Ascebi Chapter Rose Croix N0.1153
Ascebi Chapter Rose Croix No.1153 was consecrated on the 23 May 2003 at Freemasons' Hall, London Road, Leicester by members of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite.
The consecration was well attended with representatives from the surrounding districts.
The first Most Wise Sovereign of the chapter was Ill Bro F William Gregory 30 ° who since the consecration has been promoted to the 31 °
The regular meetings of Ascebi Chapter will be held at the Masonic Hall, Lower Church Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire on the first Monday in November (enthronement), the first Tuesday in May and the first Monday in July.
In the Domesday Book of 1086, Ashby-de-la-Zouch is referred to merely as ASCEBI, the suffix only being added sometime in the second half of the 12th century to distinguish it from other Ashbys in the county. It means the by or homestead of Aski, presumably the leader of the Danes who settled there.
The Rose Croix Chapter is thus using the earliest known name of the town.
The striking logo adopted by the Chapter dates from the late 12th century, and was used as a seal by William de Belmes, son of Alan La Zouch, who died in 1199. Alan was the first of his family to gain the manor of Ashby and probably was responsible for its full name.
This new Rose Croix Chapter, whose number 1153 places it firmly in the 12th century!, therefore pays tribute to those gone before who established the roots of this proud market town.