Divisional Grand Conclave of Sussex

The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine
and the Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and of St. John the Evangelist

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Forthcoming Red Cross Meetings

Thursday 28th June - Pilgrims Cross No 431

Wednesday 11th July - In Deo Fidemus No 423

Friday 7th September - Rose of England No 227

Tuesday 18th September - Victorious No 495
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London to Brighton Bike Ride


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Steve Purnell the Provincial Vice-Chancellor for KT and Bernard Marchant, Deputy Intendant-General are taking part in the London to Brighton cycle event on September 16th 2018 in aid of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group.

If you would like to support them please click here. and follow the on-screen instructions to make a donation between £2.00 and £100.00.

If you wish to find our more about the Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group you can visit their website here.
Further information regarding the charity bike ride is available on the official London to Brighton Bike Ride website here.





Divisional conclave 12th May 2018

The Divisional Conclave was held on Saturday 12th May 2018 in the presence of over 100 Worthy Knights. This included many Distinguished guests who had travelled from far and wide for the meeting. There were also a number of Heads of Orders from Sussex supporting the meeting. The meeting was also honoured by the presence of the star guest Right Illustrious and Venerable Knight, The Revd. Timothy John Nicholas L’Estrange, GCC the Grand Eusebius, although he arrived slightly late due to the after effects of the previous nights takeaway.
During the course of the meeting the Intendant-General was very pleased to present the Grand Eusebius with a cheque for £1000 on behalf of the Division towards the Grand Sovereigns Care for Children Fund. The day concluded with 80 of the Worthy Knights enjoying a Festive Dinner followed by a few toasts and short responses.

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WEEKEND on the ISLE of WHITE.

On Friday 20th April 2018 a few members of the Order with their wives/partners travelled courtesy of the Wight minibus company to the Isle of Wight for a pleasant weekend break. We arrived at the Aqua Hotel in Shanklin in plenty of time for dinner and relaxed in the bar afterwards chatting and socialising.
After a good nights’ sleep and a hearty breakfast, the IOW coach collected us from the hotel and took us off to the pearl factory where many a gentlemen’s wallet took a good pasting. Back on the bus and off to the Dimbola museum.
This was the home of famed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, friend of the poet Tennyson who lived nearby. The picture exhibition and the artefacts on display were superb and everyone enjoyed the guided tour by Mike, a member of the voluntary staff.
Lunch followed and then it was off to Alum Bay. Most took the chair lift to the beach and then on to a pleasure boat for a leisurely trip around the needles. (see pictures). Then it was back to the hotel for dinner and the usual Solent sound disco, (with a difference), who gave a brilliant show of music through the modern ages.
On Sunday, following another hearty breakfast, the coach arrived to take us to the Busy Bee garden centre for retail therapy, (gents wallets again). Many purchases were made, and everyone enjoyed the morning. Back to the hotel for lunch and then home.
I hope that everyone attending had a great weekend. It certainly seemed so and I thank everyone for attending. I also wish to thank James and Annette, owners of the Aqua Hotel, for making our stay so pleasant.

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TOTTINGTON MANOR CHRISTMAS LUNCH.

On Saturday 9th December 2017, the Division held a Christmas luncheon for all members of the Division and their family and friends as an informal start to the Christmas festivities.
It was held at Tottington Manor, (a central location for the Division), and comprised a 3 course traditional Christmas luncheon with a vegetarian alternative.
The luncheon was very well attended by many members of RCC and the total sitting down was 73 people. The food and the service were both excellent and the view from the dining room superb. Suffice to say that a good time was had by all those attending. This event was purely a social function. There was not a raffle or any kind of fund raising for charity, by the wish of a number of members of the Division.
We were honoured by the presence of the Grand Sovereign, Graham Flight and his wife Sue, who both expressed their pleasure in being able to attend and added that they both enjoyed the festive lunch.
My thanks are sent to the organiser, our Divisional Recorder, Andy Knight, for all the hard work he put into the organisation of the event and to his partner Susan who, I have no doubt, contributed to the workload.
The photographs show various members and their guests having a good time, and I hope you will support the future social events organised for the Division.

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ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES DINNER


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On Friday 13th October 2017, a number of members of the Red Cross of Constantine accompanied the Right Illustrious Intendant-General and his wife and neighbours to Highley Manor Hotel in Balcombe for an evening dinner with an “Only fools and Horses” themed entertainment.

