Fortieth Celebrations at Wudcestre Priory

28th January 2023

Monday saw a special event held at the Wudcestre Priory of Malta which meets at the Ashington Masonic Centre.

The Priory was honoured by the presence of both the Right Eminent Provincial Prior, Kevin Stannard, and the Provincial Sub Prior and Prior of Malta, Bill Bewick, to celebrate 40 years of service to the Order of Eminent Knight Clive Warham, Past Great Ade de Camp.

Whilst a born and bred Ashington Lad, Clive has lived in Middlesbrough for many years in connection with his work as a school teacher.

His Masonic career is very impressive commencing with his initiation into Ashington Lodge No.2868 in 1977, becoming Master in 1988.  He was promoted in Provincial Grand Lodge to Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in 1996 and received subsequent promotion to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2010.  He joined Viking Lodge No.7934, which meets at Morpeth Masonic Hall, in 2006 and was Master in 2008 and is also a member of Beamish Temple Lodge No.9815, in the Province of Durham, where he is the Organist.

He was Exalted into Ashington Royal Arch Chapter No.2868 in 1978, becoming Z in 1993. He was promoted in Provincial Grand Chapter, in 1997, as Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, receiving promotion, in 2022 to Past Provincial Grand Sojourner.  He is also a member of Indaba Royal Arch Chapter, in the Province of Durham, where he was Z in 2017.

Clive joined the Knights Templar in 1982 when he was Installed into Erimus Preceptory No.187, in the Province of Yorkshire North & East Ridings, where he was Eminent Preceptor in 1993 and is currently the Organist. Clive was a Founder Member of Wudcestre Preceptory No.537 in 1985 and is one of only three remaining founders. He was promoted to Provincial Sword Bearer in 1991 and promoted to Provincial Herald in 1994. He achieved Grand Rank, becoming Past Great Ade De Camp in 2016.

In presenting Clive with his Certificate and Commemorative Tie marking his 40 years in the Order, the Provincial Prior referred to the many other Orders of which Clive was a member, achieving Grand Rank in them all.

Clive is a talented musician, and it was nice that he was able to play the organ during the ceremony to further enhance the evening.

Following the ceremony, all present were then able to enjoy a Scottish themed Festive Board, as Burns Night followed later in the week.  

Congratulations to Clive on a fantastic achievement and we wish you many more happy years within Freemasonry.

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