© 2008 Provincial Grand Court of Wessex
Court of King Cerdic No. 82 Meeting at The Masonic Hall, 3 Northcote Lane, Honiton, Devon. EX14 1NP Regular meetings of the Court are held on the 3rd.Wednesday in February (Installation), June and October. CONTACT SECRETARY: W.Bro.Christopher D Hallett, ProvJGD  e-mail: chris@hallett.co.uk Address:  5 Whitehayes Close, Wilmington, East Devon, EX14 9JP Phone: 01404 83 1663 ORATION : The Court of King Cerdic, 28th April 2012 by W.& Em.Bro. Colin Lowther, Provincial Eminent Grand Prior of Wessex. Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brethren, Brethren all. “It is hoped that it will stimulate your mind to further Masonic research.” Everyone sitting in this room today will have heard that phrase when he was instructed as a Candidate. One day, many months ago, a small band of Brethren gathered together and laid a foundation stone.
Since   that   day,   they   have   worked   very   hard   to   build   a   structure   on   which   a   new   Court   of   Athelstan   should   rest.   That   structure   is   now complete. Brethren,   this   is   a   happy   occasion.   Once   again,   we   are   gathered   together   in   Devonshire,   in   peace   and   in   harmony   and   to   consecrate   a new Court in the Masonic Order of Athelstan, King Cerdic Court № 82. The seventh Court in the Province of Wessex. In choosing the name, King Cerdic, the founders of this new Court have chosen well. History   tells   us   that   King   Cerdic,   probably   arrived,   and   I   use   those   words   very   carefully,   in   this   country   in   the   year   495.   However,   he   was,   I believe,   without   doubt,   the   founder   and   the   first   King   of Anglo   Saxon   Wessex.   He   reigned   from A.D.519   to   534. All Anglo   Saxon   Kings   are descend from him. It is even suggested that all the Royal families of Europe may be descended from him. We   meet   here   today   in   Honiton,   the   traditional   gateway   to   Devonshire.   Many   Brethren   of   my   age   will   recall   driving   through   this   ancient town   on   the   way   to   a   holiday   resort   on   the   South   coast. The   main   road   through   the   town,   clogged   up   with   the   holiday   traffic. Today,   most   of the through traffic now uses the by-pass Honiton   has   changed   considerably   since   the   early   sixties,   but   even   more   so   since   Roman   times,   when   this   little   town   was   an   important stopping point for the Roman Legions. Devon,   was   one   of   the   first   areas   of   Great   Britain   to   be   settled   following   the   last   Ice Age,   but   modern   Honiton   seems   to   come   to   life   late   in the eleventh century. Historical   records   show   that   there   was   a   settlement   here   in   Roman Times,   Muridunum,   that   translates   to   Hillfort   of   the   Dead.   It   was   a   small religious settlement and trading post on the edge of the Fosseway. The Fosseway being the first great Roman Road in Britain. However,   although   the   name   of   the   town   is   undoubtedly   Anglo   Saxon,   as   far   as   I   can   see,   there   is   no   traceable   connection   between   the town of Honiton of today and Anglo Saxon Britain. It   is   the   word   Wessex   that   unites   us   here   today.   The   ancient   Anglo   Saxon   Kingdom   of   Wessex   and   the   modern   Athelstan   Province   of Wessex Although   the   name   appears   in   the   Domesday   book,   prepared   in   1086,   very   little   is   known   of   Honiton   before   this   period.   Historical   records starting   in   the   eleventh   century   record   the   growth   of   the   town.   It   has   moved   through   various   periods   since   that   date.   Gloves,   Pottery   and Lace feature prominently. Today it has a specialist Antiques market. Freemasonry   in   Devon   can   trace   its   roots   back   to   1732.   St   John   the   Baptist   Lodge   №   39,   meeting   in   Exeter,   has   worked   continuously since that date although it was another 43 years before the Province of Devonshire was constituted.    Masonry   arrived   in   Honiton   in   1806,   in   the   form   of   a   Craft   Lodge   that   had   migrated   from   London.   