OSM East Lancs

Order of the Secret Monitor Provincial Grand Conclave of East Lancashire

A Magical Gala Night

Magician Ian

Magician Ian

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

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!

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!

Paul installed at Pendle

Nigel (centre) presents the travelling arrow to Paul (right) and Stephen

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 being congratulated by Stephen (right)

Paul (left) welcomes Aiden as ADC of the Conclave

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?

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 Nigel 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

Download your booking form click: Gala dinner 19 booking form

Brethren, a night 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.

Frank and the gang Visit Odersfelt

Our order is built on friendship and a recent visit made by some of the  brethren of East Lancashire Province is a perfect example of visiting in our very friendly degree.

Stewart (centre) with the East Lancashire visitors

Stewart (centre) with the East Lancashire visitors

Frank Smith, Provincial Grand Supreme ruler along with a ‘gang’ of distinguished brethren crossed the border to Odersfelt Conclave No 35 to their recent meeting at Heckmondwike in West Yorkshire in support of Stewart Carley.

Stewart is a past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler of the West Yorkshire Province and it was during his time in that high office that our own Supera Morais Conclave No 49 was re-consecrated as an ‘internet’ Conclave.

Supera Morais regularly holds one of its meetings in West Yorkshire every year and the delegation had made this visit to Odersfelt to see Stewart installed as Supreme Ruler of the conclave for the fourth time since 1988.

A Champion night

The recent meeting of Champion Conclave No 26 was indeed a ‘champion’ affair! SR Paul Joynson had a busy meeting which saw Craig Horrigan admitted as a Prince of the order in fine style with Paul taking the ceremony assisted by his officers and some willing visitors.

He then declared Nigel Dunlop as his successor and will be handing over to Nigel at the next meeting.

The brethren then enjoyed a most harmonious festive board with meat pie and chips to die for. Nigel conducted a raffle raising and excellent £70 for the charities.

Paul (right) congratulates Craig

Paul (right) congratulates Craig

Paul with SR elect Nigel Dunlop

Paul with SR elect Nigel Dunlop

A Derbyshire Mason Takes over at Supera Moras

As Supera Moras No 49 is known as the ‘Internet Conclave’ it attracts its membership from across the whole of the UK which makes it a very interesting and diverse Conclave. The Conclave does travel around not only East Lancashire but also neighbouring Provinces so the members and regular visitors meet in a wide variety of Masonic Halls.

Newly installed SR Stephen (centre) takes wine with Frank with acclamation from IPSR Bryan (right)

Newly installed SR Stephen (centre) takes wine with Frank with acclamation from IPSR Bryan (right)

February’s installation meeting saw Stephen Williams, who practices most of his Freemasonry in Derbyshire installed as Supreme Ruler in fine style by Bryan Tynan. The conclave had a very good turn out which included the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler Frank Smith among its distinguished guests. Frank’s Deputy, Christian Givvons is always in attendance at Supera Moras as he is the Conclave Recorder.

This was also a Provincial Team Visit and the attendance was swelled when Stephen Holcroft, Provincial DC assembled the team who then paraded in which was a spectacle in itself.

The brethren present saw Bryan install Stephen in fine style and with sincerity in a first class ceremony assisted by his officers. Stephen Holcroft who is also the Conclave DC had everything running smoothly and he also presented the Weapons in a perfect manner to the new Supreme Ruler.

Left to right, Christian Givvons, Frank and Stephen taking wine at the festive board with everyone present

Left to right, Christian Givvons, Frank and Stephen taking wine at the festive board with everyone present

Frank delivered the address to the Conclave with perfection which signaled the end of a very fine ceremony.

Following the meeting the brethren retired to the lovely surroundings of the dining room of Rawtenstall Masonic Hall where the harmony continued over a very fine meal.

Newly Installed SR Stephen Williams with Frank Smith (on his right) and the officers of Supera Moras Conclave and the visiting Provincial Officers from the province of East Lancashire as well as other visiting brethren

Newly Installed SR Stephen Williams with Frank Smith (on his right) and the officers of Supera Moras Conclave and the visiting Provincial Officers from the province of East Lancashire as well as other visiting brethren

Valentine’s night at Roses in Concord

There were nearly 40 in attendance from Roses in Concord Conclave No 185, partners and brethren of Prosperity Lodge 5206 then joined the Secret Monitor brethren for the meal following the meeting. The conclave was left open at the end of the evening for the visitors to have a look and to have questions asked about the order. The evening came together in the hope that a ‘white table’ style of event may generate some interest which would lead to new members joining OSM. Supreme ruler Gordon Fletcher is also the Secretary of Prosperity Lodge, The Worshipful Master of Prosperity is Les Bond, who just happens to be the Secretary of Roses in Concord so a joint event was very easy to arrange!

A great night where every lady took home a rose for Valentines day.

Many thanks to Steve Crowther for this article and photos.

From right to left Gordon Fletcher explains the conclave lay out to members of Prosperity Lodge

From right to left Gordon Fletcher explains the conclave lay out to members of Prosperity Lodge

 

Gordon continues with his conclave information assisted by Stephen Jackson (right)

Gordon continues with his conclave information assisted by Stephen Jackson (right)

 

The ladies were also made welcome

The ladies were also made welcome

Members of both Prosperity Lodge and Roses in Concord Conclave along with wives, partners and guests enjoy the Valentine's meal together

Members of both Prosperity Lodge and Roses in Concord Conclave along with wives, partners and guests enjoy the Valentine’s meal together

 

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