District of Cambridge and Isle of Ely
Welcome and Introduction from the Inspector General - Very Illustrious Brother Dr Nigel Williams
Welcome to the home page of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for the District of Cambridge and Isle of Ely which I hope will be of interest to both members of the Order and those who wish to consider membership.
The Order has been in existence for over 200 years and is practised extensively throughout the world. It is governed in England and Wales by the Supreme Council 33°. This Council was formed in 1845 and has its headquarters in Duke Street St James’s London. An Inspector General is appointed by Supreme Council to lead each District and he can appoint a District Recorder to assist in the administrative work involved. For more information about the Supreme Council please click here.
The District of Cambridge and Isle of Ely was formed in 1998. Previously the District of Norfolk and Isle of Ely and the Suffolk and Cambridge District covered the area of the present District. The first Inspector General, my predecessor V Ill Bro Deryck Gent led the District from its formation until 2008 when I took over.
There are eight Chapters in the District including a Higher Degrees Chapter with a total membership of about 350. They are based in the Masonic centres of Cambridge, Newmarket, Ely, March, and Wisbech. For more information and contact details click on the appropriate icon above.
The Order builds on the teachings of Craft masonry. There are three qualifications for membership;
a candidate must have been
- initiated or obligated in a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England,
- be a Master Mason for at least 12 months and
- must profess the Trinitarian Christian faith.
Most Chapters meet three times a year as a result of which the costs of membership are fairly modest. Annual subscriptions and dining fees are reasonable and the Regalia requirements are restricted to a collar and jewel.
A Rose Croix mason is encouraged to progress which means going through the Chair and from that obtaining promotion to the Higher Degrees. These ceremonies are carried out at Supreme Council headquarters and are often one of the highlight of an individual’s masonic career.
Dr Nigel Williams