The Rev Walton did not like the existence of Freemasonry, and eventually unearthed a number of old and incomplete rituals for the three Craft Degrees and the Royal Arch Degree, that were current in some Lodges, meeting under the banner of The United Grand Lodge of England.
Hanna was an Anglican Vicar, in the High Church tradition with The Church of England, and his work caused much embarrassment to the then Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher, several senior members of the Royal Family and many, many lower ranking Anglican Clerics.
Hanna eventually moved to Canada, and became a Roman Catholic priest, still with strong anti-Masonic views.
And as previously noted, he died in Canada in February 1966. Shortly after Hanna’s book appeared in 1952 a detailed response was published, under the title “Light Invisible – The Freemasonry Answer to Darkness Visible”. The author, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Freemason was a man who was not prepared to be bullied by Church based anti-Masonic bullies.
Committee Treasurer David Wallace set out, in great detail, the workings of the Committee over the past twelve months, dealing with unusual items such as their Centenary Dinner and Dance back in 2017 and the ongoing sale of their commemorative jewels.
The Treasurers Report was duly Proposed, Seconded and Passed by the Committee Members present.
Then our Most Wor Grand Master convened the annual election of Officers.
On this occasion, Alan Patterson, who was unable to attend on the day, was appointed the new Chairman, William Morrow, was elected Vice Chair and Treasurer and Secretary were both re-elected.
His book, which is still available on Amazon is a work of great insights, stinging wit and sincerity, which reveals the Craft does indeed have an important role in the world of the 1950’s.
I have no doubt that his arguments and conclusions remain valid right up to the present time.
He then thanked the current Chairman and Committee Members for their efforts over recent years, in building and expanding the very worthwhile work that they do in supporting our younger dependents.