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