OSM East Lancs

Order of the Secret Monitor Provincial Grand Conclave of East Lancashire

Month: February 2017

Supera Moras – Super Saturday!

Left to right, Chris Givvons, Paul Joynson, Installing SR Aiden Murphy and DC Stephen Holcroft

Left to right, Chris Givvons, Paul Joynson, Installing SR Aiden Murphy and DC Stephen Holcroft

It was another Super Secret Monitor Saturday at the recent installation meeting of Supera Moras Conclave No 49. This being an internet style conclave the members are scattered wide and far and at this meeting brethren had traveled for Essex, Derbyshire , Sheffield and some from Wigan! Those present saw what was arguably one of the best installation ceremonies performed by Aiden Murphy who placed one of his closest masonic friends, Paul Joynson into the chair. He was well supported by Stephen Holcroft, who as director of ceremonies made sure it all went smoothly.

Indeed it did, with all the other officers working hard, Our Deputy Grand Supreme Ruler took part and there was contributions from some of the newer members which saw Wayne Barnes presenting the Weapons perfectly to Paul. The great atmosphere that had already been created in the conclave quickly flowed over into the festive board. The meal was delicious and the brethren enjoyed the hospitality to a full. Not only was it a great meeting the brethren had fun and a smile was seen on everyone’s face. Plenty of banter and the good company was enjoyed by all.

If you are a member of the order why not come and visit one of the Saturday conclaves, or if you would like the chance to meet on a Saturday and enjoy great meetings like this, it may be a good reason to join the Secret Monitor.

The members of Supera Moras and their visitors gather around Paul Joynson - Supreme Ruler

The members of Supera Moras and their visitors gather around Paul Joynson – Supreme Ruler

The Scarlet Cord makes a dedication

The recent annual provincial meeting of The Scarlet Cord in East Lancashire, held at Shaw Masonic hall, was a very special and unique event. As well as the usual business that takes place at any provincial gathering, the order had the opportunity to dedicate a new provincial banner and sword.

The province has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years, Indeed David Norbury, the Provincial Recorder informed the brethren during the meeting that membership of the order had increased in the last 12 months.

Companions at the festive board

Companions at the festive board

R.Dist.Comp Howard Stephen Nuttall opened the Provincial meeting following a superb procession under the guidance of Anthony Smith the Director of Ceremonies. Howard welcomed the Companions of the province as well as many distinguished guests from other provinces which included Northumberland, West Yorkshire, Cheshire and North Wales, North and East Yorkshire and our neighbours from West Lancashire. The lodge room was indeed full.

This dedication ceremony is very unique and those who attended this meeting would witness something quite rare, it’s not every meeting that you get to see a banner and sword dedication.

Howard with the 'top table' guests

Howard with the ‘top table’ guests

An escort of companions was formed and first the banner and then the sword where formally dedicated with some very unique ritual delivered perfectly by Howard. An informative and interesting oration was given by Geoffrey Glover, Provincial Episcopus (Chaplain).During the oration he explained the reasons behind why our Masonic orders have adopted the banner and sword as part of the Provincial structure and their individual significance to this order. The banner is has a crimson back ground with the badge of the order, as well as the red rose of Lancashire and looked splendid as it was unveiled by the escort.

Ian Ronson , left, taking wine with Howard

Ian Ronson , left, taking wine with Howard

Howard then appointed his team of officers for the following year many of whom received first appointments. The meeting was closed with the message to spread the word and encourage brethren to join The Scarlet Cord along with thanks for all the Provincial officers from last year for all their hard work.

The brethren then retired to the festive board where they enjoyed a delicious meal of vegetable soup, braised steak with all the trimmings finished off with chocolate profiteroles. There was a great atmosphere around the dinner table and Howard took wine with his team of officers, visiting brethren and other companions of the order. In response to the toast made to him by the Deputy G Summus, Dist.Comp Ian Ronson, he thanked everyone for coming to the meeting and how much he had enjoyed the day. That feeling was felt by all of the companions present who left having seen something both unique and special in freemasonry.

Howard with the Provincial Team and the newly dedicated banner and sword

Howard with the Provincial Team and the newly dedicated banner and sword

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