Six months on from my health problems last November and again this February, May seemed an almost normal month other than the continued reliance on my darling wife Sue and various Masonic colleagues for transport as I’m still without my driving licence until the neurosurgeon at Preston Hospital is happy that the brain tumour (or whatever it was) is well and truly gone.
A great start to the month with a 3-day trip to London with Sue, for lunch at the House of Lords in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society and some very enjoyable lunches and dinners in our favourite West End eateries, including a rather belated Silver Wedding Anniversary Lunch at Tredwells (Marcus Wareing’s) in Covent Garden.
A busy month in the Ancient and Accepted Rite:
- Visits to two District meetings; Yorkshire West Riding in Huddersfield and Cumberland and Westmorland in Carlisle
- Visits to three local Rose Croix Chapters; East Lancashire (Past Sovereigns) Chapter 440, Colne St. Bartholomew Chapter No.1073 and William Horrocks Chapter No.603
- A second trip to London (also with Sue, taking a break from her Soroptimist presidential duties), for the half-yearly meeting of Suprema Lex Chapter followed by lunch with members of the Supreme Council and fellow Inspectors General.
Unusually for me, I found myself attending three Knight Templar meetings during the month; Plains of Tabor Preceptory at Colne, John O’Gaunt Preceptory at Milnthorpe and the annual meeting of the Provincial Priory of Lancashire at Leyland. All really enjoyable meetings and opportunities to catch up with old friends from the bodyguard.
Only one Craft meeting in May – a visit to Lodge of Unity and Friendship in Blackburn who were hosting an event organised by the East Ribble District entitled ‘The Colours of Freemasonry’ at which representatives from other Orders were invited to give short presentations to newer members of the Craft. The full article can be found on the East Lancashire Provincial website.
Also only one meeting in the Mark degree during May; the annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire at King George’s Hall in Blackburn on 23rd May. The Provincial Wardens Mess followed on Friday 25th May in the newly refurbished rooms at Manchester Hall on Bridge Street. Both events were somewhat overshadowed by the untimely death of WBro Tony Davies, AProvGM at the tender age of 58. RIP Tony.
My Masonic month was finally rounded off by a long overdue visit to my Royal Arch Chapter – Cana Chapter No.116 at Colne. Fascinating explanation of the 12 banners by the Companions of the Chapter and a good ‘catch up’ with old friends at the social board.