The   Corinthian   and   Constitutional   Lodge № 188. That Lodge can trace its history back to the Corinthian Lodge which first met in the White Hart, in The Strand, in London in 1765. After   that   Lodge   moved   to   Devon,   the   old   Bye   Laws   show   that   the   Lodge   would   meet   every   month   on   the   Tuesday   before   the   full   moon. The venue, the Golden Lion Inn, now long gone. That Lodge was erased in 1829. A   new   Lodge,   Fortescue   Lodge   No   1149   was   consecrated   in   July   1863.   In   October   of   the   same   year,   for   some   reason   or   other,   it   became Fortescue   Lodge   No   847.   As   was   fashionable   at   the   time,   that   Lodge   met   in   numerous   hostelries   within   the   town,   finally   settling   in   this building in 1921. Fortescue Chapter also meets here. With   this   Craft   and   Royal Arch   background,   it   is   very   appropriate   that   a   new   Court   of Athelstan   should   be   founded   in   Honiton   and   to   meet in this very Temple. Many of the founders of this new Court are members of Fortescue Lodge and Fortescue Chapter. The   original   Province   of   Wessex   dates   back   to   the   arrival   of   King   Cerdic,   Freemasonry   in   Devonshire   dates   from   the   early   1700's.   The Province of Wessex that we, as Court Masons recognise, was founded when Malmesbury Court No. 100 was consecrated in May 2008. Provinces, Regions, Lodges and even Counties come and go, but Masonry, seems to go on for ever. Ceremonies   for   so   many   of   the   Degrees   and   Orders   are   created   from   information   gathered   together   from   different   sources   and   covering extended periods of time. The   Masonic   Order   of   Athelstan   in   England,   Wales   and   its   Provinces   Overseas   is   founded   on   accepted   written   historical   documentation. The Grand Assembly at York in 926. At   that   time,   the   great   traditions   of   symbolic   and   operative   Masonry   that   we   now   recognise   and   practise,   were   constituted,   revived   or organised. A new code of conduct for the governing of the Craft of Masonry was instituted. Over   1000   years   have   passed   since   the   date   of   that   historic   meeting   but   the   basic   rules   for   the   governance   of   society,   laid   down   at   that time, still prevail to this day. It   is   our   duty   as   Masons   to   continue   these   practises.   As   Court   Masons,   we   should   be   looking   for   like   minded   persons   to   join   us   in   this Order. Look for those who hold the same ideals as ourselves. A lot of good will come out of a simple conversation. By   uniting   and   spreading   the   ideals   that   we   hold,   we   may   contribute   to   making   the   world   a   better   place,   not   only   for   ourselves   but   for   future generations. Remember that membership of this highly respected Order is by invitation only. Brethren,   I   exhort   you   to   follow   the   guidance   given   during   the   course   of   your   instruction   earlier   today.   Remember   your   obligation,   wherein you   swore,   that   you   would   uphold   the   honour   and   dignity   of   the   Order,   and   the   high   character   and   usefulness   of   this   Court,   in   both   your civil and private callings. Let us be inspired by our leaders. Work hard and make progress. It is not luck that takes you to the top, it is sheer hard work. Practise outside this Court, that which you learn within. It will stand you in good stead in society. Under the watchful eye of our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Michael Roalfe, his Deputy, Right Worshipful Brother David Buxton and the the Assistant Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Alan Baverstock, both of whom have travelled many miles to be with us today, and, under the guiding hands of the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Malcolm Burns and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother Brian Wright, this Court will go from strength to strength. I paraphrase: It is hoped that membership of this Court, will stimulate your minds to further Masonic research. Brethren, may the Supreme Being and Creator of all things, bless you, guide you and protect you from this day forth and for evermore. I
                   © 2008 Provincial Grand Court of Wessex
