OSM East Lancs

Order of the Secret Monitor Provincial Grand Conclave of East Lancashire

Month: April 2019

Dunlop at Darwen

Darwen is the home of Champion Conclave No 26 and Nigel Dunlop was installed as the new Supreme Ruler at the April meeting.

Chris Givvons (right ) with John Tewson (centre) seem relaxed before the meeting . Nigel meanwhile phones a friend.

Chris Givvons (right ) with John Tewson (centre) seem relaxed before the meeting . Nigel meanwhile phones a friend.

19 brethren gathered in the wonderful Darwen lodge room which included John Marrison, Grand Visitor representing Grand Conclave in London, Chris Givvons who is the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler of the province of East Lancashire as well as Past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler Howard Nuttall and John Tewson, Past Grand Counsellor. There were also a goodly number of Acting Provincial officers present who were either Conclave members or simply visiting.

The  visiting Supreme Ruler of Fraternity Conclave No 75, Ken Laidlaw  presented the ‘Travelling Arrow’ to Champion Conclave.

Ken (left) presents the Travelling Arrow to Nigel

Ken (left) presents the Travelling Arrow to Nigel

So the stage was set for what turned out to be a perfect example of an installation ceremony, conducted by outgoing Supreme Ruler, Paul Joynson. It was fitting that it was to be Paul who would install Nigel as they have both been friends for over 12 years, as masons and members of other lodges, but also with similar workplace backgrounds.  They met in a pub purely by co- incidence when Paul noticed a ‘Masonic’ ring on Nigel’s hand. They introduced themselves and have been friends ever since. Paul and Aiden Murphy, the conclave Director of Ceremonies then introduced Nigel into the order.

Nigel was installed in fine style and with sincerity; Paul was well assisted by his team of officers. The ceremony was most enjoyable and well executed by the conclave it was good to see one of the new recruits, Martin Davies deliver The Weapons to Paul in a very polished display. It was clear that everyone learnt their parts and worked hard to deliver what was a very good installation meeting.

Pictured on the right Paul presents Nigel with the conclave gavel

Pictured on the right Paul presents Nigel with the conclave gavel

Champion is moving from strength to strength with three new candidates announced at the meeting as well as a joining member it means that the progression, or ‘ladder’ as it is sometimes called when referring to becoming the Master or Supreme Ruler in this case, is such that for the next seven years the conclave will be able to install a fresh new Supreme Ruler. Paul was able to present Chris Givvons with a charitable donation of £250 during the meeting and Chris thanked the brethren for their generosity. This benevolence extended to the festive board when a further £78 was raised during the raffle. However the prize described as a ‘fine blend’ Scottish Whiskey which was initially won by Nigel found its way into the Director of Ceremonies hands. Claiming his reluctance to accept it, a re- draw meant it was won for the third time by Stephen Holcroft who is the Provincial Director of Ceremonies and that was where the re-draw process ended!

Nigel announces just one of the lucky winners

Nigel announces just one of the lucky winners

The festive board was as enjoyable and harmonious as the meeting had been. Nigel thanked everyone for their support and friendship found in this conclave. Both Chris Givvons and John Marrison praised the officers and brethren for delivering a spectacle of a ceremony.

It looks like it’s a triple induction at the next meeting which is not to be missed!

Nigel (centre) with Chris (left) and Paul (right) along with members and visitors in the wonderful surroundings of the Darwen Lodge room

Nigel (centre) with Chris (left) and Paul (right) along with members and visitors in the wonderful surroundings of the Darwen Lodge room

2019 Provincial Gala Dinner – 8th June 2019

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Brethren, a nigh not to be missed! Simply download your form from the top of the page and print it off and return it to our Provincial Recorder Alan Edge with your remittance.

Ian Lavin with some card magic

Ian Lavin with some card magic

Double up at Supera Moras

Supera Moras conclave No 49 held its latest meeting at Westhoughton’s Brookfield Hall and it was to be something special as two brothers were admitted as Princes of the order. Bro’s Shore and Crook took the second degree which was well executed by Supreme Ruler S. Williams. He was well assisted by John Beardsley who gave the explanation of the challenge and Stephen Holcroft delivered the lecture. The ceremony went without a hitch following which the brethren posed and had a picture taken.

Supreme ruler presents the two new Princes with their ritual books flanked by the members and visitors.

Supreme ruler presents the two new Princes with their ritual books flanked by the members and visitors.

Burns night in April

The April meeting of Robert Burns Conclave No 368 took place at Salford Masonic Hall and the conclave members were joined by a delegation of Provincial Officers headed by the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Frank Hood Smith and  Grand Visitor John Marrison.

Supreme Ruler Alan Quine opened the conclave and then welcomed the Provincial team under the direction of Stephen Holcroft, Provincial DC. Following the salutations Frank introduced his team of officers, some of whom were already in the lodge room being members of Robert Burns. They then sat back to a enjoy demonstration of the Princes Degree Ceremony which was well executed by Alan and the officers of Robert Burns conclave.

Frank and his team of Provincial Officers with Alan (in the chair)

Frank and his team of Provincial Officers with Alan (in the chair)

At the end of the meeting a  delegation was formed up which included the Grand Visitor, John and Supreme Ruler Alan, joining Frank in the parade out in a spectacular procession. Provincial Guarder Stuart Corless marked his visit by wearing a traditional tartan kilt which gave a real Scottish flavour to proceedings.

John (left) and Frank take wine with the brethren

Retiring to the festive board the harmony and friendship continued over dinner which on this occasion was Soup followed by Salmon main course sweet and cheese and biscuits. The distinguished brethren and visitors enjoyed taking wine in the usual masonic tradition.

Frank summed up how much he had enjoyed the evening and thanked his team for attending with him. During the meeting raffle tickets had been sold raising money for good causes. Frank mentioned that he was working with Grand Conclave to make donations to local charities and bring benefit to those in need. The conclave Guide Tony Sivner proposed the toast to the all important visitors, one or two had assisted the regular conclave officers in the ceremony and he thanked them all for coming along and visiting Robert Burns.

Frank (left) receives a toast from Alan Quine, Conclave Supreme Ruler

Frank (left) receives a toast from Alan Quine, Conclave Supreme Ruler

The Grand Visitor John responded by thanking the conclave for its warm welcome and most enjoyable evening. Nigel Dunlop who had stepped in as sentinel for this meeting proposed the final toast of the evening. It will be his conclave, Champion, that is next on John’s list to visit in April which will see Nigel take the chair as supreme ruler.

The night ended with all the visitors joining the brethren of Robert Burns conclave in singing ‘Auld Lang syne’  to end a memorable ‘Burns’ conclave meeting.

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