THE SUPREME COUNCIL 33° 

OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED RITE 10 DUKE STREET ST JAMES’S FOR ENGLAND AND WALES LONDON SW1Y 6BS AND ITS DISTRICTS 

AND CHAPTERS OVERSEAS 

020 7930 1606 January 2022 info@sc33.org.uk 

ANNUAL CIRCULAR No 139 

Dear Sir and Brother, 

This Annual Circular comprises a report on the activities of the Order since 1st January 2021, notices of  forthcoming events, announcements of administrative changes, reminders about certain Rules and guidance  and instructions on relations with foreign jurisdictions. 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL 

Membership of the Supreme Council 33° stands, with effect from 1st January 2022, as follows: 

MPBro G D A Elgood 33° Sovereign Grand Commander VPBro D K Williamson 33° Lieutenant Grand Commander MIllBro the Rt Hon the Lord Wigram MVO 33° Grand Marshal 

MIllBro R E Furber 33° Grand Captain General 

MIllBro John Boyington CBE 33° Grand Treasurer General HEMIllBro J A F Thom QC 33° Grand Chamberlain 

MIllBro N G I Bosanquet 33° Grand Chancellor 

MIllBro the Revd Dr S A Thorn 33° Grand Prior 

MIllBro Dr G R E Shilson 33° Grand Secretary General HE∴ 

SUMMARY OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL’S ACTIVITIES 

During the period under review Members of the Supreme Council held three meetings of the 33° at which eight  candidates were promoted, conducted five meetings of the Higher Degrees (during which 258 Brethren were  invested), installed six Inspectors General, re-presented patents to eight Inspectors General (seven by proxy and  one in person) and visited the Districts of: Baldwyn, Cambridge & Isle of Ely, Devonshire, Northamptonshire &  Huntingdonshire, Somerset, South Wales & Monmouthshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the St James  and St Matthew Groups of London Chapters. One visit to foreign jurisdictions was conducted, for the  inauguration of the Sovereign Grand Commander for Finland in Helsinki. During the year, Members of the  Supreme Council for Germany and India and the Grand Master of the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient  Freemasons attended meetings at Duke Street. Since July 2021 the Council has once again been meeting  physically rather than virtually. 

33RD DEGREE 

The Supreme Council records with great regret the death of the following members of the 33°: 

MPBro G L Tedder 33° Past Sovereign Grand Commander 

VIllBro G M Cooper 33° Past Inspector General for Lincolnshire 

VIllBro Graham Aitken 33° Past Inspector General for Nottinghamshire VIllBro F J Rademan 33° Past Inspector General for South Africa, Eastern Natal 

The 33rd and last Degree was conferred on the following Brethren: 

VIllBro D R Jarvis 33° Inspector General Designate in Charge, Berkshire VIllBro M P Penny 33° Inspector General, St James Group of London Chapters VIllBro M T Penny 33° Inspector General, Devonshire

VIllBro R J Hopkinson-Woolley 33° Inspector General, St Matthew Group of London Chapters VIllBro Darryll Robertson 33° Inspector General Designate in Charge, South Africa, Western Natal VIllBro D C van Vuuren 33° Inspector General Designate in Charge, South Africa, Central VIllBro A S McLaren 33° Inspector General Designate in Charge, North East Lancashire VIllBro J R Hubbard 33° Inspector General Designate in Charge, South Essex VIllBro W N C Hale 33° Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies 33° VIllBro the Revd Dr S A Thorn 33° Grand Prior Designate 

The Supreme Council has been pleased to extend the following patents for a further period: 

VIllBro M A F Ribeiro 33° Ghana 

VIllBro C N Burn 33° South Africa, North East 

VIllBro Ian Clark 33° South West Lancashire 

VIllBro Wg Cdr P N I Harborne 33° Buckinghamshire 

VIllBro J A Carey 33° Bahamas & Turks 

VIllBro W D O Ookok 33° East Africa 

OFFICIALS OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL 

The Supreme Council is pleased to announce the following promotions and appointment: 

IllBro A R Brumwell JP 32° Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies IllBro J D A Smithdale 31° Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies IllBro G A Cowley 32° Deputy Grand Organist 

STAFF 

In November 2021, we welcomed Mr Mark Wheeler to the team as Front of House and Deputy, Buildings. 

CHAPTERS 

No Warrants were granted for new Chapters. 

Centenary Warrants were granted to Faith Chapter No. 210 (Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Wessex) and  Pontypridd Chapter No. 227 (South Wales & Monmouthshire). 

The following Chapters surrendered their Warrants to the Supreme Council during 2021: George Harradon  Chapter No. 330 (South West Lancashire); Gethsemane Chapter No. 382 (South West Lancashire); Rufford  Chapter No. 689 (Nottinghamshire); Eighteenth Milestone Chapter No. 727 (Middlesex); Canon Francis Paton Williams No. 781 (North East Lancashire); St George at Chertsey Chapter No. 984 (Surrey); and Trireme Chapter  No. 1047 (North Essex). 

HIGHER DEGREES MEETINGS OVERSEAS 

Higher Degrees Meetings were held in Ghana and Nigeria. 

MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS 

Owing to Covid-19, just 45 candidates were Perfected in the year to 30th June 2021 compared with 696 in the  previous year and 972 in 2019. The number of subscriptions received fell by 1,587 to 23,821. The number of extant  Chapters on 30th June 2021 was 899 with an average membership of 27. The average age of candidates for  Perfection was 52. 

