My diary for the month of April ran as follows:
Visits to Rose Croix Chapters in my District:
- Verney Clayton Chapter (Accrington) – experimenting with meeting on a Wednesday evening instead of their usual Saturday afternoon meeting fixture
- Emmanuel Chapter (Bolton)
In the Craft, I paid a visit to Queen’s Jubilee Lodge No.2193 in Colne where I witnessed an excellent (extended) explanation of the Second Degree Tracing Board.
In the Mark, I attended meetings of three of my own Lodges:
- Wycoller Mark Lodge No.1582 where WBro John Hudson was elected to succeed me as WM in August and we received a fascinating paper entitled ‘A Commentary on the Mark Degree Ceremony’ from a visiting Brother from North Wales
- Thomas Sharples Barlow (Grand Officers) Mark Lodge No.1383
- East Lancashire Provincial Grand Officers’ Mark Lodge No 990
All well attended and enjoyable meetings.
Along the way I managed to squeeze in a visit to Faith Preceptory Knights Templar No.41 at Pemberton with a ‘gang’ of hungry fellow knights from our Preceptory in Colne.
One Masonic social event this month; the South West Lancashire District’s Rose Croix ‘Ladies to Dine’ was held at Bryn Masonic Hall in Ashton-in-Makerfield. As always, Christine and her team excelled with the standard of their catering and we were entertained after dinner by Don Billington, Champion Flower Arranger.
Sue’s travels as Federation President of Soroptimist Internal of Great Britain and Ireland took us to Haslingden for the SI Rossendale Club’s Charter Anniversary, Barry in South Wales for the SI Barry & District Club’s 50th Charter Celebration, St. Annes for the SI The Fylde Club’s 80th Charter Celebrations and Kidderminster for the Midland Arden Region’s Afternoon Tea and Programme Action competition.
Lots to look forward to in May, with 2 trips to London, including lunch at the House of Lords, visits to 3 neighbouring Rose Croix Districts, and Annual Provincial meetings in Knights Templar and Mark.