Higher Degrees ~ July 2017

At the Higher Degrees Meeting on Tuesday 11th July 2017, Ill. Bro. Rob Tyler, Recorder of St. Peter’s Chapter No. 31 in Bolton, received his long-awaited promotion to the 30°.

Rob had originally been invited to attend the Higher Degrees Meeting in May, along with five other candidates from the North East Lancashire District, but was prevented from doing so due by work commitments. Rob was accompanied on the trip to London by Ill. Bro. Ken Alker 31°, the Immediate Past Sovereign of St. Peter’s Chapter.

As usual, the ceremony at 10 Duke Street, St. James’s was followed by a drinks reception and an excellent festive board at the Royal Overseas League where we were also joined by Ill. Bro. John Hughes 30°, also a Past Sovereign of St. Peter’s Chapter.

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Ill. Bro. Ken Alker 31° (L) congratulates Ill. Bro. Rob Tyler (R) on his promotion to the 30°

 

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Higher Degrees ~ June 2017

Two Brethren from the North East Lancashire District received promotion to the 32°, Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret at the Higher Degrees Meeting held at the Grand East, 10 Duke Street, St. James’s on Tuesday 6th June 2017:

Ill.Bro. Dave Crowley, 32° – Rochdale St. Chad Chapter No.494

Ill.Bro. John Grundy, 32° – Bury Chapter No.435

As usual, the ceremony was followed by a drinks reception and an excellent festive board at the Royal Overseas League.

Congratulations Dave and John, we hope that your further advancement in the Order will give you much satisfaction and that you will treasure the happy memories of this special occasion for many years to come.

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Annual District Meeting for 2017 hosted by Accrington Chapter

The Annual Meeting of the North East Lancashire District was held at the Masonic Ballroom, Rochdale on Saturday 3rd June 2017, under the warrant of Accrington Chapter Rose Croix No.364.

As is the usual custom for District Meetings, the host Chapter provides a candidate and on this occasion Bro Gary Howard, a Master Mason of the Lodge of Remembrance, was duly Perfected by the Most Wise Sovereign of Accrington Chapter, E&P Bro Alan Jones.

The various sections of the ceremony were taken in turn by a veritable galaxy of Past Sovereigns from Chapters across the District under the direction of the Chapter Director of Ceremonies, Illustrious Brother Jack Aston 32° who also, in his capacity as District Recorder, was responsible for the administration of the event.

Over 70 Rose Croix Masons were in attendance, including the Inspectors General from 7 neighbouring Districts, most of whom were accompanied by their District Recorders and enthusiastic members of Chapters from their Districts.

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Very Illustrious Inspectors General. From L-R: Ian Clark (South West Lancashire), David Bowden (Cumberland & Westmorland), Paul Paterson (Durham), David Biggs (North East Lancashire), Michael Daws (Northumberland), Royce Batters (South East Lancashire), Nigel Cooper (East Cheshire) and Michael Page (Nottinghamshire). Picture courtesy of David Bouic Hawkins (Past Inspector General, North East Lancashire)

The catering team at Rochdale provided an excellent luncheon of Tomato and Basil Soup, Roast Ham in Parsley Sauce with Seasonal Vegetables and Fresh Fruit Salad to finish.

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Higher Degrees ~ May 2017

The following Brethren from the North East Lancashire District received promotions at the Higher Degrees Meeting held at the Grand East, 10 Duke Street, St. James’s on Tuesday 16th May 2017:

Ill.Bro. Alan Astin, 30° – Canon Francis Paton-Williams Chapter No.781 (Rawtenstall)

Ill.Bro. John Hargreaves, 30° – Verney Clayton Chapter No.261 (Accrington)

Ill.Bro. Allan Low, 30° – Verney Clayton Chapter No.261 (Accrington)

Ill.Bro. Ian Ogden, 30° – Accrington Chapter No.364 (Accrington)

Ill.Bro. Ross Turner, 30° – Bethel Chapter No.290 (Rawtenstall)

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Congratulations to our newly promoted Brethren, we hope you enjoyed the ceremony and the festive board afterwards at the Royal Overseas League.

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Mark Wilkinson Chapter hosts the inaugural District-wide Family Lunch

In response to a suggestion made at the District AGM in October 2015, the Most Wise Sovereign and Officers of Mark Wilkinson Chapter at Darwen kindly volunteered to host an inaugural District Family Lunch at their meeting on Saturday 8th April 2017.

