Fourth Annual District Lunch held at Bury Masonic Hall

The Fourth Annual North East Lancashire District Lunch was held at Bury Masonic Hall on Sunday 15th March 2020.

Rose Croix Masons from across the District with their Ladies and guests enjoyed a delicious 4-course lunch comprising a starter of Broccoli & Stilton Soup, a main course of Roast Breast of Chicken with a Sage & Onion Stuffing, a Strawberry & Kiwi Meringue Nest dessert and finally Cheese and Biscuits, Tea and Coffee.

The meal was followed by a couple of fun quizzes and a raffle organised by District Recorder Ill∴Bro Jack Aston 32°. Thanks to all those attending for their support at what is proving to be a difficult time with rising concerns over the coronavirus situation.

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Higher Degrees ~ February 2020

A group of candidates from Chapters in the North East Lancashire District, supported by District Recorder Ill∴Bro. Jack Aston 32° and personal guests, travelled to London for the Higher Degrees Meeting at Duke Street, St. James’s on Tuesday 11th February 2020.

The first part of the Higher Degrees meeting each February comprises a Sovereign Tribunal of Grand Inspectors Inquisitors Commanders 31°.

On this occasion, Ill∴Bro. Brian Simm, long-serving Recorder of Mark Wilkinson Chapter No.194 was one of nineteen candidates receiving richly deserved promotions to the 31°.

Brian was joined in this ceremony by two colleagues from Chapters in the South East Lancashire District who are well known to many of us through their connections not only in Rose Croix but other Orders:

Ill∴Bro. Ken Hampson 31° ~ Recorder of East Lancashire Chapter No.440

Ill∴Bro. Mervyn Wilson 31°~ District Grand Prefect, Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees, District of East Lancashire

The Sovereign Tribunal was closed and a Grand Chapter of Grand Elected Knights Kadosh 30° was opened. Some 35 Brethren from Chapters across England and Wales were honoured with promotions to the 30° Grand Elected Knight Kadosh, Knight of the Black and White Eagle.

Brethren from the North East Lancashire District receiving promotion to the 30° were:

Ill∴Bro. Philip Beaumont 30° – William Horrocks Chapter No.603

Ill∴Bro. Fred Blackburn 30° – Bury Chapter No.435

Ill∴Bro. Robert Findlay 30° – St. Peter’s Chapter No.31

Ill∴Bro. Robert Jopson 30° – Accrington Chapter No.364

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Brethren from the North East Lancashire District at Mark Masons’ Hall. From Left to Right: Ill∴Bro. Ken Alker 31° (guest), Ill∴Bro. Robert Findlay 30°, Ill∴Bro. Brian Simm 31°, Ill∴Bro. Philip Beaumont 30°, Ill∴Bro. Robert Jopson 30°, Ill∴Bro. Peter Aspinall 31° (guest).

The ceremony was followed by a drinks reception and festive board at Mark Masons’ Hall instead of the usual venue of the Royal Overseas League.

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Inspector General’s Christmas Message

The Inspector General’s Christmas Message can be downloaded here.

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Higher Degrees – June 2019

The Higher Degrees Meeting held at Duke Street, St. James’s on Tuesday 4th June 2019 was particular well supported by Brethren from the North East Lancashire District.

A total of 6 candidates and 5 guests, along with Inspector General V∴Ill∴Bro. David Biggs 33° and District Recorder Ill∴Bro. Jack Aston 32° made their separate ways to a rather warm and humid London, where they found temporary relief before the meeting in the cellars of Davy’s wine bar on Crown Passage for a light lunch and some refreshing drinks.

The first part of the Higher Degrees meeting each June comprises a Grand Consistory of Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret 32°.

On this occasion, Ill∴Bro. Douglas ‘Dickie’ Dickenson, long-serving Director of Ceremonies of Bethel Chapter No.290 was one of eight candidates receiving richly deserved promotions to the 32°.

A particular highlight of the event, and a honour for our District, was the selection of Dickie as the Representative Candidate for the 32° ceremony and a corresponding place on the top table at the festive board, seated next to the Sovereign Grand Commander, Most Puissant Brother Alan Englefield 33°.

The Grand Consistory was closed and a Grand Chapter of Grand Elected Knights Kadosh 30° was opened. Some 40 Brethren from across England and Wales were honoured with promotions to the 30° Grand Elected Knight Kadosh, Knight of the Black and White Eagle.

