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.