By happy coincidence, the Chapter’s business meeting is held on the Saturday before Good Friday, so is perfectly timed to celebrate the events of Easter. In recent years it has also been the practice to invite a local Minister to deliver an Easter message at the festive board following the Chapter meeting and it was felt that this format would ideally suit a social event with ladies and gentlemen visitors present.

While the Chapter members and visiting Princes carried out the Chapter business upstairs, the ladies and a couple of gentlemen guests received a tongue-in-cheek slide presentation from the Inspector General followed by a Q&A session on Freemasonry.

Lunch was duly served at 12.30 pm, when around 40 diners gathered in the Hawkshaw Suite to enjoy a splendid buffet provided by Wilkinson’s Caterers.

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The Most Wise Sovereign, E&P Bro Robert Norris welcomed the ladies, gentlemen and two guest speakers, noting that this was the first time such an event had been held in the District, and, he hoped, not the last.

Following the lunch, we were entertained by the Reverend Geoff Tulley who spoke about the significant characters in history whose lives had been influenced by the story of the Resurrection and the Reverend Lena Talbot who gave an excellent discourse on the Easter story, comparing and contrasting the different versions in the four Gospels.

By 2.30 pm it was all over and the diners, two of whom had travelled all the way from Stafford, were on their way home.

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Bethel Chapter hosts the annual New Perfectees’ Meeting

Following the introduction of a New Perfectees’ meeting in 2016, the format was repeated at Bethel Chapter No.290 on Saturday 11th February 2017. A total of 6 recently Perfected Rose Croix Masons were present, together with members of their Chapters and other visitors, to witness the Enthronement of Ill.Bro Jack Aston, 32°, the District Recorder, by the Most Wise Sovereign, Ill.Bro Peter Holt, 32°.

Following the Enthronement, the Inspector General for North East Lancashire, V.Ill.Bro David Biggs, 33° delivered the “Perfection in Perspective” lecture. This paper provides a detailed explanation of each section of the Rose Croix Degree ‘Perfection’ Ceremony and concludes with a commentary on the Enthronement Ceremony which is the only other ceremony performed in a Rose Croix Chapter. Unlike most other Masonic Degrees and Orders, there is nothing in the Enthronement Ceremony which cannot be witnessed by all members, regardless of rank, so no-one is required to leave the Chapter while the ceremony is conducted.

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Picture (courtesy of V.Ill.Bro. David Bouic Hawkins) shows the newly Enthroned MWS, the Inspector General and several of the newly Perfected and visiting Brethren

An additional item on the summons was the presentation of a Supreme Council Certificate of Perfection to E&P Bro Andrew Greenhalgh, which was also conducted by the Inspector General before the business of the Chapter was concluded and a splendid dinner was served by Paul and his staff at Ashday Lea.

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Bury Chapter adds its support to the East Lancashire Mark 2021 Festival

mark_benevolent-fund_master-140x140The members of Bury Chapter No.435 added their support to the East Lancashire Mark 2021 Festival with a generous donation of £150 at their Enthronement meeting in October. The festival is in aid of the Mark Benevolent Fund which is engaged in a major fundraising programme to provide mobile chemotherapy units for the Hope for Tomorrow charity.

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Christmas Greetings from the Inspector General and District Recorder

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Higher Degrees ~ November 2016

The following Brethren from the North East Lancashire District received promotions at the Higher Degrees Meeting held at the Grand East, 10 Duke Street, St. James’s on Monday 14th November 2016:

Ill.Bro. J Robert Lowe, 30° – William Horrocks Chapter No. 603, Blackburn

Ill.Bro. Edwin Hardman, 30° – Canon Francis Paton-Williams Chapter No.781, Rawtenstall

Congratulations to our newly promoted Brethren, we hope you enjoyed the ceremony and the festive board!

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Colne St. Bartholomew Chapter No.1073 supports the East Lancashire Mark 2021 Festival

mark_benevolent-fund_master-140x140At the Enthronement meeting of Colne St. Bartholomew Chapter on 17th October 2016, the members approved a donation of £250 to the East Lancashire Mark 2021 Festival in support of the Mark Benevolent Fund. We wish the East Lancashire Mark Province continued success in their efforts to raise funds for the MBF and look forward to the celebrations in 2021!

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