The Enthronement meeting of Mark Wilkinson Chapter at Darwen this evening certainly proved the adage that quality counts. The meeting started with 12 Chapter members and 8 visitors and concluded with one visitor (our Past IG, Very Illustrious Bro. David Hawkins, 33°) having been elected to Honorary Membership and a Past Sovereign, Illustrious Bro. Maurice Whittle, 30° being proposed as a rejoining member.
From the outset, when the Chapter was opened by the MWS, Illustrious Bro. Mike Dodson, 30°, it was evident that a great deal of preparation and hard work had gone into making the evening a success. The essential business of the evening was conducted with efficiency by the Recorder and Treasurer; the Sovereign Elect, E&P Bro Bob Norris was presented for Enthronement by the DC, Illustrious Bro. Mike Shurety, 30°, and the ceremony proceeded without a hitch, right through to the final address which I was privileged to have been invited to deliver.
Retiring to the newly refurbished ‘small’ dining room at the Hawkshaw Suite, while a Ballroom Dancing Class made effective use of the larger function room, we enjoyed a delightful festive board and were soon on our way home with happy memories of an evening well spent in the ‘excellent and perfect’ company of Rose Croix Masons.
Oh, and I was delighted, although a shade embarrassed, to draw my own ticket for the winning prize in a splendid raffle; a bottle of Grant’s Whisky which will be put to good use on the trip to London next week for the Grand Stewards’ Lodge and Grand Royal Ark Mariner Investiture.