OSM East Lancs

Order of the Secret Monitor Provincial Grand Conclave of East Lancashire

Month: May 2018

Cockcroft gets the team spirit

Cockcroft Conclave No 25 received a double visit at its latest meeting held on a warm sunny evening at Burnley Masonic Hall. Not only was the Grand Visitor, VWyBro Captian Walter David Porter in attendance but there was also team visit by nine acting East Lancashire Provincial Grand Conclave Officers.

Left to right, Walter David Porter, Chris Givvons and Dave Heginbotham looking after the travelling arrow

Left to right, Walter David Porter, Chris Givvons and Dave Heginbotham looking after the travelling arrow

Supreme Ruler David Heginbotham opened the Conclave in due form after which there was a knock to announce that a delegation of Provincial Officers was waiting outside. They were admitted under the guidance of Steve Holcroft: Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. The delegation was headed up by Christian Givvons, Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler accompanied by the Sword Bearer, Howard Freer and Standard Bearer Aiden Murphy. Other officers included Registrar Arthur Birch, all four Visiting Deacons: Allan Shields, Elliot Moss, Hector McDonald and Gordon Pilkington. Assistant Recorder Erick Bullock and Steward Adrian Hunter completed the delegation entering the Conclave.

In addition to those Provincial officers, also present as members of Cockcroft was Chancellor Stephen Jackson and Provincial Grand Guide Les Bond along with Conclave and Provincial Assistant DC John Kershaw.

The main business of the evening was a demonstration Ceremony of Induction which featured Hector as the candidate and was superbly performed by Les Bond, assisted by the officers of the Conclave. The weapons of the order were presented with sincerity by Michael Boyce and the charge was delivered perfectly by Stephen Jackson.

The newest member of the Conclave, Ivor Emo was presented with his First-Degree Certificate by Chris Givvons who explained all the features of his certificate in fine style.

Finally, before David closed the conclave he was presented with the Travelling Arrow by Howard Freer making its way from Roach Valley Conclave.

The famous bottle of whisky and the six pack of beans

The famous bottle of whisky and the six pack of beans

The brethren retired to enjoy a first-class festive board in the fantastic surroundings of Burnley’s dining room. That now famous bottle of Asda whisky re appeared at the raffle along with a six pack……. of Heinz baked beans!

The Grand Visitor responded during the toasts stating that he had thoroughly enjoyed the evening and that he was looking forward to attending Bury Conclave on September 5th at Rawtenstall.

Will the whisky be there too?

Chris and David , centre, with Walter , members of the conclave and Acting Provincial Officers

Chris and David , centre, with Walter , members of the conclave and Acting Provincial Officers

Kenneth Laidlaw celebrates 50 years in the Royal Arch.

Kenneth Laidlaw, a Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies of the Province of East Lancashire and a Past Provincial Grand Registrar of the Province of Durham, is a mainstay personality within the Province. A member of many appendant orders, his knowledge of masonry is second to non. In our order Kenneth is the Recorder and a member of Bury Conclave No 80 and is also a member of The Scarlet Cord. He also holds Grand Rank in the OSM.

Ken , left receives his certificate from David Dunn

Ken , left receives his certificate from David Dunn

Tuesday 24thApril 2018 saw the Chapter of Unanimity No.42 celebrate Ken’s Golden Jubilee in the Royal Arch with the area Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, David Dunn presiding over proceedings.

As you can imagine, a great many Companions attended to celebrate with Ken. Golden Jubilees in the Royal Arch are rare and special events and this evening was no exception.

The minutes of Ken’s Exaltation which was performed in St Bede Royal Arch Chapter No.1119 in Durham were read. Allan Shields gave the Tribute after which David Dunn, on behalf of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Sir David Trippier, presented Ken with a certificate.

Once the business of the evening was completed the companions attended the Festive Board where that special Royal Arch atmosphere was thick and joyous. Ken was treated to an evening he will never forget and as ever was gracious in the spot light.

Thanks must be given to the Chapter who arranged a magnificent evening, and thanks also to Ken for allowing us all to share his event and celebrate with him.

Ken with the Companions of Chapter of Unanimity No.42

Ken with the Companions of Chapter of Unanimity No.42

Harwood installs Hector

Hector, right is congratulated by Stephen

Hector, right is congratulated by Stephen

WyBro Hector Macdonald ProvGV was installed as Supreme Ruler of Earl of Harwood Conclave No 71 in fine style by Stephen Crowther.  Earl of Harwood is one of our Saturday conclaves and the brethren gathered for a mid morning start on a sunny May morning.  Stephen opened the Conclave under the watchful eye of Tom Gallagher, Director of Ceremonies and  assisted by his officers and visitors.

He then proceeded to install Hector is a very fine ceremony with sincerity. Those present saw a truly professional working of the installation ceremony. It is the second time Hector has taken the chair of Earl of Harwood but he later revealed that it was never his intention to progress to the chair when he joined the order some 18 years ago!

Following the meeting the brethren enjoyed a relaxing drink in the bar area and superb surroundings of Accrington Masonic hall. The festive board was in true Earl of Harwood style – Soup and sandwiches. The soup was extremely tasty the chef had added a manner of ingredients including curry powder. The brethren decided that this recipie should be considered ‘OSM soup’

A raffle took place with a very unique prize, a signed book written by a mountain climbing aquanitence of Hector’s which had been signed by the author. There was also a bottle of whiskey which appears to traveling around more that the Arrow.  Will it appear at the Team Visit to Cockroft Conclave?

Following a most enjoyable meeting and festive board the brethren departed to continue with their week end activities.

Hector is flanked by the officers and brethren following the installation

Hector is flanked by the officers and brethren following the installation

 

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