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Order of the Secret Monitor Provincial Grand Conclave of East Lancashire

Month: February 2016

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!

 

The First Scarlet Cord Provincial Meeting

The very first meeting of The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord in the Province of East Lancashire took place at Shaw Masonic Hall. Last year saw the order go from strength to strength with the opening of a third consistory thus forming a ‘Province’

Howard Nuttall (left) with Ian Ronson and Trevor Jewitt

Howard Nuttall (left) with Ian Ronson and Trevor Jewitt

The head of the order is R.Dist. Companion Howard Stephen Nuttall V, The Provincial Grand Summus. The Deputy Grand Summas is Dist .Companion Ian Ronson PG.Stwd and Dist. Companion Trevor Jewitt GSwdB is the Assistant Provincial Grand Summas. Along with other provincial officers the meeting was attended by 45 Companions.

The procession was lead in by The Director of Ceremonies Tony Smith in fine style and salutations were given. Howard then introduced distinguished Companions who had travelled from Durham, Cheshire, East Midlands and our neighbours in Yorkshire and West Lancashire. Some of whom produced their passports just in case they would be stopped when ‘crossing the border’! That set the scene for a very relaxed meeting with plenty of banter.

The important business of the Provincial Meeting was conducted in the usual way and then Howard appointed his officers for the coming year.

Howard then rose to address the Companions and thanked all his officers for the effort and hard work that they had put in during the year, membership is stable and the Province is strong, it is hoped that other Secret Monitors would look to join in with this new and unique degree.

Howard is a local lad living in Shaw, he gave a brief history of his home town from its beginning as a wealthy cotton town to its present day way of life.

The Companions enjoy the festive board

The Companions enjoy the festive board

The companions then retired for a meal at the festive board where the friendly banter continued over a three course dinner of braised steak followed by coffee and mints. Turing the toasts Howard thanked everyone who came along and had made the day very special.

The three Consistories meet across the Province with day time meetings at Salford and Shaw with an evening meeting taking place at Rawtenstall. Any Secret Monitor who has been admitted to the Princes Degree can join the Scarlet Cord and an application form can be obtained from David Norbury, Provincial Recorder by Email dn46@btinternet.com

Howard Nuttall flanked by his Provincial Officers for 2016

Howard Nuttall flanked by his Provincial Officers for 2016

Roses celebrate 50 years

The Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler of The Province of East Lancashire, Right Worthy Brother Frank George Hood Smith and the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Worthy Brother Christian Givvons, along with Brethren from across the Province,   attended The Roses in Concord Conclave number 185 at Mill House Clayton Le Moors,when they  recently celebrated the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Consecration of the Conclave.

They, along with 5 Brethren from the Province of West Yorkshire including the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Very Worthy Brother John Marrison, were treated to an evening which included many of the Original items from that very first meeting.

The Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler directed a large portion of the Business, after accepting the Gavel and occupying the Chair.

The Original Minutes were read by the Acting Secretary Les Bond,

A portion of Holy writ, taken from the 1st Book of Samuel Chapter 16 Verses 1-13 was read by Wy. Bro. Christian Givvons and Very Wy. Bro. John Marrison

Rt. Wy Bro Frank G H Smith read the Oration from the Consecration, then the Supreme Ruler paraded the Warrant around the Conclave, whilst the Brethren sang Psalm 133 “Behold how good and joyful a thing it is; Brethren to dwell together in unity.”

Frank presents the jubilee certificate to Tony

Frank presents the jubilee certificate to Tony

The Names of the Founders were then read out and all present stood to Order in Honour of Departed Merit.

The Supreme Ruler of the Conclave was then returned to the Chair and the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, presented him with a framed Jubilee Certificate and congratulated him and the Conclave on achieving this milestone.

Carl Buckley (left) and Martin Murray enjoy the festive board

Carl Buckley (left) and Martin Murray enjoy the festive board

On completion of the normal business, the Brethren withdrew to the Social Board and enjoyed a meal which was a duplicate of the very first Consecration Banquet, where a toast to the Founders was proposed by the Supreme Ruler and another to the Future of the Conclave was proposed by the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler

Officers and brethren of the conclave along with Chris Givvons (left) Frank Smith and acting Provincial Officers

Officers and brethren of the conclave along with Chris Givvons (left) Frank Smith and acting Provincial Officers

Saturday Secret Monitors

The Order in East Lancashire boasts two Conclaves that meet on Saturdays. One of these, Earl of Harwood Conclave No 71 recently met on a Saturday afternoon at Accrington and had the pleasure of the company of David Alderson. Grand Visitor. David had made the journey over the hills from Thirsk in North Yorkshire. Other distinguished brethren attending the meeting included The Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Frank Smith and the Past Provincial Supreme Ruler Howard Nuttall.It would appear that there are a few ‘Saturday Secret Monitors’ in our province, as this meeting was well attended with 18 brethren present.

from left to right, Frank Smith, Hector MacDonald and David Alderson

from left to right, Frank Smith, Hector MacDonald and David Alderson

The conclave was opened in due form and impeccably by the Supreme Ruler, Hector MacDonald who tried offering the gavel not once but twice to the distinguished visitors! Hard working Hector then went on to deliver his paper ‘David – A Moral Conundrum’

The brethren listened intently to talk which had been researched by Hector and was perfectly delivered. He received a warm round of applause following the talk and answered questions from the brethren. Following the meeting the brethren enjoyed refreshments in the comfortable surroundings offered by Accrington Masonic hall.

Earl of Harwood Conclave was consecrated on the 20th of January 1934 and in an effort to continue the popularity of a Saturday has moved the start time to 11 am to become a ‘lunch time Lodge’ Many brethren find this time of meeting attractive if their working hours make it difficult to attend the traditional meeting times for lodges. Some are attracted to the fact that the lodge meets during day light hours rather than having to drive in the dark or be out late at night. The next meeting is Saturday May 14th at 11 am.So why not go along and become a Saturday Secret Monitor?

the brethren of Earl of Harwood with Frank Smith David Alderson and Howard Nuttall

the brethren of Earl of Harwood with Frank Smith David Alderson and Howard Nuttall

A double at Dr. James Edward Glover

The brethren of James Edward Glover No 409 recently admitted two candidates to the Princes or second degree of the order in one evening. Brothers Brian Campbell and Peter MacCarthy both took the degree together. 13 members of the conclave along with three visitors were present to see the ceremony which was performed by a last minute stand in Supreme Ruler Terry Bailey. It was good to see that all the officer positions were taken by conclave members so the visitors could have a ‘night off’

Richard Glover

Richard Glover

Howard Nuttall and Stephen Jackson, who are honorary members chipped in: Howard during ‘the challenge’ and Stephen with the lecture that was split with Richard Glover. The conclave was in fact named after Richards father, Dr James Edward Glover. In the Allied degrees there is a Council of the same name No 137.

Following the meeting the Brethren enjoyed each other’s company at the festive board with a nice roast beef dinner and some great banter rounding off a really good evening for Secret Monitors.

pictured left to right Brian Campbell and Peter MacCarthy

pictured left to right Brian Campbell and Peter MacCarthy

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