The show featured Del Boy, Rodney, Casandra, Grandad, Trigger, Boycee, and Marlene.

The show was conducted around the 80 people attendance throughout the meal and it was laughter all the way. All the sketches were instantly recognisable but still the laughter from the crowd roared out for the entire performance of around 3 hours.

The food was excellent and the service very good and all those attending had a most enjoyable evening.

The picture shows the Intendant-General with the cast of the show and his 13 year old Granddaughter, Lara Sims, after the show.



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EULOGY FOR DENIS BEST


Denis Best was born on 6th April 1926 and was a licensee by profession.He discovered an interest in Freemasonry and joined Tyrian Lodge in February 1967 becoming their master in 1977. He joined Tyrian Chapter in April 1970. In 1984 he received his first Craft appointment to Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon and was promoted to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 1999. He also held the Grand Rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer which he received in 1993.
On 9th January 1978 he joined Rose of St. Mary Conclave No 274 meeting at Eastbourne, his home town, where he was a member for 39 years. He went on to join Emmanuel Conclave No 438 on 23rd May 1999. He was the Sovereign of Rose of St. Mary Conclave in 1995 and the Sovereign of Emmanuel Conclave in 2004. He was still very active in Rose of St. Mary Conclave being their current Almoner and Orator. He performed the duties of both offices with great zeal and last October gave the Oration superbly for the candidate that evening.
In the Red Cross of Constantine, he was appointed to Divisional Steward in 1996, promoted to Divisional 1st Herald in 1997, then on to Divisional Standard Bearer (Constantine) in 1998, Divisional Almoner in 2000, Divisional Registrar in 2001, Divisional Junior General in 2002, Past Divisional Senior General in 2003, and Divisional Eusebius in 2009.
In Grand Rank, he was appointed to Past Grand Warden of Regalia in 2000, promoted to Past Grand High Chamberlain in 2006 and further promoted to Past Grand High Chancellor in 2013, making him a Very Illustrious Knight of which he was immensely proud.
Denis was also a member of Knights Templar which he joined in 1990 and he received the Grand Rank of Past Great Aide de Comp in 2011 and in the Malta Degree he received the Grand Rank of Past Great Baillie in 2011. Similarly, he was a member of Knights Templar Priests, joining St. Clement Tabernacle No 70 in 1998. He took the chair in 2007 and held the Grand Rank of Past Grand 6th Pillar.
Denis was a very quiet and very kind man and mason. He was always ready to assist at meetings and was very active in all the units of which he was a member. He was a well-respected Mason which is clearly shown in his receiving 8 Divisional appointments over 13 years in the Red Cross of Constantine, all except one being active ranks. He is well loved in all the orders he belonged to and will be greatly missed by many Masons in Sussex and beyond.
Denis, may you rest in peace.

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Divisional AGM held at Charmandean Centre on Saturday 13th May 2017.

The annual divisional meeting was attended by many representatives of other Red Cross Divisions and Heads of Orders within Sussex. There were also many Worthy Knights from the Division of Sussex. Following the meeting an exelent lunch was enjoyed by all.
Please click here to view a letter of thanks from R.Ill.Kt. Paul Rose.
The address givin by the Intendant-General can be viewed here .


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CHARITY DONATION FROM FREEMASONS
GRAND SOVEREIGN’S CARE FOR CHILDREN FUND


