in England, and accordingly Masonic meetings may begin again from this date. We recognise that, excluding emergency meetings which some Lodges and Chapters may wish to hold under appropriate dispensation, the vast majority of meetings will not begin again until September 2020.
The Welsh government guidance is such that, at the present time, Masonic meetings would not be legal in Wales.
Ending of the Suspension of Masonic Activity in Districts will be dependent on local government regulations permitting.
Meetings may only be held in obedience to prevailing National Guidance, local rules from Hall and Venue Companies, and in conformity with the General Guidance given, jointly with Mark Masons' Hall, below.
Please click to read the letter.
At the instruction of the Pro Grand Master / Pro First Grand Principal, temporary alterations have been made to the ceremonies of Initiation and Passing, and to the Opening and Closing of a Royal Arch Chapter as well as their respective ceremonies of Installation. . These are to be observed by any Lodge or Chapter that wishes to meet and perform such ceremonies until Lockdown restrictions are eased to permit normal working.
At the present time, the Ceremony of Raising should not be performed until Lockdown Restrictions ease to allow it to proceed without alteration.
More information maybe found, by reading the 3rd edition of the First Rising
Please click to read the 3rd Edition of the First Rising.
The preliminary Declaration in the Book of Constitutions states that:
"Pure Ancient Masonry consists of Three Degrees and no more, viz; those of The Entered Apprentice, The Fellow Craft and The Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch."
We therefore consider that Core Freemasonry consist of four interdependent steps:
1) Entered Apprentice
2) Fellow Craft
3) Master Mason
4) Royal Arch Companion
Have you taken your fourth step by joining the Royal Arch?Click here for the information leaflet - The Next Step In Freemasonry.