Brethren from the North East Lancashire District receiving promotion to the 30° were:

Ill∴Bro. Stuart Ashworth 30° – Bury Chapter No.435

Ill∴Bro. Bob Codling 30° – Rochdale St. Chad Chapter No.494

Ill∴Bro. Nigel Gouldthorpe 30° – Mark Wilkinson Chapter No.194

Ill∴Bro. John Kershaw 30° – Rochdale St. Chad Chapter No.494

Ill∴Bro. Michael Squires 30° – Colne St. Bartholomew Chapter No.1073

In support of our candidates were Ill∴Bro. Peter Holt 32°, Ill∴Bro. Keith Harrison 32°, Ill∴Bro. Peter Aspinall 31°, Ill∴Bro. David Winstanley 31° and Ill∴Bro. David Pestell 30°.

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

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Dickie and David await the Top Table guests

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North East Lancashire District candidates and guests

We offer our congratulations to all our newly promoted Brethren, we hope that their further advancement in the Order will give them much satisfaction and that they will treasure the happy memories of this special occasion for many years to come.

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Third Annual District Lunch held at Accrington Masonic Hall

The third Annual District Lunch was held on Sunday 24th March 2019 in the Adelaide Suite at Accrington Masonic Hall. Rose Croix Masons from Chapters across the District, accompanied by family and friends, came to support the event.

 

An excellent 3-course lunch was provided by Vince, the resident caterer and his team. For starters there was a choice of Melon Cocktail or Pate, followed by Roast Chicken or Salmon for the main course and a delicious Cheesecake for dessert. Tea and coffee, with mints, rounded off an excellent repast.

Ill.Bro. Jack Aston, the District Recorder, provided some light-hearted entertainment by running two quizzes, each with a prize of a donated bottle of wine, and a raffle raised a goodly sum to supplement our District donations to Masonic charities.

Our thanks go to Accrington Masonic Hall for providing such a warm and welcoming venue, Vince and his catering team for the splendid lunch, Jean behind the bar and of course, to Jack Aston, the District Recorder, for organising the whole event. We now look forward to the fourth Annual District Lunch in 2020.

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Higher Degrees ~ December 2018

At the Higher Degrees Meeting on Wednesday 5th December 2018, Ill∴Bro. Anthony Kenny of William Horrocks Chapter No. 603 in Blackburn, received his long-awaited promotion to the 30°, having served 2 consecutive years as Sovereign of the Chapter.

Tony had originally been invited to attend the Higher Degrees Meeting in September, along with four other candidates from the North East Lancashire District, but was prevented from attending due to other longstanding commitments.

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.

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Inspector General for North East Lancashire, V∴Ill∴Bro David Biggs 33º congratulates Ill∴Bro Tony Kenny on attaining the 30º (picture courtesy of Ill∴Bro Bob Mayston)

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Higher Degrees ~ October 2018

Three Brethren from the North East Lancashire District travelled to London on Monday 15th October 2018 to receive promotions to the 31° Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander and 30° Grand Elected Knight Kadosh, Knight of the Black and White Eagle at the Higher Degrees Meeting held at the Grand East, 10 Duke Street, St. James’s:

Ill∴Bro. Alex McLaren 31° – Rochdale St. Chad Chapter No.494 (also a Member of Rose of Lahore Chapter No.128 and Donald Maitland Davies Chapter No.1086 in the District of South East Lancashire)

Ill∴Bro. Paul Quinton 31° – James D Murray Chapter No.197 (also a Founder Member of Colne St. Bartholomew Chapter No.1073)

Ill∴Bro. Tony Cross 30° – James D Murray Chapter No.197 (also a Member of Colne St. Bartholomew Chapter No.1073)

As usual, the ceremony was followed by a drinks reception and an excellent festive board at the Royal Overseas League along with Ill∴Bro. Jack Aston 32°, the District Recorder for the North East Lancashire District and colleagues from the District of South East Lancashire, including Inspector General V∴Ill∴Bro. Royce Batters 33° and District Recorder Ill∴Bro. Rod Geeson 32°.

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A particular highlight of the meeting, and an honour for our District, was the selection of Ill∴Bro. Alex McLaren as the Representative Candidate for the 31° ceremony and a place at the festive board top table next to the Sovereign Grand Commander, Most Puissant Brother Alan Englefield 33°.

We offer our congratulations to all three newly promoted Brethren, we hope that their further advancement in the Order will give them much satisfaction and that they will treasure the happy memories of this special occasion for many years to come.