Court of King Cerdic No. 82 Meeting at The Masonic Hall, 3 Northcote Lane, Honiton, Devon. EX14 1NP Regular meetings of the Court are held on the 3rd.Wednesday in February (Installation), June and October. CONTACT SECRETARY: W.Bro.Christopher D Hallett, ProvJGD  e-mail: chris@hallett.co.uk Address:  5 Whitehayes Close, Wilmington, East Devon, EX14 9JP Phone: 01404 83 1663 ORATION : The Court of King Cerdic, 28th April 2012 by W.& Em.Bro. Colin Lowther, Provincial Eminent Grand Prior of Wessex. Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brethren, Brethren all. “It   is   hoped   that   it   will   stimulate   your   mind   to   further   Masonic   research.”   Everyone   sitting   in   this   room   today   will have heard that phrase when he was instructed as a Candidate. One day, many months ago, a small band of Brethren gathered together and laid a foundation stone. Since   that   day,   they   have   worked   very   hard   to   build   a   structure   on   which   a   new   Court   of Athelstan   should rest. That structure is now complete. Brethren,   this   is   a   happy   occasion.   Once   again,   we   are   gathered   together   in   Devonshire,   in   peace   and   in harmony   and   to   consecrate   a   new   Court   in   the   Masonic   Order   of Athelstan,   King   Cerdic   Court   №   82.   The seventh Court in the Province of Wessex. In choosing the name, King Cerdic, the founders of this new Court have chosen well. History   tells   us   that   King   Cerdic,   probably   arrived,   and   I   use   those   words   very   carefully,   in   this   country   in the   year   495.   However,   he   was,   I   believe,   without   doubt,   the   founder   and   the   first   King   of   Anglo   Saxon Wessex.   He   reigned   from   A.D.519   to   534.   All   Anglo   Saxon   Kings   are   descend   from   him.   It   is   even suggested that all the Royal families of Europe may be descended from him. We   meet   here   today   in   Honiton,   the   traditional   gateway   to   Devonshire.   Many   Brethren   of   my   age   will recall   driving   through   this   ancient   town   on   the   way   to   a   holiday   resort   on   the   South   coast.   The   main   road through   the   town,   clogged   up   with   the   holiday   traffic.   Today,   most   of   the   through   traffic   now   uses   the   by- pass Honiton   has   changed   considerably   since   the   early   sixties,   but   even   more   so   since   Roman   times,   when this little town was an important stopping point for the Roman Legions. Devon,   was   one   of   the   first   areas   of   Great   Britain   to   be   settled   following   the   last   Ice   Age,   but   modern Honiton seems to come to life late in the eleventh century. Historical   records   show   that   there   was   a   settlement   here   in   Roman   Times,   Muridunum,   that   translates   to Hillfort   of   the   Dead.   It   was   a   small   religious   settlement   and   trading   post   on   the   edge   of   the   Fosseway. The Fosseway being the first great Roman Road in Britain. However,   although   the   name   of   the   town   is   undoubtedly   Anglo   Saxon,   as   far   as   I   can   see,   there   is   no traceable connection between the town of Honiton of today and Anglo Saxon Britain. It   is   the   word   Wessex   that   unites   us   here   today.   The   ancient   Anglo   Saxon   Kingdom   of   Wessex   and   the modern Athelstan Province of Wessex Although   the   name   appears   in   the   Domesday   book,   prepared   in   1086,   very   little   is   known   of   Honiton before   this   period.   Historical   records   starting   in   the   eleventh   century   record   the   growth   of   the   town.   It   has moved   through   various   periods   since   that   date.   Gloves,   Pottery   and   Lace   feature   prominently.   Today   it has a specialist Antiques market. Freemasonry   in   Devon   can   trace   its   roots   back   to   1732.   St   John   the   Baptist   Lodge   №   39,   meeting   in Exeter,   has   worked   continuously   since   that   date   although   it   was   another   43   years   before   the   Province   of Devonshire was constituted.    Masonry   arrived   in   Honiton   in   1806,   in   the   form   of   a   Craft   Lodge   that   had   migrated   from   London.   The Corinthian   and   Constitutional   Lodge   №   188.   