As Supera Moras No 49 is known as the ‘Internet Conclave’ it attracts its membership from across the whole of the UK which makes it a very interesting and diverse Conclave. The Conclave does travel around not only East Lancashire but also neighbouring Provinces so the members and regular visitors meet in a wide variety of Masonic Halls.
Newly installed SR Stephen (centre) takes wine with Frank with acclamation from IPSR Bryan (right)
February’s installation meeting saw Stephen Williams, who practices most of his Freemasonry in Derbyshire installed as Supreme Ruler in fine style by Bryan Tynan. The conclave had a very good turn out which included the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler Frank Smith among its distinguished guests. Frank’s Deputy, Christian Givvons is always in attendance at Supera Moras as he is the Conclave Recorder.
This was also a Provincial Team Visit and the attendance was swelled when Stephen Holcroft, Provincial DC assembled the team who then paraded in which was a spectacle in itself.
The brethren present saw Bryan install Stephen in fine style and with sincerity in a first class ceremony assisted by his officers. Stephen Holcroft who is also the Conclave DC had everything running smoothly and he also presented the Weapons in a perfect manner to the new Supreme Ruler.
Left to right, Christian Givvons, Frank and Stephen taking wine at the festive board with everyone present
Frank delivered the address to the Conclave with perfection which signaled the end of a very fine ceremony.
Following the meeting the brethren retired to the lovely surroundings of the dining room of Rawtenstall Masonic Hall where the harmony continued over a very fine meal.
Newly Installed SR Stephen Williams with Frank Smith (on his right) and the officers of Supera Moras Conclave and the visiting Provincial Officers from the province of East Lancashire as well as other visiting brethren
There were nearly 40 in attendance from Roses in Concord Conclave No 185, partners and brethren of Prosperity Lodge 5206 then joined the Secret Monitor brethren for the meal following the meeting. The conclave was left open at the end of the evening for the visitors to have a look and to have questions asked about the order. The evening came together in the hope that a ‘white table’ style of event may generate some interest which would lead to new members joining OSM. Supreme ruler Gordon Fletcher is also the Secretary of Prosperity Lodge, The Worshipful Master of Prosperity is Les Bond, who just happens to be the Secretary of Roses in Concord so a joint event was very easy to arrange!
A great night where every lady took home a rose for Valentines day.
Many thanks to Steve Crowther for this article and photos.
From right to left Gordon Fletcher explains the conclave lay out to members of Prosperity Lodge
Gordon continues with his conclave information assisted by Stephen Jackson (right)
The ladies were also made welcome
Members of both Prosperity Lodge and Roses in Concord Conclave along with wives, partners and guests enjoy the Valentine’s meal together
RDistComp Howard Stephen Nuttall. (V)
The annual Provincial Scarlet Cord meeting was held for the third time at its now familiar setting of Shaw Masonic Hall. Many of the brethren along with a bevy of distinguished visitors braved high winds and rain to be with R.Dist Companion Howard Stephen Nuttall (V) and his team. A large delegation had travelled ‘over the hills’ from West Lancashire as well as the Midlands, Wales, the North East as well as Yorkshire.
Howard opened the meeting in fine style and conducted the business with much banter and of course…… a smile! He had great pleasure in appointing his team for the ensuing year. The companions were also treated to a most informative geography lesson from Howard as he explained that the names of his three consistories had been derived from the local waterways, in the case of Vale of Irlwell No 16 TI and Beal Valley No 94. Pamona No 106 being named after the dock at the end of the Manchester Ship canal which handled the all important cotton imports on which Lancashire built its fabric weaving industry.
Howard (centre) with his Provincial Team for 2019
Following a most enjoyable meeting the companions retired to the festive board where a fine meal of braised steak with all the trimmings was enjoyed in true harmony. Howard thanked everyone for attending and remarked that the order was doing well as well as looking forward to the year ahead.
Howard takes wine with his guests (top) with the companions enjoying the harmony at the festive board
The travelling arrow found its way to Accrington with a little help from WyBro John Mellor, the Supreme Ruler of Roache Valley Conclave No 252. Earl of Harwood No 71 was the recipient at their traditional Saturday morning meeting in February.
As soon as IPSR WyBro Stephen Crowther had opened the conclave John rose and presented the arrow to Earl of Harwood. How long will it stay in Accrington? With a cluster of meetings coming up it may very soon be on the move again!
IPSR Stephen Crowther (left) receives the Travelling Arrow from John
Roses in Concord Conclave No 185 have got together with Prosperity Craft Lodge No 5206 for a Ladies to dine Valentines celebration on Tuesday 12th February at Clayton – Le -Moors.
The combined festive board following Roses Conclave meeting is open to Non Masons, Non OSM Masons and wives / partners are all most welcome. Those Craft Masons who may be interested in joining the order will get the chance to view the lodge room set out as it would be for a Secret Monitor meeting.
Contact Les Bond before Friday 5th February to book in for what looks like a fantastic evening : firstname.lastname@example.org