The recent meeting of Dr James Edward Glover Conclave took place at Rochdale Masonic Hall and the ceremony that evening was to induct Dr Craig Wood. Craig holds a doctorate in history and already a member of many Masonic orders so was very keen to join OSM.

The Conclave was honoured with the presence of VWyBro Captain Walter David Porter – Grand Visitor from Grand Conclave in London along with RWyBro Frank Hood Smith, Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, his deputy, WyBro Christian Givvons PAGDC and a delegation of acting officers of the province of East Lancashire. In total 29 brethren in attendance to see Bro Craig admitted.

Martin Murray, Supreme Ruler, welcomed everyone to the meeting.  Carl Buckley then read a moving eulogy for WyBro Tom Corbally AsstGDC who recently passed to higher service. Tom was the DC of the conclave and the brethren stood to order in his memory.

Carl Buckley (left) with Craig Wood

Carl Buckley (left) with Craig Wood

Once the usual conclave business was concluded Bro Craig Wood was admitted in due form and the ceremony took place to induct him in to the order. WyBro Stephen Holcroft PAGDC stood in as DC for the evening ensuring the proceedings ran smoothly.

Martin inducted Craig in impeccable style assisted by RWyBro Stephen Jackson PGG, Stephen Holcroft and Richard Glover delivered the Weapons perfectly to Craig. Richard also brought the greetings from the widow of James Edward Glover as is traditional in this conclave.

Following the meeting the brethren retired to the festive board: a superb roast beef dinner cooked and served to the usual high standards found at Rochdale masonic hall. Terry Bailey conducted a ‘Rochdale Swindle’ style raffle which raised a fantastic £95 for the charities.

The Grand Visitor, Walter David Porter took time to explain what his role involves, when he is out and about visiting conclaves around the UK, he  talked about the  the ‘Arch of Steel ‘which he is  involved with. He also reminded the brethren of the important role the Visiting Deacon plays in the structure of our order.

Left to right, Captain Walter David Porter, Frank Smith and Martin Murray

Left to right, Captain Walter David Porter, Frank Smith and Martin Murray

Frank Hood Smith in his response to the Toasts, congratulated those who had recently received a promotion or first appointment in Grand Conclave and encouraged the brethren to visit Grand Conclave in London with him.

All those responding congratulated the Supreme Ruler and Officers of the conclave on a first class ceremony and welcomed Craig to the Order.

Carl Buckley proposed a toast to Craig who in his response thanked everyone for making him welcome and  performing interesting ceremony that he enjoyed immensely.

The Sentinel’s toast brought to a close, what had been a most enjoyable evening of Secret Monitor Masonry.

Officers and Brethren of JEG along with their new member, and The visiting Provincial Delegation

Officers and Brethren of JEG along with their new member, and The visiting Provincial Delegation