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 3 December 2014
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
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
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'....
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
"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
To see more photos like this click here
Rick Wakeman - 2014 King Rat. To read King Rat's message click here
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
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!
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.
Lodge gathering on the night Ian Lavender became a Water Rat, 26th January 2014.
"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?
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.
It could become a habit!
Tribute to Water Rat Alvin Stardust
We are truly sad and shocked to hear of the sudden and completely unexpected passing of our Brother Water Rat Alvin Stardust who died on the morning of 23 October 2014. Yet another British show business icon leaves us... Blessings to his memory and all the happiness he created.To read the full GOWR tribute to Alvin on the Roll of Honour page click here
Welcome Anthony Bygraves
Baby Rat number 888, Anthony Bygraves, initiated on Sunday 9 November 2014. Performer and writer Anthony, as the son of legendary Water Rat Max, is yet another chip off the old showbiz block. Welcome, Anthony, to the wonderful world of the Water Rats!
Newly initiated Baby Rat Roy Wood appreciating our museum with Deputy Curator and Past Prince Rat Ken Joy. Ken, along with his wife Anne, have done a wonderful job compiling artifacts and material for what is proving to be a stunning legacy of show business history. If you are interested in a viewing, please contact the GOWR office on 020 7278 3248.
Congratulations to our King Rat Rick Wakeman on his well deserved win in the live music category of the 2014 Prog Rock Awards.
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
Tribute to Water Rat John Bardon
The Grand Order of Water Rats is very sad to announce the passing of Past Prince Rat John Bardon who died on the morning of Friday 12 September 2014 following a long illness. A special website has been set up in his memory, for donations and tributes click here. To read the full GOWR tribute to John on the Roll of Honour page click here
Welcome Neil Morrissey
Welcome Neil Morrissey; initiated as Water Rat number 886 on Sunday 12 October 2014. Actor Neil, known to millions, as 'Tony' in the BBC's "Men Behaving Badly" television series... welcome Neil to the wonderful world of the Water Rats.
Welcome John McKenzie
Welcome to our latest Baby Rat (and ace photographer) John McKenzie, son of our much loved, and missed, Doug. Truly "following in his father's footsteps" as a 'Paparazzi Rat' of the first degree! Initiated on Monday 27 October 2014 as Water Rat number 887. Welcome, John, to the wonderful world of the Water Rats!
Congratulations to our King Rat Rick Wakeman on being elected by his Brother Rats for a second year as King Rat! Here he is surrounded by his officers for 2015 at the 125th. GOWR Anniversary Ball at Grosvenor House on Sunday 23 November 2014.
Back row, from left; Frazer Hines (Chief Trap Guard), Ken Joy (Deputy Curator), Adger Brown (Test Rat), Keith Simmons (Preceptor), KR Rick, Ian Richards (Prince Rat), Ian Lavender (Trap Guard 1). Front row, from left; Ray Martin (Assistant Scribe Rat), Kev Orkian (Trap Guard 2), Steve Etherington (Deputy Musical Rat), Mike Martin (Scribe Rat), Chas McDevitt (Deputy Preceptor) and John R. Maxim (Musical Rat).
It was another fabulous Rat's night!
Picture by Water Rat John McKenzie.
"Who's that with King Rat Rick at the GOWR Buckingham Palace reception on 13 November 2014?"
Congratulations to Past King Rat Keith Simmons (seen here 2nd. from right) for all his hard work and dedication in organizing this highly prestigious event. (Past King Rats Wyn Calvin and Chas McDevitt also seen here, plus numerous other Rats present but out of shot.)
Picture by Water Rat John McKenzie.