Today we congratulate Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki on the 40th Anniversary of her appointment as Director of Studies of the Servants of the Light School.
Below is a copy of the notice of Dolores’ appointment written by W.E. Butler. In his letter he acknowledges both her and Michael Nowicki’s work caring for the school into the future, and recognised both Dolores and Michael’s roles in founding the Servants of the Light.
The notice originally appeared in issue number 40 of the in-house magazine “Round Merlin’s Table” at the Autumn Equinox 1976.
Dolores’ appointment to the post on October 31st 1976 was also the date that W.E. Butler formally resigned.
We have re-printed the entire notice below, as it appeared in “Round Merlin’s Table” in 1976.
Thank you Dolores and Michael for forty years of dedicated work serving the SOL.
This notice is for all students and supervisors of the S.O.L. Course, and for those, who, though not Students, purchase our little magazine.
First of all, I want to outline the way in which our Servants of the Light Association was formed, and how it has developed in the way it has.
When “Helios Ltd” was formed by Mr John Hall and Mr Basil Wilby, it was felt that some form of Correspondence Course would be helpful to many of those who were buying occult and esoteric books from them. At that time there was an “explosion” of interest in occult matters and many wild schemes were being launched. It was felt that a Qabalistic Course which was relatively simple – and did not make excessive claims – would help serious students. So the “Helios Correspondence Course” was born.
The first few lessons were written by Gareth Knight. Then, because of other urgent work he had to undertake, the production of the remaining Lessons was handed over to me. It soon became apparent to me that the Lessons were being quite definitely “inspired” by one whom I have long regarded as my teacher on the Inner Planes. (This of course, is a claim which in the very nature of things, I am unable to prove. It must be accepted at whatever value it may seem to have.)
Then because of the increased activity of Helios Ltd, and the difficulty of getting staff, it was suggested that the Course should be separated from Helios, Ltd, this was done, and so the Servants of the Light Association was born.
By this time we had found that there was very intense activity behind us on the Inner Planes, and the work developed in a way not originally envisaged. In a most interesting way the structure of the organisation was given to us and my “second in command” was chosen. This was Mrs Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, who is well known to so many of you. She and her husband Mike were the chief workers in the smooth transition of the Helios Course to its new set-up as The Servants of the Light. All the difficult financial details were carried out by them and by far the greatest part of the production and administration of the course has been, and still is carried out by them – assisted by a very helpful team of Supervisors.
My Teacher had tested various students of the Course for their sensitivity to his telepathic influence, and Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki was found suitable for this work. She therefore became Assistant Director of Studies, and we have worked together on the Course. It was always made clear by my teacher that, when he thought it was desirable, he would withdraw me for other work, and then Dolores would take over from me as Director of Studies.
That time has now come. My teacher told me that he wishes me to step down from the post of Director of Studies of the Course, as he now has other work which he wishes me to do for him. I accept his instruction, and hand over the entire management and administration of the Servants of the Light Association which I held as Director of Studies of the Course, to Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, with effect from the 31st October 1976.
As Director of Studies, she will have the help of my Teacher as well as that of others of his School who, unknown to us, were behind the initial start of the Course.
I shall not, in any way whatsoever, retain any authority in the Association for I hold that, once out of an organisation, one should not attempt to influence or direct it. It is essential that I do not in any way be seen as an “authority” to whom disgruntled Students (and we do have some of these) might appeal.
Different minds look at things in different ways, and new insights must be allowed to develop in their own way.
So we have arrived at this point of change and a new departure. I would be churlish if I did not say how much I have appreciated the loyal and unsparing help which has been given to me and my Teacher by Dolores and Mike, and I wish them all success in their work in the Association in the years that lie ahead. They have done so much and worked so hard to establish what is now a viable organisation, international in its scope.
I would also like to thank all those Students, Supervisors and others who have helped us in our work. I am sure that same help will be at the disposal of Dolores, as she assumes the Leadership of the Association and the Direction of the Course.
To all who have given to me so much of your loving thought and care, I must thank you most sincerely. You have helped me greatly, especially through these last few months.
May the blessing of the Holy Ones be with you all. In L.V.X. W.E. Butler