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 30 July 2015
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
"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 - 2015 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
Welcome Adam Wakeman
Greetings to Baby Rat number 890; Adam Wakeman... son of our King Rat Rick, initiated on Sunday 1st March 2015. Adam is a real chip off his Dad's musical block... an excellent pianist and guitar player himself, and a true gent! Amongst other things, he is a member of the world renowned rock band Black Sabbath.
Welcome, Adam, to the wonderful world of the Water Rats!
He made it! On Tuesday February 10th. 2015 Friend of the Water Rats Glenn M. Ford marched briskly to his final destination in Cardiff, having spent 6 days walking all the way from London to raise funds for our GOWR Charities! A brilliant effort, Glenn, which has earned maximum respect from us all. He was greeted warmly by friends and supporters and a standing ovation from the customers in The Gatekeeper pub (which was once the Hippodrome Theatre, where Water Rat Sir Norman Wisdom tried to get work having completed his own epic trek back in 1929.) Here's Glenn with Scribe Rat Mike Martin, Preceptor Keith Simmons and Cardiff's Deputy Mayor Ali Ahmed. To make a donation in honour of Glenn's amazing achievement, please call our office 0207 328 2748
Picture by Water Rat John McKenzie.
Brotherly love between father and son, as Baby Rat Adam Wakeman is welcomed to the Order by a very proud dad, King Rat Rick, on 1st March 2015.
Welcome Neil Innes
Baby Rat number 889, initiated into the GOWR on Sunday 18 January 2015; musician / composer / performer Neil Innes, regarded by many as the "7th. Python", owing to his long association with the renowned Monty team. Ex member of the legendary 1960's fun combo The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and co-creator of The Rutles. Welcome, Neil, to the wonderful world of the Water Rats.
Water Rat Nicko McBrain has achieved something else to be justly proud of, as the powerhouse drummer of the world dominating "Iron Maiden", because they have won the 2015 O2 Silver Clef Award for their outstanding contribution to UK music.
The band have been recognized as one of the most influential rock bands of all time, and this was announced at the March 'Nordoff Robbins' pre-awards launch party. Congratulations, Brother Rat Nicko... we are all so proud of you!
Welcome Dave Brock
Latest Baby Rat Dave Brock, of comedy band 'Triple Cream', joined the Order on Sunday 28 June 2015, as Water Rat number 892. Welcome, Dave, to the wonderful world of the Water Rats!
Tribute to Water Rat Don Smoothey
Sadly, yet another legendary Water Rat leaves us... Past King Rat Don Smoothey who passed away in hospital on 17 May 2015. Aged 96, Don was a true pro performer of the old school who for many years was a devoted and highly active member of the Order. One of the last of a rapidly diminishing breed, sadly...To read the full GOWR tribute to Don on the Roll of Honour page click here
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:
A legend portrays a legend... our multi talented Past King Rat Roy Hudd OBE as the great Max Miller at the British Music Hall Society's "Day by the Sea" at Eastbourne (Sunday 17 May 2015).
Prince Rat Ian Richards with Water Rat Brian May at the 17 May 2015 Lady Ratling's Spring Lunch.
Brother and Sister in arms... Past King Rat Kaplan Kaye with Queen Ratling Melody Kaye (Lady Ratling's 2015 Spring Lunch).
Past King Rat Roger De Courcey and Lady Ratling Debbie McGee (Lady Ratling's Spring Lunch 2015).
The Rats head north... Special lodge at The Palace Hotel, Manchester, Sunday 14th June 2015, when several of our Northern based Brothers took the opportunity for a meeting filled with fun and laughter... helped not least of all by the appearance of Water Rats Liverpool contingent Ken Dodd and Stan Boardman!
Welcome Andre Vincent
Another Baby Rat... this time comedian, actor and writer Andre Vincent, initiated on Sunday 10 May 2015 as Water Rat number 891. Welcome, Andre, to the wonderful world of the Water Rats!
The Water Rats Past Prince Rat Ken Joy, Deputy Curator of our Museum, introduces Water Rat Barry Cryer to an audience of Maturians during their visit (25 June 2015) to GOWR headquarters. Looking on, from left to right, is our Administrator Fran Simmons, and Water Rats Kaplan Kaye, Chris Emmett, David Capri and Mike Martin.
Tribute to Water Rat Dick Ray
Sadly another loss, with the passing of Water Rat Dick Ray on Thursday 23rd July 2015 in Torquay. Dick's massive contribution to the world of entertainment will be fondly recalled on our Roll of Honour page. To read the full GOWR tribute to Dick on the Roll of Honour page click here
Tribute to Water Rat Roger Rees
Deeply saddened to announce that acclaimed actor Roger Rees has died at his home in New York, on Friday 10 July 2015. Water Rat Roger was a keen and openly proud member of the Order who flew the flag for us across the Atlantic.To read the full GOWR tribute to Roger on the Roll of Honour page click here