On Thursday 23rd March 2017, the Intendant-General attended the Tree of Hope, Salford House in Tonbridge together with his Deputy I-G, Bernard Marchant, the Divisional Recorder, Andy Knight and the Divisional Sentinel, Mike Chambers to present a cheque in the sum of £1,000 from the Grand Sovereign’s Care for Children Fund towards the LEO LEYLAND fund.
Leo1They were met by the Tree of Hope family support officer, Georgina Sales, Leo’s mum, Tarnia and his dad, Stefan Leyland, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the Tree of Hope. The main photo shows the presentation, with the I-G in the centre presenting the cheque to Stefan, with Tarnia and Leo lower centre. The other people in the picture are from left to right, back row, Andy Knight, Mike Chambers, Stefan and the I-G, Tree of Hope’s Finance Manager, David Grist and Bernard Marchant on the far right. The ladies, all representing the Tree of hope, from left to right are Elizabeth Alvey, (Tarnia and Leo), Georgina Sales and Catherine Marsh.
Leo was born 10 weeks premature and suffered a pre-birth haemorrhage in his brain resulting in him getting Hemiplegia cerebral palsy. Because of this, he has high muscle tone in his leg and arm resulting in a form of toe poking and closed fist. There is a life changing new pioneering operation that Leo can have called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). Unfortunately, the NHS will not fund this and he will need private care in America. Without this operation, Leo will find it very difficult to be mobile for the rest of his life but he must have this operation before he is 5 years old. His family have, to date, raised £28,000 (before today), towards the £70,000 required to give this little boy a normal life. The I-G said he was extremely pleased to make the presentation of the cheque for £1,000 from the Grand Sovereigns care for children fund, as it will benefit Leo bringing him nearer to a dramatic change in his life for the better. He added that the presentation of the cheque reminded him that there are still many children suffering from terrible conditions, but being well cared for and his hope is that Leo’s family succeed in raising the remainder of the money required. They have now, with this donation, raised £29,000. If anyone would like to help Leo reach his target you can donate any amount at www.treeofhope.org.uk/helpleotowalk or contact Georgina Sales at the Tree of hope on 01892 535525.
Finally, the I-G presented a soft cuddly teddy bear to Leo who was rather more enamoured with the kit-kat he was eating.
Further photo’s of the presentation are included for your information and Leo’s parents and staff at the Tree of Hope have expressed their grateful thanks to the members of the Order. The I-G has passed those thanks on to the Grand Sovereign and his committee that oversee such donations.
Stefan has promised to keep the I-G informed of Leo’s progress and when that occurs, it will appear on the website news page.

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CHARITY DONATION TO SNOWDROP TRUST
ON BEHALF OF
GRAND SOVEREIGN’S CARE FOR CHILDREN FUND.

On Tuesday 18th October 2016, I attended the Snowdrop Trust in Walberton, West Sussex and presented a cheque in the sum of £1,000 from the Grand Sovereign’s Care For Children Fund. We were met by the Fundraiser, Mrs. Diana Levantine, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity. The photo shows the presentation, for which the charity expressed their gratitude.

Also attached is a brief explanation of the work undertaken by the charity and I recommend that all members of the order read through them to gain an insight into what a difficult world it is for some very unfortunate individuals in this world. Unless you visit and see for yourselves what goes on at the Trust, you have little idea what magnificent work is done to ease the lives of those youngsters far less fortunate than ourselves.

On behalf of the Division, I have forwarded my thanks to the Grand Sovereign for making this donation from his charity.

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A brief explanation of the work undertaken by Chestnut Tree House can be seen by clicking here and you can visit their website here.


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CHARITY DONATION TO CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE
AND CHAILY HERATAGE ON BEHALF OF
GRAND SOVEREIGN’S CARE FOR CHILDREN FUND.

On Thursday 21st July 2016, my Deputy Intendant-General and I attended the Chestnut Tree House, Arundel and presented a cheque in the sum of £2,500 from the Grand Sovereign’s Care For Children Fund.
We were met by the Fundraiser, Caroline Roberts-Quigley, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity.

The photo’s show the presentation, for which the charity expressed their gratitude.

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In the afternoon, we both travelled to Chailey and made a similar presentation to the Chailey Heritage foundation from the same Grand Sovereign’s Care For Children Fund.
Similarly, we were met by their Fundraiser, Sally Anne Murray, who accepted the cheque on behalf of that charity.

The photo’s show the presentation, for which they are similarly grateful.

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Also attached is a brief explanation of the work undertaken by both charities and I recommend that all members of the order read through them to gain an insight into what a difficult world it is for some very unfortunate individuals in this world.

A brief explanation of the work undertaken by Chestnut Tree House can be seen by clicking here and you can visit their website here.

A brief explanation of the work undertaken by Chailey Heritage can be seen by clicking here and you can visit their website here.

Unless you visit and see for yourselves what goes on at both venues, you have little idea what magnificent work is done to ease the lives of those youngsters far less fortunate than ourselves.

On behalf of the Division, I have forwarded my thanks to the Grand Sovereign for making these two donations from his charity.


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