DISTRICT OF DYFED
The Ancient and Accepted Rite under the Supreme Council Thirty Third Degree.
District of Dyfed – July 2021 Newsletter
My Dear Brothers
I do hope that you and your families are all keeping well as the country experiences a resurgence of yet another Covid variant – something that we are advised may well be with us for some considerable time but hopefully the advanced state of our UK vaccination programme will limit the impact on our nation’s health.
At the same time, it is clear that we are approaching a substantial relaxation of the Governments regulations which we hope will enable a return to some sort of Masonic normality when our season re-starts in September. Having said that I make no apology for repeating that the decision to attend any meeting is entirely the business of the member and nobody should feel any pressure to attend if they have health or family concerns.
Within our District, the Sarn Helen Chapter will be holding an ‘Emergency’ enthronement meeting on Friday 16th July and you should receive a copy of their summons shortly. However, I need to stress that this is advice of a meeting rather than an invitation as current restrictions mandate that the meeting attendees are strictly limited to ensure that social distancing is maintained at all times. So please do not attend unless you have been specifically granted a place on the day.
Personally, I find this a most regrettable and sad situation but I am sure we all understand the need to comply fully with current regulations.
When a return to normality does occur, we may well find that our grasp of our revised ritual which has been amended to comply with Covid guidance, has suffered somewhat from lack of practice and to ensure that our meetings maintain the expected high standards, may I urge officers to take a close look at these amendments. This has been made that much easier by the excellent work carried out by Ill Bro Steve Hookey in incorporating all the changes into a re-written ritual – a copy of which has been circulated by our District Recorder Ill Bro Mike Swann to all Recorders for onwards distribution to members.
You will also have received the news from Supreme Council that, after nine years, our much loved Sovereign Grand Commander Most Puissant Bro Alan Englefield, has retired as head of our Order to be replaced by V Puissant Bro Guy Elgood.
Under Alan’s superb leadership, the Order has flourished through difficult times and he is both highly respected and much loved by all that have had the privilege of being in his company and none more so than the candidates that have attended their ceremonies in Duke St where he has both informed and charmed them with his ‘off Piste’ explanation of the relevance of the Order and its Templar connections. Whilst he will be a very hard act to follow, his replacement is similarly endowed with that essential approachability which will surely win him a place in everyone’s hearts and memories of their day in Duke St.
I am sure that you will be pleased to know that the District has made a contribution to a retirement gift and wish Alan a long and happy retirement.
Next week, I am very much looking forward to attending a 330 meeting in Duke St on the 13th July along with the two other Welsh Inspectors General, V Ill Bro Paul Kelvin Smith from Monmouth and S Wales and V Ill Bro John Norbury from North Wales. The three Districts have worked closely together over the past 6 or 7 years or so and forged a strong association that has been particularly evident by their attendance during the pandemic at various Zoom meetings. These bonds will surely grow stronger over the coming years to more effectively represent Wales in the Grand East and also encourage more inter-District visiting which has also characterised the past few years.
Finally Brethren, Ill Bro Mike Swann and I look forward to once again meeting you all later this year when we hopefully are able to meet in happier times and in the meantime, please enjoy the pleasures of our wonderful British Summer and may you and your loved ones stay safe, healthy and sane.
Sincerely and Fraternally