SYMBOL OF ORDER
NATIONAL NAME OF ORDER
The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord
in the British Isles and its Districts and Consistories Overseas
LOCAL NAME OF ORDER
PROVINCIAL GRAND SENATUS OF THE CHILTERNS
Since the consecration of Scarlet Cord Conclave No. 500 in London in December 2006, marking the revival of the Order of the Scarlet Cord, its growth has been phenomenal. Many Scarlet Cord conclaves have been formed in the British Isles and in other parts of the world.
Such has been its success it was decided that the Order should become a separate sovereign body with its own constitutions and regulations. To that end the Order, now known as The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord, was inaugurated on 21 July 2010. A full description of the Order, its history, its present structure, Provinces and Districts and Officers can be found on the Mark Masons' Hall website at https://markmasonshall.org/orders/scarlet-cord
Two Scarlet Cord conclaves were consecrated within the OSM Province of the South Midlands - namely, the Oxford and Cambridge Scarlet Cord Conclave No. 536 in June 2009, and the OSM Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Scarlet Cord Conclave No. 573. On 21 July 2010 these became, respectively, Oxford and Cambridge Consistory No. 14TI, and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Consistory No. 45TI.
The Provincial Grand Senatus of The Chilterns (Constituted in March 2013) includes three further consistories: Banbury Cross Consistory No. 87 consecrated in September 20212, Euclid Consistory No. 115 consecrated in December 2016, and Thames Valley Consistory No. 129 consecrated in July 2019.
The current Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord is based on an earlier Order. The Royal Order of Knights of the Scarlet Cord, developed in the British Isles in 1889, which was itself derived from 18th Century documents from the Amsterdam Masonic archives.
The rituals and ceremonies were rewritten and enriched by His Honour Judge Fredrick Adolphus Philbrick, KC, and were performed as appendant grades to the Order of the Secret Monitor. The rituals of the Order are taken from Old Testament times, commencing at the period of Joshua, the fall of Jericho and the story of Rahab. The main purpose was to raise considerable sums of money for the Secret Monitor Benevolent Fund, which still plays a significant role in Masonic welfare provision today. The Order ceased working in 1929.
A paper on the original Order written and delivered in 2001 by Peter Glyn Williams, the then Grand Supreme Ruler of the Secret Monitor, stimulated interest in the long-forgotten rituals. In 2006 a Secret Monitor Conclave was Consecrated with the sole purpose of reviving the old Order and conferring updated versions of the original six grades, some of which only remained in fragmented form. A huge appetite for the grades among Secret Monitors led to the Order being inaugurated as a separate Sovereign body in a magnificent ceremony in the Grand Temple at Freemasons' Hall on 21 July 2010.
WHO CAN JOIN
The qualifications for a candidate to become a member of the Order are that they are Master Mason and Prince of the Order of the Secret Monitor.
If you would like to know more please contact the Provincial Recorder or one of the Recorders of the five Scarlet Cord Consistories within the Province of the Chilterns.
|Provincial Grand Summus|
|R. Dist. Comp. Dr Silverio L. Ostrowski, V|
|Deputy Provincial Grand Summus|
|Dist. Comp. Daryl Sydney Hayler, MBE, IV, P.G.St.B.|
|Assitant Provincial Grand Summus|
|Dist. Comp. Peter William Gilkes, V, P.A.G.D.C.|
|Dist. Comp. Paul S. Howard, III.|
LIST OF CONSISTORIES
14 TI Oxford and Cambridge MEETING AT Thame/ Cambridge
45 TI Beds, Cambs and Herts MEETING AT Letchworth
87 Banbury Cross MEETING AT Banbury
115 Euclid MEETING AT Radlett
129 Thames Valley MEETING AT Wallingford
Provincial Recorder, Paul Howard, email@example.com
Installation of our new Provincial Grand Summus
On Friday 29th October many visitors and members of the province were at Ashwell House, St Albans for the Installation of our new Provincial Grand Summus, R.Dist.Comp. Dr Silverio L. Ostrowski, conducted by our Grand Summus, M.Dist.Comp. Ian S. Currans and the Grand Team.
The Most Distinguished Grand Summus, was received, welcomed by the Presiding Officer, R.Dist.Comp. Keith Huddleston, and took the Chair. The Installing Officer addressed the Companions and directed the Grand Director of Ceremonies to ascertain that the Provincial Grand Summus designate was in attendance. An escort was formed, and the Grand Director of Ceremonies introduced the Provincial Grand Summus designate in due form. The Installing Officer addressed the Provincial Grand Summus designate and requested the Grand Recorder to read the Patent of Appointment. Dist.Comp. Dr Silverio L. Ostrowski was obligated, invested, and installed as the Provincial Grand Summus of The Chilterns, and was Proclaimed and Saluted under the direction of the Grand Director of Ceremonies. Provincial Grand Senatus was closed in due form and the Right Distinguished Provincial Grand Summus retired in procession accompanied by Right Distinguished Companions, and Honoured Guests.
After a few drinks in the bar the Companions of the Province of The Chilterns and their guests sat down to a splendid lunch in the dining room of Ashwell House.