I have been asked to present The Walking Charge at our next 3rd degree (likely to be in 2009). While I can find many versions of it on the web, some with instructions on giving signs and others with instructions for either walking around the Lodge or walking in a "V" pattern, I am struggling to make this work in my head. Most of the information on the web is American or Canadian. I know the charge is referred to as The Walking Charge, The Canadian Charge and The Candlelight Charge. The version I have been given does not contain one specific verse found on the American sites.
Specifically, I would appreciate any advice on how the charge is performed in England. Where is the Candidate placed? Is there a recommended way of walking around the lodge? Would you involve the seated members, at any point? What do you do with the general lighting?
I am sure there is probably no one right way of presenting this charge but I would be very grateful if any of you could offer some guidance. And if anyone knows of a Lodge where the charge is to be performed, in London, Herts, Beds, Bucks or Middlesex in particular, during 2008, I would appreciate the opportunity to visit.
Thanks Penfold. That does seem to be the logical place for the candidate. Did the presenter move around the lodge, in a clockwise manner from the SE, or just move around in front of the candidate, perhaps in a "V" formation, or just simply stand still until required to move by the actions detailed in the charge?
A beautiful piece of Ritual! I saw it performed by a Brother from the (UGLE) Province of Hampshire . Even I would say that this is one piece that simply could NOT be read and would require to be done from memory.
Perhaps a letter or e-mail to The Provincial Grand lodge of Hampshire might be helpful as regards stage directions etc?
I think you maybe talking about W.Bro.Chris Rashbrook PAPGM (in Surrey)who was also in Hampshire. He was great at doing this piece of ritual which i never tired of seeing him perform.Sadly though he died, I think on Christmas eve 2014, (details are sketchy at the moment) his funeral was on January 5th 2015. There will be a memorial service on the 5th February 2015 in Winchester. Tyler
I was honoured to have the W.Bro Chris Rashbroom perform the Walking Charge at my Third Degree. It has left a lasting impression on me and I am deeply saddened on his passing to the Grand Lodge Above. As a tribute to honour him, I am going to learn the walking charge and can only hope to emulate his awesome standard. I have a question.....if anybody knows the floor work that goes with the UGLE rendition of the walking charge, can you please advise?
Yes, such a shame, I was privileged to have known him for a number of years... one of the more honest 'of himself' of an APGM and above I have come across. Many brethren in Surrey and Hampshire and no doubt other provinces have enjoyed his rendition of it. Unfortunately as I spend most of my time abroad these days I am no longer able to help you. I can only suggest that you look up online the various web pages as some do have the floor work and when to do the signs etc... I do not think to be honest that to start with it is necessary to do the floor work - the words are special in themselves - get confident in doing the words and signs and I think you will find the floor work will come naturally. Dont forget to get the version that starts off with - "My Brother, it must indeed be very gratifying to know that you are now a Master Mason and have sealed your allegiance with one of the grandest and noblest fraternities in existence, one that encircles the whole globe and whose influence for good is never ending........" there are versions with this section missing. Was it at Surbiton by the way you did your 3rd