Sepulchri Custodes Conclave No. 528 Consecrated in Burton-on-Trent


Burton-on-Trent is perhaps best known for its Brewing industry but it was the Consecration of a new Red Cross of Constantine Conclave that attracted a large number of Knights of the Order to the town on Thursday 30 May. Sepulchri Custodes Conclave No. 528 has been formed as a working Conclave for members of the Derbyshire Division’s Sepulchre Guard. The Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Leslie Flight was in attendance as the Constituting Sovereign, ably assisted by the Grand Eusebius, R.Ill. & Ven.Kt. The Rev. Timothy L’Estrange. On this occasion not only were they joined by the Deputy Grand Sovereign, R.Ill. & Em.Kt. Peter Hawken, MBE, who acted as Grand Senior General, but also the Past Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Richard Wallis.

The Consecration ceremony in this Order has several aspects that are unique to the Order and is very colourful. The Knights were treated to a very interesting Oration by Ill.Kt. The Rev. Justin Parker who was acting as Grand High Prelate. At the after proceedings the Grand Sovereign was presented with a gift to remind him of this visit to the Division, a pair of cufflinks set with “Blue John”, a mineral found only in Derbyshire.

RCC Transvaal Division makes a Donation to Nazareth House Orphanage

The Divisional Treasurer for the Red Cross of Constantine Division of Transvaal, Orange Free State and Northern Cape, P.Kt. Nic Benson, was pleased to visit Nazareth House which hosts an orphanage and a frailty care centre to present a cheque for 10,000 Rand (c. £550). This donation was warmly received as recently they were obliged to close the Hospice section due to a halt in subsidies.

Receiving the cheque is Sister Veronica.

Cheque for £2,000 Presented to Rick Wakeman for LifeLites Children's Charity

The Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Flight, G.C.C. accompanied by the Deputy Grand Sovereign, R.Ill. & E.Kt. Peter Hawken, MBE, G.C.C. and Charities Manager, W.Kt. Darren Coleman-Heald met with musical royalty at Freemasons’ Hall in London on behalf of the Grand Sovereign’s Care for Children Fund. He presented non-other than Rick Wakeman with a cheque for £2,000 towards his appeal for the Lifelites charity.

Through the magic of technology, Lifelites gives life-limited and disabled children in hospices, opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have had. They provide specialist entertainment and educational technology packages for young people to learn, play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate - for as long as it is possible. They do this for 10,000 children at every baby and children's hospices across the British Isles. So, wherever you are, there will be a Lifelites project for children near you. 

Once again, the Worthy Knights of the Order have made a significant contribution to helping those less able than themselves. My thanks to you all for your ongoing support to the Grand Sovereign’s Care for Children Fund.




For more information, you can read more about the Grand Sovereign's Care for Children Fund or download an Application Form to help support causes like these.

V.Ill.Kt. George William Bristow Celebrates 50 years in the Red Cross of Constantine

V.Ill.Kt. George William Bristow P.G.H.Alm. celebrated having been Installed into the Red Cross of Constantine 50 years ago, on 30 January 1969 at a meeting of Heraclius Conclave, No. 404 on Thursday 31 January 2019.

During this time, George has been a founder member of 3 Conclaves and a joining member of another Conclave within the Division of Dorset and Wiltshire. He has taken the Chair several times and continues to be an active Member of the Order.

Sending you our best wishes from all at Mark Grand Lodge.


Photo (left-to-right): M.P.Kt. Laurie Brookes M.P.S. Heraclius Conclave, No. 404; V.Ill.Kt. George Bristow P.G.H.Alm.; R.Ill.Kt. Matthew Burt Intendant-General for Dorset & Wiltshire