The New Year got off to a good start across my whole range of Masonic interests and activities with visits to two Rose Croix Chapters in the North East Lancashire District:
On Tuesday 22nd January, I went to Bury Chapter No.435 where I had the pleasure of presenting a Supreme Council Certificate to the Chapter’s newest member, E&P Bro Dean Edwards. The meeting was especially notable as every single member of the Chapter was present.
The following week, on Wednesday 30th January, the Enthronement meeting of William Horrocks Chapter No.603 at Blackburn was also a delight, with a good attendance despite the appalling weather and some very fine ritual working.
A busy month in the Mark Degree: On 8th January, I chaired a meeting of the Prior’s Close Management Committee. On Friday 11th January, the half-yearly meeting of the East Lancashire Provincial Grand Stewards’ Lodge No.1272 was held at Audenshaw and on Friday 18th January, the half-yearly meeting of the White Stone Lodge No.1080 was held at Manchester Hall. Finally, a week later, Friday 25th January, I was back in Manchester Hall for the East Lancashire Grand Stewards’ Mess – without doubt one of the highlights of my Masonic year.
My Craft Lodge, Brierfield Lodge No.7560 met at Padiham Masonic Hall on Tuesday 15th January when I gave short talk on The History of Freemasonry’s Ceremonies which was well received.
In the Royal Arch, the Installation meeting of Cana Chapter No.116 was held at Colne on Thursday 24th January when all three Principals’ Chairs were occupied by our most senior active Past Zs, in anticipation of our 250th Anniversary celebrations in May.
In Knights Templar, still at Colne, on Thursday 31st January, we had a cracking ‘Night of Knights’ evening at Plains of Tabor Preceptory No.11; a short Preceptory meeting, a better standard of meal than usual and lots of visiting Royal Arch Masons, come to see what a jolly time we have in KT! Best part of £300 raised for the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group from the charity raffle and ‘fines’ levied by the Sergeants at Arms. Pictures (courtesy of Bob Summers) can be found here.
On the social front, Calder Lodge organised a splendid Burns Supper on 19th January when the dining room at Padiham Masonic Hall was filled to capacity to witness WBro Bill Black start off the evening in traditional Scottish style with the Selkirk Grace and the address to the haggis. Pictures (courtesy of Bob Summers) can be found here.
Sue and I also joined Crow Wood Leisure and have been making regular use of the gym and swimming pool facilities. Good thing too, with my weight gain over the past year accompanying Sue to Soroptimist events the length and breadth of the country!