Where has the year gone?

It is often said that “time flies when you are having fun”, but it was still quite a shock to realise that 12 months have passed since my appointment as Inspector General for the District of North East Lancashire.

It has certainly been a rewarding and enjoyable experience so far and my thanks go to all the Princes of Chapters in this and neighbouring Districts for the very kind hospitality extended to me and my District Recorder, Ill. Bro Jack Aston when we have visited.

June was a busy month with a good mix of meetings in the Rose Croix and other Orders.

On Saturday 4th June, a small party of us rose early and travelled to Freemasons’ Hall in Leicester to witness the King Edward VII Chapter of Improvement demonstrate the Seventh and Eighth Degrees to a full house. As usual, the demonstration was of the highest standard and exceptionally well supported.

Rochdale Masonic Hall was the venue for our Annual District Meeting on 11th June, hosted this year by Bury Chapter, when E&P Brother Stewart Mills was Perfected in the Order (see separate article on this meeting).

Three further Rose Croix Chapter meetings took place in the District; on 13th June the members of Rochdale St. Chad Chapter demonstrated the Perfection Ceremony and on 14th June, Canon Francis Paton-Williams Chapter conducted a double Perfection, of E&P Bros Glynn Ward and Tony Justice. Finally, to complete the month and the Rose Croix ‘season’ for the year, a demonstration of the Intermediate Degrees was given at William Horrocks Chapter on 30th June.

Elsewhere, I have been no less busy with commitments in other Orders, attending a team visit to J Edward Glover Council AMD at Clayton-le-Moors and the Centenary celebration of Goulburn Council AMD at Bolton. The Annual Investiture meeting of Grand Mark Lodge took place at Freemasons’ Hall in London on 7th June and the usual party of East Lancashire stalwarts enjoyed the 2-day trip to London and the festivities at the Union Jack Club following the banquet at the Connaught Rooms.

Rounding off my Masonic season (although I still have plenty of committee  meetings and and social events to attend in July and August) was the annual meeting of Croal Korc at Bolton when no less than 8 aspirants were received into the Order and suitably divested of cash in the name of charity – a total of £1,000 was distributed at the end of the evening to worthy causes in East Lancashire.

Enjoy your summer break (let’s hope we actually get a summer) and come back refreshed for the new season in September.

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