Although by its very nature a short month, this February was a busy month for me, on both the Masonic and domestic fronts.
In the Rose Croix, I was able to attend 3 meetings:
The month started with a visit to Mark Wilkinson Chapter Rose Croix No. 194 at Darwen on Tuesday 5th February.
I had previously been ‘tipped off’ that I had been elected to Honorary Membership of the Chapter at the previous meeting in December, but a greater delight awaited, as after I had been politely offered and gracefully declined and returned the baton, the Most Wise Sovereign presented me with a Centenary Jewel, in recognition of my support for the Chapter obtaining its Centenary Warrant.
On Friday 15th February, I travelled down the M6 to Bryn for a meeting of Benedicta Chapter, my mother Rose Croix Chapter in South West Lancashire. On arrival, we found that both the MWS and the Immediate Past MWS were indisposed. I had already committed to deliver the Perfection in Perspective lecture on behalf of the local Inspector General who was absent on family business and so it was that our ever-willing DC took the Chair and conducted the Chapter business up to the Third Point, when I took over to complete the proceedings. The festive board was up to its usual excellent standards at Bryn, with each course taking its inspiration from one of the countries in the 6 nations rugby tournament. Scottish Cullen Skink soup, Irish Potato cakes with sausage, Welsh Lamb, English Cheeses, Creme Brulee and finally (we assumed) Italian coffee (although it might have been the Amaretto biscuits?). Fantastic fare, but hardly good for the waistline!
On Monday 18th February, I was on Masonic duty much closer to home, at a meeting of Colne St. Bartholomew Chapter, this time standing in for our Recorder who was on holiday in Sri Lanka and also delivering a short lecture.
Other notable Masonic events attended during the month were:
- 6th February: Hargreaves Royal Ark Mariner Lodge at Padiham, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the elevation of WBro George Cattanach RAMGR. The event was attended by the Past Pro Grand Master, MWBro Ben Addy and a veritable cornucopia of senior Mark and RAM brethren from across the Province;
- 13th February: Royal Order of Scotland Provincial Grand Lodge of the Counties Palatine of Lancaster and Chester at Westhoughton;
- 16th February: The Annual Meeting of Royal and Select Masters Lancashire District Grand Council at Pemberton;
- 19th February: Brierfield Lodge, my Craft Lodge at Padiham;
- 20th February: Wycoller Mark Lodge, my Mark Lodge at Colne.
On the social front, Sue and I attended a wonderful Burns Supper at Westhoughton on Saturday 9th February and took a week’s holiday in Cyprus at the end of the month to recharge our batteries for what will be a very busy March and April for both of us.