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Order of the Secret Monitor Provincial Grand Conclave of East Lancashire

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Paul installed at Pendle

Nigel (centre) presents the travelling arrow to Paul (right) and Stephen

Nigel (centre) presents the travelling arrow to Paul (right) and Stephen

Paul Joynson was installed as Supreme Ruler of Forest of Pendle Conclave No 219. The  meeting held at Padiham Masonic hall on a very wet and unseasonal June evening was well attended by members and visitors alike with the conclave ranks being bolstered by both Paul and Nigel Dunlop, SR of Champion Conclave as joining members. In fact membership forms were in full view on the evening as much effort was done to increase the numbers even further! The meeting started with Nigel presenting the traveling arrow on behalf of Champion Conclave.

The next business was for Stephen Jackson to install Paul as SR in a perfect ceremony and with sincerity. Paul is not new to the role and settled in very well. Paul is also a member of Supera Moras as well as a past SR of Champion Conclave he has worked hard to promote the order by encouraging not just joining members but has successfully brought many new candidates in to the order which Stephen acknowledged during his responses at the festive board.

Paul being congratulated by Stephen (right)

Paul being congratulated by Stephen (right)

Paul (left) welcomes Aiden as ADC of the Conclave

Paul (left) welcomes Aiden as ADC of the Conclave

Paul appointed his officers which included one of his joining members, Aiden Murphy as ADC. Along with the newer members, the conclave also boasts some distinguished and long serving brethren, including Roy Haffner who has recently celebrated 6o years in freemasonry and joined the Order of the Secret Monitor  back in 1977. . The brethren retired to a ‘David Heggingbottom all inclusive’ buffet which is indeed great value for £10. Dave works hard to put on the spread which includes a drink as well as a raffle ticket. Good harmony and great food was enjoyed in a most relaxed atmosphere.

So this conclave is a good blend of old and new and well worth a visit. Why not book in and attend the next meeting in December?

A Prince and a Visitor

Mark (right) being congratulated by Sam

Mark (right) being congratulated by Sam

At the recent meeting of Bury Conclave  No 80 Bro Mark Harrison was admitted as a Prince of The order. In  attendance was Capt. Walter David Porter, the Grand Visitor from Grand Conclave along with Frank Smith, Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Chris Givvons, his Deputy and a delegation of other Provincial Officers. A total of 28 brethren filled the lodge room at Rawtenstall Masonic Hall to see Bro Mark admitted in a truly excellent ceremony conducted by Sam Turtington, Supreme Ruler of Bury Conclave.

He was ably assisted by his officers and visitors who all worked hard on making the Ceremony memorable and sincere for Mark , the work received praise from Walter who along with all the visitors enjoyed the meeting.

Following the meeting  the brethren enjoyed the harmony and fine food at the festive board. Conclave Director of Ceremonies Dave Rigby conducted a raffle raising £83 for the charities.

David Porter - Grand Visitor (centre) with Sam and Dave

David Porter – Grand Visitor (centre) with Sam and Dave

Super Installation

The Internet Conclave, Supera Moras No 49 held its installation meeting in the idyllic surroundings of Rawtenstall Masonic Hall. This conclave travels the province as well as other provinces and its membership are scattered far and wide. It was the turn of Bro I Brian Tynan to be installed into the chair of Supreme Ruler in fine style by WyBro Paul Joynson. Paul has been very busy recently and performed the installation perfectly having just inducted two candidates into his other conclave just two days previously.

Left, Brian Tynan being congratulated by his installing officer, Paul Joynson

Left, Brian Tynan being congratulated by his installing officer, Paul Joynson

The conclave was honoured by the presence of WyBro Chris Givvons who is the Deputy PGSR of our province and is also the Conclave recorder. In attendance was his counterpart from West Midlands, WyBro U Patel. They in turn were joined by other Acting Officers from the Province of East Lancashire as this was a team visit and all those officers attending were introduced to the conclave by Chris at the beginning of the meeting.

Paul and his officers then proceeded to install Brain in a well worked ceremony under the direction of the Director of Ceremonies WyBro Stephen Holcroft who also presented the weapons to the newly installed Supreme Ruler.

Left, Chris taking wine with U Patel and Bryan

Left, Chris taking wine with U Patel and Bryan

The festive board was enjoyed by all, a superb meal served to the usual high standard found at this venue. Chris in his response to the various toasts updated the brethren with future Provincial events and details of the next meeting  of Supera Moras, to be held Saturday 21st April at Hyde masonic hall when three new candidates will be admitted in a ‘triple’ ceremony, well worth a visit and a date to save in the diary.

Chris (centre) congratulates Bryan with members of the conclave and the visitors

Chris (centre) congratulates Bryan with members of the conclave and the visitors

Two Champions

Champion Conclave No 26 is over 100 years old and recently inducted two candidates in a ‘double’ at their recent meeting. Bro’s Martin Davies and Craig Horrigan, Master Masons from Greenhill Lodge No 6260 were inducted in fine style by WyBro Paul Joynson, who was also their proposer.

