Enjoying the surroundings
Colin Lee’s wonderful garden in Leyland provided the perfect setting for a summer garden party! The weather was perfect for the gathering of Secret Monitor Brethren as well as members of the Scarlet Cord. The weather was kind but the traffic in the locality was not with some stuck in hot cars for ages! However it was well worth it – to taste Hector Macdonald’s home made scones and a mouth watering fayre of sausages and burgers cooked by Tony Smith.
Howard and Carol draw the raffle
The event was hosted by Howard Nuttall and his wife , Carol. The brethren basked in the sun and played croquet, a quite quintessential summer garden party.
There was a raffle to raise money for The Alzheimer Society and Howard had great pleasure in presenting a donation to that charity at the end of the event.
Howard presents a cheque
Our guide explains how beer is brewed
The province organised a day out at Robinson’s Brewery at Stockport. The journey was made by coach and upon arrival the brethren and their partners were treated to a guided tour around the brewery. The guide gave an informative talk explaining how the beer is brewed. Every one enjoyed the tour and some felt that they were partial to the odd tipple but had not realized how their favorite pint was made!
Peering into a vat
Following the tour a nice ‘pub lunch’ was served and there was a chance to sample some of the beers that are brewed by Robinson’s. Every one enjoyed the day and it is hoped that other trips can be organised in the future.
Enjoying the pub lunch!
The Order held its annual gala at Bury Masonic Hall and the ‘turn’ for the night was a magician. Following a delightful meal the Ladies and Gentlemen where entertained at the tables with a personal trick or two and then a full show featuring much audience participation.
This is an annual event which has proved popular among the Secret Monitors so look out for announcements of the 2016 event!
Our Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Frank Hood Smith recently had great pleasure to present a donation of £1000 to the Derian House Children’s Hospice at Chorley. East Lancashire Secret Monitors have raised £500 and under the ‘match funding’ scheme, Grand Conclave topped up the donation from the OSM Benevolent Fund having agreed that this is an excellent charity to support.
PGSR Frank Hood Smith presents the cheque to Susie Poppitt
Frank made the presentation to Susie Popitt, the head of fundraising for the charity at a recent visit to the Hospice at Astley Village in Chorley. At the hospice they provide respite or palliative support to families across Lancashire who has children with life shortening conditions. They aim to provide a high standard of specialist care for the child but also a reassuring framework of emotional support for the whole family. The hospice opened in 1993 and with a specialist team cares for children and has a facility to care for young adults up to the age of 23.
In order to continue, the hospice requires £3 million plus per year so Susie expressed her thanks to Frank for the support The Order has provided with this donation.
At the recent Provincial Meeting held at Rochdale, Frank George Hood Smith was invested as the new Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler for the Province of East Lancashire. He then proceeded to invest Christian Givvons as his deputy.
Left to right, Frank Smith, William Guest and Chris Givvons