Knights Templar (or KT) is in my opinion one of the best Masonic degrees and the
Essex Bodyguard is one of the best within the degree. To the past and present members
of the bodyguard I thank you for your time, effort and enthusiasm. For the present
and future members I hope you will all show the goodwill that I know you will exhibit
and for the time, effort and enthusiasm that I know you will put in.
R.E.Kt. Anthony John Helliar - Provincial Prior
Members of the bodyguard are chosen on merit, selected by the Provincial Sub-Prior
and sanctioned by the Provincial Prior, as a yearly appointment. The purpose of the
bodyguard is to accompany the senior provincial officers on their formal visits,
to perform duties during these visits (arch of steel and, possibly, junior offices)
and to participate at provincial meetings and our annual church parade. It is the
equivalent, in other Masonic degrees, of a Provincial Steward . Attendance at the
Provincial Preceptory of Improvement is a good way to be noticed and gain an understanding
of the duties required. Performing silent drill successfully at a Provincial meeting
is not achieved without much dedication and practice.