Unsurprisingly, July was a relatively quiet month on the Masonic front, although not without its highlights.
At the start of the month, I travelled to London for the half-yearly meeting of the Mark Grand Stewards’ Lodge at Mark Masons’ Hall where we heard an excellent lecture by RWBro Richard Gan entitled “The Coming of Age of English Mark Masonry”. This traced the history of the formation of Mark Grand Lodge in 1856 and early relations with the Scottish Grand Chapter which had formed Mark Lodges in the North of England.
The following day, it was off to the ‘Big House’ on Great Queen Street for the annual meeting of Grand Imperial Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine where a good many Lancashire brethren received appointments and promotions in Grand Rank.
On 11th July, I was again in London for a meeting at Duke Street St. James’s where the last of my Higher Degrees candidates for the year received his 30th degree.
And that folks, was it for my Masonic year, apart from a few meetings at the East Lancashire Mark Benevolent Fund’s residential facility at Prior’s Close in Blackburn (did I mention, I am now the Chairman of the Management Committee?) and compiling my Inspector General’s annual report to the Grand Secretary General at Supreme Council.
As I write this, I have just returned home from the first practice of the new season in readiness for my Installation as WM of Wycoller Mark Lodge at Colne on 16th August.
Enjoy the summer folks (if what we having now can be called summer) and see you all in the new season!