The Order in East Lancashire boasts two Conclaves that meet on Saturdays. One of these, Earl of Harwood Conclave No 71 recently met on a Saturday afternoon at Accrington and had the pleasure of the company of David Alderson. Grand Visitor. David had made the journey over the hills from Thirsk in North Yorkshire. Other distinguished brethren attending the meeting included The Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Frank Smith and the Past Provincial Supreme Ruler Howard Nuttall.It would appear that there are a few ‘Saturday Secret Monitors’ in our province, as this meeting was well attended with 18 brethren present.

from left to right, Frank Smith, Hector MacDonald and David Alderson

from left to right, Frank Smith, Hector MacDonald and David Alderson

The conclave was opened in due form and impeccably by the Supreme Ruler, Hector MacDonald who tried offering the gavel not once but twice to the distinguished visitors! Hard working Hector then went on to deliver his paper ‘David – A Moral Conundrum’

The brethren listened intently to talk which had been researched by Hector and was perfectly delivered. He received a warm round of applause following the talk and answered questions from the brethren. Following the meeting the brethren enjoyed refreshments in the comfortable surroundings offered by Accrington Masonic hall.

Earl of Harwood Conclave was consecrated on the 20th of January 1934 and in an effort to continue the popularity of a Saturday has moved the start time to 11 am to become a ‘lunch time Lodge’ Many brethren find this time of meeting attractive if their working hours make it difficult to attend the traditional meeting times for lodges. Some are attracted to the fact that the lodge meets during day light hours rather than having to drive in the dark or be out late at night. The next meeting is Saturday May 14th at 11 am.So why not go along and become a Saturday Secret Monitor?

the brethren of Earl of Harwood with Frank Smith David Alderson and Howard Nuttall

the brethren of Earl of Harwood with Frank Smith David Alderson and Howard Nuttall