RELATIONS WITH OTHER JURISDICTIONS 

The Supreme Council is currently in amity with the following jurisdictions: 

a) The Supreme Councils for the United States of America (the Southern Jurisdiction and the Northern  Masonic Jurisdiction), Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Côte  d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Ireland, Israel, Latvia,  Luxembourg, Mauritius, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania,  

Russia, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela;

b) The Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish Orders of Freemasons. 

For the avoidance of doubt, please note that relations with any body styling itself the Supreme Council for  Greece are currently suspended. 

If you intend to visit a Chapter of a jurisdiction with which we are in amity, other than Scotland or Ireland,  please obtain your Inspector General’s approval in advance. This is particularly important in the case of  territories, such as France, in which there are several Supreme Councils of which only one is considered  regular. The same applies if you wish to invite a member of another jurisdiction to visit your Chapter. If you  wish to visit a Chapter under the Supreme Council for Ireland, you must contact the office of the Grand Secretary  General beforehand. 

Communications between Supreme Councils are normally conducted by Grand Secretaries General. Brethren  should therefore not attempt, without the Grand Secretary General’s prior permission, to make direct contact  with another jurisdiction. 

FINANCE—YEAR ENDED 30TH JUNE 2021 

2021 2020 

Balance Sheet: £ £ 

Fixed assets 1,048,490 1,054,914 

Investments 1,251 1,251 

Net current assets 1,098,359849,729 

Net assets 2,148,100 1,905,894 

Capital Fund 2,148,100 1,905,894 

Income and Expenditure Account: 

Income from: 

Members 520,759 651,045 

Rent/hire of rooms 176,349 187,270 

Investments & deposits 158 512 

Other income 117,82818,399 

815,094 857,226 

Expenditure: 

Staff costs 372,368 392,981 

Building admin./maintenance 125,630 167,067 

Office administration 66,583 98,339 

Council activities 8,30797,289 

572,888755,676 

Surplus for the year before 

release of provisions 242,206 101,550 

Release of provisions 0 324,536 

Capital Fund brought forward 1,905,8941,479,808 

Capital Fund carried forward 2,148,100 1,905,894 

The above is extracted from the accounts audited by haysmacintyre LLP, Chartered Accountants. If any member  of the Order wishes to view the audited accounts, he may do so with prior notification to the office. Please note  that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, which once again greatly affected the financial year, the accounts show a  surplus in funds, owing largely to: income from the Coronavirus Job Retention (‘furlough’) Scheme, grants from  Westminster City Council, a rates holiday, committed (but deferred) expenditure and curtailed Council activities. 

ANNUAL DUES AND FEES 

The Supreme Council has decided that the Annual Dues payable on 1st July 2022 will once again remain at  £20.00 (plus VAT where applicable) for every subscribing member of each Chapter during all or part of the  preceding year. Districts overseas (except where special arrangements apply) will continue to remit £16.00 per  subscribing member, retaining the balance of £4.00 to help defray District costs.

DISTRICT/GROUP LEVIES 

The maximum levy that each Inspector General is authorised to make on each subscribing member in his  District/Group to help defray District/Group costs remains at £2.00. 

QUALIFICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP 

Brethren are reminded that all candidates for membership of the Ancient and Accepted Rite under our  jurisdiction must profess the Trinitarian Christian faith and have been Master Masons for at least one year as  set out in Rule 36(a)(ii) of the Rules of the Order. Proposers and seconders must check that their candidates are  duly qualified. 

BRETHREN MOVING TO ANOTHER DISTRICT 

Any member moving home to another District is strongly encouraged to advise his current Inspector General in  order to receive assistance with an introduction to the Inspector General of his new District and to a Chapter  near his new home. 

DUAL ALLEGIANCE/AFFILIATION 

Brethren are reminded that except in Cyprus, New Zealand and India, where specific arrangements are in force,  allegiance to more than one Supreme Council is not permitted. Enquiries about this subject are to be submitted  to the Grand Secretary General. 

THE 2022 YEAR BOOK 

The Supreme Council requires that a copy of the Year Book be given to every new member on his Perfection. 

The Year Book provides information that cannot be included in Annual Circulars, such as detailed lists of  members of the South African Branch Council, the 33°, Districts, Groups and Chapters. It also contains an  Historical Section, with chronological lists of Members of the Supreme Council (and the offices they have held) and of other members of the 33°. It should also be noted, that in the light of recent data protection legislation, it  has been decided that the contact details for Chapter Recorders will no longer be shown in the Year Book. Any  member seeking to contact or visit a Chapter should do so through the relevant District or Group Recorder. A  copy of the Year Book, the cost of which is £12, is sent to each Chapter Recorder. You may order copies of the  2022 Year Book through your Recorder or purchase one in person from Reception at 10 Duke Street St James’s. 

KING EDWARD VII CHAPTER OF IMPROVEMENT—DEMONSTRATIONS 

In 2022, by permission of the Supreme Council, demonstrations of the 14° will be given on: Monday 25th  April at Freemasons’ Hall, London; Saturday 11th June at the Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth;  Saturday 18th June at Saxon Hall, Southend-on-Sea; Saturday 2nd July at Brookfield Hall, Bolton; and Saturday  16th July at the Masonic Hall, Nottingham. 

In 2023, demonstrations of the 15° and 16° will be given on: Monday 24th April at Freemasons’ Hall, London;  Saturday 3rd June at Sindlesham Masonic Centre, Berkshire; Saturday 10th June at Langstone Cliff Hotel,  Dawlish Warren, Devonshire; and Saturday 24th June at the Masonic Hall, Rochdale. 

The Members of the Supreme Council take this opportunity to thank all members of the Order for their  continued support at this challenging time, and send their very best wishes for 2022. 

Yours faithfully and fraternally, 

Dr G R E Shilson 33° 

Grand Secretary General HE