Four Brethren from the North East Lancashire District travelled to London on Tuesday 13th February 2018 to receive promotion 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. Frank Bailey, 30° – Rochdale St. Chad Chapter No.494
Ill.Bro. Reg Foster, 30° – Rochdale St. Chad Chapter No.494
Ill.Bro. Malcolm Hearsey, 30° – Emmanuel Chapter No.447
Ill.Bro. Ted Heywood, 30° – Rochdale St. Chad Chapter No.494
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.
Pictured L-R: Jack, Malcolm, Ted, Frank and Reg.
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.
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.
Ill. Bro. Ken Alker 31° (L) congratulates Ill. Bro. Rob Tyler (R) on his promotion to the 30°
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.
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.
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.
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)
Congratulations to our newly promoted Brethren, we hope you enjoyed the ceremony and the festive board afterwards at the Royal Overseas League.
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.
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.
The 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.