The plaque to commemorate 100 years of Champion Conclave

The plaque to commemorate 100 years of Champion Conclave

The conclave was honoured with the presence of RWyBro Frank Hood Smith, Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler and his Deputy, WyBro Chris Givvons, who along with 15 other brethren saw a very special ceremony superbly directed by RWyBro Stephen Jackson. They gathered in the exquisite surroundings of Darwen masonic hall. In one of the lodge rooms, there is a wonderful stone tablet to commemorate the 100th birthday of the conclave in 1995.

IPSR Alan Frangleton opened the conclave and conducted the lodge business with charisma! He then offered the Chair to Paul who then worked the ceremony of induction assisted by the Brethren of the conclave and many ofthe visitors. WyBro Holcroft delivered the address to the candidates and Stephen Jackson presented the weapons with sincerity.

Left to right, Craig Horrigan, Paul Joynson and Martin Davies

Left to right, Craig Horrigan, Paul Joynson and Martin Davies

Champion is growing from strength to strength and there is more to come with candidates and joining members all keen to join this friendly and welcoming conclave with a long history. The festive board was enjoyed by all with friendship and harmony. Stephen Jackson conducted a number auction style raffle which raised an amazing £71 for the charities.

With a double Princess ceremony now firmly on the agenda  a visit to Champion Conclave is well recommended,  The next meeting takes place on Thursday 19th of April so why not visit them and have a Champion evening.

Chris Givvons (centre) Frank Smith (right) flanked with the brethren and visitors

Chris Givvons (centre) Frank Smith (right) flanked with the brethren and visitors

Scarlet Cord Provincial Grand Senatus meeting 2018

The annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Senatus of East Lancashire for the Ancient and Masonic Order of The Scarlet Cord took place at Shaw Masonic Hall on a cold and very wet February morning. Over 40 brethren had endured heavy rain and traffic chaos to share the day with R.Dist.Comp. Howard Stephen Nuttall V and his team of provincial officers.

Howard opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to  Shaw . The brethren had travelled from far and wide to attend Including Durham and Northumberland, Cheshire, North and East Yorkshire,West Lancashire and the Midlands. Plenty of good Masonic banter took place between Howard and his counterparts from around the provinces, the order is growing and membership is now spread across the United Kingdom.

left to right, Howard Nuttall, Ian Ronson (Deputy) and Trevor Jewitt (Assistant) take wine with the brethren

left to right, Howard Nuttall, Ian Ronson (Deputy) and Trevor Jewitt (Assistant) take wine with the brethren

Howard then appointed his Provincial Officers for the ensuing year and thanked them for taking office. During his address he thanked everyone for their support with the instruction to keep smiling and enjoy Scarlet Cord Freemasonry!

The brethren retired to the festive board and enjoyed fine food superbly cooked and served by the Staff at The Gables. Howard took wine with all the distinguished brethren, members of his province and all of the visitors. Membership is open to any Prince of the Order Of The Secret Monitor and he encouraged the brethren to spread the word and seek new members.

There are three consistories to choose from Vale of Irwell meets at Rawtenstall in the evening. Beal meets at Shaw and Pomona at Salford and are both day time Consitories.

Howard wished everyone well and thanked the brethren for attending and looked forward to a prosperous Scarlet Cord year.

Howard (centre back row) flanked by his Provincial Officers for 2013

Howard (centre back row) flanked by his Provincial Officers for 2013

The First commissioning for Christian

The Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler of our Province, WyBro Christian Givvons, recently got his first chance to commission a new Supreme Ruler. At the installation meeting of Supera Moras Conclave No 49 Bro Aiden Murphy was placed into the chair by the outgoing ruler, WyBro Derek Oliver.

Christian (left) congratulates Aiden after his ceremony

Christian (left) congratulates Aiden after his ceremony

Following the installation he was taken to the South East corner and commissioned as a Ruler in the Order by Christian. It is a unique part of the ritual of the order that following this additional part of the installation it then allows the new Supreme Ruler to take the chair in any Conclave of Secret Monitors.

Supera Moras is another example of ‘Saturday Secret Monitors’ being one of the two Conclaves that meet on a Saturday. It is an internet Conclave and meets at various venues including Tapton Hall in Sheffield, Rawtenstall and the next meeting in April is to be held at Westhoughton. The brethren travel long distances in many cases to attend and at this recent meeting some had travelled from Essex, The Midlands and Sheffield.

It is one of the biggest Conclaves with 32 members and is always well supported by visiting brethren. All the details of this and all our Conclaves can be found on the Provincial calendar so look out for details of what the Saturday Conclaves have in store!

 

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