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Film Stars to Punch and Judy Men; Pop Stars to Sporting Heroes; Comics to Dramatic Actors; Musicians to Television Presenters; Magicians to Photographers; Radio Stars to Royalty. The Grand Order of Water Rats exists as a wonderful Fraternity and Charitable Organisation.

Our mission statement, as compiled by Prince Rat (for 2014) Ian Richards:

“The Grand Order of Water Rats' charitable fund represents an unselfish giving to those less fortunate than ourselves, providing a stream of support for nationally recognised charities, whilst embracing benevolence of our members, their families and our show business colleagues. It also retains the power to make special awards to worthy individuals or organisations at the discretion of our Trustees.”

Site last updated 27 August 2014

Our Story is the Story of Show Business

We want you to be our 'Friend'

Find out what being a 'Friend of the Water Rats' is all about. You can download a membership application form to join too. Click here

GOWR Functions Galore

We'd love you to get along to one of the Grand Order of Water Rats very special events, so have a look at some of our forthcoming functions. Click here

Raise money for The Grand Order of Water Rats just by searching the web!

www.everyclick.com is an internet search engine with a big difference - it donates half its revenues to charity!

It won't cost you or the Water Rats a penny so to find out how you can help click here

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Raise money for the Water Rats just by searching the web!!

We are often asked where the money goes! Our Charities Fund - overseen by the Trustees of The Grand Order of Water Rats - gives out all sorts of sums to many deserving causes. To see just some of the organisations we have helped over the years click here

Toastmaster Rat Bryn Williams BEM has a new book out called "Red Tails in the Sunset". For every book sold through this website Bryn will give a percentage of the profit to the GOWR. For full details click here

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If you are lucky enough to own one of our new brochures (Sponsored by The 'Friends' of the Water Rats and created by the Michael Ralph Consultancy) you may want to put a name to a face from that wonderful collection of pictures on the inside front cover. All will be revealed if you click here

The Key to the names of all those Water Rats in our new Brochure

Water Rats On 'You Tube'....

Water Rats On 'You Tube'

You might be interested to have a look at this item on 'You Tube' which was brought to our attention by past King Rat Paul Daniels. To see this clip and other Water Rat clips we have recently discovered. click here

To all Water Rats: 'Lodge Rules' and 'Council Rules' are now available from this website...

The latest editions (updated 20 June 2012) of the Grand Order of Water Rats 'Lodge Rules' and 'Council Rules' are now available to download, through the Water Rats 'Members Area' - to access the 'Members Area' go to the Members Page

The GOWR and the Combined Theatrical Charities

The Grand Order of Water Rats is a member of the Combined Theatrical Charities (CTC).

Under the title 'Acting For Others' the CTC organises bucket collections every year in theatres all over the country; usually the last two weeks in October - one week in the West End and one in the Provinces.

Between them the fifteen members organisations of the CTC try to cover all aspects of hardship and need within our profession including backstage and front of house staff, performers and their dependants too.

For further information on the work of the Combined Theatrical Charities and 'Acting For Others' please visit: www.actingforothers.co.uk

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"In Lodge there is an empty chair with collar draped thereon..."

To read the rest of the poem to Sir Norman by Water Rat Peter Goodwright. Click here

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To see more photos like this click here

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Rick Wakeman - 2014 King Rat. To read King Rat's message click here

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Be Lucky...

"Be Lucky", the biography of Ray and Mike's father, Past King Rat George Martin "The Casual Comedian", is now available. For details of purchase please email martinmgm5@aol.com

One Man's Dream...

Now available... Bob Potter OBE; "One Man's Dream" - our revered Companion Rat Bob's book about his amazing life and career. Contact: Lakeside Country Club for details

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Scribe Rat Councillor Mike Martin is pleased and proud to have been appointed as Secretary to the Trustees.

Mike says "I feel highly honoured to be following in the footsteps of our much missed and respected John Adrian, my dear friend and a very hard act to live up to".

For Charity requests and enquiries please contact Mike via the GOWR office.

Mike is New Secretary to Trustees...

We are very proud of our Brother Water Rat Mike Batt for having received the special award of Lieutenant of the Royal Victoria Order in Her Majesty the Queen's latest birthday honours list; given for services to the Royal Household. Congratulations, Mike!

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A recent lodge gathering.

The weekend of 20th - 22nd September 2013 was a very special occasion involving many Water Rats performing and lecturing at the British Music Hall Society's 50th Anniversary celebrations at the wonderful Wilton's Music Hall. One of many highlights was our Past King Rat Roy Hudd in conversation with Water Rat Ken Dodd; a true master class in entertainment skills!

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Tribute to Water Rat Doug McKenzie

The Grand Order of Water Rats is very sad to announce the passing of Water Rat Doug McKenzie. Doug was the official photographer for the Order, affectionately known as "Paparrazi Rat". He died on 30 June 2014. To read the full GOWR tribute to Doug on the Roll of Honour page click here

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Newly elected King Rat RICK WAKEMAN with 2013 King Rat JESS CONRAD OBE, plus our freshly announced Prince Rat for 2014, the ace comedian/ compere IAN RICHARDS. A great team!

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In the absence of our 2013 King Rat Jess Conrad, Past King Rat Kaplan Kaye stood in to hand the King Rat's collar over to our 2014 King Rat RICK WAKEMAN at his installation lodge on 15 December 2013.

Water Rats Johnny Mans (Editor of Encore Magazine) and comedy legend Barry Cryer attending the unveiling of a Heritage Blue Plaque, in honour of our late Past King Rat Danny La Rue, at Brinsworth House on 22 September 2013.

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Welcome Steve Hewlett

Our latest Baby Rat number 883, ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, initiated on Sunday 27th July 2014. Welcome, Steve, to the wonderful world of the Water Rats!

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Lodge gathering on the night Ian Lavender became a Water Rat, 26th January 2014.

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"The Rat's Acoustic Orchestra", as it appeared at a recent lodge meeting... Mike Martin, King Rat Rick Wakeman, Kev Orkian, Keith Simmons, Steve Etherington and Kaplan Kaye. Available for Armenian barbecues?

Please come along and support the GOWR in it’s 125th year for a night full of fun, splendour and star guests on 23 November 2014.

For full details and to download the 2014 Ball Ticket Order Form click here

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An historic meeting between Northern and Southern Water Rats at the Palace Hotel, Manchester; Sunday 1st June 2014. This was an all too rare "special" lodge, arranged thanks to Prince Rat Ian Richards and the wonderful hospitality of the Palace Hotel itself.

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Tribute to Water Rat Joe Goodman

The Grand Order of Water Rats is very sad to announce the passing of Water Rat Joe Goodman, "The King of the One Liners". He died on 28 April 2014. To read the full GOWR tribute to Joe on the Roll of Honour page click here

Welcome Sid Dennis

Our latest Baby Rat number 882, Skegness based comedian Sid Dennis, initiated on Sunday 23rd February 2014. Welcome, Sid, to the wonderful world of the Water Rats!

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Tribute to Water Rat Rex Roper

The Grand Order of Water Rats is very sad to announce the passing of Brother Water Rat Rex Roper who died in the early hours of the morning on Saturday 9 August 2014. Rex was a great character and one of the very last variety "spesh" acts. To read the full GOWR tribute to Rex on the Roll of Honour page click here

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Welcome Tom Dean

Our new Companion Rat Tom Dean, master of accountancy and first class supporter of our Grand Old Order; initiated on Sunday24th August 2014 as Water Rat number 884. Welcome, Tom, to the wonderful world of the Water Rats!

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