Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of England and Wales and its Districts and Councils Overseas
The District Grand Council of Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Buckinghamshire
PLACES WHERE WE MEET
In Oxfordshire: Banbury, Oxford, Thame In Berkshire: Wallingford, Wantage, Wokingham
In Buckinghamshire: Beaconsfield, Slough, Winslow
Locations represent Provincial, rather than current county boundaries.
DESCRIPTION of ORDER
Sometimes referred to as The Cryptic Degrees this fascinating Masonic Order refers to the steps taken by King Solomon to safeguard the treasures of his Temple at Jerusalem, by building a secret underground vault, or crypt, in which they could be hidden against times of trouble.
A companion admitted to the Order receives four degrees. These are Select Master, Royal Master, Most Excellent Master, and Super Excellent Master, and are taken in that sequence. These degrees cover the 500 year period between the building of the first and second Temples. It is a fascinating story, being demonstrated by some of the most beautifully constructed ritual in the whole of Freemasonry and is laced with intriguing moral precepts. The discerning ritualist and the Masonic historian will be delighted alike by what they discover.
If you are already a Master Mason, as well as a Companion of the Holy Royal Arch and a Mark Master Mason, you are qualified for membership of this most enlightening of Masonic Orders.
QUALIFICATION FOR JOINING
Master Mason, Companion of the Holy Royal Arch and Mark Master Mason
Grand Master Most Illustrious Companion Kessick J Jones
District Grand Master Right Illustrious Companion Timothy Hancock
Deputy District Grand Master Very Illustrious Companion Phillip Purves
District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work Illustrious Companion Paul Ackland-Snow
District Grand Treasurer Companion Raymond Head
District Grand Secretary Illustrious Companion Malcolm Summers
District Grand Director of Ceremonies Illustrious Companion Timothy Weller
LIST OF COUNCILS
Oxford Council N0 105
Terra Sancta Council No 151
Thame Council No 210
Wokingham Council No 125
Wallingford Council No 176
Wantage Council No 282
Bearwood Council No 134
Bekenesfelde Council No 264
Eliot Council No 286
Unity Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters No 299
FIRST POINT OF CONTACT FOR MEMBERSHIP OR GENERAL ENQUIRIES
Malcolm Summers (District Grand Recorder)
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