A date for the Scarlet cord members.
The Provincial Grand Recorder for the Order of the Scarlet Cord province of East Lancashire has announced the date for the next meeting. This will be held on the 11th of February 2017 and he is encouraging all of the brethren of the order to attend at Shaw Masonic hall. The meeting will start at 11 am and booking forms for the meal will be issued soon.
Frank presents the cheque to Judith
The Province of East Lancashire has recently donated £300 to the Blackburn Samaritans, the generosity of the brethren of our order was ‘match funded’ by Grand Conclave. This means that a total donation of £600 has been made and Frank Smith our Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler had great pleasure in presenting the cheque to Judith Houghton.
Judith is the Director for the Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Samaritans who are wholly dependent on fund raising to continue the round the clock support they offer to the community. Upon receiving the cheque she thanked Frank for this wonderful donation and all the brethren of East Lancashire Secret Monitors for their contribution. She went on to say that this money will ensure they can continue with the work that they do. She explained it takes over £30,000 per year to keep the Samaritans in a position to deal with around two thousand calls into the branch each month. The money is needed to go towards the upkeep of the building. The work however is done entirely on a voluntary basis by the 72 people who help out.
The Samaritans offer confidential support ‘24/7’ to allow people to be themselves.
Our past Deputy Supreme Ruler, Stephen Jackson is one of the back office team helping out along with his wife who is one of the fifty five ‘listening’ volunteers with the Blackburn Samaritans. Stephen was on hand to present the donation with Frank.
Anyone can talk to The Samaritans no matter what is getting to them. They are just ordinary people, who give up their time to listen.
Stephen Jackson with Judith and Frank
The festive board
Rochdale Masonic Hall was the venue for the 2016 meeting of Provincial Grand Conclave of East Lancashire. Our PGSR, Frank Hood Smith welcomed over 60 brethren from our province along with representatives of another seven provinces scattered far and wide including Scotland. The Provincial Director of Ceremonies, Tom Corbally GStwd marshaled the procession into the conclave who were greeted with acclamation. Frank welcomed one and all and he in turn along with the other distinguished brethren were all greeted with the appropriate salutations.
All of the conclaves from around East Lancashire were well represented and there were also many other brethren present who are also senior officers in other orders. Frank thanked all his team of outgoing officers for their support during the year, there have been three team visits and also ‘cross border’ trips to West Yorkshire.
Stephen Jackson (left) enjoys the company of Howard Nuttall
The new team were invested with a total of 25 investments or appointments and three brethren receiving a promotion. All were greeted with a warm round of applause before being taken back to their seats, via Peter Connolly, the Provincial Registrar who presented each one with his certificate.
Frank thanked all the brethren for their continued support. While some Conclaves are doing well with a queue of brethren to be inducted, others need support as numbers are sometime low and he stressed the importance of visiting conclaves. He looked forward to a busy year ahead and welcomed in the new team.
The officers then formed a magnificent procession and left the conclave to warm applause.
Frank (left) shares a toast with Chris as Tom Corbally watches on
The brethren then retired to the banquette that was to follow, Rochdale’s superb catering team served up a mouth watering four course meal. During the meal Frank took wine with many of his guests and the brethren assembled.
The day was enjoyed by all and The Province of East Lancashire looks forward to having a really good and enjoyable year of Secret Monitor Freemasonry.
Frank Smith PGSR (right) with Chris Givvons (left) Deputy PGSR flanked by the officers for 2017