A very welcome start to the Masonic season ‘proper’ as Rose Croix Chapters in the North East Lancashire District began meeting after the summer recess.
On 2nd October, the (acting) Most Wise Sovereign and Officers of Canon Francis Paton-Williams Chapter No.781 at Rawtenstall conducted an excellent Enthronement ceremony for Sovereign-elect, Ill∴Bro Edwin Hardman 30°.
On 13th October, members and visitors at Bethel Chapter No.290, also at Rawtenstall, heard an updated version of the paper by V∴Ill∴Bro David Hawkins 33°, originally written for the joint centenary meeting of Lancashire Chapters held at Westhoughton in July.
I was unable to attend the Enthronement Meeting of Colne St. Bartholomew Chapter No.1073 on 15th October due to an unfortunate clash of dates with the Higher Degrees Meeting in London where two of the Chapter members and others from North East and South East Lancashire received promotions to the 31° and 30° (see separate report here).
On 20th October, Accrington Chapter held its Enthronement Meeting, at which E&P Bro Bob Jopson continued in office by proclamation as MWS for the ensuing year.
A busy month in other degrees too, with meetings in Whalley (Priory Mark Lodge), Colne (Shuttleworth Council Allied Masonic Degrees, Gawthorpe Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners and Wycoller Mark Lodge), Rochdale (East Lancashire Provincial Grand Officers Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No.990) and Manchester (ELPGO Mark Lodge No.990). Happily, my schedule also enabled me to attend a meeting of my Craft Lodge, Brierfield Lodge, at Padiham.
Outside the mainstream of my Masonic activity, there were also meetings of the Prior’s Close Management Committee and a social event for the committee members and their ladies (see separate report here).
Finally, Sue and I spent a very hectic and calorie-laden week at the end of the month in Liverpool for Sue’s final board meeting as the Federation President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, followed by the Federation Conference in the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre.
As usual, one of the ‘Soroptimisters’ kindly arranged a ‘boys day out’ which this year consisted of a trip to some of the waterfront museums, a pub lunch and then a guided ‘magical mystery’ bus tour of Beatles era locations, concluding at the Cavern Club. I also managed to sneak in a second trip to London for the meeting of the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees.