OSM East Lancs

Order of the Secret Monitor Provincial Grand Conclave of East Lancashire

Over the Hill

Left, Brian Campbell with Installing SR Martin Murray

Left, Brian Campbell with Installing SR Martin Murray

Secret Monitors from the ‘other side of the hill’ or to be geographically correct, The Province of West Yorkshire   descended on James Edward Glover Conclave No 409 for the installation meeting held at Rochdale Masonic Hall. The now established visiting between the two Provinces continued with 13 West Yorkshire visitors including the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Alan Webster and Michael Bunce the Provincial Recorder.

The Supreme Ruler of Odersfelt Conclave No 35, who are also from West Yorkshire and have established a good visiting relationship with East Lancashire Brethren, who in turn reciprocate, had also made the journey over to see Bro Brian Campbell installed as the Supreme Ruler of JEG Conclave. There were a total of 44 brethren in attendance with the members of JEG conclave with only one absentee due to holidays.

So as not to be too overwhelmed with Yorkshire brethren, Frank Smith, Provincial Grand Supreme ruler for the hosting province, East Lancashire made this a team visit with a delegation of Provincial Officers. The Conclave was opened by outgoing Supreme Ruler Martin Murray. He was alerted to the awaiting delegation formed up outside whom then paraded in under the guidance of Provincial DC Stephen Holcroft. With the members of the team on taking post, the parade in was a spectacular site.

Following a warm welcome and salutations Martin proceeded to install Brian Campbell into the chair. In a superb ceremony, he was assisted by his fellow officers following which Brian was commissioned by Frank Smith. This part of the ceremony is unique to the OSM and in addition to the installation, permits the newly installed Supreme Ruler to occupy the chair of any regularly warranted conclave. Another interesting fact is that the installation ceremony is also the Third Degree of the order along with the presentation of The Weapons, on this occasion presented with sincerity by Stephen Jackson, Past Deputy Supreme Ruler who also acted as conclave DC for the evening. So it was a truly special and memorable ceremony for Brian like many Supreme Rulers before him.

The Brethren of JEG along with all the visitors

The Brethren of JEG along with all the visitors

Brian then proceeded to appoint and invest his officers and Frank Smith delivered the final address to the brethren present.

The late Tom Corbally who had been the Provincial as well as Conclave DC had purchased a ceremonial wand; unfortunately he never got the chance to present it to the conclave. It was a sad moment when Frank gave the wand to Brian who in turn presented it to Terry Bailey who had now taken up office as DC.

As is the custom in James Edward Glover at the end of every meeting, Richard Glover rose to tend the greetings of the widow of James Edward Glover, he was not only one of the founders of the conclave but gave his name to it. There is also an Allied Council named after James Edward Glover – No 137 in the District of East Lancashire.

East meets West. Frank and his Provincial Officers pictured with the party from West Yorkshire

East meets West. Frank and his Provincial Officers pictured with the party from West Yorkshire

The meeting drew to a close and Brian the new Supreme Ruler proudly took his place in the procession alongside Frank, the Provincial team and galaxy of Grand Officers in attendance.

The festive board was relaxed and harmonious as the brethren enjoyed a roast beef dinner prepared and served to the very high standard that Rochdale Masonic Hall always deliver. Frank responded to some of the toasts by thanking the West Yorkshire delegation for coming ‘over the hill’ There was plenty East – West banter at the festive board: all good natured of course!

Fitting then that Alan Webster, the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler gave the response to the visitor’s toast proposed by JEG’s Guide, Ken Laidlaw. He offered his congratulations to the Supreme Ruler Brian and brought the good wishes of the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler for the Province of West Yorkshire. He congratulated all the officers of JEG Council for a superb ceremony.

Terry Bailey then conducted a raffle for good causes who will benefit to the tune of £106. The prize was a bottle of whiskey which found its way into the hands of Steven Holt, the conclave organist.

Stephen Holcroft closed what had been a most enjoyable evening with the Sentinel’s toast. JEG have a candidate waiting in the wings so it looks like a prosperous and busy year is in store for JEG.

The brethren enjoying the festive board and right, Frank and Supreme Ruler, Brian taking wine

The brethren enjoying the festive board and right, Frank and Supreme Ruler, Brian taking wine

Nice summer’s night at Padium

If your Conclave meets in June then it is highly likely it will be a nice sunny affair and that was most certainly the case when Forest of Pendle Conclave No 219 held its installation meeting at Padium on a hot and sunny evening.

Eight members of the Conclave, including Past Grand Supreme Ruler of The Province, RWyBro Howard Nuttall and his Deputy at the time, RWyBro Stephen Jackson, were joined by eight visiting brethren. In fact, it was Stephen who was to be installed into the chair in a superb ceremony by WyBro R Anderson, who has made the installation ceremony his own in Forest of Pendle.

Howard (left) with Supreme Ruler Stephen

Howard (left) with Supreme Ruler Stephen

The dynamic duo of Past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler and his Deputy were re united at the start of the meeting as Stephen was the Counsellor, Howard stood in at the  last minute and occupied the Guide’s chair.

Howard later went on to address the Brethren to conclude the Ceremony during which Stephen Holcroft, Provincial Director of Ceremonies , presented The Weapons perfectly to Stephen.

Following the meeting the brethren retired to the slightly cooler surroundings of the festive board room to find a mouth-watering buffet awaiting, prepared by the expert chef WyBro David Heginbotham.

The harmony continued through the meal with the usual toasting and a raffle featuring the famous travelling Asda whiskey. It raised another £53 for charities on top of what it has raised in the three other conclaves it has appeared at. David Heginbotham was the lucky winner and it looks like it will be appearing in a Craft lodge in the near future and continue raising money for our charities.

Cockcroft gets the team spirit

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

Kenneth Laidlaw celebrates 50 years in the Royal Arch.

Kenneth Laidlaw, a Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies of the Province of East Lancashire and a Past Provincial Grand Registrar of the Province of Durham, is a mainstay personality within the Province. A member of many appendant orders, his knowledge of masonry is second to non. In our order Kenneth is the Recorder and a member of Bury Conclave No 80 and is also a member of The Scarlet Cord. He also holds Grand Rank in the OSM.

Ken , left receives his certificate from David Dunn

Ken , left receives his certificate from David Dunn

Tuesday 24thApril 2018 saw the Chapter of Unanimity No.42 celebrate Ken’s Golden Jubilee in the Royal Arch with the area Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, David Dunn presiding over proceedings.

As you can imagine, a great many Companions attended to celebrate with Ken. Golden Jubilees in the Royal Arch are rare and special events and this evening was no exception.

The minutes of Ken’s Exaltation which was performed in St Bede Royal Arch Chapter No.1119 in Durham were read. Allan Shields gave the Tribute after which David Dunn, on behalf of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Sir David Trippier, presented Ken with a certificate.

Once the business of the evening was completed the companions attended the Festive Board where that special Royal Arch atmosphere was thick and joyous. Ken was treated to an evening he will never forget and as ever was gracious in the spot light.

Thanks must be given to the Chapter who arranged a magnificent evening, and thanks also to Ken for allowing us all to share his event and celebrate with him.

Ken with the Companions of Chapter of Unanimity No.42

Ken with the Companions of Chapter of Unanimity No.42

Harwood installs Hector

Hector, right is congratulated by Stephen

Hector, right is congratulated by Stephen

WyBro Hector Macdonald ProvGV was installed as Supreme Ruler of Earl of Harwood Conclave No 71 in fine style by Stephen Crowther.  Earl of Harwood is one of our Saturday conclaves and the brethren gathered for a mid morning start on a sunny May morning.  Stephen opened the Conclave under the watchful eye of Tom Gallagher, Director of Ceremonies and  assisted by his officers and visitors.

He then proceeded to install Hector is a very fine ceremony with sincerity. Those present saw a truly professional working of the installation ceremony. It is the second time Hector has taken the chair of Earl of Harwood but he later revealed that it was never his intention to progress to the chair when he joined the order some 18 years ago!

Following the meeting the brethren enjoyed a relaxing drink in the bar area and superb surroundings of Accrington Masonic hall. The festive board was in true Earl of Harwood style – Soup and sandwiches. The soup was extremely tasty the chef had added a manner of ingredients including curry powder. The brethren decided that this recipie should be considered ‘OSM soup’

A raffle took place with a very unique prize, a signed book written by a mountain climbing aquanitence of Hector’s which had been signed by the author. There was also a bottle of whiskey which appears to traveling around more that the Arrow.  Will it appear at the Team Visit to Cockroft Conclave?

Following a most enjoyable meeting and festive board the brethren departed to continue with their week end activities.

Hector is flanked by the officers and brethren following the installation

Hector is flanked by the officers and brethren following the installation

 

A busy 3 days in the order

It was a busy few days for the order in April and it all started one Thursday night with the installation meeting of Champion Conclave No 26 with Paul Joynson being installed in fine style by John Fisher. At the festive board our Provincial Grand Supreme ruler describe the ceremony as being delightful.

Paul Joynson - Supreme Ruler Champion Conclave

Paul Joynson – Supreme Ruler Champion Conclave

Champion is now truly ‘champion’ with some new candidates coming in the brethren enjoyed the excellent food and hospitality of Darwen Masonic Hall and is well worth a visit. Paul has great plans for Champion including inviting non OSM masons along to the festive board to promote the order and encourage membership.

Friday saw the installation meeting of The Past Supreme Ruler’s conclave No 212 at the delightful surroundings of Ashdale Lea in Rawtenstall.

This conclave attracts its membership from those who have been installed into the chair of a conclave and on this occasion Alan Quine was installed in a perfect manner by Steven Smith.It is really a ‘Past Master’s’ conclave for our order it meets twice per year and the September meeting is ladies to dine. A perfect social occasion and worth considering if you are a past Supreme Ruler.

Supreme Ruler Alan Quine, centre, flanked by the officers and brethren of 212

Supreme Ruler Alan Quine, centre, flanked by the officers and brethren of 212

The Wigganers arrive.. Left to right Jack Lyon, Martin Davies, Paul Joynson & Nigel Dunlop

The Wigganers arrive.. Left to right Jack Lyon, Martin Davies, Paul Joynson & Nigel Dunlop

Saturday saw the meeting of Supera Moras conclave No 49 take place at Hyde Masonic Hall. This conclave known as the ‘internet’ conclave has its membership scattered wide and far with a large number who travel from Wigan!

These included Jack Lyon, Martin Davies who was the candidate, Paul Joynson , Nigel Dunlop, and Allan Shields who was on camera duties that day. They had arrived to find the hall in its lovely grounds bathed in sunshine and were greeted with coffee served in the bar.

Bryan, left with the candidate Martin

Bryan, left with the candidate Martin

Martin was admitted as a Prince of the order in a ceremony conducted by Bryan Tynan, the Supreme Ruler of Supera Moras Conclave. It was a fine ceremony indeed and afterwards Martin mentioned how much he is enjoying being a member of the order. Following the meeting the brethren enjoyed a superb three course lunch consisting of pate, fish or roast beef main course, followed by one of the largest meringue tarts you are likely to see. This was served in a light and airy dining room – everyone enjoyed the sumptuous surroundings they found themselves in.

Officers and brethren of Supera Moras in the dining room at Hyde masonic hall

Officers and brethren of Supera Moras in the dining room at Hyde masonic hall

 

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Super Installation

The Internet Conclave, Supera Moras No 49 held its installation meeting in the idyllic surroundings of Rawtenstall Masonic Hall. This conclave travels the province as well as other provinces and its membership are scattered far and wide. It was the turn of Bro I Brian Tynan to be installed into the chair of Supreme Ruler in fine style by WyBro Paul Joynson. Paul has been very busy recently and performed the installation perfectly having just inducted two candidates into his other conclave just two days previously.

Left, Brian Tynan being congratulated by his installing officer, Paul Joynson

Left, Brian Tynan being congratulated by his installing officer, Paul Joynson

The conclave was honoured by the presence of WyBro Chris Givvons who is the Deputy PGSR of our province and is also the Conclave recorder. In attendance was his counterpart from West Midlands, WyBro U Patel. They in turn were joined by other Acting Officers from the Province of East Lancashire as this was a team visit and all those officers attending were introduced to the conclave by Chris at the beginning of the meeting.

Paul and his officers then proceeded to install Brain in a well worked ceremony under the direction of the Director of Ceremonies WyBro Stephen Holcroft who also presented the weapons to the newly installed Supreme Ruler.

Left, Chris taking wine with U Patel and Bryan

Left, Chris taking wine with U Patel and Bryan

The festive board was enjoyed by all, a superb meal served to the usual high standard found at this venue. Chris in his response to the various toasts updated the brethren with future Provincial events and details of the next meeting  of Supera Moras, to be held Saturday 21st April at Hyde masonic hall when three new candidates will be admitted in a ‘triple’ ceremony, well worth a visit and a date to save in the diary.

Chris (centre) congratulates Bryan with members of the conclave and the visitors

Chris (centre) congratulates Bryan with members of the conclave and the visitors

Two Champions

Champion Conclave No 26 is over 100 years old and recently inducted two candidates in a ‘double’ at their recent meeting. Bro’s Martin Davies and Craig Horrigan, Master Masons from Greenhill Lodge No 6260 were inducted in fine style by WyBro Paul Joynson, who was also their proposer.

The plaque to commemorate 100 years of Champion Conclave

The plaque to commemorate 100 years of Champion Conclave

The conclave was honoured with the presence of RWyBro Frank Hood Smith, Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler and his Deputy, WyBro Chris Givvons, who along with 15 other brethren saw a very special ceremony superbly directed by RWyBro Stephen Jackson. They gathered in the exquisite surroundings of Darwen masonic hall. In one of the lodge rooms, there is a wonderful stone tablet to commemorate the 100th birthday of the conclave in 1995.

IPSR Alan Frangleton opened the conclave and conducted the lodge business with charisma! He then offered the Chair to Paul who then worked the ceremony of induction assisted by the Brethren of the conclave and many ofthe visitors. WyBro Holcroft delivered the address to the candidates and Stephen Jackson presented the weapons with sincerity.

Left to right, Craig Horrigan, Paul Joynson and Martin Davies

Left to right, Craig Horrigan, Paul Joynson and Martin Davies

Champion is growing from strength to strength and there is more to come with candidates and joining members all keen to join this friendly and welcoming conclave with a long history. The festive board was enjoyed by all with friendship and harmony. Stephen Jackson conducted a number auction style raffle which raised an amazing £71 for the charities.

With a double Princess ceremony now firmly on the agenda  a visit to Champion Conclave is well recommended,  The next meeting takes place on Thursday 19th of April so why not visit them and have a Champion evening.

Chris Givvons (centre) Frank Smith (right) flanked with the brethren and visitors

Chris Givvons (centre) Frank Smith (right) flanked with the brethren and visitors

Scarlet Cord Provincial Grand Senatus meeting 2018

The annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Senatus of East Lancashire for the Ancient and Masonic Order of The Scarlet Cord took place at Shaw Masonic Hall on a cold and very wet February morning. Over 40 brethren had endured heavy rain and traffic chaos to share the day with R.Dist.Comp. Howard Stephen Nuttall V and his team of provincial officers.

Howard opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to  Shaw . The brethren had travelled from far and wide to attend Including Durham and Northumberland, Cheshire, North and East Yorkshire,West Lancashire and the Midlands. Plenty of good Masonic banter took place between Howard and his counterparts from around the provinces, the order is growing and membership is now spread across the United Kingdom.

left to right, Howard Nuttall, Ian Ronson (Deputy) and Trevor Jewitt (Assistant) take wine with the brethren

left to right, Howard Nuttall, Ian Ronson (Deputy) and Trevor Jewitt (Assistant) take wine with the brethren

Howard then appointed his Provincial Officers for the ensuing year and thanked them for taking office. During his address he thanked everyone for their support with the instruction to keep smiling and enjoy Scarlet Cord Freemasonry!

The brethren retired to the festive board and enjoyed fine food superbly cooked and served by the Staff at The Gables. Howard took wine with all the distinguished brethren, members of his province and all of the visitors. Membership is open to any Prince of the Order Of The Secret Monitor and he encouraged the brethren to spread the word and seek new members.

There are three consistories to choose from Vale of Irwell meets at Rawtenstall in the evening. Beal meets at Shaw and Pomona at Salford and are both day time Consitories.

Howard wished everyone well and thanked the brethren for attending and looked forward to a prosperous Scarlet Cord year.

Howard (centre back row) flanked by his Provincial Officers for 2013

Howard (centre back row) flanked by his Provincial Officers for 2013

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