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Higher Degrees ~ September 2018

Four Brethren from the North East Lancashire District travelled to London on Monday 17th September 2018 to receive promotions to the 30°, Grand Elected Knight Kadosh, Knight of the Black and White Eagle at the Higher Degrees Meeting held at the Grand East, 10 Duke Street, St. James’s:

Ill.Bro. Jim Bradley, 30° – Emmanuel Chapter No.447

Ill.Bro. Alan Jones, 30° – Accrington Chapter No.364

Ill.Bro. Bob Norris, 30° – Mark Wilkinson Chapter No.194

Ill.Bro. Graham Wood, 30° – Bury Chapter No.435

As usual, the ceremony was followed by a drinks reception and an excellent festive board at the Royal Overseas League along with Ill.Bro. Jack Aston 32°, the District Recorder for the North East Lancashire District.

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Congratulations to all four newly promoted Brethren, we hope that their further advancement in the Order will give them much satisfaction and that they will treasure the happy memories of this special occasion for many years to come.

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Five Lancashire Chapters celebrate their Centenaries in Grand Style

Monday 30th July saw an event unique in the history of the Supreme Council 33° for England and Wales – the centenary celebration of 5 Rose Croix Chapters at one meeting.

The background to the event was unique and still leaves us with some unknowns. Warrants for five new Chapters were issued on the same day, 18th April 1918, all the Chapters to meet in the same District, the North Western District, which then comprised Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumberland and Westmorland. Those five Chapters are still extant and meeting in 3 of the 4 current Lancashire Districts:

Manchester Chapter No. 193 (Middleton, SE Lancashire)

Mark Wilkinson Chapter No.194 (Darwen, NE Lancashire)

Walter M Hamilton Chapter No.195 (Eccles, SE Lancashire)

Col. JD Murray Chapter No.196 (Pemberton, SW Lancashire)

James D Murray Chapter No.197 (Padiham, NE Lancashire)

So far as anyone is aware, there have never been as many as 5 Chapters warranted on the same day, either before or since this particular case, and certainly not in one District.

And what circumstances prevailed that 5 Chapters could be erected in one District at a time when the country was still at war, with the outcome uncertain? It is also somewhat unusual to have 2 Chapters named after the same (living) individual, especially when there was already a Murray Chapter No.177 in the Manchester area named after him.

Fast forward 98 years and the Inspectors General with responsibility for the 5 centenary Chapters got together to discuss options. 5 separate celebrations seemed a big imposition on Supreme Council and would lack the impact and scale that a single celebratory event would achieve. In the end, the Grand Secretary General of Supreme Council came up with the solution; the Supreme Council’s ‘private’ Chapter, Morning Star Chapter No.33 would hold its Enthronement meeting, by dispensation, in Lancashire (we had already designated Brookfield Masonic Hall in Westhoughton as the ideal venue) and bring together the members of all 5 centenary Chapters plus as many Princes from the Lancashire and neighbouring Districts as could be accommodated at one ‘stellar’ event.

And so it proved. There were present: Five members of Supreme Council, supported by the Grand DC, a Deputy Grand DC and the Grand Tyler, other members of Morning Star Chapter including the Most Wise Sovereign, E&P Bro Sir David Wooton (better known in other circles as the Assistant Grand Master in the Craft), the Sovereign-elect, E&P Bro Professor George Boys-Stones, 9 Inspectors General, 3 Past Inspectors General and 9 District Recorders. The Sovereigns of all 5 centenary Chapters were present and were well supported by members of their own and other Chapters in each of the 3 Districts.

Following a superb Enthronement ceremony, V∴Ill∴Bro David Hawkins 33°, Past Inspector General for the North East Lancashire District, gave a brief history on the subject of life and Freemasonry in 1918.

The Sovereign Grand Commander, M∴P∴Bro Alan Englefield 33° then took the floor and presented each of the centenary Chapter Sovereigns with their Chapter’s Centenary Warrant, authorising the wearing of a Centenary jewel.

The festive board comprised an excellent 3-course dinner with the customary toasts, plus an additional toast to the health of V∴Ill∴Bro Nick Bosanquet 33° the Grand Director of Ceremonies who was retiring after this evening’s special event after 10 years in office.

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Months of planning and preparation resulted in a fantastic – and unique – event, which will be fondly remembered by all those who took part for many years to come.

 

 

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Data Protection Policy and Data Protection Notice

The Data Protection Policy and Data Protection Notice for the District Of North East Lancashire are now available from the Downloads section of the website.

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