Bury masonic hall was the venue for the OSM 2019 gala night and with the star act being the magician Ian Lavin from Robert Burns Conclave No 368 a good night was always going to be on the cards!
The guests arrived and greeted by the hosts, Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler Frank Hood Smith and his good lady, Elaine. They then enjoyed pre dinner drinks and some table magic performed by Ian.
Dinner was served, fine food served perfectly and rounded off with cheese and biscuits and coffee. Following which Frank proposed a toast to The Queen before formally introducing Ian as the entertainment for the evening.
Ian (left) invites Elaine and Frank to pick the cards
Ian performed a fascinating series of tricks with cards or making things disappear and then re appear. Plenty of audience participation too with a touch of mind reading. Ian had the audience gasping with amazement and received a warm round of applause at the end of this superb show.
Frank and Elaine ready to draw the winning tickets stand at the prize table
The final part of the evening was the grand raffle with a table full of prizes on offer, that had been donated by those attending the gala. Elaine and Frank drew out the winning numbers and it was fair to say everyone won something. The raffle raised a fantastic £270 for good causes and charities. Frank finally thanked everyone for attending what was a most enjoyable social occasion.
Ian finds Adele Shields’ missing card while (top) things disappear before the very eyes of Stephen Jackson and (lower) David Hegginbottom is having his mind read!
Nigel (centre) presents the travelling arrow to Paul (right) and Stephen
Paul Joynson was installed as Supreme Ruler of Forest of Pendle Conclave No 219. The meeting held at Padiham Masonic hall on a very wet and unseasonal June evening was well attended by members and visitors alike with the conclave ranks being bolstered by both Paul and Nigel Dunlop, SR of Champion Conclave as joining members. In fact membership forms were in full view on the evening as much effort was done to increase the numbers even further! The meeting started with Nigel presenting the traveling arrow on behalf of Champion Conclave.
The next business was for Stephen Jackson to install Paul as SR in a perfect ceremony and with sincerity. Paul is not new to the role and settled in very well. Paul is also a member of Supera Moras as well as a past SR of Champion Conclave he has worked hard to promote the order by encouraging not just joining members but has successfully brought many new candidates in to the order which Stephen acknowledged during his responses at the festive board.
Paul being congratulated by Stephen (right)
Paul (left) welcomes Aiden as ADC of the Conclave
Paul appointed his officers which included one of his joining members, Aiden Murphy as ADC. Along with the newer members, the conclave also boasts some distinguished and long serving brethren, including Roy Haffner who has recently celebrated 6o years in freemasonry and joined the Order of the Secret Monitor back in 1977. . The brethren retired to a ‘David Heggingbottom all inclusive’ buffet which is indeed great value for £10. Dave works hard to put on the spread which includes a drink as well as a raffle ticket. Good harmony and great food was enjoyed in a most relaxed atmosphere.
So this conclave is a good blend of old and new and well worth a visit. Why not book in and attend the next meeting in December?