That   Lodge   can   trace   its   history   back   to   the   Corinthian Lodge which first met in the White Hart, in The Strand, in London in 1765. After   that   Lodge   moved   to   Devon,   the   old   Bye   Laws   show   that   the   Lodge   would   meet   every   month   on   the Tuesday   before   the   full   moon. The   venue,   the   Golden   Lion   Inn,   now   long   gone. That   Lodge   was   erased   in 1829. A   new   Lodge,   Fortescue   Lodge   No   1149   was   consecrated   in   July   1863.   In   October   of   the   same   year,   for some   reason   or   other,   it   became   Fortescue   Lodge   No   847.   As   was   fashionable   at   the   time,   that   Lodge met   in   numerous   hostelries   within   the   town,   finally   settling   in   this   building   in   1921.   Fortescue   Chapter   also meets here. With   this   Craft   and   Royal Arch   background,   it   is   very   appropriate   that   a   new   Court   of Athelstan   should   be founded   in   Honiton   and   to   meet   in   this   very Temple.   Many   of   the   founders   of   this   new   Court   are   members of Fortescue Lodge and Fortescue Chapter. The   original   Province   of   Wessex   dates   back   to   the   arrival   of   King   Cerdic,   Freemasonry   in   Devonshire dates   from   the   early   1700's.   The   Province   of   Wessex   that   we,   as   Court   Masons   recognise,   was   founded when Malmesbury Court No. 100 was consecrated in May 2008. Provinces, Regions, Lodges and even Counties come and go, but Masonry, seems to go on for ever. Ceremonies   for   so   many   of   the   Degrees   and   Orders   are   created   from   information   gathered   together   from different sources and covering extended periods of time. The   Masonic   Order   of   Athelstan   in   England,   Wales   and   its   Provinces   Overseas   is   founded   on   accepted written historical documentation. The Grand Assembly at York in 926. At   that   time,   the   great   traditions   of   symbolic   and   operative   Masonry   that   we   now   recognise   and   practise, were   constituted,   revived   or   organised.   A   new   code   of   conduct   for   the   governing   of   the   Craft   of   Masonry was instituted. Over    1000    years    have    passed    since    the    date    of    that    historic    meeting    but    the    basic    rules    for    the governance of society, laid down at that time, still prevail to this day. It   is   our   duty   as   Masons   to   continue   these   practises.   As   Court   Masons,   we   should   be   looking   for   like minded   persons   to   join   us   in   this   Order.   Look   for   those   who   hold   the   same   ideals   as   ourselves.   A   lot   of good will come out of a simple conversation. By   uniting   and   spreading   the   ideals   that   we   hold,   we   may   contribute   to   making   the   world   a   better   place, not   only   for   ourselves   but   for   future   generations.   Remember   that   membership   of   this   highly   respected Order is by invitation only. Brethren,   I   exhort   you   to   follow   the   guidance   given   during   the   course   of   your   instruction   earlier   today. Remember   your   obligation,   wherein   you   swore,   that   you   would   uphold   the   honour   and   dignity   of   the Order, and the high character and usefulness of this Court, in both your civil and private callings. Let us be inspired by our leaders. Work hard and make progress. It is not luck that takes you to the top, it is sheer hard work. Practise outside this Court, that which you learn within. It will stand you in good stead in society. Under the watchful eye of our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Michael Roalfe, his Deputy, Right Worshipful Brother David Buxton and the the Assistant Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Alan Baverstock, both of whom have travelled many miles to be with us today, and, under the guiding hands of the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Malcolm Burns and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother Brian Wright, this Court will go from strength to strength. I paraphrase: It is hoped that membership of this Court, will stimulate your minds to further Masonic research. Brethren, may the Supreme Being and Creator of all things, bless you, guide you and protect you from this day forth and for evermore.