OSM East Lancs

Order of the Secret Monitor Provincial Grand Conclave of East Lancashire

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

 

Provincial Grand Senatus meeting 2019

RDistComp Howard Stephen Nuttall. (V)

RDistComp Howard Stephen Nuttall. (V)

The annual Provincial Scarlet Cord meeting was held for the third time at its now familiar setting of Shaw Masonic Hall. Many of the brethren along with a bevy of distinguished visitors braved high winds and rain to be with R.Dist Companion Howard Stephen Nuttall (V) and his team. A large delegation had travelled ‘over the hills’ from West Lancashire as well as the Midlands, Wales, the North East as well as Yorkshire.

Howard opened the meeting in fine style and conducted the business with much banter and of course…… a smile! He had great pleasure in  appointing his team for the ensuing year. The companions were also treated to a most informative geography lesson from Howard as he explained that the names of his three consistories had been derived from the local waterways, in the case of Vale of Irlwell No 16 TI and Beal Valley No 94. Pamona No 106 being named after the dock at the end of the Manchester Ship canal which handled the all important cotton imports on which Lancashire built its fabric weaving industry.

Howard (centre) with his Provincial Team for 2019

Howard (centre) with his Provincial Team for 2019

Following a most enjoyable meeting the companions retired to the festive board where a fine meal of braised steak with all the trimmings was enjoyed in true harmony. Howard thanked everyone for attending and remarked that the order was doing well as well as looking forward to the year ahead.

Howard takes wine with his guests (top) with the companions enjoying the harmony at the festive board

Howard takes wine with his guests (top) with the companions enjoying the harmony at the festive board

The Arrow at Accy

The travelling arrow found its way to Accrington with a little help from WyBro John Mellor, the Supreme Ruler of Roache Valley Conclave No 252.  Earl of Harwood No 71 was the recipient at their traditional Saturday morning meeting in February.

As soon as IPSR WyBro Stephen Crowther had opened the conclave John rose and presented the arrow to Earl of Harwood. How long will it stay in Accrington? With a cluster of meetings coming up it may very soon be on the move again!

IPSR Stephen Crowther (left) receives the Travelling Arrow from John

IPSR Stephen Crowther (left) receives the Travelling Arrow from John

Roses meeting Prosperity

Roses in Concord Conclave No 185 have got together with Prosperity Craft Lodge No 5206 for a Ladies to dine Valentines celebration on Tuesday 12th February at Clayton – Le -Moors.

The combined festive board following Roses Conclave meeting is open to Non Masons, Non OSM Masons and wives / partners are all most welcome. Those Craft Masons who may be interested in joining the order will get the chance to view the lodge room set out as it would be for a Secret Monitor meeting.

Contact Les Bond before Friday 5th February to book in for what looks like a fantastic evening : l.bond1@sky.com 

A Champion meeting

Champion Conclave’s latest meeting held at Darwen was very much a Princely affair. The members were set to admit as a Prince one of its latest recruits,however a work commitment was to keep the brother away.  So it was another one of the newest members , Martin Davies who stepped up to act as the candidate in what proved to be a first class demonstration ceremony being worked by the officers and visiting brethren. So it was fitting that Martin’s Grand Conclave Princess degree certificate was on hand ready for Supreme Ruler Paul Joynson to present him with. Stephen Jackson went on to explain the significance of the certificate to Martin.

Neither of the brethren involved will miss out on a real ceremony as Craig Horrigan will now be taking his Princess degree very soon in another Conclave and Martin will soon be taking that very important step in Freemasonry when he is exalted into the Holy Royal Arch in December.

The conclave also presented a cheque to the province of £100 to favour good causes during the meeting following which the brethren retired to a festive board and some very poor jokes and puns all revolving around a previous meal of Chicken.  Truly a night to remember in the ‘smiling degree’.

Martin receives his certificate from Supreme Ruler Paul Joynson (right)

Martin receives his certificate from Supreme Ruler Paul Joynson (right)

A new Supreme Ruler!

Photo by David Geenhalgh

Photo by David Geenhalgh

The Province has its first brand new Supreme Ruler this season, Kenneth Mellor was installed into the chair of Roach Valley Conclave No 252 in a fine ceremony conducted by Frederick Seel and his officers.

Provincial Grand Conclave 2018

The brethren of East Lancashire gathered at Rochdale Masonic hall for the annual Provincial Meeting. They were joined by many distinguished visiting brethren from far and wide including East Scotland, the West Midlands and southern counties. Also from a little nearer over the border from Yorkshire as well as neighbouring West Lancashire.

Once assembled in the superb surroundings of the large lodge room the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Frank Hood Smith accompanied by his Deputy, Chris Givvons and a delegation of the out going officers paraded in. This perfect entrance was under the guidance of Stephen Holcroft who later was appointed as the Provincial Director of Ceremonies. Music is the perfect accompaniment to any procession and this was provided by Rochdale’s very own Stephen Holt, Provincial Grand Organist.

Stephen Holcroft,left with Stephen Holt at the organ

Stephen Holcroft,left with Stephen Holt at the organ

Once assembled, Frank proceed to open Provincial Grand Conclave and welcome everyone to the meeting. The visiting dignitaries were introduced as well as the heads of some of the other masonic orders and greeted with acclamation by the brethren.

Reports were received from the Recorder, Treasurer and The Guide all as part of the business section of the meeting. It was the final report given by Les Bond who was to step down after giving sterling service as Provincial Guide for the last two years. He has martialed his troops in the form of the Visiting Deacons to ensure each meeting was attended by a Visitor which is a vitally important part of the makeup of our order.

Frank then appointed and invested his officers for the year, with a little bit of a ‘geordie’ flavour as Ken Laidlaw (Counsellor) and Allan Shields (Guide) both hail from the same home town of Jarrow on Tyneside.

Provincial Standard Bearer Aiden Murphy, Left with Chris Givvons and Paul Joynson newly appointed Sword Bearer

Provincial Standard Bearer Aiden Murphy, Left with Chris Givvons and Paul Joynson newly appointed Sword Bearer

With all his team in place Frank delivered his report on the Province which is doing well. With new members joining the order and conclaves that were low in numbers now thriving. The hall is very large so a PA system was in use which had been set up by Les Bond, Frank was ‘Miked up’ and had said that he felt a bit like a TV star! The meeting was conducted with sincerity and warmth by Frank and the final Knock from acting Sentinel, Nigel Dunlop signified the closing of another successful meeting of Provincial Grand Conclave.

Paul Joynson ,right being congratulated by Nigel Dunlop

Paul Joynson ,right being congratulated by Nigel Dunlop

Frank Smith (centre) flanked by his acting Officers for 2019

Frank Smith (centre) flanked by his acting Officers for 2019

The brethren now retired to the festive board which was a superb meal of Roast Beef and Apple Crumble for dessert.

Frank was delighted to be able to take wine with his distinguished guests, visitors and his officers. Toasts were made to which Frank in his response thanked all those who had attended. He also thanked his Recorder and Director of Ceremonies by saying’ meetings don’t just happen’ they take much hard work to be as successful as today’s had been

He wished the brethren good health and a safe journey home following what had been a most enjoyable day for all who had attended.

Photos Courtesy of Wayne Barnes

Article by Allan Shields.

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