As forecast, June proved to be another busy month, both Masonically and domestically, with travels far and wide.
My first outing, on Wednesday 1st June, was to the Enthronement meeting of the Rose of Lancastria Chapter, which doubles as the North West Lancashire District Meeting; a very enjoyable ceremony followed by an excellent festive board at the Wyrebank Masonic Centre in glorious sunshine overlooking the canal basin at Garstang.
The North East Lancashire District Meeting was held at Rochdale on Saturday 3rd June, this year hosted by Accrington Chapter No.364. Over 70 Rose Croix Masons from my own District and many others from the Northern ‘circuit’ witnessed a first class Perfection Ceremony for E&P Bro Gary Howard and enjoyed the usual excellent luncheon provided by Ian and his team at Rochdale. A full report appears on the District website.
On Tuesday 6th June, I was on my travels to London for the Higher Degrees meeting at Duke Street where two of our Brethren received promotion to the 32nd Degree – the highest honour which can be recommended by an Inspector General in recognition of a Brother’s exceptional service to the Order in general and their Chapters in particular.
A few day’s respite from Masonic activity followed and included a very pleasant lunch with the members of Soroptimist International of Pendleside celebrating their Charter Anniversary at the Higher Trapp Hotel in Simonstone, where Sue was the guest speaker (and very kindly drove so that I could enjoy a few beers with my fellow ‘Soroptimisters’).
The week commencing 12th June was perhaps the busiest in my Masonic calendar this year to date, starting with visits to Whalley Arches Lodge on the morning of the 12th and Rochdale St. Chad Chapter Rose Croix the same evening. On Tuesday 13th June I was on the train to London again for the Annual Investiture of Grand Mark Lodge, followed on Wednesday 14th June by the Quarterly Communication of UGLE at Great Queen Street.
I decided to take a ‘rain check’ for the meetings of the Mount of Olives Chapter and Benedicta Chapter at Bryn on 15th and 16th June respectively on the basis that my liver and my marriage could not withstand 5 consecutive days of Masonic activity, especially as I was attending the King Edward VII Chapter of Improvement Demonstration of the 9th and 10th Degrees at Christleton on Saturday 17th June.
That was a splendid occasion as always and completed my Masonic visits for the month as Sue and I set off directly from our hotel in Chester on the Sunday morning for a well-earned week’s holiday in Cornwall.